One of the tasks I’ve chosen with Bucky’s 5th Quarter is chronicling the NFL performances for all Wisconsin Badgers playing in the NFL every week.
So, here’s what we saw from our lads in Week 9.
Joe Tippmann: The rookie was back in action after sitting out last week with injury, and allowed 0 sacks, but let through 3 pressures and 3 hurries in an up and down night while losing to the Chargers.
This probably led to Aaron Rodgers looking at him like he were a COVID vaccine needle.
Zack Baun: Played 21 defensive snaps, totaling two tackles vs the Bears.
Ryan Ramsczyk: Rock solid on 63 snaps, allowing 0 sacks or hits and leading to a nice 75.3 PFF grade, tops amongst the Saints OL.
Pittsburgh Steelers (Wisconsin of the NFL)
T.J. Watt: A sack, 4 hurries, 2 hits, and 3 tackles in yet another huge game for J.J. Watt’s little brother.
Keeanu Benton: 3 hurries and 2 tackles in 48 snaps. A mediocre game for Benton, but his career needle is pointing straight up.
Nick Herbig: A puzzling 7 total defense snaps for the rookie. This is coaching malpractice.
Isaiahh Loudermilk: 1 tackle and 1 hurry in 14 uneventful snaps for the owner of the NFL’s trickiest first name to spell.
Jake Ferguson: 7 grabs for 91 yards and a TD for Ferguson on 10 targets, all season highs.
He’s playing some of the best TE ball in the NFL but, predictably, Dak Prescott and his problematic tunnel vision missed an open Ferguson a number of times in the second half, instead trying to force the ball to well-covered WRs.
Tyler Biadasz: Allowed a sack, 2 hurries, and 3 pressures in a tough matchup with the Eagles’ elite DL.
Rob Havenstein: Missed the Packers game with a calf injury.
Leo Chenal: 4 tackles and a QB hurry in an impressive Chiefs performance shutting down the high-powered Dolphins’ attack.
T.J. Edwards: Was a tackling machine vs the Saints, with a season high 15 stops to go along with a QB hit and hurry. Edwards ended up with the Bears’ best defensive PFF grade at 77.3 and had a near elite PFF tacking grade of 84.1.
Edwards is now 2nd in the entire NFL in tackles at an even 100. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t drafted.
Jack Sanborn: Seeing his most snaps of 2023 (62), Sanborn was solid with 9 tackles and a QB hurry. Not bad for a guy who also wasn’t drafted.
Russell Wilson: Bye week.
Alec Ingold: 1 reception for 1 yard for the Dolphins’ team MVP.
Andrew Van Ginkel: The Notorious A.V.G. had two tackles in only 27 snaps. Over the last two games he’s struggled mightily to reproduce his Pro Bowl caliber performances from earlier in the season. A 77.8 PFF Coverage grade was his lone bright spot.
Jonathan Taylor: The volume was finally there for JT, but not the results. Taylor only gained 47 yards on 18 totes (2.6 YPC), tacking on 5 catches for 22 yards and a TD. He’ll look to get things going next week vs the stingy Pats run D.
Kevin Zeitler: An outstanding performance in a blowout win over Seattle, with 0 sacks, hits, or pressures of Lamar Jackson allowed. This yielded a sterling 88.4 PFF pass blocking grade.
Michael Deiter: Had by far his best game of the season, allowing zero sacks, hits, or pressures on CJ Stroud in 72 snaps, helping Stroud to arguably the best rookie passing performance in NFL history.
Dare Ugunbowale: This (and my heart is full): https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/38833073/houston-texans-rb-dare-ogunbowale-kicks-field-goal