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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Regular Season Week 8

Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks had a monster game in London.

NFL: International Series-Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

With the injuries continuing to pile up and bye weeks starting to hit, there wasn’t as much action from the Longhorns in the NFL throughout week eight. But with that being said, Michael Dickson stole the show for the highlight of this week.

Late in the fourth quarter, Seattle was punting from their own end zone up by 14 points. Keep in mind this was still a two-possession game and the Lions had three timeouts of their own. As Dickson rolled out to punt the ball, there was plenty of open field ahead of him. Without hesitation, the Aussie took off and gained the first down to seal the victory for Seattle.

In other player news, Marquise Goodwin had a 55-yard reception touchdown and Jordan Hicks notched 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a winning effort across the Atlantic waters. Check out how the rest of NFL Longhorns performed this week.

Week 8 Injuries: D’Onta Foreman (PUP-List)

Injured Reserve: DeShon Elliott (fractured forearm), Chris Warren III (knee), Fozzy Whittaker (ACL), Earl Thomas (broken left tibia), Sam Acho (torn pectoral muscle), Marcus Johnson (torn ligament), Adrian Colbert (ankle)

Malcolm Brown (RB-LAR)

Season Totals: 37 carries for 189 yards (5.1 YPC), 3 receptions for 24 yards (8 YPC)

Last Week: 29-27 win vs. Green Bay Packers

Brown had one carry for seven yards on Sunday.

This Week: at New Orleans Saints (Sun. 3:25 p.m. FOX)

Jamaal Charles (RB-FA)

After a two-game stint with Jacksonville, the 31-year-old running back is back on the market. Leading up to this past week’s game in London, the Jaguars released Charles. As he tries to continue playing this season, He worked out for the Baltimore Ravens this past Friday.

Marquise Goodwin (WR-SF)

Season Totals: 12 receptions for 259 yards (21.6 YPC) - 4 TDs, 1 carry for -1 yard

Last Week: 18-15 loss at Arizona Cardinals

On his only catch of the game, Goodwin took a quick slant 55 yards to the house. Just halfway through the season, Goodwin has surpassed his season-high touchdown total with four touchdowns already.

This Week: vs. Oakland Raiders (Thurs. 7:20 p.m. NFL Network)

Geoff Swaim (TE-DAL)

Season Totals: 19 receptions for 209 yards (11 YPC) - TD

Last Week: BYE

This Week: vs. Tennessee Titans (Mon. 7:15 p.m. ESPN)

Tyrone Swoopes (TE-SEA)

Season Totals: 1 reception for 23 yards (23 YPC)

Last Week: 28-14 win at Detroit Lions

With tight ends Nick Vannett and Ed Dickson on Seattle’s roster, the Seahawks moved Swoopes back to their practice squad.

This Week: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Sun. 3:05 p.m. CBS)

Malcom Brown (DT-NE)

Season Totals: 14 tackles (12 solo), 2 TFL

Last Week: 25-6 win at Buffalo Bills

Brown notched a solo tackle on Monday night.

This Week: vs. Green Bay Packers (Sun. 7:20 p.m. NBC)

Poona Ford (DT-SEA)

Season Totals: 4 tackles (3 solo)

Last Week: 28-14 win at Detroit Lions

Ford recorded a solo tackle in a winning effort.

This Week: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Sun. 3:05 p.m. CBS)

Hassan Ridgeway (DT-IND)

Season Totals: 4 tackles (3 solo), TFL

Last Week: 42-28 win at Oakland Raiders

Didn’t record any stats.

This Week: BYE

Alex Okafor (DE-NO)

Season Totals: 13 tackles (9 solo), TFL, sack, PD

Last Week: 30-20 win at Minnesota Vikings

Okafor notched two total tackles (one solo) as the Saints picked up a huge win on Sunday night.

This Week: vs. Los Angeles Rams (Sun. 3:25 p.m. FOX)

Brian Orakpo (DE-TEN)

Season Totals: 19 tackles (11 solo), TFL, FR, PD

Last Week: BYE

This Week: at Dallas Cowboys (Mon. 7:15 p.m. ESPN)

Jordan Hicks (LB-PHI)

Season Totals: 70 tackles (50 solo), 4.5 TFL, 3 sacks, FR, 4 PDs

Last Week: 24-18 win vs. Jacksonville Jaguars*

The tackling machine middle linebacker was at it again on Sunday. Playing overseas in London, Hicks recorded 13 total tackles (nine solo) and 1.5 sacks against the Jaguars. The 26-year-old is playing the best football of his career on a contract year. Unlike in the past, let’s hope he can remain healthy for a big payday this offseason.

This Week: BYE

Malik Jefferson (LB-CIN)

Season Totals: 2 tackles (2 solo)

Last Week: 37-34 win vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Didn’t record any stats.

This Week: BYE

Holton Hill (CB-MIN)

Season Totals: 13 tackles (11 solo), TFL, 3 PDs, INT

Last Week: 30-20 loss vs. New Orleans Saints

Starting in place of Xavier Rhodes, Hill had himself a quality first career start. The rookie cornerback had five solo tackles and a pass deflection on Sunday night.

This Week: vs. Detroit Lions (Sun. 12:00 p.m. FOX)

Quandre Diggs (SS-DET)

Season Totals: 38 tackles (30 solo), 2 TFL, 4 PDs, INT, TD

Last Week: 28-14 loss vs. Seattle Seahawks

Diggs led the Lions defense with eight total (five solo) tackles and had a tackle for a loss in a defeat.

This Week: at Minnesota Vikings (Sun. 12:00 p.m. FOX)

Adrian Phillips (SS-LAC)

Season Totals: 25 tackles (18 solo), TFL, 5 PDs, INT

Last Week: BYE

This Week: at Seattle Seahawks (Sun. 3:05 p.m. CBS)

Kenny Vaccaro (SS-TEN)

Season Totals: 17 tackles, sack, PD, INT

Last Week: BYE

This Week: at Dallas Cowboys (Mon. 7:15 p.m. ESPN)

Michael Dickson (P-SEA)

Season Totals: 35 punts - 46.6 YPP, 14 downed inside-the-20

Last Week: 28-14 win at Detroit Lions

Coming off a bye week, Dickson had one of his best punting performances of the season. The rookie struck four punts for an average of 49.5 yards and had a long of 60 yards.

Late in the game, with the Seahawks up 28-14 under 2 minutes to go, Dickson ran for a first down on a fake punt from their own endzone. Now, many may be thinking why would they run a fake punt in that situation. It looks as if the strategy was to take a safety. But, Dickson saw the defense stacked in the box with daylight ahead of him and bolted past the sticks for the first down. The ballsy move paid off and head coach Pete Carroll was ecstatic with the resulting outcome.

This play adds to an already filled season with rare punter accomplishments for Dickson. What can’t the Aussie do?

This Week: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Sun. 3:05 p.m. CBS)

Phil Dawson (K-ARI)

Season Totals: 4-6 FGs (60%), 12-12 XPs (100%)

Last Week: 18-15 win vs. San Francisco 49ers

Dawson converted on a 31-yard field goal and his lone extra point attempt as the Cardinals picked up their second win of the season.

This Week: BYE

Justin Tucker (K-BAL)

Season Totals: 13-15 FGs (86.7%), 20-21 XPs (95.2%)

Last Week: 36-21 loss at Carolina Panthers

While he didn’t attempt a field goal, Tucker made all three of his extra-point attempts.

This Week: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Sun. 12:00 p.m. CBS)

*in London (Wembley Stadium)

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