Saturday, October 22, 2016

Three things to watch from WVUPros in NFL Week 7

Kirby Lee - USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

Ah, another week in the NFL has arrived. That’s the beauty of the NFL. On Monday, you have a prime-time game to begin your week and three days later you are treated with another prime-time game.

This week in the NFL, WVUPro Bruce Irvin takes on the San Francisco 49ers in a game that will almost serve as an elimination game. The Packers and Bengals are on a bye, so Don Barclay, Adam Jones and Will Clarke will be resting this Sunday. Let’s dig deeper into who will headline the weekend for the WVUPros.

Bruce Irvin

Irvin will play in the primetime on Thursday night in a game that should be a defensive battle. This rivalry is always a physical battle, and the defenses will look to control the tempo of the game. The Seattle defense has looked ineffective at times this season, and it comes as a surprise considering how dominant their defense has been in the past seasons. The 49er offense has struggled all season to move the ball, and Colin Kaepernick has not performed well under pressure all season. This could be a game where we see Irvin blitzing frequently, and he could get in on a few sacks.

You can watch the game on CBS or NFL Network starting at 8:25 ET on Thursday night.

Tavon Austin Watch

As Mountaineer fans know, Austin has the ability to take every touch the distance. Against a lackluster Browns defense, Austin could be in for a big game. The Browns have the worst rush defense in the league, so the Rams should look to pound the ball with Todd Gurley most of the game. That could lead to a big play from Austin, which he specializes in best.

The Rams take on the Browns at 1:00 ET on Sunday on CBS.

Charles Sims’ Role

Sims and co-running back Doug Martin have been two bright spots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense this season, as Martin has enjoyed a nice comeback season and Sims has been a great compliment to Martin. Sims has seen a gradual rise in touches throughout the season, and has made the most out of his touches. As always, Sims has been doing most of his damage in the passing game. On the year, Sims has 14 catches for 193 yards and three touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how his role continues to evolve in week 7 against the Redskins.

The Bucs and the Redskins face off at 1:00 ET on FOX.



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