It’s safe to say that fewer minds were on football this weekend, so here’s a quick update on BC’s representatives in the NFL.
Matt Ryan - QB, Atlanta Falcons - (BC 2003-2007):
Falcons 34, Broncos 27: Ryan, the league leader in passing yards this season, had another great outing against Denver, racking up 284 yards, three touchdowns, including a 51-yard bomb to Olamide Zaccheaus in the end zone. The other two were just as picture-perfect, with a quick nine-yarder to Brandon Powell on a corner route, as well as an off-balanced 21-yard lob into the waiting hands of Julio Jones in the end zone. To top it off, his 95.0 QBR was a season high.
Despite yet another elite campaign from BC’s most famous professional athlete, Atlanta’s recent improvement may be a case of too little, too late, as the team sits three wins behind New Orleans and Tampa Bay in the NFC South. Speaking of divisional action, expect Ryan to have his work cut out for him after the bye week, when he’ll face Drew Brees and the Saints, who torched the Buccaneers, 38-3 on Sunday.
Week 10: (Bye); Week 11 Matchup: Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Justin Simmons - FS, Denver Broncos - (BC 2013-2015):
Falcons 34, Broncos 27: Simmons recorded his third interception of the season on Sunday. He was in the right place at the right time, as fellow alum Ryan overshot Zaccheaus on a deep pass down the middle. In addition to the pick, Simmons also broke up two passes and made five tackles in what was another outstanding game for the All-Pro safety.
His efforts weren’t quite enough to make the difference for Denver, but week after week, he makes us all proud over here in Chestnut Hill, and that ought to count for something.
Week 10 Matchup: Denver Broncos @ Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday 4:05 p.m.
Isaac Yiadom - CB, New York Giants - (BC 2014-2017):
Giants 23, Washington 20. The third-year defensive back got his first career sack on Sunday, managing to get straight to Alex Smith unblocked. He also broke up two passes and forced a fumble that was recovered by New York on a wild play in which the ball was knocked around several times and fumbled twice by Washington.
The former third-rounder hasn’t made sparks fly in his young career, but his performance this week was definitely one of his finest, helping the Giants to their second win of the season.
Week 10 Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants, Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Harold Landry - OLB, Tennessee Titans - (BC 2014-2017):
Titans 24, Bears 17: In addition to logging four tackles and a sack, Landry made a terrific defensive play on Sunday that turned out to be important. On a third-and-goal early in the fourth, Landry tipped a Nick Foles pass that was nearly picked off by Titans teammate Jeffery Simmons. Despite not being able to get his team the ball in the red zone, the deflection forced Chicago to kick a field goal, thus preserving Tennessee’s two-touchdown lead, which was significant as the Titans went on to only win by seven points.
His performance was a relative high point in what has been a modest season so far for the third-year player.
Week 10 Matchup: Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
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