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#ProBigRed: Huskers in the NFL - Week 1

By NU Athletic Communications

Numerous Huskers saw action in Week 1 as the 2018 NFL season kicked off last week. Several Huskers had big impacts on leading their teams to victory, including two AFC East rivals in Rex Burkhead (Patriots) and Quincy Enunwa (Jets), who combined for over 100 yards of total offense. Burkhead led a crowded Patriots backfield with 18 carries for 64 yards while Enunwa led the Jets in catches and receiving yards.

Andy Janovich was his usual self on Sunday for the Broncos as they defeated Seattle by a field goal. He helped create holes for a couple big running plays and chipped in a tackle on special teams too.

Maliek Collins had his first sack of the season for the Cowboys and Ndamukong Suh made four tackles in the Rams win over the Raiders. Cornerback Prince Amukamara had five tackles for the Bears in a close loss to the Packers.

On the offensive line, Spencer Long (Jets), Alex Lewis (Ravens) and Matt Slauson (Colts) started and played every offensive snap. Long and Lewis were able to pave the way for their teams to multiple touchown victories while Slauson and the Colts fell just short against the Bengals.

Sam Koch was excellent punting the ball for Baltimore, as he racked up an average of 51.4 yards on five punts, with three punts downed inside the 20. His best punt of the day traveled 63 yards.

Lavonte David (Buccaneers) and Will Compton (Titans) each made impacts for their teams on defense and special teams. David led Tampa Bay with nine tackles and Compton chipped in two tackles for Tennessee.

A complete list of statistics by former Huskers in the NFL is below.




Miami Dolphins (W, 27-20 vs. Tennessee Titans)
T Zach Sterup: Did Not Play (Inactive)


New England Patriots (W, 27-20 vs. Houston Texans)
RB Rex Burkhead: Burkhead rushed 18 times for 64 yards in the Patriots win over the Houston Texans. His longest rush was 12 yards and he also caught a pass for five yards.

DT Vincent Valentine (Practice Squad) 


New York Jets (W, 48-17 vs. Lions)
OL Spencer Long: started at center and played every snap on Monday night. He paved the way the offensive line as the Jets rushed for 169 yards and passed for 180.

OL Brent Qvale: played on special teams.

WR Quincy Enunwa: led the Jets in targets (8), receptions (6) and receiving yards (63) while also scoring a touchdown. He played in 67% of the team's offensive snaps.


Denver Broncos (W, 27-24)
FB Andy Janovich: played on offense and special teams and made one tackle on a kickoff return by Seattle in the first quarter.


Baltimore Ravens (W, 47-3 vs. Bills)
P Sam Koch: punted five times for 257 yards in the Ravens convincing win over the Bills. He averaged 51.4 yards per punt with three punts landing inside the opposition's 20 yard line. His longest punt of the day traveled 63 yards.

CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste: Did Not Play (IR)

OL Alex Lewis: started at tackle and played the entire game, paving the way for 369 yards of total offense. He also played on special teams.

Cincinnati Bengals (W, 34-23 at Colts)
TE Cethan Carter: Did Not Play (IR)



Indianapolis Colts (L, 34-23 vs. Bengals)
OL Matt Slauson: started at guard and played the entire game in his team's loss to the Bengals. He also played on special teams.



Jacksonville Jaguars (W, 20-15 vs. Giants)
TE Niles Paul: played at tight end and on special teams on Sunday afternoon against the Giants. He was targeted one time on offense but the pass fell incomplete.

QB Tanner Lee (Practice Squad)



Tennessee Titans (L, 27-20 vs. Dolphins)
LB Will Compton: Compton saw action on most of the Titans special teams units and 31% of the team's defensive snaps. He finished the afternoon with two tackles.

CB Joshua Kalu (Practice Squad)




Dallas Cowboys (L, 16-8)
DT Maliek Collins: saw time at defensive tackle and on special teams for the Cowboys in their loss to Carolina on Sunday. He had one sack on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for an eight yard loss.

DE Randy Gregory: Gregory played on defense and special teams on Sunday but did not register any statistics.

PK Brett Maher: missed a 47-yard field goal in his only attempt of the day.

Philadelphia Eagles (W, 18-12)
LB Nathan Gerry: registered one tackle and a pass deflection in his team's win over the Falcons on Thursday. Gerry also played extensively on special teams.

New York Giants (L, 20-15 vs. Jaguars)
OL Nick Gates: Did Not Play (IR)




Arizona Cardinals (W, 24-6 vs. Redskins)
DB Chris Jones: Practice Squad



Los Angeles Rams (W, 33-13 vs. Raiders)
DT Ndamukong Suh: started at defensive tackle and registered four tackles in the Rams win over the Raiders Mondat night. He also played on special teams.
Chicago Bears (L, 24-23 vs. Packers)
CB Prince Amukamara: started at cornerback and made five tackles in the Bears loss to Green Bay on Sunday night. He also played on special teams.
Detroit Lions (L, 48-17 vs. Jets)
RB Ameer Abdullah: Did Not Play (Inactive)



Carolina Panthers (W, 16-8 vs. Cowboys)
OL Jeremiah Sirles: Did Not Play (IR)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W, 48-40 vs. Saints)
LB Lavonte David: started at linebacker and played the entire game for the Buccaneers in their thrilling win at New Orleans on Sunday. He registered nine tackles on the day. 


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