Big days were had by former members of the Gamecocks secondary, including a game-clinching interception from a big-talking safety.
Buffalo Bills 27, Indianapolis Colts 14
- Stephon Gilmore, CB, Bills: Six total tackles, all of which were solo, and four pass deflections. Gilmore led an unforgiving Bills secondary that picked off Andrew Luck twice, and gave Rex Ryan his first win as the Bills' head coach.
Miami Dolphins 17, Washington Redskins 10
- Chris Culliver, S, Redskins: Despite starting the game, Culliver made just one tackle on the night, which itself was an assisted tackle.
Carolina Panthers 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 9
- AJ Cann, G, Jaguars: Blake Bortles was sacked five times in the game, though I'd have to study the tape to see if Cann was on the line when any occurred. Jacksonville also only managed to rush for 96 total yards on 4.6 yards per carry.
- Damiere Byrd, WR, Panthers (practice squad): DNP
St. Louis Rams 34, Seattle Seahawks 31
- Jared Cook Jr., TE, Rams: Cook had a huge game as the Rams' leading receiver. He caught six passes on six targets for 85 yards, and a long of 30. Given that the second-leading receiver on the team was running back Bennie Cunningham, it's safe to say the Rams invested in the short-yardage passing game. Whether that was just a strategy against the diabolical secondary of Seattle or if it'll be more permanent.
- Justice Cunningham, TE, Rams (practice squad): DNP
Green Bay Packers 31, Chicago Bears 23
- Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: Jeffery was the leading receiver on the team, with five catches for 78 yards, but he was also targeted eleven times. Similar to Brandon Marshall in years past, Jeffery is now the safety blanket for quarterback Jay Cutler, for better or for worse.
New York Jets 31, Cleveland Browns 10
- Connor Shaw, QB, Browns (injured reserve): DNP
- Antonio Allen, S, Jets (injured reserve): DNP
Kansas City Chiefs 27, Houston Texans 20
- Johnathan Joseph, CB, Texans: Four total tackles on the day, all of which were solo, plus a pass deflection.
- Jadeveon Clowney, LB/DE, Texans: Four total tackles, three of which were solo, and one that was for a loss. Which Alex Smith did end up having a good day through the air, the Texans line did sack him twice (thanks J.J. Watt) and only have up 97 total yards rushing.
Arizona Cardinals 31, New Orleans Saints 19
San Diego Chargers 33, Detroit Lions 28
- Devin Taylor, DE, Lions: Four total tackles, two of which were solo. Pretty good performance for coming off the bench.
- Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, Chargers: Four total tackles, two solo and one a tackle for loss, plus a pass deflection and a legal hit on Philip Rivers. Ingram showed nice versatility here, both on the line and in space.
Denver Broncos 19, Baltimore Ravens 13
- Darian Stewart, S, Broncos: Stewart had a huge game in his debut for the Broncos. It starts at the end, when he makes the game-clinching interception in the end zone off Joe Flacco as time expired. Tack on four tackles and a pass deflection, and it's clear Stewart proved his worth to Denver, and proved to Baltimore that they never should have let him go.
Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals 13
- T.J. Johnson, C, Bengals: Though Johnson came off the bench, he can proudly say he was a part of the offensive line that gave up zero sacks on the day.
Tennessee Titans @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- D.J. Swearinger, S, Buccaneers: D.J. had a nice day (rhyme intentional), with five total tackles, four of which were solo. The Bucs secondary as a whole was less impressive, giving up four touchdown passes from Marcus Mariota, who ended up with a perfect passer rating on the day.
- Jamon Meredith, T, Titans: The Titans o-line only gave up two sacks, and helped the team reach 124 yards rushing.
- Ryan Succop, K, Titans: Six for six on extra points! BOOM!
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
- Jasper Brinkley, LB, Giants: Brinkley was blanked in his debut for the Giants, and I'll have to check snap counts when they come out to see how much he even played, if at all. After all, he was signed nary a week ago, so it'd be understandable if the Giants wanted to keep him on the sidelines and get hints about what the Cowboys defense might be planning.
Monday night's games
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons
- Pat DiMarco, FB, Falcons
Minnesota Vikings @ San Francisco 49ers
- Captain Munnerlyn, CB, Vikings
- Bruce Ellington, WR/KR, 49ers
- Mike Davis, RB, 49ers
- Dylan Thompson, QB, 49ers (practice squad)
- Busta Anderson, TE, 49ers (injured)
* = Practice Squad
+ = Injured