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Badgers in the NFL: Week 11

How did former Badgers do in the NFL during Week 11?

One of the tasks that I’ve chosen with Bucky’s 5th Quarter is chronicling the NFL performances for all Badgers playing in The League every week.

So, here’s what we saw from our lads in Week 11.

Pittsburgh Steelers (Wisconsin of the NFL)

T.J. Watt: 1 sack, 2 hits, a pressure, and 5 tackles in a gutting loss to the Browns for the best defensive player on the planet.

Keeanu Benton: 4 tackles for the Steelers’ rookie and retroactive 2022 Wisconsin Football MVP (given how much the defense misses him).

Nick Herbig: Only 3 defensive snaps for the most criminally underused linebacker in the NFL.

Isaiahh Loudermilk: 2 tackles and the Steeler defense’s 4th highest PFF grade on the day at 76.8.

Dallas Cowboys

Jake Ferguson: 3 catches for 32 yards in a very modest statistical game for my Grandson/the NFL’s most egregiously under-targeted TE. It worked out this time, but some friendly advice for Dallas’ OC: Target Jake, not Luke Schoonmaker, at the goal line.

Tyler Biadasz: Allowed a hit, hurry, and 2 pressures, but zero sacks in a workmanlike day in front of Dak Prescott. Upside: Delivered this incredible downfield block.

Miami Dolphins

Alec Ingold: 3 receptions for 16 yards and a boatload of great blocks on 34 snaps.

Andrew Van Ginkel: 5 tackles in a bounce-back game for The Notorious AVG.

Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor: Bye week.

New Orleans Saints

Zack Baun: Bye week.

Ryan Ramsczyk: Bye week.

Chicago Bears

TJ Edwards: He may play for a godawful Bears team, but TJ is still a tackling machine and added 7 more last week to give him an NFL-leading 121 stops on the season.

Jack Sanborn: After seeing his snaps and impact plays rise for much of the last month, Sanborn inexplicably got zero defensive snaps for the obviously-tanking Bears. What a poop show in Chicago.

Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson: His NFL career given up for dead by many early this season, Wilson is turning in vintage performance after vintage performance, and last Sunday was no exception: 27/35 for 259 yards, a TD, and 0 picks in a comeback 20-19 win over the hateful Vikings.

Matt Henningsen: The NFL’s smartest player was finally rewarded with meaningful defensive snaps and responded with 3 tackles, a hit, and a hurry.

New York Jets

Joe Tippmann: Allowed one sack across 54 snaps and was generally very solid in a tough loss to Buffalo.

Los Angeles Rams

Rob Havenstein: Played 67 snaps vs the Seahawks, giving up zero sacks or hits on Matthew Stafford.

Kansas City Chiefs

Leo Chenal: Had a solid overall game, ranking 3rd on the Chiefs’ D with a 75.5 PFF grade. If only he’d played WR, because his hands are better than most of KC’s pass “catchers.”

Baltimore Ravens

Kevin Zeitler: Allowed 0 sacks while leading the Ravens’ OL with an 84.7 PFF Pass Blocking grade.

Houston Texans

Michael Deiter: Allowed 0 sacks across 67 snaps protecting new franchise QB C.J. Stroud, the first good NFL Buckeye QB in history.

Dare Ugunbowale: No offensive touches (or FG attempts) for Dare.