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USC in the NFL: Week 4

Here’s how some of our favorite USC football alumni fared in the NFL.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams
Woods celebrates his touchdown with running back Todd Gurley and Compton rapper, YG
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NFC

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Robert Woods - Los Angeles Rams

Robert Woods had another great week for the Rams, coming in a 38-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Woods had five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown as the Rams donned their signature throwback uniforms in the Coliseum. While the Rams have multiple threats at wide receiver, they continue to spread the ball around as well as any offense in the league. Woods was also able to celebrate his touchdown with Compton rapper YG, who was in the Coliseum supporting his home town team. As long as Woods is healthy, expect him to continue putting up a great numbers.

Clay Matthews - Green Bay Packers

Clay Matthews had one of his best games of the season in a 22-0 victory of the Buffalo Bills. Matthews had five tackles, including a .5 sack and a .5 tackle for loss. He continues to demonstrate a decline in his all-pro former self, but he is also showing that he can be a very serviceable player in a leadership role for the latter half of his career.

Nelson Agholor - Philadelphia Eagles

Nelson Agholor had another quiet day with five receptions for 22 yards. It was a disappointing day for the Eagles as they lost in overtime to the Titans in Tennessee. While it was a tough loss, this was only Carson Wentz’s second game back since suffering his ACL tear last year, so expect this team to bounce back next week.

Antwuan Woods - Dallas Cowboys

Antwuan Woods had a quiet day with one tackle, but it was for a loss. The Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions 26-24, but Woods did not have a huge impact on the game. As an undrafted player, any playing time he gets on this Cowboys defense is a positive.

Nickell Robey Coleman - Los Angeles Rams

While the Rams won their Thursday night game over the Vikings, their secondary got scorched by Kirk Cousins, who threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. With Aqib Talib out for eight weeks, expect Nickell Robey-Coleman’s number to continue to be called on. If he can help this secondary play at an elite level, the Rams may have the best overall team in the NFL.

AFC

New York Jets v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Sam Darnold - New York Jets Quarterback

Sam Darnold and the Jets struggled again as they fell to the Jaguars in Jacksonville. While they did lose, Darnold did not throw a single interception, which is certainly a positive in the long run of his rookie season. We knew he was going to have a lot of ups and downs this season, but protecting the ball on the road against a team that made it to the AFC Championship game last season is certainly a positive takeaway. Not to mention, this was against a defense that has Jalen Ramsey.

Adoree’ Jackson - Tennesse Titans

Adoree’ Jackson had three tackles in a 26-24 overtime victory of the Eagles. While Adoree’ did not force any turnovers, his defense was able to hold Wentz to a respectable two touchdowns with an overtime period included. They kept one of the NFL’s most elite offenses out of the end zone when the time mattered most, and the Titans walked away with a victory as a result.

Buck Allen - Baltimore Ravens

For the first time in a few weeks, Buck Allen was not able to find the end zone. However, he did have a season high 12 touches (10 carries, two receptions) for an all purpose 47 yards. The Ravens also beat the Steelers 26-14 in Pittsburgh, so Allen is probably pretty happy this Monday morning.

Uchenna Nwosu - Los Angeles Chargers

Uchenna Nwosu had two tackles for the Chargers in a 29-27 victory of the 49ers. With the 49ers missing Jimmy Garoppolo, this was not one of the more watched games of the weekend. However, Nwosu continues to receive playing time as a rookie on this above average Chargers defense. When Joey Bosa comes back, expect this unit to make a lot of noise as one of the NFL’s premier defenses.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

For the first time this season, JuJu Smith-Schuster was held under 100 yards receiving. He was still able to haul in four receptions for 60 yards, but his team fell the Ravens 26-14 at home. With no signs of Leveon Bell returning, it is becoming much more difficult to project the Steelers trajectory this season. Smith-Schuster continues to produce for them though, so expect his exceptional numbers to continue delivering.