USC to NFL: Cameron Catches Game Winner; Has 3 TD

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Jordan Cameron had another strong game, scoring three touchdowns while a pair of former Trojan LBs played well in the Cincy-Green Bay matchup. See how all the USC alums did this weekend.

All Pro:

Jordan Cameron (Cleveland) - Through three weeks, Jordan Cameron has established himself as an All-Pro candidate at the tight end position. Though he finished with less than 95 yards for the first time, Cameron scored three touchdowns on Sunday to help the Browns to a win over Minnesota. He was targeted 11 times, finishing with six catches for 66 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown on a fake field goal and the game-winning 7-yard TD catch with less than a minute to go (beating former Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith). Cameron is now behind only the Saints' Jimmy Graham in receptions and yards by a tight end while both have hauled in four touchdowns.

Studs:

Clay Matthews (Green Bay) - On back-to-back possessions in the second quarter, Clay Matthews created turnovers. He made a Superman dive from the backside to stuff a 3rd-and-1 and knock the ball free from Cincinnati's BenJarvus Green-Ellis, which M.D. Jennings picked up and ran in for a touchdown. When the Bengals got the ball back, Matthews popped the ball away from Andy Dalton while pulling him down for a sack. Unfortunately, he was forced to leave the game after the play after tweaking his hamstring. Matthews said it would be fine, but he did not return, finishing with two tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles in only 19 minutes of play.

Rey Maualuga (Cincinnati) - For the second straight game, Rey Maualuga had eight tackles in a Bengals' win. He has combined with former Arizona State Sun Devil Vontaze Burfict to form one of the NFL's top young linebacking duos.

Others of Note:

Charles Brown (NO) - 0 penalties, 0.5 sacks allowed for -3.5 yards
Jeff Byers (CAR) - 0 penalties, 0 sacks allowed
Jurrell Casey (TEN) - 3 tackles, pass deflected
Brian Cushing (HOU) - 8 tackles, 1 TFL (One tackle shy of J.J. Watt's game high for the Texans.)
Everson Griffen (MIN) - 2 tackles, 1 TFL
Matt Kalil (MIN) - 0 penalties, 0 sacks allowed (The Vikings offense put up 27 points. Too bad the defense couldn't stop...the Browns and Cameron.)
Ryan Kalil (CAR) - 0 penalties, 0 sacks allowed (The Panthers dominated the New York Giants with a 38-0 victory that featured 407 yards of offense and more than 36 minutes of possession -- even when Kalil didn't remember what down it was.)
Taylor Mays (CIN) - 2 tackles
T.J. McDonald (STL) - 7 tackles, tackle for loss, pass deflection...and one devastating block on special teams:

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(via blacksportsonline.com)

Mike Morgan (SEA) - 3 tackles
Mike Patterson (NYG) - 3 tackles
Carson Palmer (ARI) - 18-of-35, 187 yards, 2 INT, sacked 5 times (Arizona was only 5-for-13 converting third downs and Palmer shouldered most of the blame: "We need to get better. I need to get better. We need to get better as an offense," Palmer said.)
Nick Perry (GB) - 3 tackles
Troy Polamalu (PIT) - 3 tackles, blocked extra point (Even though Pittsburgh is struggling this season, Polamalu still gives relentless effort. His blocked extra point came after Chicago returned a Ben Roethlisberger fumble for a touchdown to put the Bears up by 17 with less than four minutes remaining.)
Keith Rivers (NYG) - 7 tackles, tackle for loss, pass deflection (After having only one tackle in the first two games, Rivers took advanrage of a bigger opportunity in the Giants' 38-0 loss to Carolina.)
Nickell Robey (BUF) - tackle, pass deflection
Tyron Smith (NYG) - 0 penalties, 0 sacks allowed (Smith's primary assignment, St. Louis end Robert Quinn, entered with four sacks, but managed only four tackles -- one for a loss.)
Damian Williams (TEN) - 2 targets, 1 catch, 9 yards. (Damian Williams returned after missing a game with a hamstring injury. He nearly had the game-winning touchdown for Tennessee, but former Washington Husky Jake Locker overthrew him a play before finding Justin Hunter for the game-winner.)
Robert Woods (BUF) - 10 targets, 2 catches, 35 yards. (Despite being EJ Manuel's second most popular intended target on Sunday, he only finished with a 29-yard grab and a six-yard reception. A lot of that has to do with Manuel's inconsistent 19-for-42 outing.)

No Impact:

Allen Bradford (NYG), Everson Griffen (MIN), Stanley Havili (IND), Khaled Holmes (IND), Wes Horton (CAR), Fili Moala (IND), Frostee Rucker (ARI), Terrell Thomas (NYG)

DNP:

David Ausberry (OAK), Sam Baker (ATL), Matt Barkley (PHI), Reggie Bush (DET), Matt Cassel (MIN), Fred Davis (WAS), Rhett Ellison (MIN), Malcolm Smith (SEA), Shareece Wright (SD)

Still to play:

Kaluka Maiava (OAK)

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