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Eagles in the NFL - Week 8

As we approach the midpoint of the 2020 NFL season, let’s take a look at how some BC football alumni performed this past week to take our minds off of the painfully close loss to Clemson last Saturday.

Justin Simmons - FS, Denver Broncos - (BC 2013-2015): 

Broncos 31, Chargers 30: The Chargers have now blown double-digit leads in four consecutive weeks, scraping out only a single win over that miserable stretch. The latest implosion saw Los Angeles blow a 21-point second half cushion to the middling Broncos, but Denver and Justin Simmons do deserve some credit for their improbable victory.

Simmons played a key role in the comeback by racking up five combined tackles on the day and his second interception of the year on the Chargers’ opening drive. Simmons made a great read to jump Justin Herbert’s deep ball over the middle and set up the Denver offense in the red zone with a snaking 46-yard return. The Broncos came away with only three points on the ensuing drive, but the play by Simmons proved to be a game-changer as Denver squeaked out a win on the game’s final play.

Week 9 Matchup: Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday 1:00 p.m.

Anthony Castonzo - LT, Indianapolis Colts - (BC 2007-2010):

Colts 41, Lions 21: The 6’7" Castonzo helped pave the way for an easy Colts victory this weekend and the team’s highest scoring performance to date. Indianapolis didn’t exactly light it up in the ground game but did accumulate a solid 119 rushing yards on the backs of Castonzo and his All-Pro running mate Quenton Nelson, eclipsing their season average of 101.0 rushing yards per game.

Phillip Rivers also had his best game of the season largely due to the clean pocket Castonzo helped provide. With all day to throw, Rivers tore apart the Lions secondary and fellow BC alum Will Harris to the tune of 23 completions on 33 attempts, 262 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 86.0 QBR, his second best mark on the year.

Week 9 Matchup: Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts, Sunday 1:00 p.m.

Chris Lindstrom - RG, Atlanta Falcons - (BC 2015-2018):

Falcons 25, Panthers 17: Atlanta has disappointed in 2020 with a 2-6 record so far, but Chris Lindstrom is far from deserving of any blame. The 2019 first-round pick has been a rock for Atlanta’s elite offense in his second season at right guard and has helped BC legend Matt Ryan amass a league-leading 2,462 pass yards.

Ryan had a strong outing in a Thursday night win, but the Falcons needed Lindstrom and the running game to come out on top, with all three touchdowns coming on the ground. Lindstrom looks like an emerging star in Atlanta with an excellent 75.0 PFF player grade and is, impressively, yet to miss a snap after breaking his foot in his rookie season.

Week 9 Matchup: Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday 1:00 p.m.

Matt Ryan - QB, Atlanta Falcons - (BC 2003-2007):

Falcons 25, Panthers 17: Matt Ryan was as good as ever last Thursday night despite throwing no touchdowns and an interception. Ryan orchestrated Atlanta’s long drives that were capped off with rushing touchdowns, and the veteran quarterback even got in on the act with a rare 13-yard scamper into the end zone.

Carolina had no answers for Ryan’s surgical short passing as he picked them apart to the tune of 282 yards on 21-of-30 passing and an outstanding 90.3 QBR. Thanks to a red-hot stretch of play from Matty Ice, the Falcons finally have some momentum behind them after winning two of their last three games.

Week 9 Matchup: Denver Broncos @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday 1:00 p.m.

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