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Terps in the NFL: DJ Moore explodes in Week Seven

Here’s how former Terps performed in Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season.

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For the third straight week, former Terp and current Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore tallied exactly 93 receiving yards in a game.

The third-year man caught four of his five targets for 93 yards and two touchdowns, leading led his team in both categories.

The first of his pair of scores came early in the second quarter when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater aired it out past every defender to a wide open Moore, in stride.

This 74-yard touchdown grab was Moore’s longest reception of the season and the second longest of his career, by just eight yards.

Almost 10 minutes later in the second quarter, Moore scored his second touchdown of the game. Bridgwater tossed the football to the third year pro as he ran an end around route up the sideline, dodging a few tackles, and into the corner of the end zone.

The Panthers failed to score in the fourth quarter and gave up a field goal to Wil Lutz and the Saints, falling to New Orleans 27-24. Carolina is now 3-4, sitting in third place in the NFC South, behind Tampa Bay and New Orleans.

As for Moore, he continues to put on a show on offense. He’s caught 31 of his 53 targets this season for 567 yards and an average of 18.3 yards per reception, both of which rank seventh across the entire NFL. Just seven games into the 2020 season, Moore is already one touchdown shy of tying his total of four from last year.

Through seven games last year, Moore totaled 463 receiving yards and finished the season with 1,175 receiving yards. With over 100 more receiving yards than he did last season at this time, he seems to be on pace for his best NFL season yet.

The Panthers will host Atlanta on Thursday Night Football in Week 8.

Other Performers

  • J.C. Jackson had another solid game in the secondary for the Patriots. The third-year cornerback had one tackle, an interception that ended the first half and a pass deflection. Jackson now has three picks this season, two shy of his career high of five from 2019. He also has seven total pass deflections, which is three shy of his career high of 10 from last season too. Jackson has an interception in each of the last two games.
  • Wide receiver Stefon Diggs cashed in a solid game this week with six catches on 11 targets for 48 yards. Diggs cooled down slightly in week seven, but is still fourth in the NFL in receiving yards with 603 this season. The Bills failed to score a touchdown but on six field goals beat the Jets, 18-10. Diggs could potentially line up against Jackson next week when the Bills face New England.
  • Bills defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson had a nice day against New York. Jefferson had two total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and one pass deflection against an abysmal Jets offense. Jefferson has been collecting statistics in every defensive category all season.
  • Linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. recorded two tackles in the loss to the Saints. Carter continues to hold a solid reserve role in Carolina.
  • Defensive lineman Byron Cowart had three tackles, two of which were solo tackles, in New England’s loss.
  • Running back Anthony McFarland Jr. carried the ball once for six yards and was targeted once in the Steelers win over Tennessee. Pittsburgh improved to 6-0 with the victory.
  • New York Jets running back Ty Johnson did not receive a carry in the loss to Buffalo, but he did contribute on special teams, returning three kicks for 66 yards
  • Pittsburgh Steelers defender Sean Davis played some special teams snaps but did not record a defensive stat this week against the Tennessee Titans. Davis has primarily contributed on special teams for Mike Tomlin’s squad this year.
  • Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage did not play this week against the Houston Texans. The former first-round pick missed two games during his rookie season and missed his first game of the year this week.
  • Chicago Bears linebacker Josh Woods did not record a defensive stat but contributed to the special teams on Monday Night Football in the loss to the Rams. The Bears fell to 5-2 with the defeat.
  • Yannick Ngakoue was traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. The Ravens had their bye week and look to play the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday. Ngakoue’s new head coach John Harbaugh had some great things to say about him.