WVU in the NFL: Week 14
Former West Virginia defensive standout and current Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin registered his second multi-sack game of the season Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The sixth-year linebacker registered two first half sacks on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and four total tackles in a 26-15 loss. Sunday marked the third consecutive game in which Irvin recorded at least one sack and he now has 7.5 sacks on the year and needs one more to surpass his career-high of eight set during his rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.
Raiders safety Karl Joseph registered three combined tackles and came up with his first interception of the season during Sunday’s loss. Joseph’s interception came with 6:23 left in the third quarter, but the Raiders failed to capitalize off the turnover and went three and out on its ensuing drive.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley also intercepted his first pass of the season Sunday and racked up a season-high nine combined tackles in a 31-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Worley’s interception came on Minnesota’s opening drive and allowed the Panthers to take an early 7-0 lead with a three-play, 69-yard scoring drive.
Worley also played 66 out of 74 possible snaps on defense in the win after playing just 29 last week against the New Orleans Saints.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas didn’t play a single snap on defense, but played eight snaps on special teams and didn’t record a statistic in the team’s 43-35 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Eagles linebacker Najee Goode also didn’t seen any action on the defensive side of the ball, but played 20 snaps on special teams and recorded one tackle in the win.
Offensively for the Eagles, rookie wide receiver Shelton Gibson dressed for the third straight game and played eight snaps on special teams on his way to recording his first NFL tackle and running back Wendell Smallwood was inactive for the fourth straight game.
On the other side of the field, Los Angeles Rams Wide receiver Tavon Austin carried the ball once for six yards. Austin fumbled the ball in the closing seconds on a lateral from wide receiver Pharoh Cooper which ended up in the hands of Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham for a 25-yard touchdown.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims carried the ball three times for 16 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Sims’ teammate, safety Keith Tandy, didn’t record a statistic and defensive lineman Will Clarke racked up two tackles in the loss.
Lions offensive lineman Don Barclay was on the active roster, but didn’t see any snaps in the win.
Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski recorded three combined tackles and two pass deflections in a 33-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bengals cornerback Adam Jones will not play for the rest of the season after the team placed him on injured reserve Saturday after he suffered a groin injury while making his first interception of the year during last Monday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jones finishes his 11th NFL season with nine starts, 23 combined tackles, one interception and four pass deflections.
Seahawks linebacker Terence Garvin was in on 50 percent of the team’s defensive plays and 62 percent of the snaps on special teams on his way to recording two tackles and his first-career forced fumble in a 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tennessee Titans offensive guard Quinton Spain started his 11th game of the season, but the team’s offense struggled, gaining 204 total yards including just 65 rushing yards in a 12-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.