Another week has approached us in the NFL, and we are almost to the halfway point already. Some WVUPros are separating themselves from the rest in terms of production, like Charles Sims and Tavon Austin. Others are enjoying great seasons on great teams, like Don Barclay and Adam Jones. All of these players will contribute to their team’s success this weekend, and now it’s time to look at each player individually.
Sims has been a pleasant surprise for Tampa Bay this season, and has developed into one of the more reliable no. 2 running backs in the NFL. He has been the perfect complement to backfield mate Doug Martin, and he has a great matchup against the Falcons this Sunday. The Falcons give up the most catches to opposing running backs in the NFL, and Sims is a pass-catching specialist. Sims should see quality action in the passing game this weekend in hopes of helping his team pull of an upset.
The Bucs play in Atlanta at 1:00 ET on FOX.
Austin’s big play ability has flashed all season long, but he is still lacked consistency. However, the Rams passing game has struggled all season long and it is not a reflection of Austin. Austin leads all St. Louis position players in scoring, and has a rushing touchdown, three receiving and one punt return for touchdown. This weekend, St. Louis faces the 49ers who have been one of the worst defensive units throughout the season. Austin will look to break the game open with one of his trademark big plays, and help the Rams win for the third consecutive game.
Austin, Stedman Bailey and the Rams play host to San Francisco at 1:00 ET on FOX.
Barclay flies under the radar because he is an offensive lineman, but Barclay plays significant minutes for one of the few undefeated teams in the NFL. He has helped get the line through injuries, and has been the ultimate fill-in for the Packers when any lineman goes down. Barclay takes the field in prim time on Sunday night against another unbeaten team, the Denver Broncos.
Barclay and the Packers meet Denver on Sunday Night Football on NBC at 8:25.
Unlike Barclay, Jones rarely flies under the radar for his sometimes aggressive and controversial play. But say what you want about him, he is one of the most intense competitors on the gridiron each time he steps on the field. Jones leads the unbeaten Bengals in interceptions this season, and the Bengals travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in a big AFC North battle.
This huge divisional battle kicks off at 1:00 ET on CBS.