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Badgers in the NFL: Owen Daniels, Russell Wilson, Travis Frederick highlight Week 7 standouts

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Owen Daniels scores a touchdown, Chris Borland, Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt play well in losing efforts, and Brad Nortman kicked the ball a lot in his home state. Oh yeah, and Travis Frederick's Cowboys have the best record in the NFL.

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Week 7 of the NFL brought some crazy highlights to its fans, including two special teams gems from St. Louis Rams in their win against Russell Wilson's Seattle Seahawks (see here and here). Former Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks caught his third touchdown reception of the season as well in the 28-26 shocker in St. Louis.

Let's look at some of the former Badgers who made some plays this week:

  • It was in a losing effort, but Wilson did throw for 313 yards and two touchdowns for the Seahawks (3-3), while also running for another 106 yards and another score.
  • What other former Wisconsin tight end had a decent day Sunday? The Baltimore Ravens' Owen Daniels. Six catches for 58 yards and a 5-yard touchdown reception from Joe Flacco helped the Ravens (5-2) defeat the Atlanta Falcons (2-5) 29-7.
  • Dez Southward did have two tackles for the Falcons in the loss, but sad news for another former Badgers standout in Peter Konz, who injured his knee and was placed on injured reserve (IR) Monday. Best wishes for the former Wisconsin linemen.
  • Making his first NFL start of his young career, inside linebacker Chris Borland led the San Francisco 49ers in tackles with 8 (7 solo) but in a losing effort, as the Denver Broncos (5-1) dominated the Niners (4-3) 42-17. Borland also registered his first NFL sack of his career. There was also some amazing record broken in that same game. Can't put my finger on it...
  • Yes, offensive linemen don't get all the flashy stats, but the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line deserves a lot of credit this season. Center Travis Frederick and his line have helped running back DeMarco Murray run for 913 yards so far this season, and the Cowboys are third overall in total offense -- first in rushing. More importantly, they're 6-1 and lead the NFC East after a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Defensive tackle Nick Hayden also had two tackles for the Cowboys.
  • J.J. Watt had another sack, a fumble recovery and two quarterback hits -- but in a losing effort -- as the Houston Texans (3-4) lost 30-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) on Monday Night Football. Garrett Graham also had two catches for Bill O'Brien's team, who have lost three in a row now.
  • DeAndre Levy registered 11 tackles (8 solo) in a huge 24-23 come-from-behind victory for his Detroit Lions (5-2) over the New Orleans Saints (2-4).
  • Maybe the only good story for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday was punter Brad Nortman averaging almost 54 yards on seven punts as the Green Bay Packers (5-2) soundly beat the Panthers (3-3-1) 38-17. For Packers fans, there was no fake punt to worry about.