It was another up and down week for former Maryland football players in the NFL. Two former Terps hit or tied career milestones, while one was suspended and another was injured.
Sean Davis, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
A week after recording the first interception of his career, the rookie recorded his first sack and finished with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Steelers’ 27-20 win over the Bills. Since moving back to safety in October, Davis has turned into a reliable player for the Steelers on defense.
Nick Novak, K, Houston Texans
After hitting the game-winning field goal against the Colts back in October, Novak tied a career-high with five field goals against the Colts on Sunday. He was responsible for 16 of the Texans' 22 points, helping Houston keep pace with the Titans at the top of the AFC South.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs had just three catches for 55 yards, but the Vikings got a much-needed 25-16 win over the Jaguars Sunday. The second year wideout has gotten some national recognition this year for his breakout campaign, and Vikings defensive backs told ESPN Radio Twin Cities what makes him so good earlier this week.
Nolan Carroll, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
Carroll had four tackles in the Eagles' 27-22 loss to the Redskins. The Eagles defense held the Redskins at bay for most of the game until Kirk Cousins marched the team 77 yards down the field in eight plays for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Davis caught just one pass for a yard in the Redskins' 27-22 win over the Eagles. The Redskins only attempted 21 passes and held the ball for just 23 minutes, but were able to take advantage of two Eagles turnovers.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ngakoue recorded one tackle in the Jaguars' 25-16 loss to the Vikings. After a few weeks of having great defensive performances ruined by Blake Bortles, the Jaguars defense took a step back this week, giving up 377 yards and not sacking Sam Bradford once.
Jon Condo, LS, Oakland Raiders
Condo was on the field 11 times Thursday, but eight times it was for punts. The Raiders' offense sputtered in a 20-13 loss to the Chiefs, and they lost control of their own destiny in the AFC West.
D’Qwell Jackson, LB, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts’ defense suffered a big blow last week when Jackson was suspended four games for PED use. The 11-year veteran was leading the Colts with 78 tackles at the time of his suspension, and also led the team in tackles the previous two seasons.
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Smith suffered a concussion Sunday during his only target of the game. He went up with Jets cornerback Juston Burris to try to haul in a deep ball from Colin Kaepernick, but landed on his head. It’s been a tough season for Smith, and this only adds to it.