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Northwestern in the NFL, Week 16: The Franchise shines

Led by Anthony Walker Jr., some #DefensiveCats had nice days.

Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

As the divisional races heated up and teams jockeyed for playoff seeding, here’s how the ‘Cats fared on the professional gridiron in Week 16:

Anthony Walker, Jr. - LB, Indianapolis Colts

Walker had a career day in Indy’s blowout of Carolina. He registered 10 tackles, a sack and an interception, becoming one of just four linebackers this year to do that in a single game. The third-year pro currently ranks tied for 26th in tackles this year with 107, per ESPN.

Montre Hartage - S, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins survived a late comeback from the Bengals, and Hartage saw action in his third straight game. He logged a career high in tackles with two combined and two solo tackles, totaling four overall.

Ifeadi Odenigbo - DE, Minnesota Vikings

Another week, another sack for the defensive end. It was his only tackle of the day, but Odenigbo has shown that in his limited action he can be effective in pressuring the quarterback. He has five sacks in his last eight games despite playing an average of one-third of the defensive snaps over that span.

Dean Lowry - DE, Green Bay Packers

Lowry helped anchor a Packers front that manhandled the Vikings offense on Monday night, helping Green Bay to clinch the NFC North division. While Za’darius Smith and Kenny Clark got most of the attention for the pressure they put on Kirk Cousins, Lowry added five tackles and his group limited a combination of Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah to just 55 yards rushing. He also recorded a nice pass breakup at the line of scrimmage.

Tyler Lancaster - DL, Green Bay Packers

The second-year pro was back in the starting lineup after missing out a week ago. He recorded just one tackle but let’s face it: the Vikings offense only ran 48 plays and picked up seven first downs. There weren’t that many tackles to be made, and Lancaster plugged up enough holes to help in making life miserable for those in purple.

Ibraheim Campbell - SS, Green Bay Packers

Campbell played 15 defensive snaps on 16 special teams snaps on Monday night, failing to log any stats.

Danny Vitale - FB, Green Bay Packers

We almost had a highlight to include for Vitale as he likely would’ve caught a touchdown if Aaron Rodgers didn’t overthrow him by a couple of yards. That was his only target of the game as he saw much less usage, playing just 10 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps.

Justin Jackson - RB, Los Angeles Chargers

JJTBC was inactive for the Chargers’ home (road) loss to Oakland.

Joe Jones - LB, Denver Broncos

Jones didn’t see the field on defense and logged over 80 percent of the special teams snaps for Denver on Sunday.

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.