USC NFL Week 6 Roundup: Trojan Bills Make Mark For Buffalo

Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) catches a ball in the end zone for a touchdown during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. Buffalo beat San Francisco 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) catches a ball in the end zone for a touchdown during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. Buffalo beat San Francisco 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

USC NFL action in Week 6 featured standout performances for Trojans on the Bills like Nickell Robey-Coleman and Robert Woods, plus more Projan highlights.

The Buffalo Bills are getting the most out of former USC players on their roster with Nickell Robey-Coleman and Robert Woods contributing heavily to the big victory over the 49ers on Sunday.

Of course, there were more than a few Trojans who stood out in NFL action, though injuries have thinned the ranks as midseason cuts and bruises take their toll.

Here’s how the Projans fared in Week 6 of the NFL season.

Three Stars of the Week

  1. Nickell Robey-Coleman: Pro Football Focus rated Robey-Coleman among the top defensive players for the Bills against San Francisco, allowing just three catches on seven passes thrown his way. He finished with four tackles, deflected a pass and forced two fumbles.
  2. Robert Woods: Woods was the second-best offensive player for Buffalo versus San Francisco per PFF, despite playing through a foot injury in the second half. The receiver caught five passes for 44 yards and his first touchdown of the season.
  3. Brian Cushing: Cushing looks well healed from the MCL injury he suffered earlier in the season. He had eight tackles in Houston’s win over Indianapolis, becoming just the second player in Texans history to tally more than 600 tackles in their career.

What Other Projans Did

  • Nelson Agholor: Philadelphia fell to Washington as Agholor pitched in three catches for 34 yards, which was actually second on the Eagles.
  • Buck Allen: Allen had no carries during Baltimore’s loss to the Giants.
  • Matt Barkley: Barkley did not make an appearance in Chicago’s loss to Jacksonville.
  • Reggie Bush: The Bills blew out the 49ers but Bush contributed just six yards on two touches for Buffalo against his former team.
  • Jordan Cameron: Cameron missed his third game of the season with a concussion.
  • Jurrell Casey: Casey’s Titans pulled off the narrow win over the Browns, including a third down, ten-yard sack by the former Trojan on fellow USC alum Cody Kessler.
  • Matt Cassel: Cassel did not get into the game for Tennessee against Cleveland.
  • Su’a Cravens: The rookie safety sat out his second straight game with a concussion, but is on the cusp of a return.
  • Rhett Ellison: Ellison and the Vikings were on a bye in Week 6.
  • Everson Griffen: See above.

  • Xavier Grimble: The Steelers lost to the Dolphins while Grimble had one catch for 11 yards.
  • Wes Horton: The fourth-year pro was re-signed by the Panthers last week and played in the loss to the Saints. However, he didn’t have any stats.
  • Matt Kalil: The Vikings placed Kalil on IR, ending his season.
  • Ryan Kalil: Kalil was rated one of the better offensive players for the Panthers by PFF, but his Carolina squad still fell to New Orleans and have lost four games in a row.
  • Devon Kennard: Despite entering the game with a questionable tag due to concussion, Kennard not only played for the Giants, who beat the Ravens, but totaled six tackles
  • Cody Kessler: The Browns kept up their losing ways, this week beaten by the Titans. Still, the rookie quarterback continued to improve with 336 yards and two touchdowns. He was PFF’s second-highest graded Cleveland player on offense but took six sacks.
  • Marqise Lee: With six receptions and 61 yards in the narrow victory over the Bears, Lee led the Jaguars in receptions and was the top rated receiver on the team per PFF.
  • Marcus Martin: Martin remains a back up at center for the 49ers.
  • Clay Matthews: The Packers were not at their best against the Cowboys, nor was Matthews who had just two tackles on the day. He had the dubious honor of being among PFF’s worst performers of the weekend, generating no pass rush, failing to contribute against the run and jumping offsides.
  • Rey Maualuga: The Bengals were thoroughly beaten by the Patriots but Maualuga, who had two tackles in the lost was still rated as the fourth-best Cincinnati defender. Granted, no one on that side of the ball scored too highly.
  • T.J. McDonald: McDonald had four tackles against the Lions but the Rams lost the close game.
  • Mike Morgan: The Seahawks linebacker had three tackles in the Seattle victory over Atlanta.
  • Carson Palmer: Things started slowly for Palmer but after a sub-par first half, the quarterback rallied to finish with 213 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals rolled the Jets.
  • Nick Perry: Perry had five tackles as the Packers lost to the Cowboys.
  • Hayes Pullard: Pullard contributed one tackle for Jacksonville.
  • Silas Redd: Redd remains indefinitely banned for a violation of the league’s substance policy.
  • Frostee Rucker: Rucker’s return from an MCL injury hasn’t yielded many stats, but his presence on the Cardinal front line has been noted as a major difference for the defense. He batted a pass as Arizona beat New York.
  • Mark Sanchez: Sanchez did not play for the Cowboys, who beat the Packers.
  • Kevon Seymour: Seymour had just one tackles for the Bills against the 49ers but it was an emphatic one as he flipped the San Francisco return man on a kickoff.
  • Josh Shaw:

    Shaw was active against the Patriots with nine tackles and was rated the fifth-best Bengal on defense by PFF. Unfortunately, the second-year man who has been having a strong season was exposed by Tom Brady, along with the whole Cincinnati defense.

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  • Tyron Smith: Finally returning to the field after a back injury, Smith rated highly among Cowboy players on offense per PFF as Dallas downed Green Bay.
  • Malcolm Smith: Smith has been slowed by a quad injury but still managed four tackles and a tackle for loss against the Chiefs, though the Raiders were comfortably beaten.
  • Randall Telfer: An ankle injury held Telfer out of the Browns’ loss to Tennessee.
  • Max Tuerk: Tuerk remains a back up at center for the Chargers.
  • Leonard Williams: There was little to take from the Jets loss to Arizona on Monday Night Football, but Williams came out of the game with a positive grade, logging five tackles including a tackle for loss.
  • Shareece Wright: Wright had two tackles and a pass deflection in Baltimore’s loss to New York.