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Knights in the NFL: Week 15 Recap

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It may have been Week 15 in the NFL season, but for a number of our Knights in the NFL, it was a weekend of firsts. Although many players have been riddled by injuries and were unable to participate in this week's games, those who did see the field had some noteworthy performances!

Head to Head Matchups

Tampa Bay Bucs vs. St Louis Rams

In what may have been their final home game in St Louis, the Rams took on the Bucs in a Thursday Night Football matchup. Defensive lineman George Johnson was inactive, but Kenny Britt was able to put up some impressive numbers. Britt had two catches for 71 yards, including one huge touchdown catch, seen below:

Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots

Both Devin McCourty (high ankle sprain) and Jonathan Freeny (dislocated thumb and wrist) were inactive for the Patriots on Sunday. With McCourty out, Duron Harmon saw an increase in his snap count. Although Harmon was serviceable for most of the game, he got burnt badly on a Delanie Walker TD:

Logan Ryan had another strong performance for the Pats D, recording six tackles. For the Titans, Andrew Turzilli was active again, gaining some invaluable experience and reps with QB Marcus Mariota.

New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions

On Monday Night Football, Brandon Coleman was held without a catch as he was working on a limited snap count. He did, however, get a nice shot with Calvin Johnson after the game, making Megatron look pretty small.

The former Rutgers player of the game here was without question Michael Burton. The terrible Saints defense had trouble stopping QB Matthew Stafford for most of the night, and Burton was one of many beneficiaries. Burton had two catches for ten yards, including his first career TD in the first half. This four-yard grab put the Lions up 14-3, and getting plenty of love from fans and former Rutgers teammates in the process.

Scarlet MVP of Week 15

Burton's first career TD grab certainly earns him a place as this week's Scarlet MVP. However, he was not the only rookie to achieve this in Week 15. Alongside Burton, Tyler Kroft also had a huge day, with three catches for 31 yards and the first TD grab of his own. These two rookies both had great games and earn co-MVP honors this week! Congrats Michael and Tyler!