It was an exciting weekend of NFL games for our former Scarlet Knights, with a few head to head matchups, a standout defensive performance, and a solid NFL debut!
Head to Head Matchups
Detroit Lions vs. St. Louis Rams
Tim Wright: Inactive
Michael Burton: Burton had one catch for twelve yards from QB Matthew Stafford, allowing the Detroit Lions to convert on a third down play. Though his targets have been limited, Burton has continued to prove himself as a reliable option for Stafford and new OC Jim Bob Cooter whenever his number is called.
Michael Burton with a third-down catch to convert.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) December 13, 2015
Kenny Britt: Going against his fellow alumni was Britt, who was targeted 5 times this game. He hauled in 2 catches for 35 yards, including one huge 25 yard reception.
New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Bucs
George Johnson: inactive due to calf injury.
Brandon Coleman: Coleman helped lead his Saints to a big road win against a division rival in Tampa Bay. Highlighted by a 20 yard grab, Coleman had 3 catches for 32 yards. After a strong performance last week, Coleman was more involved in the Saints offense, but also had a holding penalty that upset head coach Jeff Fisher and Saints fans alike.
Great team win today on the road! #WhoDat— Brandon Coleman (@B_Cole16) December 13, 2015
#Saints WR Brandon Coleman probably earned more snaps with strong performance last week. Holding call not a way to reward that— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) December 13, 2015
Brandon Coleman had a few nice ones yesterday.— A.Levy (@ALEVYWORLD) December 14, 2015
Individual Standout Performances
Mohamed Sanu: The Bengals unquestionably suffered the most devastating injury of Week 14, as Andy Dalton injured his right thumb while making a tackle after an interception. With unproven backup QB AJ McCarron getting the nod to replace Dalton, Sanu's role as a 3rd string QB in case of emergencies has been brought in to focus. Amazingly, before coming in to the game on Sunday in relief of Dalton, Sanu has actually thrown more passes in the NFL than McCarron has. This will definitely be an interesting situation to keep an eye on moving forward, as we could very well likely see Sanu throwing the ball in some new offensive schemes drawn up by Hue Jackson. In the meantime, Sanu had another solid game at his more natural position of WR, as he made 2 catches for 24 yards.
Bengals' emergency QB, Mohamed Sanu, has attempted more passes in NFL career (5) than current QB, A.J. McCarron (4).— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) December 13, 2015
Fingers crossed that the Bengals have to put Mohamed Sanu in at QB and he tears it up.— Matthew Lambert (@Matt_J_Lambert) December 13, 2015
Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu wins the award for 'Most Swag' with these Batman gloves. pic.twitter.com/V3poHaAtTN— 120 Sports (@120Sports) December 13, 2015
Logan Ryan: In perhaps the toughest matchup that any former Knight faced in Week 14, Ryan was given the assignment of covering the Texans star WR DeAndre Hopkins. After extensive preparation, Ryan held Hopkins to just 2 catches for 45 yards. After torching defenses all season, Ryan is the only CB to shut down Hopkins through 14 weeks.
Logan Ryan gave up two catches for 45 yards on five targets with two pass breakups in a tough matchup with DeAndre Hopkins.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) December 14, 2015
Ryan, who is also tied for 9th in the NFL in interceptions, had two tremendous pass breakups against the Texans offense on Sunday.
Logan Ryan is allowing a 55.6 passer rating on the season. 36-74, 470 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) December 14, 2015
The Patriots have gone up against some of the best receivers in the game, and Logan Ryan's been a stud. pic.twitter.com/cdl0RWuy60— Rich Hill (@PP_Rich_Hill) December 14, 2015
Andrew Turzilli: In his first NFL game, Turzilli impressed! Contributing to both special teams and offense, head coach Mike Mularkey said he was proud of the rookie's performance. Turzilli hauled in 2 catches for 24 yards from QB Marcus Mariotta. With an impressive performance in his first NFL action, Turzilli earns Scarlet MVP of Week 14 honors, and hopefully there is more production to come!
Mularkey: Game wasn't too big for WR Andrew Turzilli. Ran good, precise routes. Proud of him. Can do more on special teams. #Titans— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) December 14, 2015
Mularkey said Andrew Turzilli handled his first NFL game well. Said he ran good routes. Was "proud of him" @Titans— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) December 14, 2015