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Badgers in the NFL: Week 15

How did former Badgers do in the NFL during Week 15?

Syndication: Democrat and Chronicle Jamie Germano/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle / USA TODAY NETWORK

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

So, here’s what we saw from our lads in Week 15. This is helpful therapy to take away some of the pain that comes with having Joe Barry remain the Packers’ DC.

Pittsburgh Steelers (Wisconsin of the NFL)

T.J. Watt: 2 sacks, 3 hurries, and a tackle in another tough Steelers loss for Watt, the current NFL sacks leader with 16.

Keeanu Benton: In his first start, the rookie managed two tackles in a solid but unspectacular game.

Nick Herbig: 2 tackles and an outstanding 83.5 PFF grade for the Badger rookie.

Isaiahh Loudermilk: Was inactive.

Dallas Cowboys

Jake Ferguson: The entire Cowboys offense had a disastrous game at Buffalo, and the NFL’s best young tight end wasn’t totally immune, posting a fairly pedestrian six catches for 44 yards. Jake currently sits as a Top 10 NFL TE in catches, yards, and TD (and a Top 1 Grandson).

Tyler Biadasz: Had a very strong game in an otherwise forgettable game for Dallas, yielding 0 sacks, hits, or hurries.

Miami Dolphins

Alec Ingold: Didn’t stat, but is still awesome in my book.

Andrew Van Ginkel: The Notorious AVG was a beast, racking up 4 hurries, 4 tackles, a hit, and a sack, to go along with an amazing 86.7 PFF grade in a blowout win over the Jets. The fact that he did most of it with a broken nose is some true Badger-ex stuff.

Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor: Was out again with a thumb injury and it’s unclear when (or if) he’ll be back in action for the Colts this season.

New Orleans Saints

Zack Baun: 5 QB hurries and a tackle in a solid win vs the Giants, whose offense totally sucks when it’s not playing a Joe Barry defense.

Ryan Ramsczyk: Did not play due to a knee injury after logging limited practices last week.

Chicago Bears.

TJ Edwards: 5 tackles, a sack, and a hurry in a solid bounce-back game for the sixth-leading tackler in the NFL.

Jack Sanborn: 1 tackle in only 11 snaps for the underutilized Sanborn.

Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson: Went 18/32 for 223 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, and a lost fumble, to go along with 6 rushing yards and another TD in a brutal loss to the Lions. Russ has been good this season, but this wasn’t his best work.

Matt Henningsen: 2 tackles for the smartest player in the NFL.

New York Jets

Joe Tippmann: Yielded a sack and 3 hurries in an up and down game versus a hyped up Dolphins’ defense.

Los Angeles Rams

Rob Havenstein: Sat out the Rams’ win over the Commanders with a hip injury.

Kansas City Chiefs

Leo Chenal: 5 tackles, 3 hurries, and a batted ball for Leo in a workmanlike win over the Patriots. Bonus: here’s a cool feature on Leo and his beautiful young family (starting at about 14:30).

Baltimore Ravens

Kevin Zeitler: Gave up only one QB hurry in 70 snaps. He’s just a really good NFL offensive lineman.

Houston Texans

Michael Deiter: Had an 80.2 PFF pass blocking grade to lead the Texans after yielding only 1 QB hurry, 0 sacks, and 0 hits.

Dare Ugunbowale: Had one carry for 17 yards. If that were projected over a full career, he’d be the NFL record holder in YPC by a wide margin.

Los Angeles Chargers

Alex Erickson: Saw no offensive snaps for the Rams.

Buffalo Bills

David Edwards: A quiet but clean 14 snaps protecting Josh Allen in a huge Bills win over the Cowboys.