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USC in the NFL: Week 8

How did our favorite former Trojans do in the NFL?

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams
Former Trojan , Clay Matthews, eyes Rams’ Jared Goff as the star linebacker makes his return to the LA Coliseum
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NFC

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Woods - Los Angeles Rams

Robert Woods had 70 yards and five receptions as the Rams defeated the Packers 29-27 at the Coliseum. Woods remains an integral part of this offense, but his squad will face a huge test in New Orleans next week against the Saints. Woods has not scored a touchdown himself since Week 4, but he remains one of the key receivers on this team.

Clay Matthews - Green Bay Packers

Clay Mathews had one of his best games of the season with tackles and a sack against Jared Goff and the Rams. This was a pleasant return to the Coliseum for the former Trojan who is likely a bit past his prime, but his performance in Week 8 was vintage Mathews.

Nelson Agholor - Philadelphia Eagles

Nelson Agholor had three receptions for 49 yards in a win against the Jaguars in London. Carson Wentz continues to use Agholor as one of his main weapons, and now the Eagles are back to a .500 record. This was a big win for Agholor and this team.

Ronald Jones - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones followed up his first career touchdown in last weeks game with a forgettable performance in Week 8. He had two carries for negative three yards in a 34-37 loss to the Bengals. Don’t expect any 100 yard performances from Jones this season, as his team is in a bit of a flux right now.

Nickell Robey-Coleman - Los Angeles Rams

Nickell Robey-Coleman had three tackles, including one tackle for loss, as the Rams defeated the Packers at the Coliseum. Robey-Coleman has played well this season, but overall his secondary has struggled with the loss of Aqib Talib. In the next four to five weeks, Talib should be back starting so it will be interesting to see how this will effect Robey-Coleman’s playing time.

AFC

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Darnold - New York Jets

The ups and downs continue for Sam Darnold. Although he responded to his tough game last week by not throwing any interceptions, he only threw for one touchdown and 153 yards as the Jets fell to the Chicago Bears 24-10 in Chicago. He and the Jets will travel to Miami next week to play the Dolphins.

Adoree’ Jackson - Tennesse Titans

Adoree’ Jackson had the week off as the Titans were an a buy. They will travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys in Week 9, where he will be tasked with defending the newest addition to the Cowboys, wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Buck Allen - Baltimore Ravens

While Buck Allen did not get a single carry, he did have three receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown. As always, he is a valuable goal line weapon, but do not expect him to be a big vertical threat or big run weapon for this Ravens offense.

Uchenna Nwosu - Los Angeles Chargers

Uchenna Nwosu also had a buy this week, as the Chargers prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle next week. Nwosu has had a fine rookie season so far, as he continues to battle for playing time.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

JuJu Smith-Schuster had a quiet day by his standards, but his team made some noise as they defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-18 and trigged Browns’ ownership to fire head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Smith-Schuster finished with four receptions and 33 yards.