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'Horns in the NFL: Derrick Johnson helps seal deal for Chiefs with pick six

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Former 'Horns continue to impact the NFL with big defensive plays and the reliable leg of Justin Tucker.

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Two Longhorn players scored TDs last weekend and both were defensive players. 12-year veteran Derrick Johnson capitalized on one of Ryan Fitzpatrick's 6 interceptions and returned it for a TD with under 4 minutes to go, to help his Jamaal Charles-less Chiefs defeat the New York Jets 24-3. He also forced another pick by undercutting a slant in the red zone and popping it up to a teammate. Those plays, combined with his 11 tackles, made him the 7th best player of the Week in the NFL according to PFF.

Aaron Williams is the second Longhorn to score a TD for the Bills this season, after Marquise Goodwin's in Week 2. The defensive back, who is making his return this year after suffering a scary neck injury last season, recovered a fumble on a bad snap during a FG attempt by the Cardinals, and returned it 53 yards for a TD. The Bills went on to win notching their first of the season.

But probably the biggest performance by a Longhorn this week was, once more, by Justin Tucker. The kicker was responsible for 13 points in the 19-16 Ravens victory over the Jaguars. He made all of his 4 FG attempts including a 54-yarder with 1:02 on the clock that sealed the victory for his team. It was Tucker's 11th game-winning field goal since joining the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He is a nominee for the NFL's Clutch Performer of the Week and you can vote for him here.

Both Brian Orakpo and Brian Robison had their second game in a row recording a sack. Bears' Sam Acho had a sack himself in the first week replacing fellow Longhorn Lamarr Houston as a starter. Additionally, Fozzy Whittaker played a secondary role behind Cameron Artis-Payne with Jonathan Stewart still out. According to Adam Caplan, CB Duke Thomas worked-out with the Philadelphia Eagles this week, but there has been no word yet if he has he joined the team.


QB

Name Team Status Passing (season) Yards (season) TDs (season) INTs (season)
#16 Colt McCoy Washington Redskins QB #2 (0/0) (0) (0) (0)

RB

Name Team Status Rushing (Season) Receiving (Season) Turnovers
#25 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs RB #1 (0) (0)
#43 Fozzy Whittaker Carolina Panthers RB #2 5 carries (24) 22 yards (135) 0 TD 5 recs (9) 34 yards (69) 0 TD 1 FL (1)
#39 Malcolm Brown LA Rams RB #3 0 carries (1) 0 yards (5) 0 recs (1) 0 yards (1)

WR/TE

Name Team Status Receptions (Season) Yards (Season) TDs (Season)
#87 Geoff Swaim Dallas Cowbys TE #2 0 recs (3) 0 yards (49)
#88 Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills LWR #2 1 recs (3) 5 yards (117) 0 (1)

OL

Name Team Status GP GS
#66 Trey Hopkins Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad
#61 Donald Hawkins Carolina Panthers LT #2

DL

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#90 Malcom Brown New England Patriots DT #1 2 (3.5)

#97 Roy Miller III Jacksonville Jaguars DT #1 (5)
#96 Brian Robison Minnesota Vikings LDE #1 2 (5) 1 (2) (1) (1 FF)
#91 Hassan Ridgeway Indianapolis Colts DT #2 0 (2)

OLB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#98 Brian Orakpo Tennessee Titans ROLB #1 1.5 (5.5) 0.5 (2.5)
#99 Lamarr Houston Chicago Bears IR (torn ACL, W1) 0 (3)
#57 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals SAM #2 0 (2)
#49 Sam Acho Chicago Bears ROLB #2 3.5 (7) 1 (1)

ILB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#56 Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs LILB #1

10 (24.5)

0 (1) 2 (2) 1 INT (1 INT)
#57 Keenan Robinson New York Giants WLB #2 6 (12) (1)
#58 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia Eagles MLB #1 2.5 (7.5) 2 (3) 0 (1 FR)

DB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#33 Michael Griffin Minnesotta Vikings IR
#28 Quandre Diggs Detroit Lions RCB #2 1 (6.5) 1 (1)
#32 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints Out (ankle) 0 (14) 0 (1) 0 (1 FF)
#29 Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks FS #1 2 (8)
#31 Adrian Phillips San Diego Chargers SS #2 2.5 (2.5)
#23 Aaron Williams Buffalo Bills SS #1 (4.5)
1 (2) 1 FR (1 FR)
#33 Mykkele Thompson New York Giants FS #3 0.5 (0.5)
#23 Chykie Brown Cincinati Bengals RCB #3

ST

Name Team Status FG (Season) Long (Season) XPs (Season)
#9 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens Kicker 4/4 (9/9) 54 (54) 1/1 (4/4)
#9 Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers Kicker 1/2 (3/4) 22 (39) 2/2 (9/9)