Can you say Defensive Rookie of they Year? It’s only week 5, so I’ll knock on wood, but Burns is the odds on favorite to win the award and his performance this week only helps his case as he scored his first career NFL touchdown:
BRIAN BURNS TO THE HOUSE! The Defensive Rookie of the Month @Fire_Burns99 scores his first NFL touchdown! #KeepPounding #JAXvsCAR— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2019
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Burns would come up with a strip sack of his own in the fourth quarter:
#Panthers rookie Brian Burns is having such a hot start for his career. Was already named rookie of the month for the first quarter of the season.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 6, 2019
How did he fall to number 16 in the draft?pic.twitter.com/rHoCEhhVda
Burns finished the day with 3 tackles (2 solo), a sack, and the touchdown.
Burns wouldn’t be the only former ’Nole to get their first NFL touchdown with Ryan Izzo finding pay dirt on a pass from Tom Brady:
Catching your first TD in the NFL is a moment players remember forever, but not keeping the ball? Izzo’s teammates will be letting him hear about this one for a while:
Ryan Izzo said it felt amazing to catch his first NFL touchdown. However, he didn’t keep the ball and his teammates keep making fun of him for that. pic.twitter.com/SKDoyiK66p— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 6, 2019
Not to be outdone by his former teammates, Auden Tate went ahead and grabbed his first career score:
In his first game back from injury, Williams put together a great game including a big sack on third down:
Vince Williams with the huge sack, cleaning up on Baltimore's Bradley Bozeman. Vinnie's had some serious hop here in general, back from missing two-plus games. Greeted enthusiastically at sideline by Ryan Shazier. #DKPS #Steelers— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) October 6, 2019
Williams would lead the team in tackles on the afternoon with 9 (4 solo). He also had a TFL, QB hit, and a pass defended in Pittsburgh’s overtime loss.
Freeman has yet to really break out running the ball this season, but has been utilized in the passing game frequently and found the end zone on a pass from Matt Ryan again today:
EATTTTTTTTTT FREEEEEEEEEEE pic.twitter.com/TYRsDkqmEC— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) October 6, 2019
Freeman would finish the day with 11 carries for 30 yards, plus another 40 yards receiving on 5 catches and the touchdown.
It was an up and down day for Winston. He finished with a decent stat line, but definitely will wish he had some throws back including two would-be interceptions that were called back due to penalties. That said, he wasn’t well protected throughout the day and ran for his life on more than one occasion.
A bright spot continues to be his growing rapport with receiver Chris Godwin, who he tossed another two touchdowns to today.
Winston finished 15/27 for 204 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Another day, another 100-yard rushing game for Dalvin Cook. He also went ahead and caught 6 for another 86 yards through the air, setting a franchise record for the Vikings:
With 132 yards rushing and 86 yards receiving in the win over New York, Dalvin Cook becomes the first player in #Vikings history to record 120+ rushing yards and 80+ receiving yards in the same game. pic.twitter.com/N7YGhPayar— Vikings PR (@VikingsPR) October 6, 2019
Cook is special and just has another gear when the ball is in his hands. He helps to pad Kirk Cousins’ stat line here:
.@vikings @dalvincook put on a show for the THOUSANDS of #Vikings fans who traveled to @MetLifeStadium #skol He has found that next gear that separates the good from great #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/G1zijoALy2— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 7, 2019
Philly’s defense feasted on Luke Falk and the Jet’s offense all day (carrying my sad excuse for a fantasy team). Josh Sweat continued his nice start to the season, earning himself a sack. One of NINE sacks on the day:
#Eagles final sack numbers:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) October 6, 2019
Brandon Graham - 3
Orlando Scandrick - 2
Josh Sweat - 1
Vinny Curry - 1
Derek Barnett - 1
Hassan Ridgeway - 1
Daeshon Hall - 1
Sweat spent all day in the New York backfield, totaling 4 solo tackles, 3 QB hits, and a TFL in addition to the sack.
Other Notable Statlines
Javien Elliot, Carolina Panthers: had 6 tackles (4 solo) and a QB hit.
Bobo Wilson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: had one catch for 11 yards and handled punt return duties.
P.J. Williams, New Orleans Saints: Williams has made great strides since last year, locking down his spot as the Saints’ slot corner. Williams co-led the team in tackles with 7 (6 solo), a TFL, and a pass defended while covering Mike Evans.
Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings: had 3 tackles (2 solo) and a pass defended in Minnesota’s win.
Eddie Goldman, Chicago Bears: had 3 solo tackles in his team’s loss to the Raiders in London.
Lamarcus Joyner, Oakland Raiders: Joyner also had 3 solo tackles in London, but his Raiders will hop an an 11 hour flight with a victory.
Nigel Bradham, Philadelphia Eagles: had 3 tackles (1 solo).
DeMarcus Walker, Denver Broncos: getting more playing time with the loss of Bradley Chubb, Walker had 2 solo tackles including a TFL.
Trey Marshall, Denver Broncos: Marshall has done well for himself in sticking with Denver and getting an NFL paycheck. He played on Sunday afternoon and recorded a solo tackle.
Derrick Nnadi: had 6 tackles (4 solo) in the Chiefs first loss of the season.