While rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett led the New England Patriots to a 27-0 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night, the play of Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney was lost in the discussion.
McKinney, a 2015 second-round draft out of Mississippi Statem had 16 tackles and a sack. Though Houston could not muster any offense Thursday night, McKinney’s play stood out as one of the highlights of the evening.
While offensive players who were stars in the SEC continue to grab headlines this week, former defensive standouts also made the list of top performances. Defense still helps win championships in the NFL.
Here is a look at the top performances by former SEC stars in the NFL in Week 3.
Jarvis Landry, wide receiver, Miami Dolphins: The former LSU star followed a 10-catch performance last week with his first touchdown of the season in the Dolphins’ 30-24 overtime win over Cleveland. Landry caught seven passes for 120 yards on the afternoon.
Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Detroit Lions: Stafford once again showed he can light up a scoreboard. The former Georgia star and top pick in the 2009 NFL draft threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions’ 34-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Eddie Lacy, running back, Green Bay Packers: Lacy had his first 100-yard game of the season with 103 yards on 17 attempts in the Packers’ 34-27 win over Detroit. The former Alabama star was drafted by Green Bay in the second round in 2013.
Todd Gurley, running back, Los Angeles Rams: The former Georgia star rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns in helping Los Angeles to its second consecutive win, 37-32 at Tampa Bay. Gurley was the Rams’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft.
Reshad Jones, safety, Miami Dolphins: Jones led the Dolphins with 10 tackles in the team’s 30-24 overtime win over Cleveland. A former fifth-round pick out of Georgia, Jones made nine solo stops.
Jeremy Hill, running back, Cincinnati Bengals: – Hill and his Cincinnati Bengals may have fallen short in the team’s 24-17 loss to Denver on Sunday, but the former LSU standout led the team with 97 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns.
Shane Ray, defensive end, Denver Broncos: In the absence of DeMarcus Ware, Ray had a solid game for the Broncos. The former Missouri star had six tackles and three sacks in Denver’s 24-17 win over Cincinnati. Ray was Denver’s first pick in the 2015 draft.
Eli Manning, quarterback, New York Giants: Manning, a former Ole Miss star, threw for 350 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. His Giants fell 29-27 to the Washington Redskins in a matchup of NFC East rivals.
Thomas Davis, linebacker, Carolina Panthers: Davis, a former Georgia star, had 10 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss in the Panthers’ 22-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Davis was a first-round pick of the Panthers in the 2005 dtaft.
Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, New York Giants: Beckham Jr. caught seven passes for 121 yards in New York’s 29-27 loss to Washington. Beckham was the Giants’ first-round pick out of LSU in 2014. He was the 12th overall selection.
Dak Prescott, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys: Prescott continues to prove he is in control of the Cowboys’ offense. The rookie from Mississippi State threw for 248 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 31-17 win over Chicago. He also ran for 36 yards and a touchdown.
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