Former Georgia Bulldogs in the NFL Week 7

This past week in the NFL was a big week for former Dawgs in the NFL – highlighted by Leonard Floyd’s first big game, Matt Stafford setting records and AJ Green continuing the pace for career high numbers.

Leonard Floyd got the weekend started on Thursday night when the Bears traveled to Lambeau Field. Floyd recorded his first solo sack, and later in the night also recorded his first strip sack, fumble recovery and touchdown in NFL. Floyd beat two blocks around the edge to wrap Aaron Rodgers up and knocked the ball loose in the process. While trying to recover the ball first time, he knocked it from near the goal line into the end zone, where he then fell on the ball for the score. In addition to the two sacks and fumble, Floyd finished the game with three combined tackles (two solos, one assisted).

Matt Stafford has quietly become one of the NFL’s most prolific passers. Playing in his 100th game against the Redskins this past Sunday, Stafford went 18 of 29 passing for 266 yards and 1 touchdown – it wasn’t his best statistical performance, but when the Lions trailed 17-13 to the Redskins with less than a minute on the clock and 75 yards to score a touchdown, the veteran quarterback delivered an 18-yard touchdown to Anquan Bolden to cap his third consecutive game-winning drive this season. In 100 career starts, Stafford has made 24 game-winning drives – that’s almost a quarter of every game he has started. He has become the quarterback with the most completions and yards of any quarterback in league history in 100 games. Stafford has made a case for MVP consideration with his performances this season  and will try to continue the Lions' win streak when they travel to his home state to face the Houston Texans.

Bengal’s receiver A.J. Green is having a monster year in Cincinnati. This past week, Green pulled in all eight of his targets for 8 receptions, 169 yards and a TD. His lone touchdown came at the end of the half on a Hail Mary heave from Andy Dalton – with two Browns defenders on his back, Green reached up with one hand to tip the ball his way before another defender hit him in the shoulders, Green put his professional juggling skills to work as he tipped the ball three more times until reeling in the touchdown. Green is projected to have 114 receptions and 1,771 receiving yards this season – which would be 16 more receptions and 300 more yards than his previous career highs in 2013. Green has accounted for just over a quarter (26%) of the Bengals total yards this season, which has raised some interest in his candidacy for league MVP as well.

Todd Gurley has still yet to find the form that propelled him to Offensive Rookie of the Year last season. The sophomore slump continues in Los Angeles for the former playmaker, with his offensive struggling to run block in front of him - Gurley is leading the league in contact behind the line of scrimmage. Getting hit behind the line is not beneficial to the rushing statistics, as Gurley took 15 carries for 57 yards without finding the end zone. The Rams are trying to get more creative with getting Gurley the ball, throwing to him for 6 receptions for 35 yards – 92 total yards is the second-most total yards this season. Without passing the century mark this season, Gurley is only projected to tally 971 yards this season.

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