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Knights in the NFL: Week 5 Recap

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Overall, Rutgers football fans have to be extremely happy with the games they saw this weekend. After putting on an impressive showing against Michigan State on Saturday, there was a number of Rutgers alumni who had stellar performances on Sunday. Here's a look back at Week 5 in the NFL:


Michael Burton: Though its been an abysmal season thus far for the Detroit Lions, Burton has continued to prove himself as a solid football player for their struggling offense. Burton had one catch out of the backfield for six yards, as well as making some key blocks throughout the game to help spring running back Ameer Abdullah. Lions fans are beginning to take notice of Burton, and appreciate the grit and solid play he is brining to the team.

Tim Wright: With Eric Ebron out, Wright had more opportunities to prove himself as a reliable target for Stafford (or whoever may be the Lions' QB going forward). Wright hauled in 2 catches for 12 yards. Wright would have had at least one more reception, had it not been for Stafford's terrible miss of the wide open target, resulting in an interception.

Mohamed Sanu: The Bengals are for real, and Sanu continues to flourish in this high octane offense. While playing with a number of explosive weapons, Sanu continues to develop a strong chemistry with Andy Dalton, a QB playing at an MVP type level. This chemistry was obvious to everyone watching when Sanu made 4 catches for 48 yards on Cincinnati's final TD drive to cut Seattle's lead to 24-21 with 3:38 left in the 4th quarter. Sanu ended Week 5 with another impressive showing with 5 catches for 69 yards.

Tyler Kroft: Kroft got the first start of his NFL career, as the Bengals opened the game with a three tight end set. Although he did not have any receptions, he did make one nice tackle while playing on special teams. Kroft, along with teammates Tyler Eifert and Sanu, also got some TD dance lessons you can catch HERE

Patriots Defense: The former Rutgers players on New Englands' D continue to make huge plays for their team. Unfortunately, Duron Harmon went down with an ugly looking ankle injury, although he was eventually able to return.Devin McCourty had a solid game, accounting for 8 tackles while playing most of the game lined up 1-on-1 with Jason Witten. However, the most notable performances on the defensive side of the ball came from Jonathon Freeny and Logan Ryan. On consecutive defensive plays, Freeny recovered a fumble by Brandon Weeden, and on the next possession, Ryan made a terrific interception in the 4th quarter.

Jeremy Zuttah: Zuttah was one of three captains for the Ravens' game against the Browns on Sunday, as he and the offensive line helped Baltimore's rushing attack have a solid performance for a total of 181 yards.

Week 5 Duds

Kenny Britt: Another rough week for Britt, as he suffered a shoulder injury while blocking Packers cornerback Damarious Randall. Although he was able to return to the game, Britt ended up with no catches for consecutive weeks. This dud of a performance is following a week in which Britt missed practice with swollen knees as well.

Brandon Coleman: The APB in New Orleans is still out for Brandon Coleman, as he only played 26 snaps on Sunday, with a total of 5 targets over the last 3 weeks. Coleman now clearly finds himself behind Willie Snead on the depth chart, and has seen his opportunities diminish. Saints fans seem to be especially disappointed with his disappearance after such an impressive camp.

Scarlet MVP of Week 5

Logan Ryan continued to prove himself as a viable option for Bill Belichick's defense this week, coming up with a number of key plays. Along with the interception the game out of reach for the Cowboys, Ryan also held the receivers he faced with one catch on three targets.