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USC in the NFL: Week 5

Let’s take a look at how our former Trojans played this week.

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New York Giants v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Robert WoodsLos Angeles Rams

Robert Woods continues to be consistent. After injuries to his fellow starting receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, Woods stepped into the No. 1 role and did not disappoint. Woods finished the day with five catches for 92 yards while also having two carries for 53 yards. He really came through when it mattered most. Towards the end of the third quarter, Woods had a rush for 56 yards which lead to a touchdown by Todd Gurley. Then when the Rams were down 31-30 midway through the fourth quarter Woods had a couple of clutch receptions. He had two receptions consecutively totaling 37 yards which lead to a Rams field goal that essentially won them the game. If Cooks and Kupp are unable to play next week against the Broncos the Rams will be without four wide receivers, giving Woods another chance to step up and carry the receiving core.

Clay MatthewsGreen Bay Packers

Clay Matthews has had a bit of a controversial year with all of the roughing the passer penalties he’s been getting. But he had a quiet game, getting just 0.5 tackles in a loss to the Detroit Lions.

Nelson AgholorPhiladelphia Eagles

Outside of Zach Ertz, the Eagles pass catchers had a quiet day overall. Nelson Agholor brought in all four targets he had for 45 yards but was not able to find the end zone this week.

Antwaun WoodsDallas Cowboys

Antwaun Woods has been having a productive year thus far, although he plays with a defense that is less than pleasing. In this game against the Houston Texans, Woods tallied four total tackles. The Cowboys lost to the Texans in overtime, 19-16.

Nickell Robey-Coleman – Los Angeles Rams

Nickell Robey Coleman has had to step up since Aqib Talib was put on the IR a couple weeks ago. Against the Seahawks, Robey-Coleman had 2.5 tackles including a tackle for loss. He also allowed a big touchdown but overall played well.


Tennessee Titans v Buffalo Bills Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Sam DarnoldNew York Jets

Sam Darnold had arguably his best game of the season. He had 10 completions for 198 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw an interception. Darnold was finally able to connect with Robbie Anderson for two of their scores, one going for 76 yards, and the other going for 35 yards. Darnold showed up his pinpoint accuracy on these throws and he also proved that he has what it takes to lead an NFL team. The Jets blew out the Broncos 34-16.

Adoree’ Jackson – Tennessee Titans

Adoree’ Jackson was quite possibly the MVP of the Titans defense in this game against the Bills. Jackson came up with an interception off of a ball that he tipped himself. Jackson also had a pass deflection and 3.5 tackles. The Titans lost by way of a late field 13-12.

Buck Allen – Baltimore Ravens

Buck Allen had ups and downs in this game. He rushed for 34 yards on eight carries and six receptions for 44 yards. Having 78 yards on 14 total touches is not a bad day, but, he also lost a fumble. The Ravens are having an interesting year so far. They’re beating teams like the Steelers yet they lose to teams like the Browns, granted the Browns are better than what we saw last year. In a game of field goals, the Ravens lost to the Browns 12-9.

Uchenna NwosuLos Angeles Chargers

Uchenna Nwosu has had a solid rookie campaign but had a quiet day against the Raiders. He had one total tackle and a quarterback hit.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers

Fan favorite and JuJu Smith-Schuster keeps rolling. He hauled in four catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers had a pretty win against the Falcons with a score of 41-17. Smith-Schuster has 35 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns on the year. He needs just 23 more receptions to equal the number of receptions he had last year and he’s also about halfway to his rookie total in yards in just five games.