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USC in the NFL: Week 3 Performances

We take a look at some of our favorite former Trojans and how they fared in the pros.

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NFC

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Robert Woods - LA Rams

Robert Woods had an excellent day for the Rams. In a 35-23 victory over the LA Chargers, Woods caught two touchdowns at the Coliseum, hauling in a team leading 10 receptions for 104 yards. The Rams are notorious for spreading the ball around to different receivers, which makes this stat line all the more impressive. As long as he can stay healthy, Woods will continue to be an extremely effective receiver for this Rams offense.

Clay Matthews - Green Bay Packers

Clay Matthews had two tackles and no sacks in a 31-17 loss to the Washington Redskins. While his stat line won’t make headlines, his postgame quotes certainly will. In a controversial statement, Matthews criticized the new rules the NFL has implemented in order to protect quarterbacks. Matthews referred to this development as “going soft” in what will surely be a highly debated talk show segment over the next week.

Nelson Agholor - Philadelphia Eagles

Nelson Agholor had a quiet day with four receptions for 24 yards. This was Carson Wentz’s first game back since suffering a torn ACL last December, so naturally there was some rust that needed to be worked out. Expect some big plays next week as Wentz gets back to his MVP form of last season.

Antwuan Woods - Dallas Cowboys

Anrwuan Woods had 4 tackles for the Cowboys in a 13-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Woods continues to receive playing time with the Cowboys, despite being undrafted in 2016. It is great to see a former Trojan that wasn’t a highly touted prospect achieve success at the professional level, with a marque franchise nonetheless.

Nickell Robey Coleman - Los Angeles Rams

Nickell Robey-Coleman had another quiet day with only two tackles. However, the Rams lost both starting cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to ankle injures. Expect Robey-Coleman to have a significant increase in playing time this Thursday as the Rams host the Minnesota Vikings at the Coliseum.

AFC

New York Jets v Cleveland Browns Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Sam Darnold - New York Jets

Sam Darnold did not have a great game against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. He threw two interceptions for 169 yards, the lowest amount of total passing yardage he’s had through the first three games of his very young NFL career. Fortunately for the Jets, they have an extra few days to prepare for a very tough matchup in Jacksonville in Week 4.

Adoree’ Jackson - Tennesse Titans

Adoree’ Jackson had a quiet day registering no tackles, but he was credited with a pass deflected against Blake Bortles and the Jaguars. The Titans went on to beat the Jaguars 9-6 in a defensive battle that probably was not worth watching, unless you are a fan of either the Titans or Jaguars.

Buck Allen - Baltimore Ravens

Buck Allen followed up his performance last week with two more touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air. The Ravens got their second win of the season, coming against Case Keenum and the Denver Broncos. Allen is proving to be a valuable goal line threat in short yardage situations, and this Baltimore Ravens team appears to be much better than originally anticipated.

Uchenna Nwosu - LA Chargers

Uchenna Nwosu had two tackles in his return to the Coliseum. The rookie linebacker was also able to get to Rams quarterback Jared Goff once, registering a quarterback hit in the process. This was one of only three instances on the day where the Chargers were able to touch the former Cal Berkley standout.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

JuJu Smith and the Steelers will look to take on the Buccaneers in Tampa for what should be an interesting Monday Night Football game. The Buccaneers are looking to stay hot, and the Steelers are trying to avoid implosion, so stay tuned.