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Northwestern in the NFL, Week Six: Odenigbo leads the way with a season-best performance

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Northwestern would beat the Jets, change my mind.

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In the final week before Wildcat football returns, four Pro ‘Cats took the field on Sunday. Two of them had standout games, while the other two days they’d probably like to forget.

All stats via Pro Football Reference.

Ifeadi Odenigbo: Minnesota Vikings, DE

While the Vikings dropped to 1-5 after getting boat raced by the formerly winless Falcons, Odenigbo stood out as a lone bright spot. The third-year defensive end racked up 1.5 sacks and five combined tackles, according to Pro Football Reference. After disappointing in the first four weeks of play, Odenigbo has recorded 2.5 sacks, eight tackles, 2 TFLs, four hits and played 72 percent of the total available snaps in the past two games.

Week 7 matchup: Bye

Anthony Walker, Jr: Indianapolis Colts, LB

The Franchise just keeps chugging along, playing every defensive snap and recording seven more tackles in the Colts’ 31-27 comeback win over the Bengals. Walker is up to 39 tackles total on the season, good for the 33rd-best mark in the league and is an anchor of one of the best defenses in the entire league by DVOA.

Week 7 matchup: Bye

Dean Lowry: Green Bay Packers, starting DE

Lowry was not credited with any solo tackles in week six but did chip in for five assisted takedowns. Not that anyone else on the Green Bay defense had a stellar performance, as the Pack got torched by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a 38-10 beatdown.

Week 7 matchup: vs. Houston Texans, 12:00 p.m. CT

Tyler Lancaster: Green Bay Packers, starting DE

It was not a banner week for Lancaster, as he saw the field only nine times in the blowout loss, and left the game in the third quarter following a shoulder injury.

Week 7 matchup: vs. Houston Texans, 12:00 p.m. CT


The Los Angeles Chargers had a bye this week, which unfortunately meant no Justin Jackson or Joe Gaziano updates in this week’s piece. The same is true for Austin Carr of the New Orleans Saints. Carr and the Saints take on the Carolina Panthers at 12:00 p.m. CT this week on Fox, while Gaz and JJTBC will matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars at 3:25 p.m. CT on CBS.


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