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Northwestern in the NFL, Week Two: Quiet performances, another Bears win and Mike Kafka’s continued dominance

This week was a weird one.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten football is officially back and the NFL season is in full swing. Let’s take a look around the NFL to see how the #ProCats performed in their second week on the gridiron.

Ifeadi Odenigbo: Minnesota Vikings, DE

After failing to record a single stat last Sunday against the Packers, Odenigbo managed to record five total tackles, three of which were solo, in a strange 28-11 loss to the Colts. Minnesota’s defense has struggled out of the gate, and Odenigbo may continue to play a limited role in a crowded frontline that contains both Danielle Hunter and Yannick Ngakoue.

Week Three matchup: vs. Tennessee Titans (12:00 p.m. CT)

Tyler Lancaster: Green Bay Packers, DE

After a high-powered offensive performance in week one, the Packers continued to roll in week two with a 42-21 victory over the Lions. Lancaster once again failed to record a single stat, and things won’t get any easier when the Packers travel to New Orleans in week three.

Week Three matchup: at New Orleans Saints (7:20 p.m. CT)

Anthony Walker, Jr.: Indianapolis Colts, LB

After a solid performance in an extremely upsetting loss to the Jaguars in week one, Walker recorded just one solo tackle this past Sunday. The Colts defense, however, certainly shored up its flaws, allowing just 11 points to a Vikings offense that posted 34 on the Packers last week.

Week Three matchup: vs. New York Jets (3:05 p.m. CT)

Dean Lowry: Green Bay Packers, DE

Playing 75 percent of the defensive snaps, Lowry recorded one solo and one assisted tackle in the Packers romp of Detroit.

Week Three matchup: at New Orleans Saints (7:20 p.m. CT, 9/27)

Sherrick McManis: Chicago Bears, CB

McManis hardly saw the field this past Sunday against the Giants, but a stingy performance by the Bears defense took Chicago to 2-0. The Bears are 2-0 for the first time since 2013 (side note: Bear Down, see y’all at Club Dub).

Week Three matchup: at Atlanta Falcons (12:00 p.m. CT)

Justin Jackson: Los Angeles Chargers, RB

JJTBC was scratched from the Chargers lineup against the Chiefs after suffering a quad injury in the season opener. Austin Ekeler and rookie Joshua Kelley out of UCLA handled the ground game for the Chargers, rushing for 93 and 64 yards, respectively.

Week Three matchup: vs. Carolina Panthers (3:05 p.m. CT)

Mike Kafka: Kansas City Chiefs, QB Coach

As if it isn’t already well known, all of Patrick Mahomes’ success can be attributed to the teachings of Mike Kafka (there’s a report circulating that Mahomes stole Kafka’s powers in a similar manner to the Monstars in Space Jam, though this is unconfirmed). With that in mind, Mahomes Kafka threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns, while also scampering for 54 yards, in a 23-20 overtime win against the Chargers.

Week Three matchup: at Baltimore Ravens (7:15 p.m. CT, 9/28)