Mountaineers in the NFL: Week 5

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Five weeks down with 11 to go. Here are this past weekend’s highlights in the NFL.

Another week, another starting quarterback gets hurts. Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph took a scary hit to the helmet on Sunday afternoon against the Ravens that knocked him out cold. Rudolph had to leave the game in the third quarter and went to the hospital.

Devlin Hodges took over for Pittsburgh and ended the game 7/9 for 68 yards. Hodges also had the longest run of the day for the Steelers of 21 yards, but it wasn’t enough as Pittsburgh dropped to 1-4 with a 26-23 overtime loss.

Only two undefeated teams remain. New England stayed perfect with a dominant 33-7 road in against the Redskins. San Francisco embarrassed Cleveland on Monday night, 31-3. Baker Mayfield struggled throughout the game going 8/22 for 100 yards and two interceptions.

Many teams that started the season terrifically have cooled off the past two weeks. Kansas City escaped last week in Detroit, but it didn’t have enough Sunday night as the Chiefs are no longer undefeated after a 19-13 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Dallas has now dropped two straight after Aaron Rodgers won another game at AT&T Stadium, 34-24. The Chargers had high expectations entering the season, but after starting 1-0, LA is 2-3 with a 20-13 home loss to Denver Sunday.

Daniel Jones cooled off against the Vikings after winning his first two starts. Jones went 21/38 for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 28-10 loss. Oakland is beginning to heat up after a win in London.

The Raiders have won two straight after beating the Bears 24-21. Chicago is now counting the days until Mitchell Trubisky is healthy after backup quarterback Chase Daniel went 22/30 for 231 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Now, here are the former Mountaineers that had the biggest impacts for their teams on NFL Sunday:

Defensive Player of the Week

KARL JOSEPH: Joseph finished tied for third on the team Sunday in tackles with five total against the Bears. He also had a QB hit.

DARYL WORLEY: Worley had five total tackles to tie with Joseph for third on the team for the game.

Offensive Player of the Week

TAVON AUSTIN: Austin had one carry for 14 yards to go along with one catch for 13 yards in a Cowboy loss.

WENDELL SMALLWOOD: Smallwood had a season-high six carries for 27 yards in the Redskins’ loss.

Surprise Player of the Week

KYZIR WHITE: White has seen a serious decrease in playing time over the past few games, but he made the most of his limited opportunities on Sunday. White only had two total tackles, but he had a key interception in the third quarter to set the Chargers up at the Denver seven-yard line. Sadly, Philip Rivers threw his second interception of the game only three plays later.

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