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NFL 'Horns: Texas Exes are racking up sacks

The Longhorns have steadily produced NFL defensive linemen for the last decade and they have been making plays.

Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) celebrates after a sack during the second half against the Carolina Panthers.
Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) celebrates after a sack during the second half against the Carolina Panthers.
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In a league where pass rushers are the key for a good defense, the former Texas Longhorns had a total of nine sacks in the past two weeks. None was more important than Malcom Brown's sack, which was key in the New England Patriots' last-second win over the New York Giants. Brian Orakpo and Lamarr Houston had three sacks each, as Orakpo continues to turn his season around after a slow start. The 2008 Nagurski Award recipient has six sacks, all of them in the last seven games.

QB

Name Team Depth Passes Yards TDs INTs
#16 Colt McCoy Washington Redskins #2QB (Bye)

Kirk Cousins took advantage of a poor New Orleans Saints' defense, which ranks dead last in passing defense this year. He had his best showing of the year completing 20 of his 25 attempted passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns. Despite all of their struggles, the Washington Redskins are 4-5, just one win behind the New York Giants, who are leading the division at 5-5.

RB

Name Team Status Rushing (Season) Receiving (Season) Turnovers
#43 Fozzy Whittaker Carolina Panthers #2 RB 0 carries (5) 0 yards (10) 0 recs (6) 0 yards (48)
#39 Malcolm Brown St Louis Rams PS
#25 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs IR (Knee, W5) 0 (71) 0 (364) 0 TDs (4) 0 (21) 0 (177) 0 TDs (1) 0 (2 FL)

Fozzy Whittaker had no carries for the still unbeaten Carolina Panthers this week. He returned a kickoff for 22 yards.

WR/TE

Name Team Status Receptions (Season) Yards (Season) TDs (Season)
#87 Geoff Swaim Dallas Cowbys Inactive 0 receptions (1) 0 yards (0)
#16 Jaxon Shipley Arizona Cardinals Practice Squad
#88 Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills IR (Ribs, W6) 0 receptions (2) 0 yards (24)
John Chiles Cut by CHI Free Agent
John Harris Cut by ATL Free Agent
Mike Davis Cut by OAK ('14) Free Agent

OL

Name Team Status GP GS
#63 Lyle Sendlein Arizona Cardinals #1 OC 9 9
#76 Tony Hills New Orleans Saints #2 LT 2 0
#66 Trey Hopkins Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad
#61 Donald Hawkins Miami Dolphins Practice Squad
#69 Michael Huey Cut by SD (Week 5) Free Agent

Lyle Sendlein made his 130th career start for the Arizona Cardinals, and has now started in every game he has played since his rookie season back in 2007, when he entered the league as an undrafted free agent. Tony Hills hasn't played since Week 6, as the Saints' regular starters have now recovered.

DL

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#90 Malcom Brown New England Patriots #1 DT 5.5 (18.5) 1 (2)

#97 Roy Miller Jacksonville Jaguars #1 DT 2.5 (15) - (2)
#96 Brian Robison Minnesota Vikings #1 LDE 1 (20.5) 0 (1) 1 (3) 0 (1 FR)
#90 Henry Melton Tampa Bay Buccaneers #2 LDT 0 (11.5) 0 (1) 0 (2 FR, 1 FF)
#90 Cory Redding Arizona Cardinals #2 LDE 0 (3.5) 0 (1) 0 (1 FR, 1 INT)
#56 Cedric Reed Buffalo Bills Practice Squad
#64 Chris Whaley Dallas Cowboys IR (Achilles)

Rookie Malcom Brown was credited with his second sack of the season last week against the New York Giants. Brown's big play was key as it came on a third down in the red zone, and the Giants settled for a field goal, which opened the door for a Patriots' comeback. He didn't actually get to tackle Manning, but he forced Eli to slide in the backfield, near the sideline, to prevent getting hit. The Patriots ended up winning the game, thanks to a Stephen Gostkowski last-second Field Goal. You can enjoy Malcom's highlights here.

OLB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#98 Brian Orakpo Tennessee Titans #1 ROLB 5.5 (26) 1 (6) 0 (2) 1 Blocked Kick
#53 Jackson Jeffcoat Washington Redskins #2 LOLB 0 (4) 0 0 0 (1FF)
#99 Lamarr Houston Chicago Bears #1 ROLB 1.5 (11) 1 (4)
#57 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals Out (Hamstring) 1 (11) - (2) - (1)
#49 Sam Acho Chicago Bears #2 LOLB (Bye) 2 (24.5)
0 (1) 0 (1 FR, 1 FF)

Orakpo continues to impress with the Tennessee Titans as he recorded his fourth sack in the last three games. He has become one of the leaders for the Titans, a team that signed him despite his missing most of last season due to injury. Lamarr Houston had a sack for the Chicago Bears, his third in the past two weeks.

ILB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#56 Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs #1 RILB 6.5 (45.5) 1 (3) 0 (4) 0 (1 INT)
#51 Emmanuel Acho Philadelphia Eagles #3 RILB - - - -
#52 Keenan Robinson Washington Redskins #1 LILB (Out rib) - (43) - (2) - (1 INT, 1 FR)
#58 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia Eagles IR (Pectoral) - (46.5) - (1) - (3) - (2 INT, 3 FR, 1 FF)
Steve Edmond Cut by NO Free Agent

With Jordan Hicks out for the season and Keenan Robinson out last Sunday with a rib injury, it was time for Derrick Johnson to shine, and he did. He recorded a sack on Peyton Manning, who had an awful game with four interceptions, but still broke Brett Favre's all-time passing yards record. It was the third sack of the season for DJ, the second in his last two games.

DB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#33 Michael Griffin Tennessee Titans #1 FS 5 (40.5) 1 (1) 0 (2) 0 (1 INT)
#28 Quandre Diggs Detroit Lions #2 Nickel 2 (12) 1 (2) 0 (1 FR)
#32 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints #1 SS 4.5 (52.5) 0 (1) 0 (4)
#29 Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks #1 FS 5 (36) 1 (6) 1 INT (1 FF, 3 INT)
#31 Adrian Phillips San Diego Chargers #3 SS (Bye) - (9.5)
#25 Tarell Brown New England Patriots IR (foot, W6) (13)


#23 Aaron Williams Buffalo Bills IR (Neck, W5) (12)
(3) (1 INT)
#33 Mykkele Thompson New York Giants IR (Achilles)
Carrington Byndom Cut by CAR (PS) Free Agent
Chykie Brown Cut by NYG (PS) Free Agent
Curtis Brown Cut by NYJ (PS) Free Agent
Aaron Ross Cut by CLE (PS) Free Agent

Earl Thomas is en route to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl. He is the only Seattle Seahawks' defensive back keeping pace this season, which has been a down year for the two-time Super Bowl finalists. Rookie Quandre Diggs came up big during the clutch moments in the Detroit Lions' surprising win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. ‘The Giant' had to play on the Packers' last offensive drive due to his teammates' injuries. Rodgers tried to take advantage of the rookie, but Diggs had a couple of key defensive plays, including one on a failed two-point conversion which would have forced overtime.

ST

Name Team Status FG (Season) LG (Season) XPs (Season)
#9 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens #1 K 0/1 (19/23) - (52 x2) 2/2 (19/19)
#9 Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers #1 K (Bye) -/- (13/14) 54 (54) -/- (8/8)
Cullen Loeffler Cut by MIN Free Agent
Nate Boyer Cut by SEA Free Agent

Justin Tucker missed his only field goal attempt from a mere 58-yards(!) in the Baltimore Ravens' loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars' kicker got to be the hero this week, with a 53-yarder with no time left on the clock, to give the win to his team. With Tucker's missed field goal, this was the first week of the season with no field goals made by any Longhorn, as Phil Dawson's San Francisco 49ers had a bye last week.

Please take a moment to vote and help our beloved Longhorns make it to the Pro Bowl. The candidates are:

C: Lyle Sendlein

DE: Brian Robison

DT: Roy Miller

ILBs: Keenan Robinson and Derrick Johnson

OLBs: Brian Orakpo, Alex Okafor and Sam Acho

SS: Aaron Williams and Kenny Vaccaro

FS: Michael Griffin and Earl Thomas

K: Phil Dawson and Justin Tucker

ST: Sam Acho