Less than 24 hours since Melvin Gordon's awe-inspiring performance, we transition over to the pro game. Though it's hard for me to even truly comprehend what I saw from the press box Saturday afternoon, one thing's for certain: Gordon will be a great running back in the NFL.
Looking to Week 11 of the NFL season, the schedule features a couple of key NFC matchups that involve former Wisconsin Badgers, along with a fun AFC game featuring two All-Pros facing off on different sides of the ball.
Here's your Badgers-centric NFL schedule for this week:
|Former Badgers||NFL Team||Week 11 Opponent||Time|
|Jim Leonhard||Cleveland Browns||Houston Texans||1 PM ET|
|Joe Thomas||Cleveland Browns||Houston Texans||1 PM ET|
|J.J. Watt||Houston Texans||Cleveland Browns||1 PM ET|
|Garrett Graham||Houston Texans||Cleveland Browns||1 PM ET|
|Beau Allen||Philadelphia Eagles||Green Bay Packers||4:25 PM ET|
|Chris Maragos||Philadelphia Eagles||Green Bay Packers||4:25 PM ET|
|Scott Tolzien||Green Bay Packers||Philadelphia Eagles||4:25 PM ET|
|Gabe Carimi||Atlanta Falcons||Carolina Panthers||1 PM ET|
|Dezmen Southward||Atlanta Falcons||Carolina Panthers||1 PM ET|
|Brad Nortman||Carolina Panthers||Atlanta Falcons||1 PM ET|
|Kevin Zeitler||Cincinnati Bengals||New Orleans Saints||1 PM ET|
|Nick Toon||New Orleans Saints||Cincinnati Bengals||1 PM ET|
|Lance Kendricks||St. Louis Rams||Denver Broncos||1 PM ET|
|Montee Ball||Denver Broncos||St. Louis Rams||1 PM ET|
|Chris Borland||San Francisco 49ers||New York Giants||1 PM ET|
|Matt Shaughnessy||Arizona Cardinals||Detroit Lions (OUT - IR-R)||4:25 PM ET|
|DeAndre Levy||Detroit Lions||Arizona Cardinals||4:25 PM ET|
|O'Brien Schofield||Seattle Seahawks||Kansas City Chiefs||1 PM ET|
|Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||Kansas City Chiefs||1 PM ET|
|Ryan Groy||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||1 PM ET|
|Jonathan Casillas||New England Patriots||Indianapolis Colts||8:30 PM ET (SUN)|
|James White||New England Patriots||Indianapolis Colts||8:30 PM ET (SUN)|
|Kraig Urbik||Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins||L 22-9 (THURS)|
|Travis Frederick||Dallas Cowboys||BYE||N/A|
|Nick Hayden||Dallas Cowboys||BYE||N/A|
|Owen Daniels||Baltimore Ravens||BYE||N/A|
|Rick Wagner||Baltimore Ravens||BYE||N/A|
Games to watch
Chris Maragos and Beau Allen return to Wisconsin, this time as members of the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles against the 6-3 Green Bay Packers. Can the 7-2 Eagles extend their lead over Travis Frederick's Dallas Cowboys, who sit at home this week with a bye at a 7-3 record, or will Aaron Rodgers dismantle another defense this week?
DeAndre Levy has emerged as one of the NFL's better linebackers in the last two seasons and is a big reason why the Lions are not only the best defense in the NFL but lead the NFC North. They travel to Arizona to face the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals, though the home team will be without the services of starting quarterback Carson Palmer.
J.J. Watt vs. Joe Thomas? Where's the popcorn? It should be a fun match-up to watch as the 6-3 (and AFC North-leading) Browns take on the Houston Texans.
Montee Ball is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Lance Kendricks' St. Louis Rams. Will he see time in the backfield today?
Badger love to Melvin Gordon
Lastly, here's some love from former Wisconsin players -- now playing in the NFL -- to Gordon after his FBS-record setting performance:
Shout out to @Melvingordon25 for the record tonight. Even BIGGER shout out to the beef up front blocking! @KCostigan54 @RobBigDaddy78 #beef— Beau Allen (@Beau_Allen) November 15, 2014
Melvin holds the ncaa yards in a game record. Ron Dayne holds the ncaa rushing record and I hold the ncaa touchdown record lol #badgers— Montee Ball (@ballrb28) November 15, 2014
Congratulations @Melvingordon25! In front of every great RB is a great offensive line & fullback. Couldn't be more proud of @DerekWatt34!— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 15, 2014
Congrats to my man @Melvingordon25 on breaking the rushing record! And it only took 3 quarters!— James White (@SweetFeet_White) November 15, 2014
If you are a high school running back, why would you go anywhere else to play college ball than @UWBadgers congrats to @Melvingordon25— Chris Maragos (@ChrisMaragos) November 15, 2014
This dude @Melvingordon is goin off today! #OnWisconsin— Nick Toon (@Nick2oon) November 15, 2014
Congrats to fellow @UWBadgers Melvin Gordon on breaking the single game rushing record! #OnWisconsin— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) November 16, 2014