Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In the fifth week of the NFL, we saw one young WVUPro help his team to a win, but another going to injured reserve. Let’s recap the fifth week of the 2016 NFL season.

Chargers 31 vs. Raiders 34

Three games into his young career, Karl Joseph is showing why the Raiders drafted him 14th overall, despite having a torn ACL at the time of the NFL Draft. On Sunday against San Diego, Joseph intercepted the first pass of his career off Philip Rivers near halftime (which set up a field goal), and recovered a fumble in the second half resulting in Michael Crabtree’s go-ahead touchdown.

Joseph flew around the field and plugged holes throughout the game for the Raiders’ defense. Oh, he also finished with six tackles and broke up a pass. Not bad for a rookie making his third start.

After the game, Joseph revealed that, even with as well as he played, he is still learning and recovering from the knee injury.

“Every week I go out there, I get a little more comfortable,” Joseph said. “I’m just trusting the process. Still battling with the knee a little bit, so I’ve just got to keep trusting the process and keep growing and keep getting better every week.”

Bruce Irvin had one tackle and a QB hit.

Eagles 23 vs. Lions 24

Want to know what it’s like being a rookie in the NFL? Let’s head to Detroit and check on the fourth round draft pick of the Eagles, Wendell Smallwood: A week after picking up 79 yards on the ground and his first NFL touchdown, Smallwood played just one down on offense. The reason: the return of starter Ryan Matthews.

Bears 23 vs. Colts 29

Like his former teammate Smallwood, Bears rookie Nick Kwiatkoski also found himself taking a backseat in the return of starter Danny Trevathan. Kwiatkoski didn’t break into the box score, but make an adjustment on a play that cut off a pass in the backfield, resulting in a sack on Andrew Luck.

For Indy, Pat McAfee punted three times for a 63.3 yard average, landing two inside the 20, and had a long of 74 yards. Boomstick indeed.

Titans 30 vs. Dolphins 17

Quinton Spain again started for Tennessee at LG, and helped pave the way for 398 yards of total offense for the Titans.

Redskins 16 vs. Ravens 10

Terence Garvin picked up the first sack of his career on Sunday against Baltimore. He finished with two tackles.

Texans 13 vs. Vikings 31

In K.J. Dillon’s first three games as a pro, he did not register any stats. In his fourth game, he wasted no time, recording a tackle on the opening kickoff against Minnesota. He went on to register four tackles.

Bengals 14 vs. Cowboys 28

Adam Pacman Jones finished with five tackles and broke up a pass for Cincinnati.

Bills 30 vs. Rams 19

Through the first four games of the season, the Rams targeted Tavon Austin 35 times, catching 16 (about 45%). In this game, Austin was targeted 10 times and caught 7 for 59 yards. He also carried the ball three times for 26 yards.

Bucs 17 vs. Panthers 14

Going into the weekend, there was some question as to whether Charles Sims would play for Tampa Bay in their Monday night clash against Carolina due to a knee injury. On Monday afternoon, Sims was ruled as OUT and then placed on Injured Reserve. Sims suffered the injury the previous week against Denver. He could return in eight weeks.

He makes four  currently on injured reserve. He joins Kevin White, J.T. Thomas, and Will Johnson.

On the opening drive, Tampa drove the ball down inside the Panthers’ 20-yard line. On third down, Daryl Worley broke up a pass intended for Mike Evans, resulting in a field goal for the Bucs. Then, Keith Tandy stuffed Artis-Payne on third down of the Panthers opening drive to force a punt.

Later in the game, Worley bit on a double-move from Mike Evans and gave up the game-tying TD. The rookie out of WVU finished with five tackles. Tandy had two for the Bucs.

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