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Sun Devils in the NFL: Osweiler bounces back, Burfict doesn’t let injury slow him down

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Here is your week eight update.

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Osweiler, Texans bounce back after loss to Broncos

Brock Osweiler didn’t let the criticism following the Texans loss at Denver affect him. He wanted to correct the mistakes and just win. On Sunday, Osweiler turned things around, completing 20-of-29 for 186 yards, one touchdown, and a single-game season-high 69 percent completion rate in the Texans 20-13 win over Detroit.

The Texans and Osweiler, who have trailed at halftime in all but two games this year, started fast on Sunday with a 14-3 lead against the Lions. The two touchdowns, one through the air and the other on the ground, scored in the second quarter were the Texan’s most points scored in any quarter this season.

The Texans had a third-down efficiency rate of 40 percent, converting 6-of-15 of their third downs and 1-of-1 on fourth down. Osweiler completed passes to seven different receivers. Houston’s offense displayed a balanced attack, with ten passing first downs and eight rushing and never trailed in Sunday's win.

Osweiler and fellow Arizona State alum Jaelen Strong never hooked up through the air on Sunday, which was mainly due to Strong being limited in the second half with an ankle injury.

In London, Burfict recovers from injury, Bengals can’t hold on vs. Redskins

When Vontaze Burfict injured his knee during the Bengals’ tie with the Redskins in London on Sunday, many questioned why the coaching staff didn’t immediately force him to exit the game.

Burfict was ruled questionable to return, but if you’ve followed his career, you knew he’d be back. Of note, and to put any concern to rest, it was Burfict’s left knee that underwent microfracture surgery in 2014.

Burfict did miss a few tackles on Sunday in London, but he also led the team in tackles, with 10, in the overtime effort that yielded neither a win nor loss. Burfict now ranks 67th in the NFL in tackles (39), despite missing three games to start the year. Karlos Dansby (54) leads the Bengals in tackles, which ranks 11th in the league while Shawn Williams (48) ranks close behind at 20th.

Still, Burfict’s total number of tackles in Sunday’s tie doesn't necessary tell the whole story. He had three holding penalties that all led to Redskin first downs and five of his tackles were after pickups of 10 or more yards.

So while the stats sound nice and it’s encouraging that Burfict led the team in tackles, there’s a lot more to his play than tackles recorded. None of his tackles were for a loss and only one yielded no gain by the Redskins’ offense.

Rookies

Name/Position/Number

Team

Selected

Standing

This Week's Stats

Christian Westerman, OG - No. 63

Cincinnati Bengals

5th round, 24th pick

Second-team right guard

N/A

D.J. Foster, RB - No. 27

New England Patriots

undrafted

Third-team running back

N/A


Other Alumni on Active Rosters

Name/Position/Number

Team

Years at ASU

Standing

This Week's Stats

Lawrence Guy, DT - No. 93

Baltimore Ravens

2008-10

Starting defensive end

BYE

Terrell Suggs, LB - No. 55

Baltimore Ravens

2000-02

Starting outside linebacker

BYE

Will Sutton, DT - No. 93

Chicago Bears

2009-13

Second-team nose tackle

N/A

Vontaze Burfict, LB - No. 55

Cincinnati Bengals

2009-11

Suspended

10 Tackles

Marcus Hardison, DL - No. 91

Cincinnati Bengals

2013-14

Placed on injured-reserve (Sep. 3)

N/A

Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23

Green Bay Packers

2013-14

Starting left cornerback

N/A

Brock Osweiler, QB - No. 17

Houston Texans

2009-11

Starting quarterback

20/29, 186 yd, 1 TD, 0 INT

Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11

Houston Texans

2013-14

Second-team left wide receiver

N/A

Shawn Lauvao, LG - No. 77

Washington

2005-09

Starting left guard

N/A

Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19

Washington

2011-12

Second-team left wide receiver; starting KO RET

N/A


Notes:

Linebacker Terrell Suggs is planning to play the rest of the season wearing a brace on his torn triceps. He believes his triceps have slowed him down through the first eight weeks of the season and is the main reason he has been struggling.

Suggs had surgery on his triceps in 2014 and hopes the injury isn’t creeping back. The Ravens are 2-3 entering their bye and losing one of their main defensive captains would hurt their hunt to the playoffs.