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Northwestern in the NFL, Week 6: Green Bay Wildcats shine on Monday night

Bye weeks and the Packers (again) dominated the NFL slate this week for our former ‘Cats.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

We’re now over a third of the way through the NFL season, and former Wildcat stars are continuing to produce at the pro level. Here’s an update on how these notable NU alumni performed in Week Six:

Dean Lowry, DE, Green Bay Packers: In a Monday night thriller against the Lions, Lowry was able to register four tackles, three of them solo, as the Packers held Detroit to just 56 rushing yards on the day. This was definitely one of Lowry’s best games so far this season, and Green Bay fans took notice.

The Packers scratched out a 23-22 win off of a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby, thanks in no small part to some questionable calls on the other side of the ball.

Tyler Lancaster, NT, Green Bay Packers: Alongside Lowry on the Green Bay front four, Lancaster was able to notch one tackle against the Lions. Despite going undrafted in 2018, the former NU three-year starter has found himself respectively productive in Green Bay, reaching nine total tackles on the year thus far.

Dan Vitale, FB, Green Bay Packers: Despite a well-balanced air attack that saw 9 different Green Bay players record a reception, Vitale was unable to record a stat Monday night. Still, he still helped Green Bay pick up a season-high 170 rushing yards and received attention for his impressive Simone Biles-esque pregame entrance (1:22).

Anthony Walker, MLB, Indianapolis Colts: Following a huge win against the Chiefs the week prior, Walker and the Colts were able to get some much-needed rest thanks to a bus week. They will take on Houston next week back home at Lucas Oil.

Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: The Ball Carrier missed his third straight game due to a lower leg injury as the Chargers fell to the Steelers 17-24. There is no clear outlook for his return.

Joe Jones, ILB, Denver Broncos: In his second game back from a lengthy triceps injury sustained in the off-season, Jones was able to record his first tackle of the year. Denver’s defense as a whole showed an impressive outing as well, keeping the Titans off of the scoreboard entirely en route to a clean victory.

Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Minnesota Vikings: Following a game in which Odenigbo recorded his first career sack, this week was a bit quieter. In 20 defensive snaps, the defensive end recorded zero stats. Despite the Vikings defense allowing the Eagles to put up 20, Minnesota still came away with a win behind QB Kirk Cousins’ four-score effort.

Austin Carr, WR, New Orleans Saints: Despite seeing the field consistently this season, the third-year receiver has yet to record a catch. The Saints were able to shut down Minshew Mania, though, and beat the Jaguars 13-6.

Sherrick McManis, DB/Special Teams, Chicago Bears: McManis and the Bears had a bye this week. They will return to action this upcoming Sunday against the Saints in Chicago. Side note: McManis will return to Ryan Field this Friday to serve as the honorary captain against Ohio State.

Garrett Dickerson, TE, New York Giants: Despite starter Evan Engram being out with a knee injury, Dickerson did not see an offensive snap in the Giants’ Thursday night loss to the Patriots. However, he did find playing time on special teams, possibly indicating that the Giants still want to use him more in some manner.

Practice Squad Members: Nate Hall, LB, Buffalo Bills; Clayton Thorson, QB, Dallas Cowboys; Blake Hance, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars; Montre Hartage, S, Miami Dolphins

*New York Jets QB Trevor Siemian is our for the year after having season-ending surgery on his ankle.