Penn Staters At The Next Level: Week 13

With just four weeks left to play in the regular season, the playoff push is beginning to heat up in the NFL.

Let’s take a look at a few of the standout Nittany Lions from Week 13.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins

Gesicki had his strongest performance since Tua Tagovailoa took over as starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

The former Penn State tight end 88 yards on nine receptions, including this physical grab over a Bengals defensive back for a touchdown.

Photo By Steve Manuel

The score put the Dolphins ahead early in the third quarter and helped propel them to a win that kept them within striking distance of the first-place Buffalo Bills.

Gesicki and the Dolphins welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to Hard Rock Stadium this Sunday.

Jack Crawford, DE, Tennessee Titans

Photo By Steve Manuel

It’s hard to say if anyone on the Titans defense had a “good” day after giving up 41 points in a loss to Cleveland. But Crawford can certainly hold his head high after a strong effort. 

Crawford recorded a season-high seven tackles and forced a fumble.

It was his first appearance of the season in our weekly rundown. 

Jesse James, TE, Detroit Lions

Photo By Steve Manuel

Following the dismissal of Matt Patricia as head coach, the Lions turned in a gutsy performance for interim coach Darrell Bevell. 

Detroit rallied from a late fourth quarter to deficit to stun the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Although most of his contributions come in the running game as a blocker, James also reached the end zone on Sunday, on this impressive nine-yard snag.

It was his second touchdown of the season and allowed Detroit to hang around for its eventual comeback. 

Nittany Lions In The NFL
Baltimore Ravens (1): Trace McSorley
Buffalo Bills (1): Ryan Bates
Carolina Panthers (2): Yetur Gross-Matos, Shareef Miller 
Chicago Bears (2): Jordan Lucas, Allen Robinson II
Dallas Cowboys (2): Sean Lee, Connor McGovern
Denver Broncos (2): DaeSean Hamilton, KJ Hamler 
Detroit Lions (3): Jason Cabinda, Jesse James, Amani Oruwariye
Green Bay Packers (1): Adrian Amos 
Houston Texans (1): John Reid 
Indianapolis Colts (1): Robert Windsor 
Kansas City Chiefs (1): Stefen Wisniewski
Las Vegas Raiders (2): Nick Bowers, Carl Nassib
Los Angeles Rams (1): Nick Scott
Miami Dolphins (1): Mike Gesicki
Minnesota Vikings (1): Dan Chisena 
New Orleans Saints (1): Blake Gillikin 
New York Giants (3): Saquon Barkley, Cam Brown, Austin Johnson
New York Jets (1): Sam Ficken, Chris Hogan, Ross Travis
Philadelphia Eagles (2): Miles Sanders, Shareef Miller
Pittsburgh Steelers (1): Marcus Allen
San Francisco 49ers (2): Kevin Givens, Robbie Gould 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3): Chris Godwin, A.Q. Shipley, Donovan Smith 
Tennessee Titans (2): Jack Crawford, DaQuan Jones
Washington Football Team (1): Troy Apke 

Nittany Lions On NFL Coaching Staffs
Matt Rhule – Carolina Panthers Head Coach
Tom Bradley – Pittsburgh Steelers DBs Coach
Bobby Engram – Baltimore Ravens TEs Coach
Al Golden – Cincinnati Bengals LBs Coach
D’Anton Lynn – Houston Texans Secondary Coach
Mike Munchak – Denver Broncos OL Coach
Jeff Nixon – Carolina Panthers Senior Offensive Assistant

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