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Badgers in the NFL: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans clash with Chris Maragos, Philadelphia Eagles

"Dream Big Work Hard" vs. "Leave No Doubt" -- Watt's Texans vs. Maragos' Eagles should be fun.

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Did you know: former Wisconsin Badgers J.J. Watt and Chris Maragos were awarded scholarships at the same time in front of the team back in 2009?

Did you also know: Their respective NFL teams face each another Sunday afternoon?

Here's Week 9 of the NFL from a Badger-centric point-of-view:

Former UW Badgers NFL Team Week 5 Opponent Time Playing 2014 Stats
J.J. Watt Houston Texans Philadelphia Eagles 1 PM ET 8 games, 8 starts, 32 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 INT, 3 TDs
Garrett Graham Houston Texans Philadelphia Eagles 1 PM ET 7 games, 5 starts, 12 rec., 122 yards
Beau Allen Philadelphia Eagles Houston Texans 1 PM ET 7 games, 3 tackles
Chris Maragos Philadelphia Eagles Houston Texans 1 PM ET 7 games, 5 tackles, 1 punt block, 1 touchdown
Travis Frederick Dallas Cowboys Arizona Cardinals 1 PM ET 8 games, 8 starts
Nick Hayden Dallas Cowboys Arizona Cardinals 1 PM ET 8 games, 8 starts, 19 tackles
Matt Shaughnessy Arizona Cardinals Dallas Cowboys -- IR-R 1 PM ET 4 games, 4 starts, 9 tackles
Jonathan Casillas New England Patriots Denver Broncos 4:25 PM ET 5 games, 3 starts, 9 tackles
James White New England Patriots Denver Broncos 4:25 PM ET 9 carries, 38 yards; 3 catches 15 yards
Montee Ball Denver Broncos New England Patriots (OUT- GROIN) 4:25 PM ET 4 games, 55 carries, 172 yds, 1 TD
Lance Kendricks St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers 4:05 PM ET 7 games, 6 starts, 16 rec., 128 yds 4 TDs
Chris Borland San Francisco 49ers St. Louis Rams 4:05 PM ET 7 games, 15 tackles, 1 sack
Brad Nortman Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints L 28-10 (THURS) 41 punts, 47.3 avg., 13 punts inside 20
Nick Toon New Orleans Saints Carolina Panthers W 28-10 (THURS) 1 game. no stats
Owen Daniels Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers - QUESTIONABLE 8:30 PM ET (SUN) 7 games, 27 rec., 275 yards, 3 TDs
Rick Wagner Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 PM ET (SUN) 8 games, 8 starts
O'Brien Schofield Seattle Seahawks Oakland Raiders 4:25 PM ET 7 games, 8 tackles
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Oakland Raiders 4:25 PM ET 135-for-207, 1,490 yards, 11 TDs 3 INT 98.1 QB Rating
Jim Leonhard Cleveland Browns Tampa Bay Buccanneers 1 PM ET 7 games, 6 tackles
Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns Tampa Bay Buccanneers 1 PM ET 7 games, 7 starts
Kevin Zeitler Cincinnati Bengals Jacksonville Jaguars 1 PM ET 4 games, 4 starts
Gabe Carimi Atlanta Falcons BYE NA 8 games, 5 starts
Dezmen Southward Atlanta Falcons BYE NA 8 games, 10 tackles, 1 pass defense
Kraig Urbik Buffalo Bills BYE NA 8 games, 1 start
DeAndre Levy Detroit Lions BYE NA 8 games, 8 starts, 75 tackles, 1 INT, 1 safety, 1/2 sack
Scott Tolzien Green Bay Packers BYE NA no stats

Games to watch

The 4-4 Houston Texans are only one game behind the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South. They look to keep pace with Andrew Luck and company at home as Maragos, Beau Allen and the 5-2 Philadelphia Eagles hope to rebound from their late loss against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday.

Speaking of the Cardinals, they lead the NFC West -- crazy, right?. Matt Shaughnessy's group travels to "Big D" to take on the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys. Travis Frederick and the Cowboys look to avenge their 20-17 overtime loss to Colt McCoy and the Washington Redskins in which quarterback Tony Romo was sacked five times. Romo -- by the way -- is playing with some back issues:

Ouch.

Lance Kendricks and Chris Borland meet again, as the 2-5 Rams face the 4-3 49ers in San Francisco. Kendricks has four touchdown receptions halfway through the season.

Sunday's late-afternoon game on CBS should be a good one with a battle of division leaders, as the 6-1 Denver Broncos travel out east to face the New England Patriots. Will we see newly acquired linebacker Jonathan Casillas and running back James White somehow involved in the Pats' gameplans? Montee Ball has been ruled out for this game, but hopefully he and White can share some pleasantries before the game.