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Badgers in the NFL: Week 12

How did former Badgers do in the NFL during Week 12?

Syndication: The Indianapolis Star Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK

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

So, here’s what we saw from our lads in Week 12.

Pittsburgh Steelers (Wisconsin of the NFL)

T.J. Watt: The future Hall of Famer was his usual dominant self vs the Bengals, with 2 sacks (1 strip sack), 4 hurries, 3 tackles, and a QB hit to go along with an off-the-charts 90.7 PFF grade. Watt is currently tied for the NFL lead in sacks with 13.5.

Keeanu Benton: 2 tackles in a solid, if unspectacular game for the rookie.

Nick Herbig: Registered a sack in 33 percent of his snaps. The kid needs more run.

Isaiahh Loudermilk: Only 3 snaps for Loudermilk, who didn’t stat.

Dallas Cowboys

Jake Ferguson: A season low 33 yards on 1 grab while only being targeted 3 times. Also, Jake is currently leading the balloting for NFL All-Pro Grandson.

Tyler Biadasz: Another solid game for the former Badger, only yielding 1 hit and 1 hurry of a QB who needs to target Jake Ferguson more often.

Miami Dolphins

Alec Ingold: Didn’t stat in 20 offensive snaps for the high-flying Dolphins’ offense.

Andrew Van Ginkel: The Notorious AVG had 3 tackles and an absurd 5 QB hurries in a win over the Jets.

Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor: Had perhaps his best game of 2023 with 15 carries for 91 yards and 2 TD, but unfortunately might be facing a multiple-week thumb injury.

New Orleans Saints

Zack Baun: Only 2 tackles but earned the Saints defense’s 2nd best PFF grade.

Ryan Ramsczyk: Allowed a single hurry and QB pressure, but yielded no sacks or hits in the Saints’ disappointing loss to the Falcons.

Chicago Bears AKA Packer Helpers this week

TJ Edwards: 6 tackles and a QB hit for the NFL’s leader in tackles to go along with a sterling 80.8 PFF grade in a Big Ten West-esque win over the hated Vikings.

Jack Sanborn: 2 tackles in only 13 snaps for a guy who deserves a lot better.

Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson: Don’t look now, but Russ is having a renaissance season for the surprising Broncos. His latest effort was modest statistically, but he managed the offense to a 2 TD (1 rushing), turnover-free day against a stout Browns Defense.

Matt Henningsen: The NFL’s smartest player had 1 tackle across 19 snaps.

New York Jets

Joe Tippmann: 58 snaps without allowing a sack, hit, pressure, or hurry for the impressive rookie.

Los Angeles Rams

Rob Havenstein: 0 sacks yielded to go along with a solid 79.4 PFF grade.

Kansas City Chiefs

Leo Chenal: A hit and tackle across 21 snaps in a win over the Raiders.

Baltimore Ravens

Kevin Zeitler: No sacks, hits, pressures, or hurries given up, to go along with a spectacular 88.1 PFF pass blocking grade.

Houston Texans

Michael Deiter: A tough day at the office in an otherwise bounce-back season, allowing 6 pressures, 5 hurries, and a sack of CJ Stroud in a gutting loss to the Jags that might have been a win but for a puzzling coaching call to send a street free agent K out to attempt a near impossibly difficult FG instead of going for it on 4th and 12.

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

Los Angeles Chargers

Alex Erickson: 1 catch for 17 yards for the lone Badger WR in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills

David Edwards: Kept Josh Allen totally clean, upright, and unhurried on 17 snaps in a crushing OT loss to the Eagles.