NFL Gamecock Roundup: Big Performances in Close Losses

Detroit Lions 10, Kansas City Chiefs 45
Nobody can blame Devin Taylor for the Lions' startling blowout loss to the Chiefs. It's not startling that they were blown out, just that they were blown out by the Chiefs. Anyways, Taylor really did have a fantastic game, recording four tackles, including two for a loss, a sack, a pass deflection, and a QB hit. He ordered everything off of the menu, but it was the Lions who ended up with the tummy ache. 

San Diego Chargers 26, Baltimore Ravens 29
The hands of Melvin Ingram are similarly clean, as he put on quite a display himself. Ingram had six tackles with one for a loss, a sack-and-a-half, and two QB hits. So how did the Ravens win? Well, the Chargers had three touchdowns and two field goals, but went 2 of 3 on extra points. Meanwhile, the Ravens only had two touchdowns, but kicked five field goals. A truly mathematical defeat.

Arizona Cardinals 34, Cleveland Browns 20

San Francisco 49ers 6, St. Louis Rams 27
So, here's some good news and some bad news. Good news is that Mike Davis had 10 carries. The bad news is that he only rushed for 4 yards. I swear, the 49ers have the disease of being godawful, and it's infecting too many Gamecocks. Bruce Ellington similarly got to play, but didn't put up any flashy numbers, with two catches for just 8 yards. He did well on special teams as usual, though, with two kick returns for 49 yards, and four punt returns for 38 yards. On the Rams side of the ball, Jared Cook had a fine day, with only two catches but for 57 yards.

Tennessee Titans 6, Houston Texans 20
Johnathan Joseph was quite active in yesterday's game, with six total tackles and two pass deflections. His Gamecock cohort on the line, Jadeveon Clowney, unfortunately had just one tackle for his efforts. Ryan Succop kicked both of those field goals for the Titans, so he deserves a nice pat on the back. Somebody remind me to pat him on the back.

Cincinnati Bengals 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23,  Atlanta Falcons 20
Hoo boy, talk about a heart-pounder. The Bucs were again looking great in the first half, but then things started to slip away, and we ended up going into overtime... where the Bucs won! Good for you, Bucs. It was no thanks to D.J. Swearinger, who somehow still hasn't taken Chris Conte's job from him, as D.J. was left statless. Patrick DiMarco looked amazing on some of his blocks. Really aggressive, and held his ground as well. He also caught a pass for 8 yards.

Minnesota Vikings 23, Chicago Bears 20
Another casually great game from Alshon, as he had 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. It's amazing how quickly he's gotten back into top form after his prolonged injury. It's too bad that he's still being targeted 15 times per game because the Bears have no other decent wide receivers. Whoops.

New York Giants 49, New Orleans Saints 52
Jasper Brinkley stat alarm! The vet had three tackles in the Giants surprisingly close loss to the Saints. Y'know, the Saints team with that Drew Brees guy who threw seven touchdowns. You know who I'm talking about.

New York Jets 20, Oakland Raiders 34

Seattle Seahawks 13, Dallas Cowboys 12

Green Bay Packers 10, Denver Broncos 29
Darian Stewart had a nice game under the bright lights, accruing three tackles and a victory. Not a bad way to end a Sunday night, eh?

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Player Team Pos. #
Antonio Allen+ New York Jets S 48
Rory Anderson+ San Francisco 49ers TE 48
Jasper Brinkley New York Giants LB 54
Damiere Byrd* Carolina Panthers WR 70
A.J. Cann Jacksonville Jaguars G 60
Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans OLB 90
Jared Cook St. Louis Rams TE 89
Chris Culliver Washington Redskins S 29
Justice Cunningham St. Louis Rams TE/FB 4
Mike Davis San Francisco 49ers RB 20
Patrick DiMarco Atlanta Falcons FB 42
Bruce Ellington San Francisco 49ers WR 10
Clifton Geathers+ Pittsburgh Steelers DE 98
Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills CB 24
Melvin Ingram San Diego Chargers OLB 54
Lemuel Jeanpierre Seattle Seahawks OL 61
Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears WR 17
T.J. Johnson Cincinnati Bengals C 60
Johnathan Joseph Houston Texans CB 24
Jamon Meredith Tennessee Titans OT 79
Captain Munnerlyn Minnesota Vikings CB 24
Ronald Patrick Cleveland Browns OL 70
Corey Robinson Detroit Lions OT 70
Connor Shaw+ Cleveland Browns QB 9
Darian Stewart Denver Broncos S 26
Ryan Succop Tennessee Titans K 4
D.J. Swearinger Tampa Bay Buccaneers S 36
Devin Taylor Detroit Lions DE 98
Dylan Thompson* San Francisco 49ers QB 13