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Terps in the NFL: DJ Moore and Yannick Ngakoue have their best games of season

Maryland had alumni from both sides of the ball make plays this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ set a season-high on Sunday with 127 yards on just seven catches, the second most in a game in his career. Moore did this with P.J. Walker at quarterback, as Teddy Bridgewater was out with an injury.

For the sixth time in 11 games this season, Moore received for at least 93 yards in a game. A former Terp receiver (Diggs or Moore) has recorded at least 92 yards for eight straight weeks now.

He now has 46 receptions and 863 receiving yards in 2020, which is good for the fourth most receiving yards in the entire NFL. The Panthers are the only team in the league to have two receivers with over 800 receiving yards in Moore and Robby Anderson.

Rookie and former Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Jeff Okudah, the No. 3 overall draft choice in 2020, couldn’t contain Moore as he sprinted past him for an enormous gain. Moore’s speed has been one of his best skills since joining the NFL and it gives him an advantage to help him get open.

Moore’s career day helped the Panthers improve to a 4-7 record with a 20-0 win over Detroit. And former Terps have

On the defensive side, former Terp Yannick Ngakoue had quite the performance for the Baltimore Ravens.

Ngakoue recorded two total tackles and forced a fumble against the Titans. The defensive end made a huge impact by getting to quarterback Ryan Tannehill plenty of times, including this strip sack. Ngakoue now has five total sacks this season and this marked his second forced fumble in 2020, which is tied for 11th in the league.

Ngakoue’s performance against Tennessee on Sunday went past the stat sheet, even though he had a strip sack. His ability to disrupt Tannehill at quarterback and throw off the Titans’ passing game helped Baltimore to stay in the game before ultimately losing 30-24 and falling to 6-4 on the year.

Other Performers

  • Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage recovered a fumble on Sunday for the first time in his career. Savage forced two fumbles in 2019 as a rookie, but had never recovered one. In addition to his fumble recovery, the second-year safety had six total tackles, four solo tackles and a pass deflection against Indianapolis. He now has five pass deflections this season, tying his career high from last year. The Packers fell to the Colts in overtime, 34-31.
  • Panthers linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. had one of his best performances of the season, as well. Carter recorded five total tackles as the team shut out the Lions, which is his season high in a game. The third-year man has started to make a real impact on defense for Carolina, with 13 tackles in the last three games.
  • New England Patriots defensive lineman Byron Cowart recorded four total tackles, with two solo tackles against Houston on Sunday. His four total tackles tied his season high, which he first recorded against Buffalo on Nov. 11.
  • After setting the Patriots’ record for consecutive games with an interception last week, J.C. Jackson only recorded one tackle this week against the Texans. Jackson, once again, had solid defensive coverage and forced quarterback Deshaun Watson to spread the ball around to each receiver.
  • New York Jets running back Ty Johnson did not record a carry, but he had four receptions for 17 yards on six targets. Six targets became his career high in a game and his four receptions tied his career high for receptions in a game. Johnson remains behind Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine on the depth chart.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Anthony McFarland Jr. carried the ball three times for just three yards in the win over Jacksonville. McFarland seems to have solidified himself as the third string running back behind James Conner and Benny Snell, but has yet to have a breakout performance. Pittsburgh remains undefeated as it improved to 10-0.
  • Steelers safety Sean Davis recorded just one tackle in the game as he remains a mainstay on special teams for Pittsburgh.
  • Stefon Diggs, Quinton Jefferson and the Buffalo Bills had their bye week in Week 12. Diggs and Jefferson will take on the Los Angeles Chargers next week.
  • Linebacker Josh Woods and the Chicago Bears had their bye week in Week 12 and will play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football next week.