As each Sunday passes by, the games become more and more important. The NFL season is quickly reaching the home stretch, as the playoff picture becomes clearer every week. Some ProCanes might just be playing for pride at this point, but others still have a lot to play for. Let’s preview what’s on tap for the ProCanes this week.
Fresh off his brand new 2-year, $8 million contract extension, WR Allen Hurns and the Dolphins will miraculously look for their third win in a row as they play division rival Buffalo at Hard Rock Stadium. Hurns has 170 yards and one touchdown this season, but he’ll look to become more involved as the Dolphins continue to get used to life without second-leading receiver Preston Williams, who is out for the season. RB Mark Walton sits out this one as he continues to serve his four-game suspension. On the Bills side, running back Frank Gore is defying logic as he leads the Bills in rushing (449 yards, two touchdowns), as the ageless wonder is still producing in the NFL. Rookie safety Jaquan Johnson, who has played in six games this year, will look to be active and make an impact in his return to his home field in college.
Not much going on here, as DE Joe Jackson (Cowboys), and CB Michael Jackson (Lions) are both still looking to break through and get regular playing time.
A crucial AFC South meeting includes three active ProCanes. Let’s start with Jacksonville, as DE Calais Campbell hasn’t stopped producing for the Jaguars talented defense. Campbell has 38 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 9.5 tackles for loss this season. Brandon Linder continues to be the starting center for Jacksonville, as he’ll go against an Indianapolis d-line that includes DE Al-Quadin Muhammad. Muhammad has been solid in the Colts d-line rotation this season, as he’s posted 15 total tackles, one sack, and four tackles for loss this year.
WR Braxton Berrios has played in all nine games this season, as he’s had trouble getting involved in the passing game, but he has been featured on special teams. In terms of games played, the same can’t be said for TE Christopher Herndon. Herndon has had a brutal season, as it started with a four-game suspension, and then hamstring and rib injuries, which limited him to one game this season. On Washington’s LG Ereck Flowers continues to be the starting left guard for the Redskins.
DE Allen Bailey has been solid for the struggling Falcons this year, as he’s registered 18 total tackles this season. S Jamal Carter and LB Jermaine Grace both are trying to make more of an impact, and the opportunity might present itself as the Falcons enter Sunday with a dismal 2-7 record. Meanwhile, the Panthers are in the thick of the NFC playoff race, and TE Greg Olsen will play a role in helping Carolina get into the postseason. Olsen is the Panthers third-leading receiver this year, as he’s recorded 429 yards (12.3 yards per catch) and two touchdowns this season. Additionally, CB Corn Elder was signed off the Giants practice squad by Carolina this week.
This offensive shootout will definitely be one to watch, and a ProCane will be right in the middle of this showdown. RB Duke Johnson has been a versatile threat for Houston this season, as he’s their second-leading rusher, as he has 287 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown this season. Johnson also has 228 receiving yards and two touchdowns through the air.
This Super Bowl LII rematch includes a crucial ProCane on the Patriots side. WR Phillip Dorsett has been a fantastic weapon for QB Tom Brady this year, as he’s posted 299 yards and four touchdowns this year, which means he’s third on the team in receiving yards and tied for the team lead in touchdowns. Dorsett will look to continue to make a difference in this crucial matchup.
There’s not many ProCanes in this Sunday night matchup, but Bears punter Pat O’Donnell is likely to be on the field a lot in this one. O’Donnell has punted 52 times this season for 2,367 yards with an average of 45.5 yards per punt. O’Donnell will definitely be busy as Mitchell Trubisky and Jared Goff have had their fair share of struggles this year.
This Monday Night Football clash in Mexico City has a lot of Canes representation on the Chargers side of the ball. Safety Rayshawn Jenkins and linebacker Denzel Perryman has been fixtures on the Chargers defense this season, as they rank fifth and sixth on the team in tackles respectively this year. Kicker Michael Badgley has finally made his return from injury, as he’s played in two games so far in the 2019 regular season. Badgley has gone 2-3 on field goals and 5-5 on extra points.