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Northwestern in the NFL, Week 17: Ifeadi Odenigbo is awesome

Five Pro ‘Cats headed to the playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings play the Chicago Bears Photo by Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via 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

The Franchise was dominant for the second straight week, combining for a career-high 16 tackles in the team’s loss to Jacksonville. The former fifth-round pick continues to shape himself into one of the league’s top linebackers, as he finished as the Colts’ leading tackler for 2019 with 123 on the year.

Montre Hartage - S, Miami Dolphins

The rookie picked up two tackles in Miami’s shocking win at New England, capping off a nice four-game stretch of action after Hartage was promoted to the Dolphin active roster back in Week 14. It’s hard to say if he’ll retain his spot with a rebuilding Miami team, but he certainly made a strong case for himself to close the season.

Ifeadi Odenigbo - DE, Minnesota Vikings

Odenigbo just can’t stop stealing the spotlight from the rest of the Pro ‘Cats. The rising second-year pro put an impressive stamp on his regular season with 6 tackles and a strip-sack on Mitch Trubisky that he returned for a touchdown, although it was called back as Odenigbo was ruled down by contact before taking it to the house.

Also, check out this video of the end mic’d up from Sunday. It’s pretty awesome:

Dean Lowry - DE, Green Bay Packers

Lowry picked up four more tackles on Sunday, bringing his season total to 47, which marks a career-high for his four completed regular seasons in the league. He remains a critical part of a Packer defensive front that has played a critical role in getting the team to a first-round bye.

Tyler Lancaster - DL, Green Bay Packers

Lanny did not record a stat for the first time in a game all season on as the Packers secured a first-round bye on Sunday. Still, the second-year pro recorded four more total tackles in 2019 compared to his rookie season, and he has firmly established himself as a viable run clogger in the Green Bay interior rotation heading into the playoffs.

Ibraheim Campbell - SS, Green Bay Packers

Campbell picked up just one tackle with the Packers on Sunday.

Joe Jones - LB, Denver Broncos

The third-year pro and designated special teams also had one tackle on Sunday, brining his total to five on the year.

Danny Vitale - FB, Green Bay Packers

Vitale was inactive against the Lions on Sunday. He’ll have two weeks to rest up before the Packers host an NFC Divisional round game.

Justin Jackson - RB, Los Angeles Chargers

The ballcarrier only saw one carry for 11 yards in Week 17, but he returned kicks for the second time this year which was fun to see! Jackson obviously didn’t have enough carries to qualify for the statistical leaderboards, but his 6.9 yard per carry mark on 40 rushes this season places him tied at the top of the NFL among none other than Lamar Jackson. Kinda cool!

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.