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Longhorns in the NFL — Week 9: Garrett Gilbert starts for the Cowboys

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Jordan Hicks, Adrian Phillips lead their teams in tackles while Malcom Brown sacks a former teammate.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Garrett Gilbert, QB — Dallas Cowboys

If I was to tell you 10 years ago that Garrett Gilbert would be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, you’d probably think his career at Texas would go a little bit different than it really did. The former Texas and SMU quarterback is the fourth quarterback to start for Dallas this year, replacing Ben DiNucci.

Gilbert threw for 243 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Cowboys loss. With Andy Dalton in line to return after the bye week, Gilbert will likely return to the sideline as the backup.

Kris Boyd, CB — Minnesota Vikings

While Holton Hill was placed on the exempt list for undisclosed reasons, teammate Kris Boyd played his best game in the NFL to date against the Detroit Lions. Boyd filled up the stat sheet with 11 total tackles (eight solo), one TFL, and one pass deflection. With the injuries still mounting in the Vikings secondary, Boyd should continue to get solid time if can stay healthy. Regarding Hill, head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters “they told us to” when asked why he was placed on the exempt list before the game. The third-year cornerback was slated to start after missing the last few games with an injury.

Malcom Brown, DT/Malcolm Roach, DE — New Orleans Saints

Malcom Brown and Malcolm Roach helped make Tom Brady’s even more miserable, with Brown sacking his former teammate.

Roach also got in on the action with this quarterback hit to go along with his two tackles. Saints sweep the season series against the Buccaneers and sit in the driver’s seat for the NFC South.

Brandon Jones, S — Miami Dolphins

  • Shaq Lawson returned a Kyler Murray strip-sack for a touchdown, but it doesn’t happen without the hustle and blocking from Brandon Jones. Jones finished with three tackles while also beating Kyler Murray for the second time is his career.
  • Tough game for the Seattle defense after Josh Allen and the Bills gashed them for 44 points. Quandre Diggs and the entire Seahawks secondary struggled, allowing 415 yards and three touchdowns. Poona Ford finished with two tackles and Michael Dickson only punted once for 53 yards.
  • An interesting week for the Texas Exes on the Baltimore Ravens. DeShon Elliott was activated off the COVID-19 list (Elliott was in close contact with cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who tested positive) and finished with four tackles. Devin Duvernay somehow was was targeted zero times, but did have one rush attempt for -1 yards. Justin Tucker was 3/3 on PAT’s and converted his only field goal attempt while also recording one tackle. Tucker now six career tackles...
  • D’Onta Foreman rushed for 11 yards on five attempts in the Titans 24-17 victory over the Chicago Bears while teammate Kenny Vaccaro added six tackles.
  • Jordan Hicks led the Cardinals with seven tackles and one TFL as the Miami Dolphins won 34-31 in Tua Tagovailoa’s first career start. I would also suggest that one of these days you should search “Jordan Hicks” on Twitter and look at all the Eagles fans tweeting about how they never should’ve let him go. It’ll make your Sunday better.
  • Rookie Collin Johnson caught one pass for nine yards as fellow rookie Jake Luton made his first career start in the Jaguars 27-25 loss to the Texans.
  • Phillip Rivers and Marcus Johnson connected only twice for 14 yards as the Ravens defense limited Rivers to 227 yards passing.
  • Adrian Phillips once again led the Pats in tackles with eight (six solo) as New England kept the New York Jets winless on Monday Night Football. Phillips had a key tackle on the Jets final drive to force a punt and set up New England’s game-winning drive. He also leads the team in tackles and should be considered for his second straight Pro Bowl, but it doesn’t help that his offense might be the worst ever in the Bill Belichick/Patriots era.

Bye/Injuries