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Northwestern in the NFL, Week Five: JJTBC fills the void while Anthony Walker picks off Baker

They said “Justin Jackson the Ballcarrier” on national TV!

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The NFL season is five weeks deep, and some former Wildcats saw meaningful minutes for the first time all season.

Ifeadi Odenigbo: Minnesota Vikings, DE

Odenigbo recorded his first sack of the season Sunday night in Minnesota’s gut-wrenching loss to Russell Wilson and co. The Vikings dropped to 1-4 and now need a miracle to sneak into the playoffs after NFC North foe Chicago improved to 4-1, thanks to their win vs. Tompa Bay, and Green Bay was on a bye.

Week 6 matchup: vs. Atlanta Falcons (12:00 p.m. CT)

Anthony Walker, Jr: Indianapolis Colts, LB

The Franchise continued his run of impressive performances on Sunday as he recorded his first interception of the season and seven tackles in Indy’s 32-23 loss to the Browns. On a competitive 3-2 Indianapolis squad, Walker and the Colts are vying with the Titans for the AFC South crown.

Week 6 matchup: vs. Cincinnati Bengals (12:00 p.m. CT)

Justin Jackson: Los Angeles Chargers, RB

With Austin Ekeler sidelined, JJTBC took advantage of the opportunity and outplayed fellow back Joshua Kelley. Although LA lost to New Orleans in overtime, he carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards and had 5 receptions for 23 yards despite playing behind a porous offensive line.

Week 6 matchup: vs. New York Jets (Sunday, 3:05 p.m. CT)

Austin Carr: New Orleans Saints, WR

Shortly before game time, the Saints activated Austin Carr to the 53-man roster when Michael Thomas (coach’s decision) and Deonte Harris (hamstring) were unable to play. Although he didn’t record a stat on Monday night, the 26-year-old now has a chance to regain a stable active spot on the team.

Week 6 matchup: BYE

Joe Gaziano: Los Angeles Chargers, DE

Like Carr, Gaziano was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster shortly before the Chargers’ Monday night matchup with the Saints. While Gaz earned a spot on the 53-man roster early on Monday, he was ultimately inactive for the matchup.

Week 6 matchup: vs. New York Jets (Sunday, 3:05 p.m. CT)

Tyler Lancaster and Dean Lowry of the Green Bay Packers were on a bye this week. They take on the Buccaneers next week at 3:25 p.m. CST. Sherrick McManis has been inactive for the last two Bears games.

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