It was a big third week of the season for six former LSU linebackers (four starters and two reserves) who contributed to their NFL teams.
But no ex-Tiger LB had a better game than third-year pro Jacob Phillips of the Cleveland Browns.
When Cleveland’s starting middle linebacker Anthony Walker left the Browns’ 29-17 win at Pittsburgh last Thursday night prematurely with a season-ending torn quad tendon, Phillips had the best game of his career. professional.
He had 7 tackles (2 solo), a tackle for loss, a sack, a quarterback hit and a pass breakup. In short, he will start in the MLB for the Browns until further notice.
Hopefully Phillips, who was the leading tackler on LSU’s national championship team in 2019, can stay healthy. Prior to this season, he was limited to playing just 13 games in his first two years due to injuries.
As a rookie in 2020, he had knee problems and was listed for COVID-19 at the end of the season. Last year, Phillips suffered a biceps injury in the preseason and was sidelined until Week 13.
This season, he had a great training camp and hasn’t slowed down yet. Now, beginning with Cleveland’s game at Atlanta next Sunday, he’ll pass on the defensive signals as the starting middle linebacker.
“Being a MIKE (middle) linebacker is something I’ve always done my whole life, and it’s the one job in the world I’d rather be doing than anything else,” Phillips told the Akron Beacon Journal in the offseason. . “Everything that comes with it, it’s a lot. It’s more than meets the eye. It’s something I’ve prepared and trained for, and I’m ready for the moment if it’s there.”
Here’s a look at NFLSU Week 3:
Cleveland Browns 29, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Browns: PK Cade York 1 of 1 FG, 2 of 3 extra points, S Grant Delpit 6 tackles (4 solo), LB Jacpb Phillips 7 tackles (2 solo), 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 1 PBU , C Ethan Pocic started for an offensive line that helped produce 376 yards and allowed 2 sacks), CB Greedy Williams (injured reserve).
Carolina Panthers 22, New Orleans Saints 14
Saints: WR Jarvis Landry 2 catches (5 targets) for 22 yards, CB Tyrann Mathieu 4 tackles (2 solo). panthers: CB Donte Jackson 3 tackles, TE Stephen Sullivan no stats, WR Terrace Marshall Jr. no stats.
Chicago Bears 23, Houston Texans 20
jeans: CB Derek Stingley Jr. 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 sack, 1 QB hit.
Indianapolis Colts 20, Kansas City Chiefs 17
Bosses: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire 0 rushing yards on 7 attempts, 5 receptions (5 targets) for 39 yards.
Miami Dolphins 21, Buffalo Bills 19
Bills: LS Reid Ferguson broke 1 punt, went 1 of 2 from the field and 1 of 1 extra points. CB Tre’Davious White (backup/physically unable to perform). Dolphins: LS Blake Ferguson broke on 4 punts and 3 of 3 extra points, LB Duke Riley 5 tackles (3 solo).
Minnesota Vikings 28, Detroit Lions 24
Lions: DE Michael Brockers 0 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 hit QB, WR DJ Chark 3 catches (6 targets) for 46 yards, 1 tackle (1 solo). Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson 3 catches (6 targets) for 14 yards, CB Patrick Peterson 5 tackles (5 solo), 2 PBU, LB Danielle Hunter 3 tackles (3 solo), 1 TFL, OG Ed Ingram started on an offensive line that helped produce 373 yards and allowed 1 sack.
Baltimore Ravens 37 New England Patriots 26
Ravens: LB Patrick Queen 5 tackles (4 solo), 1 TFL, 1 hit QB, 1 PBU. Patriots: DT Davon Godchaux 1 tackle (1 solo), CB Jalen Mills 6 tackles (4 solo), 1 PBU, OL Chasen Hines was a backup right guard for an offensive line that helped produce 447 yards and allowed 3 sacks.
Cincinnati Bengals 27, New York Jets 12
Bengalis: QB Joe Burrow 23 of 36 for 275 passing yards and 3 TDs, sacks 4 times, 0 rushing yards on 4 carries, WR Ja’Marr Chase 6 receptions (10 targets) for 29 yards, minus 2 rushing yards on 2 carries, 1 tackle , 1 fumble lost, OT La’el Collins started for an offense that produced 330 yards and allowed 4 sacks, DT Tyler Shelvin (practice team).
Jets: LB Kwon Alexander 2 tackles (1 solo),
Tennessee Titans 24, Las Vegas Raiders 22
raiders: DE Tashawn Bowers no stats, TE Foster Moreau 3 receptions (5 targets) for 44 yards, DL Neil Farrell Jr. (inactive list). titans: CB Kristian Fulton 6 tackles (3 solo), 2 TFL, 1 PBU, FB/ST Tory Carter no stats, WR Racey McMath (injured reserve).
Philadelphia Eagles 24, Washington Commanders 8
Commanders: OG Trai Turner started and OT Saahdi Charles backup for an offensive line that helped produce 240 yards and allowed 9 sacks.
Jacksonville Jaguars 38, Los Angeles Chargers 10
Jaguars: DE/OLB K’Lavon Chaisson no stats, DE Arden Key 1 plate (1 solo). Chargers: C/OG Will Clapp was a backup for an offensive line that helped produce 312 yards and allowed 91 sacks, DL Breiden Fehoko (practice team).
Los Angeles Rams 20, Arizona Cardinals 9
Cardinals: DT Rashard Lawrence, RB Darrel Williams 7 yards on 1 carry, 0 receptions (1 target), no stats
Atlanta Falcons 27, Seattle Seahawks 23
Hawks: LB Deion Jones (injured reserve). Seahawks: OG Damien Lewis started for an offensive line that helped produce 420 yards and allowed 2 sacks, DT Al Woods 5 tackles (3 solo), 1 hit by QB, SS Jamal Adams (out for season with torn quad).
Green Bay Packers 14, Tampa Bay Bucs 12
mouths: RB Leonard Fournette 35 rushing yards on 12 attempts, 5 receptions (6 targets) for 35 yards, LB Devin White 5 tackles (7 solo) 1 TFL including 1 sack, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, WR Russell Gage 12 receptions (13 targets) for 87 yards and 1 TD
Sunday night (will update after game)
denver Broncos 11, San Francisco 49ers 10
49ers: RB Ty Davis-Price has a high ankle sprain and will be out for several weeks.
broncos: C Lloyd Cushenberry III started for an offensive line that helped produce 261 yards and allowed 4 sacks.
Monday night (will update after game)
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Cowboys: LB Jabril Cox (inactive roster). Giants: CB Cordale Flott 1 tackle.