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Sun Devils in the NFL: Osweiler could see another win until the Raiders blinded him, another fine may be coming for Burfict

Here is your update for Sun Devils in the NFL from Week 11.

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Osweiler kept it close until the final minutes, but the Texans couldn't hang on in Mexico City

Brock Osweiler threw for 243 yards in the Texans' 27-20 Monday night loss to Oakland. It was his most prolific output on the road this season.

In the Texans' first four road games, Osweiler had thrown for 175, 155, 131 and 99 yards. He had 182 after three quarters against the Raiders.

Osweiler finished 26 of 39, with one touchdown pass and one interception. He was sacked twice. He completed passes to eight receivers.

Also a remarkable thing happened throughout the game; some fans in control of a laser pointer the size of the Death Star repeatedly beamed a giant green light onto Texans players. This has been a staple of Mexican sporting events over the past few years and the NFL got its first taste on Monday night.

It wasn't just a distraction on the television -- Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler said after the game the pointer hit him in the eyes "a couple of times."

In five road games, Osweiler is 1-4 with four touchdown passes and two interceptions.

After playing San Diego at NRG Stadium, the Texans return to the road for back-to-back games against Green Bay and Indianapolis.

Burfict may be unfixable, continues poor decision-making against Buffalo

The maddening side of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict emerged again Sunday, just after he'd made a nice play in the team's loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Burfict had stopped quarterback Tyrod Taylor out of bounds for a 3-yard sack — and then he flipped off the fans in Paul Brown Stadium with both hands. After the sack, an assistant high-fived Burfict, who appeared to direct his double-barreled obscene gesture at fans — possibly of the Bills — seated behind the Bengals' bench. Teammate Vincent Rey appeared to push Burfict's hands down, but not before cameras caught the moment.

It isn't entirely clear what riled Burfict, but the Bengals were having an enormously frustrating day in a 16-12 loss that deeply diminished their hopes for a playoff spot at 3-6-1. Along the way, they lost wide receiver A.J. Green to a torn hamstring and running back Giovani Bernard to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Still, that's no excuse for Burfict, who has quite a history. He was fined $75,000 in October for allegedly stomping on the leg of New England running back LeGarrette Blount and memories of his performance in the playoffs last January linger. In the wild-card playoff game against Pittsburgh, Burfict hit wide receiver Antonio Brown after Brown couldn't bring down a high pass from Ben Roethlisberger. The hit sent Brown into the concussion protocol and resulted in Burfict's three-game suspension at the start of this season for repeated violations of player-safety rules.

As for obscene gestures and how they are punished, former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for flipping off the Washington Redskins sideline two seasons ago. Burfict would figure to draw a larger fine as a repeat offender. Over the course of his career, Burfict has been fined for more than $270,000.

Burfict is also being questioned for a late hit on Bills wide receiver Robert Woods. Woods caught a pass in the first quarter and already had been taken down by a swarm of Bengals defenders when Burfict came flying in to deliver a dangerous shot on the Bills receiver.

To make matters worse, Wood was injured on this play, missing the rest of the game with what reportedly is a left knee sprain.

Woods' knee was contorted in an awkward direction, and Burfict may have made it worse by forcefully hitting him after he already was down. There's no word on whether the NFL will review that hit.






This Week's Stats

Christian Westerman, OG - No. 63

Cincinnati Bengals

5th round, 24th pick

Second-team right guard


D.J. Foster, RB - No. 27

New England Patriots


Third-team running back


Other Alumni on Active Rosters



Years at ASU


This Week's Stats

Lawrence Guy, DT - No. 93

Baltimore Ravens


Starting defensive end

1 tackle

Terrell Suggs, LB - No. 55

Baltimore Ravens


Starting outside linebacker

2 tackles, 1 sack

Will Sutton, DT - No. 93

Chicago Bears


Second-team nose tackle


Vontaze Burfict, LB - No. 55

Cincinnati Bengals



11 tackles, 1 sack

Marcus Hardison, DL - No. 91

Cincinnati Bengals


Placed on injured-reserve (Sep. 3)


Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23

Green Bay Packers


Starting left cornerback

Injured Reserve

Brock Osweiler, QB - No. 17

Houston Texans


Starting quarterback

26/39 243 yds. 1 TD 1 INT

Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11

Houston Texans


Second-team left wide receiver


Shawn Lauvao, LG - No. 77



Starting left guard


Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19



Second-team left wide receiver; starting KO RET



Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs only crashed the edged and sacked Dak Preskott once on Sunday for a 3-yard loss.

Before their matchup on Wednesday, Suggs had to settle for crashing Prescott's conference call with Baltimore reporters.

This is how the question-and-answer session went down between Prescott and Suggs, who was eating a Reese's peanut butter cup throughout the whole exchange:

Suggs: "Hey, Hacksaw Smithers here, what do you think of Terrell Suggs and how he's been playing this year?

Prescott: "Who's there?"

Suggs: "This is Hacksaw Smithers."

Prescott: "He's a guy who's been playing in this league for a long time. We know how special of a player he is."

Suggs: "I appreciate you. Thank you."

As Suggs walked out of the room, Prescott then said, "Ask him how he feels about me."

Transcript is in accordance to what was reported by The Baltimore Times.