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USC in the NFL: Week 9

How did our your favorite Trojans do in the pros? We break it down.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
Former Trojan, Uchenna Nwosu, now a rookie with the Los Angeles Chargers, helped his squad cruise to a 25-17 win in Seattle in Week 9.
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NFC

Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Robert Woods - LA Rams

Robert Woods had 71 yards and five receptions, nearly the same stat line he posted last week against the Packers. Woods is perhaps the Rams most utilized receiver in the intermediate game, but recently his production in the end zone has slowed down. It will be interesting to see if he can score some touchdowns in the coming weeks, as the Rams have two huge games coming up. Next week they face Pete Carroll as the Seattle Seahawks return to the Coliseum, and the following week travel to Mexico City to play the Kansas City Chiefs.

Clay Matthews - Green Bay Packers

Clay Matthews was not able to duplicate his seven tackle performance against the New England Patriots. He had two tackles, only one solo, in Green Bay’s 31-17 loss to the Patriots. Last week was a vintage performance for Clay Matthews, but unfortunately consistency has slightly dropped of late. The Packers are currently 3-4-1 and it will be interesting to see how they finish down the stretch.

Nelson Agholor - Philadelphia Eagles

Nelson Agholor enjoyed a bye week, but the Eagles traded for former Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate at the trade deadline. This will likely affect Agholor’s reps and numbers, but he has built a strong rapport with Carson Wentz over the last two years, so expect Agholor to remain a crucial part of the Eagles passing game.

Antwaun Woods - Dallas Cowboys

AntwaunWoods will be playing in prime-time tonight as the Dallas Cowboys host the Titans on Monday Night Football. Woods has 20 tackles, 13 assists, and 1.5 sacks on the season. Be on the lookout for No. 99 as he chases former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota around at AT&T Stadium.

Nickell Robey-Coleman - Los Angeles Rams

It was a forgettable week for Nickell Robey-Coleman and the Rams secondary, but that’s not a surprise considering they played Drew Brees in New Orleans. Robey-Coleman had one tackle as Brees hung four touchdowns and 346 yards on the board as the Saints beat the Rams 45-35.

AFC

Pittsburgh Steelers v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Sam Darnold - New York Jets

Sam Darnold had perhaps his worst game of the season against the Miami Dolphins. Darnold threw for 229 yards and 4 interceptions with no touchdowns, as the Jets fell 13-6. This team is in shambles right now due to injuries, bad personnel, and questionable coaching. Look for the team to acquire some weapons for Darnold this offseason.

Adoree’ Jackson - Tennesse Titans

Adoree’ Jackson faces former Trojan teammate, Woods, and the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football tonight on ESPN. The Cowboys just acquired Amari Cooper to help improve the passing game, so look for a key matchup for Jackson to take on.

Buck Allen - Baltimore Ravens

Buck Allen had 14 yards between the ground and air in a quiet 23-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite the Ravens’ success this season, the loss puts them one game under .500 and in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs. Maybe they should try getting Allen involved a little more, or benching Joe Flacco for Lamar Jackson? Just a thought.

Uchenna Nwosu - Los Angeles Chargers

Uchenna Nwosu had two tackles as the Chargers went into Seattle and came away with an impressive 25-17 over the Seahawks. Between the Rams and Chargers, the talent level of football in Los Angeles right now is arguably as high as it has ever been. The NFL has got to be excited about these two teams moving into their new stadium in two seasons, and Nwosu is extremely fortunate he gets to play in the same metropolitan area he attended college in.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

JuJu Smith-Schuster had one uncharacteristic drop, but it didn’t matter, because the Steelers won 23-16 in Baltimore. The wide receiver had 78 yards and seven receptions, and it truly is starting to feel like he is the 1B to Antonio Brown’s 1A on the Steelers’ wide receiver depth chart. Expect this squad to make a serious Super Bowl push down the stretch, as always.