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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Week 7

Three lengthy field goals from Justin Tucker leads the way for the ‘Horns in the NFL

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The best kicker in the NFL has found his groove again. Justin Tucker’s big game in a loss was the standout performance from former Longhorns in Week 7. Fellow former Texas kicker, Nick Rose, was perfect in his NFL debut. The most devastating news from a former Longhorn this year came on Monday night, as linebacker Jordan Hicks suffered a season-ending injury.

Malcolm Brown (RB-LAR): In a blowout win, Brown got some major playing time on Sunday and made the most of it. Brown had 48 yards on 11 carries with a seven-yard reception. He surpassed his 33 total rushing yards on the season by 15 yards.

Jamaal Charles (RB-DEN): For the second straight week, the Broncos run game was completely bottled up. Charles had two yards on four attempts. His receiving stats were slightly better as he had 20 yards on four receptions.

Marquise Goodwin (WR-SF): Goodwin had a quite impressive showing on Sunday in the 49ers blowout loss. He had 80 yards on four catches, good for 20 yards per reception. Goodwin now ranks 5th in the NFL with 17.4 yards per catch.

Geoff Swaim (TE-DAL): The blocking tight end recorded his first reception of the season on a seven-yard catch in the Cowboys 40-10 win.

Malcom Brown (DT-NE): Brown left Sunday night’s game with an ankle injury.

Hassan Ridgeway (DT-IND): Ridgeway combined in a tackle for a loss in the Colts 27-0 loss.

Alex Okafor (DE-NO): It seems to be a reoccuring theme by now but Okafor had a strong performance once again on Sunday. He had four tackles including two tackles for a loss and a sack. He played very well in the run game in the Saints 26-17 win.

Brian Orakpo (DE-TEN): The veteran defensive end got after both Browns quarterbacks on Sunday. He recorded four tackles, combined for a sack, and had three quarterback hits in the Titans 12-9 overtime escape.

Jordan Hicks (MLB-PHI): Hicks left Monday night’s game early on with an injury. It turns out that he tore his Achilles’ tendon. Head coach Doug Pederson confirmed that Hicks will be out for the rest of the season. This is awful news given Hicks’ past season-ending injuries at Texas and early on in his NFL career. The Eagles will miss his presence at the middle linebacker position and in coverage.

Derrick Johnson (ILB-KC): Johnson had seven total tackles including one for a loss and a pass deflection in the Chiefs stunning 31-30 Thursday night loss.

Sam Acho (LB-CHI): Acho totaled three tackles in the Bears dominant 17-3 defensive victory.

Keenan Robinson (LB-NYG): Robinson led the Giants with nine total tackles (six solo) in their 20-7 loss.

Adrian Colbert (CB-SF): The seventh round draft pick had a career high three total tackles in the 49ers blowout loss on Sunday.

Adrian Phillips (SS-LAC): After being uncertain to play this week, Phillips showed out on Sunday in the Chargers 21-0 shutout win. He had eight total tackles, forced a fumble, and had a pass deflection.

Kenny Vaccaro (SS-NO): Leading a strong display by the Saints secondary against the backup quarterback Brett Hundley, Vaccaro had four total tackles and a pass deflection in their win.

Earl Thomas (FS-SEA): Thomas had a rather quiet day in the Seahawks 20-7 victory. This was because the Giants avoided throwing the ball deep down the middle of the field. Thomas dropped an interception and only had two total tackles.

Phil Dawson (K-ARI): Dawson missed his lone 32-yard field goal attempt as the Cardinals got blanked 33-0 against the Rams. This was Dawson’s fifth missed field goal of the season.

Nick Rose (K-WAS): Due to a Dustin Hopkins injury, the Redskins picked up Rose and he made his NFL debut on Monday night. Rose was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points and nailed his lone field goal attempt, a 27-yarder.

Justin Tucker (K-BAL): Tucker showed why he’s the best in the game on Sunday. He went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts connecting from 47, 48, and 57 yards out. He also hit an extra point in the Ravens 24-16 loss. Fantasy owners have rejoiced these past three weeks as Tucker is finally getting his chances in the kicking game.

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