With Matt Ryan on bye and A.J. Dillon on the COVID-19/Reserve list, we had a list full of fresh faces representing Boston College in the NFL this weekend.
Justin Simmons - FS, Denver Broncos - (BC 2013-2015):
Raiders 37, Broncos 12: Week 10 proved to be challenging for the Broncos, who were simply outmatched on both sides of the ball. None of the blame, however, can be laid on Justin Simmons. Simmons was all over the field Sunday afternoon and recorded a season-high nine combined tackles, playing every defensive snap.
Despite his effectiveness against Las Vegas’ passing attack, Denver’s run defense allowed the Raiders to rack up over 200 rushing yards en route to a dominant win.
Week 11 Matchup: Miami Dolphins @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
John Johnson III - S, Los Angeles Rams - (BC 2013-2016):
Rams 23, Seahawks 16: John Johnson played arguably his best game of the season on Sunday when the Rams defeated the Seahawks to force a three-way tie at the top of the NFC West. Johnson and the Rams’ secondary shut down MVP candidate Russell Wilson’s high-flying offensive attack.
Wilson was unable to find a rhythm all night, throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns. As for Johnson, he recorded a season-high eight solo tackles in the Rams’ momentous win.
Week 11 Matchup: Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monday 8:15 p.m.
Anthony Castonzo - OT, Indianapolis Colts - (BC 2007-2010)
Colts 34, Titans 17: Anthony Castonzo played a major role in the Colts’ offensive outburst in their Thursday Night Football matchup against Tennessee. His pass protection helped to keep a clean pocket for Philip Rivers, an essential part of the Colts’ third quarter comeback.
Rivers only took one sack all night. His blocking also paved the way for the run game, with Indianapolis tallying over 130 yards on the night at an efficient 4.6 yards per carry clip. Behind Castonzo’s blocking, the Indianapolis line’s ability to protect the passer and clear gaps for the run could be essential as they attempt to seal a playoff berth in a crowded AFC.
Week 11 Matchup: Green Bay Packers @ Indianapolis Colts, Sunday 4:25 p.m.
Harold Landry - OLB, Tennessee Titans - (BC 2014-2017):
Colts 34, Titans 17: On the other side of the Colts-Titans tilt, Landry struggled in Tennessee’s loss. He provided little impact in limiting Philip Rivers’ ability to pass all over the field. Landry recorded one tackle for loss, but had few other bright spots in the game.
The third-year linebacker was only able to stay on the field for 91% of the Titans’ defensive snaps, his second-lowest total of the season thus far. Landry will need to step up his game if he wants to help keep the Titans in the playoff hunt.
Week 11 Matchup: Tennessee Titans @ Baltimore Ravens, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
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