Badgers in the NFL: Week 3

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Following your favorite Wisconsin football alumni week to week in the NFL can be a difficult task. Don't fret -- here's a recap of how the Badgers' brightest NFL stars did in their games this past weekend.

Just because they no longer play at Wisconsin doesn't mean that they aren't still Badgers. With that in mind, here's a look a how the Badgers of the NFL did in Week 3.

DE J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

At the rate J.J. Watt is going, he's going to have to start thinking about how he's going to start off his Hall of Fame induction speech.

After recording nine tackles (six solo), three tackles for loss and one sack in Houston's 30-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Watt is now responsible for 37.5 percent of the team's sack totals on the season, and 33.33 percent of the team's tackles for loss. The Pewaukee, Wis., native has 23.5 sacks in his last 19 games, dating back to last season.

Unfortunately for Houston, Watt only makes up nine percent of the personnel on the field and the majority of the other 91 percent have yet to pick up the slack. The Texans gave up 30 points to the Ravens, seven of which were on this Tandon Doss punt return for a touchdown.

The Texans host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4.

TE Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

Owen Daniels, an eight-year NFL veteran, is on pace to have one of the best seasons of his career. Five catches, including a team-high nine targets, for 29 yards in this weekend's loss to the Ravens gives Daniels 12 receptions, 20 targets and 120 yards on the season.

Daniels' best season came in his 2008 campaign in which he posted 70 receptions, 101 targets and 862 yards. At the rate he is going now, Daniels will surpass those numbers by the halfway point of the season. The 6-foot-3 tight end is already halfway to his career best in terms of touchdowns (6), and he didn't even find the end zone this past weekend.

If there's any bad news for Daniels it is that his average yards per catch has gone down each week so far this season. After averaging over 13 yards per catch in week one, Daniels failed to reach the six yards per catch threshold against the Ravens. The former-Badger also failed to receive any red zone catches, not that Houston had many opportunities.

The Texans host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4.

RB Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

Montee Ball had himself a career night in the Denver Broncos' 37-21 victory on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders this past week. It says a lot about his first few weeks as a pro that 61 yards qualifies as a career night, but he has to start somewhere.

Against a below-average Raiders team, Ball carried the pigskin 11 times for those 61 yards. The NCAA's all-time leading touchdown scorer failed to reach the end zone on Monday night, leaving him without a score three games into his NFL career.

Luckily for the Broncos, Peyton Manning is playing lights-out football at the moment as the 16-year veteran has an NFL-record 10 touchdowns through Week 3 of the season, so it is not like they absolutely need Ball to find the end zone just yet.

The bad news for Ball? Ronnie Hillman apparently never got the "no touchdowns" memo in the mail, and proceeded to score a fourth-quarter touchdown to push the Broncos' lead out to a commanding 37-14 lead.

The really bad news for Ball? He can't hold onto the football. Another fumble for the rookie -- his second in three games -- could lead to Manning and head coach John Fox looking to Knowshon Moreno and Hillman as backfield solutions, leaving Ball in the dust.

The Denver Broncos host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.

QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Following two lackluster performances to begin the season, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks took advantage of a porous Jacksonville Jaguars defense and put up 45 points in a 45-17 victory on Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old NFL sophomore quarterback was 14-of-21 for 202 yards with four touchdowns (tying a career-high), one interception and one fumble in three-and-a-half quarters of action before head coach Pete Carroll put in the substitutes to put the finishing touches on the blowout. Wilson also ran the ball twice, accounting for 14 yards.

Wilson looked back to being his usual self with pinpoint accurate throws down the field, scrambling out of the pocket to buy himself more time to look downfield for open receivers and, of course, the winning.

Seattle is now 3-0 for the first time since 2006 -- when it went to Super Bowl XL -- and now holds a two-game lead in the NFC West over the entire division.

The Seattle Seahawks travel to Houston to take on J.J. Watt, Owen Daniels, and the Houston Texans in Week 4.

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