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Badgers in the NFL: Week 9

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Russell Wilson makes his MVP case and Melvin Gordon shows signs of life in Week 9.

Veterans

  • Russell Wilson, QB (Seahawks): Wilson has been on an absolute tear this season and threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns in Seattle’s overtime win over the Buccaneers. The eight year veteran is having arguably the best season of his career and is a clear front runner for MVP through nine weeks.
  • James White, RB (Patriots): The always-reliable White had nine carries for 38 yards and a touchdown on Sunday night. He also added two receptions for 46 yards, including this incredible grab over All-Pro safety Earl Thomas:
  • Melvin Gordon, RB (Chargers): Gordon had his best game of the season in Week 9, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 80 yards in the Chargers’ upset win over the Packers. He also caught three passes for 29 yards.
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Buccaneers): On his only carry of the game, Ogunbowale scored his second touchdown of the season on a one-yard run late in the fourth quarter. He added one catch for 12 yards in Tampa Bay’s overtime loss to the Seahawks.
  • Derek Watt, FB (Chargers): Watt saw seven snaps at fullback and played 88% of special teams snaps for the Chargers on Sunday.
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Saints): The Saints had a bye in Week 9.
  • Rick Wagner, OT (Lions): Wagner once again started at right tackle and played every offensive snap in the Detroit’s loss to the Raiders.
  • Rob Havenstein, OT (Rams): The Rams had a bye in Week 9.
  • Kevin Zeitler, OG (Giants): The eight year veteran started at right guard and played all 72 offensive snaps for the Giants on Monday night.
  • Travis Frederick, C (Cowboys): Frederick started his eighth straight game at center for the Cowboys and played every offensive snap.
  • Ryan Groy, C (Chargers): The six year veteran played two offensive snaps and one special teams snap in Week 9.
  • Lance Kendricks, TE (Chargers): Kendricks played just one offensive snap in the Chargers’ win over the Packers.
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): After being inactive for five straight weeks, Fumagalli returned to the field and had one catch for nine yards.
  • Alex Erickson, WR (Bengals): The Bengals had a bye in Week 9.
  • Beau Allen, DT (Buccaneers): Allen had one tackle and half of a sack against the Seahawks in Week 9. The six year veteran played just seven snaps, his lowest snap count of season.
  • Joe Schobert, LB (Browns): The fourth year veteran forced a fumble but had just four tackles on Sunday, his lowest total of the season. Schobert has played every single defensive snap for the Browns this year.
  • T.J. Watt, LB (Steelers): Watt was a disruptive force in the Pittsburgh’s win over the Colts. He finished with three tackles, three quarterback hits, and 1.5 sacks.
  • Vince Biegel, LB (Dolphins): The third year linebacker played 80% of defensive snaps and finished with two tackles and three quarterback hits in Week 9.

Rookies

  • Michael Deiter, OG (Dolphins): The third round pick started his eighth straight game at left guard for the Dolphins and played every offensive snap.
  • Alec Ingold, FB (Raiders): Ingold played 14 snaps at fullback and had one carry for two yards for the Raiders. More importantly, the undrafted rookie made a text book cut block that sprung running back Josh Jacobs for a touchdown.
  • David Edwards, OG (Rams): The Rams had a bye in Week 9.
  • T.J. Edwards, LB (Eagles): Edwards started his second straight game at inside linebacker and had three tackles in Philly’s win over the Bears.

Injured

  • Leon Jacobs, LB (Jaguars): Jacobs was inactive for the second straight week due to a hamstring injury.
  • J.J. Watt, DE (Texans): Watt is out for the year after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Week 8.
  • Jack Cichy, LB (Buccaneers): The Bucs placed Cichy on injured reserve last week after he got surgery on his elbow.
  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): Jamerson is on injured reserve and done for the season because of a foot injury he suffered in Week 6.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Giants): Connelly tore his ACL in Week 4 and is out for the season.
  • Corey Clement, RB (Eagles): The third year running back was placed on injured reserve in Week 6 because of a shoulder injury and is out for the year.
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, LB (Dolphins): The fifth round pick was placed on injured reserve in the preseason and is eligible to return. However, Van Ginkel has yet to practice this season and it’s unlikely he plays in his first year in the league.