It’s becoming clearer each week that Stefon Diggs has put his slow start to the 2019 season behind him after turning in another impressive performance during a 19-9 Thursday Night Football win over the Redskins.
Although he didn’t reach the endzone, Diggs completed his third consecutive game with at least 140 yards receiving. The former Terp hauled in seven catches on seven targets for 143 yards, with his longest catch being a 39 yard reception.
Stefon Diggs had him all turned around— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 25, 2019
With this performance, Diggs now ties Randy Moss for the Vikings franchise record with three straight games with over 140 yards receiving and joins only 15 other players in NFL history to ever achieve this feat.
Stefon Diggs playing on another level— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) October 25, 2019
The former 5th round pick turned NFL star will look to extend his streak this upcoming week against the Kansas City Chiefs. It remains to be seen whether or not Diggs counterpart in Minnesota, Adam Thielen, will be back for the matchup.
Diggs also continued to have the best cleats in the NFL, this week paying homage to rapper Young Thug.
Tonight’s Primetime Purple but Pregame is Slime time for @stefondiggs with the @youngthug “So much Fun” inspired cleats #skol pic.twitter.com/W9J6NCaCLR— Mache- the guy who does the art on the shoes. (@MACHE275) October 24, 2019
Other Standout Performers
Diggs wasn’t the only former Terp to continue their dominant play in week eight. Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue followed up his pick six from Week 7 with two sacks against an atrocious Jets offensive line in a 29-15 win.
#Jaguars DE @YannickNgakoue with the sack! Sam Darnold went down like a bag of hammers.— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) October 27, 2019
Like Diggs, Ngakoue has really been coming into his own recently after a slow start to the season that was hampered with nagging injuries for the Jags defensive end. If their recent play continues, Diggs and Ngakoue could both be Pro Bowl participants at the end of the season. With his two sacks yesterday, Ngakoue now ranks third in Jaguars franchise history with 33.5 career sacks.
Another Sack!!— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) October 27, 2019
"WHaT HapPenEd tO #Sacksonville ?!" pic.twitter.com/2WMKo3u7OY
With free agency approaching this offseason, Ngakoue’s name has been floating around the trade rumor mill for the past few weeks. The NFL trade deadline is today at 4 p.m., so we will know soon if Ngakoue will be suiting up for a new team, although a move seems unlikely.
Darnell Savage returned to the field for the Packers after missing the past few games with an ankle injury. He picked right back up where he left off, leading the Packers with seven tackles in their 31-24 win over the Chiefs.
Other Terps in Action
- After lots of hype following the Kerryon Johnson injury, Ty Johnson was fairly ineffective for the Lions in their 31-26 win over the Giants. The Lions operated in a running back by-committee format after losing their star running back, with Johnson receiving the second-most carries. He finished the day with seven carries for 25 yards and one catch for 13 yards.
- DJ Moore had a quiet week after coming back from a bye during the Panthers 51-13 loss to the 49ers. The standout receiver only recorded five catches for 38 yards on nine targets.
- The same can be said for his Panthers teammate, Jermaine Carter, who didn’t record any defensive stats during the team’s loss.
- JC Jackson also had a quiet day during the Patriots 27-13 win over the Browns. He only recorded one total tackle.
- Quinton Jefferson of the Seahawks and Vernon Davis of the Redskins both missed their respective games with injuries. Jefferson is dealing with an oblique injury, while Davis is dealing with a concussion and has missed the past several games with the same injury.
- Josh Woods was a healthy scratch for the Bears this week, as was Byron Cowart for the Patriots. Sean Davis remains on the IR for the Steelers.
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