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Northwestern in the NFL, Week 1: Some so-so stats, a Bears win INU fantasy league?

Which matters because Northwestern is Chicago’s Big Ten team, of course.

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With the prospects of a Big Ten football season currently up in the air, let’s take a look around the NFL to see how some of our favorite ‘Cats did during their first week back on the field.

Ifeadi Odenigbo: Minnesota Vikings, DE

Despite his coming off a career year in which he recorded seven sacks, Odenigbo failed to record a single stat in the Vikings’ loss to the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, it wasn’t due to a lack of opportunity, as Odenigbo was on the field for 60 total snaps according to Pro Football Focus gave Odenigbo a poor grade of 45.2 on the day, and overall it was just a horrible day for a Minnesota defense that allowed 43 points.

Week 2 opponent: at Indianapolis (12:00 pm CT)

Justin Jackson: Los Angeles Chargers, RB

Jackson received only two carries for four rushing yards in 11 total snaps during the Bolts’ 16-13 win over Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. He exited early with a quad injury the team is calling day-to-day. Rookie Joshua Kelley earned snaps backing up fantasy football star Austin Ekeler, rushing for 60 rushing yards on 12 carries in an impressive NFL debut.

Week 2 opponent: vs Kansas City (3:25 pm CT)

Tyler Lancaster: Green Bay Packers, DE

As mentioned above, Green Bay won 43-34 on Sunday. However, Lancaster also failed to record a single stat. He was only on the field for 23 snaps, which accounted for 44% of the team’s total defensive snaps. PFF gave him a game grade of 68.5.

Week 2 opponent: vs Detroit (12:00 pm CT)

Anthony Walker, Jr.: Indianapolis Colts, LB

Walker was solid as always, recording six tackles and playing 86 percent of the available snaps on the day. But considering that his defense allowed quarterback Gardner Minshew to have a historically great passing performance (three touchdowns, completed 95 percent of his passes) and surrendered 27 points to what was thought to be the worst team in the NFL, I’m sure Walker was less than pleased with his performance.

Week 2 opponent: vs Minnesota (12:00 pm CT)

Dean Lowry: Green Bay Packers, DE

The fifth-year starter from NU only recorded one tackle on the day, but still saw the field for 75 percent of the Packers’ defensive snaps.

Week 2 opponent: vs Detroit (12:00 pm CT)

Sherrick McManis: Chicago Bears, CB

McManis saw the field only six times last Sunday and didn’t have any of the receivers he covered get targeted once by Matthew Stafford, which of course means Stafford was absolutely terrified of approaching McManis island (I dare you to tell me what’s wrong with me logic). Ultimately, the Bears came from down 17 in the fourth quarter to win 27-23 (thanks again D’Andre Swift!).

(PS: I’m not sure if I have this right as I only heard this stat and wasn’t able to find it myself, but I believe it was said on The Bill Simmons Podcast by Sal Iacono that teams entering the fourth quarter with a lead of 17 or more were 799-3 in the last 802 games prior to the Bears-Lions debacle. Football!)

Week 2 opponent: vs New York Giants (12:00 pm CT)

Mike Kafka: Kansas City Chiefs, QB Coach

Of course, we couldn’t leave without talking about the most important position coach in the sport. As you may have heard, Pat Mahomes is good, and because he’s always been really good under Kafka, then Kafka is just as responsible for his stats and deserves rightful attribution. Kafka threw for 211 yards, three touchdowns and slapped the Texans around in a 34-20 win on Thursday night. Kafka is the best.

Week 2 opponent: at Los Angeles Chargers (3:25 pm CT)

Inside NU Fantasy Football League

What do you mean this wasn’t what you were expecting to see in this post? Anyways, here’s a quick breakdown of the teams.

Thousand Dollar Ruggs - Daniel Olinger and Mac Stone

Team Brown - Jacob Brown

Team Karmin - William Karmin

Clayton Thorson 2020 - Lia Assimakopoulos and Colin Kruse

Malort Bowl 2 - Matthew Albert

The Evanston Football Team - Andrew Katz and Didi Jin

Team NOTINEVANSTON - Josh Miller

Dean Spanos Hate Train - Jack Izzo

Saquon Barkleys - Yunsik Jeong

Purple Line to Linden - Eli Karp and Joe Weinberg

Whole-Brain Journalists - Evan Epstein

Mike Bajakian My Savior - Ben Chasen

And here are the results of the week one matchups:

Some notes:

  • The team “Clayton Thorson 2020” drafted not one, but two defenses despite it being the most easily replaceable position in Fantasy Football, not to mention they took their first defense in about the ninth round out of 16.
  • You already know that Justin Jackson was drafted in this league, and by none other than Mr. Malort Bowl Matthew Albert. Couple that with a 60-point win, and it was a pretty good week for him.
  • Daniel and Mac scored the most points in the league by far (183.7) because they’re really smart and drafted Josh Jacobs, Davante Adams and Calvin Ridley with their first three picks. They’re the best team in the league in my totally unbiased opinion.