Let's take a look at how the pro Gamecocks avenged their alma mater this week.
New England Patriots 40, Buffalo Bills 32
Calling out Rob Gronkowski didn't work out too well for Stephon Gilmore. Gronkowski won the day with seven catches, 113 yards, and a touchdown. He was targeted 13 times, though, so it could be said that Stephon minimized the damage, along with recording five tackles on the day.
Houston Texans 17, Carolina Panthers 24
Jadeveon Clowney made a fine impact this week, recording just two tackles, but also deflecting two passes at the line of scrimmage. Clowney frequently made his presence felt in the pocket, and forced a subpar game out of Cam Newton. Johnathan Joseph continued to do physical work in the secondary, racking up five tackles, four of which were solo.
Arizona Cardinals 48, Chicago Bears 23
Naturally, almost immediately after publishing my preview yesterday, Alshon Jeffery was listed as inactive due to his lingering calf injury. The Bears were actually doing okay until Jay Cutler got hurt, thus forcing Jimmy Clausen to step up. It was downhill from there.
San Diego Chargers 19, Cincinnati Bengals 24
Melvin Ingram had a pretty quiet day, with just two assisted tackles and a pass deflection.
Tennessee Titans 14, Cleveland Browns 28
Ryan Succop made two extra points! Hooray!
Detroit Lions 16, Minnesota Vikings 26
Captain Munnerlyn had a tremendous day, leading the team with seven tackles, including six solo. Devin Taylor, unfortunately, was blanked in the game, recording zero stats.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, New Orleans Saints 19
D.J. Swearinger had a somewhat quiet day, with just a solo tackle, but he also picked up a critical loose fumble, which resulted in a Bucs field goal.
Atlanta Falcons 24, New York Giants 20
Another Giants game, another no-show from Jasper Brinkley. At least our boy Pat DiMarco made the most of the one pass thrown his way, racking up 19 yards. Good for you, Patty!
San Francisco 49ers 18, Pittsburgh Steelers 43
Bruce Ellington was a late scratch this week, nursing a mild ankle injury, but Mike Davis got a significant number of carries, rushing the ball seven times for a modest 14 yards. It was still more than rival Jarryd Hayne had, though! We cannot let the Aussies show up former Gamecocks. It can't happen!
St. Louis Rams 10, Washington Redskins 24
For the second week in a row, Jared Cook was the leading receiver for the Rams, with five catches on seven targets for 47 yards. They should really start considering throwing to him when he's in the end zone. The Rams might actually score some points!
Miami Dolphins 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 23
Baltimore Ravens 33, Oakland Raiders 37
Dallas Cowboys 20, Philadelphia Eagles 10
Seattle Seahawks 17, Green Bay Packers 27
* = Practice Squad
+ = Injured