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Northwestern in the NFL, Week 15: WE HAVE A DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN

Ifeadi Odenigbo was the story of the weekend.

Minnesota Vikings v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Sunday marked one of the overall combined best #ProCat performances in recent memory. With players shining on the defensive side of the ball and making critical plays in critical situations, the Northwestern NFL posse was firing on all cylinders this weekend.

Here’s how the ‘Cats fared on the professional gridiron in Week 15:

Ifeadi Odenigbo - DE, Minnesota Vikings

The second-year defensive end had one of the top plays in the league this weekend. With the first half clock winding down, Odenigbo found himself in the right place in the right time after being in on the initial strip of Philip Rivers, earning a critical scoop and score to put the Vikings up two scores at the half. They never looked back, booting their playoff odds above 90 percent with a blowout win.

This was Odenigbo’s first career touchdown at any level!

Dean Lowry - DE, Green Bay Packers

Northwestern’s NFC North defensive line contingent further shined through Lowry with the Packers this weekend. The end notched his first career NFL interception (he had three at Northwestern), with a nice knockdown behind the line of scrimmage that he was able to somehow haul in.

Again, Lowry’s play was a significant part of securing a playoff berth for Green Bay this week. It was a highlight moment for Lowry as a part of an overall solid season that has seen him see over 50 percent of defensive snaps in most Packer games.

Tyler Lancaster - DL, Green Bay Packers

Right besides Lowry was Lanny, who recorded another solid four solo tackles. Now at 29 combined tackles on the year, the second-year lineman has a new NFL career-high for stops in a season with two games left to play.

Ibraheim Campbell - SS, Green Bay Packers

Campbell completed the NU-Green Bay defensive trifecta by recording three more tackles of his own. The fifth-year NFL safety has now recorded 10+ tackles in each of his five seasons in the league.

Anthony Walker, Jr. - LB, Indianapolis Colts

Drew Brees and the Saints absolutely rolled Walker’s Colts on Monday night. The Franchise still managed to record an impressive ten tackles, including 0.5 TFLs, but on the whole, it was a game he and his teammates would rather forget.

Justin Jackson - RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Jackson saw five carries on Sunday but could only muster 15 yards as Odenigbo and the Vikings defense stole the show in Southern California. The ballcarrier’s YPC still holds at an impressive 6.75 on just under 30 carries in his second season.

Joe Jones - LB, Denver Broncos

The Denver special teams contributor continued to only see action there in the Broncos’ loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. I was unable to find the film, but this looks like a positive play!

Danny Vitale - FB, Green Bay Packers

Vitale’s action for Green Bay seems to be dwindling apart from special teams usage. He played just five snaps on offense, and didn’t see a touch for the third week in a row. We still love our special teams guys though.

Montre Hartage - S, Miami Dolphins

Despite being dropped down to the practice squad again midweek, Hartage found his way back on the Dolphins active roster for Sunday’s game in New York. He technically finished with no stats in the books, but he did make this nice TFL on a play that was negated due to holding on the Giants.

Practice Squad Members: Clayton Thorson, QB, Dallas Cowboys; Blake Hance, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars

Sherrick McManis joined Austin Carr on the IR on November 30th after missing the Bears’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions with a groin injury, his third consecutive absence. Neither player will see the field for the remainder of the season.