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Irish NFL Performers – WEEK 10

Jesse J. @theshamrap

This is downthetunnel’s week 10 installment of our former Irish great’s performances in the NFL.

Week 10’s top performers:

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Shembo was all over the field this week for the Falcons, there was rarely a defensive play that was made that he wasn’t around the ball in Atlanta’s 27-17 win over Tampa Bay, earning him this week’s Defensive Top Performer.

Calvin Johnson was making his return for Detroit, leaving one to only assume Tate and Riddick’s receiving numbers would decline. Think again. Sharing this weeks Offensive Top Performer(s), the duo of former Irish stars were as dynamic as ever, both scoring touchdowns capped by this eventual game-winner by Theo:

 

 

Other Notable Players
Anthony Fasano, KC, TE – 4 rec 32 yds
Sergio Brown, IND, FS – 2 tckls
Michael Floyd, ARZ, WR – 4 rec 47 yds 1 TD
John Carlson, ARZ, TE – 4 rec 14 yds
Robert Hughes, ARZ, RB – 1 rec 7 yds
Justin Tuck, OAK, DE – 3 tckls 1 tfl
Ian Williams, SF, DT  – 1 tackle
Jimmy Clausen, CHI, QB – 1-3 comp 11 yds
Darrin Walls, NYJ, CB – 2 tckls

Injured, Bye, No Stats, O-line
Harrison Smith, MIN, FS – bye
Robert Blanton, MIN, SS – bye
Jonas Gray, NE, RB – bye
David Bruton, DEN, SS – no stats
Tyler Eifert, CIN, TE – injured
Ryan Harris, KC, OT
J.J. Jansen, CAR, C
T.J. Jones, DET, WR – injured
Kap Lewis-Moore, BE, BAL – injured
Zack Martin, DAL, OG
Zeke Motta, ATL, FS – injured
Troy Niklas, ARZ, TE – no stats
Louis Nix III, HOU, DT – injured
Eric Olson, NO, OG
Trevor Robinson, SD, C
Kyle Rudolph, MIN, TE – injured
John Sullivan, MIN, C
Manti Te’o, SD, LB – injured
Chris Watt, SD, OG
Sam Young, JAX, OT
Stephon Tuitt, PIT, DT – no stats

Irish NFL Performers – WEEK 9

Jesse J. @theshamrap

This is the first installment of a weekly thing we will be doing on downthetunnel.com (better late than never!), featuring our picks for the defensive and offensive Irish players of the week in the NFL. We will also display the weekly stats of all our former Notre Dame greats currently in the NFL.

Week 9’s top performers:

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From a defensive aspect, get used to seeing the Vikings’ Smith on as the player of the week often. He has been a game changer for Minnesota since he came into the league.

Anthony Fasano ,despite modest numbers, gets the nod for the offense this week, pushed over the top with his “Butt TD”:

Other Notable Players
Robert Blanton, MIN, SS – 6 tackles
Sergio Brown, IND, FS -1 tackle
Michael Floyd, ARZ, WR – 4 rec 36 yds
John Carlson, ARZ, TE – 2 rec 19 yds 1 TD
Jonas Gray, NE, RB – 12 car 33 yds
Robert Hughes, ARZ, RB – 1 rec 18 yds
Prince Shembo, ATL, LB – 2 tackles
Justin Tuck, OAK, DE – 4 tackles
Stephon Tuitt, PIT, DT – 2 tackles
Ian Williams, SF, DT – 4 tackles

Injured, Bye, No Stats, O-line
David Bruton, DEN, SS – no stats
Jimmy Clausen, CHI, QB – bye
Tyler Eifert, CIN, TE – injured
Ryan Harris, KC, OT
J.J. Jansen, CAR, C
T.J. Jones, DET, WR – injured
Kap Lewis-Moore, BE, BAL – injured
Zack Martin, DAL, OG
Zeke Motta, ATL, FS – injured
Troy Niklas, ARZ, TE – no stats
Louis Nix III, HOU, DT – injured
Eric Olson, NO, OG
Theo Riddick, DET, RB – bye
Trevor Robinson, SD, C
Kyle Rudolph, MIN, TE – injured
John Sullivan, MIN, C
Golden Tate, DET, WR – bye
Manti Te’o, SD, LB – injured
Darrin Walls, NYJ, CB – no stats
Chris Watt, SD, OG
Sam Young, JAX, OT

The DEVIL We Know

Jesse J. – @TheShamRap

Well Domers, here it is.The brutal truth…

We may have actually played ourselves out of playoff contention with a win.

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Yes, a win. Don’t believe me?

There is a difference between good and REALLY good. An actual equation. Here it is:

Greatness = What you see + margin of victory

What we’ve seen from Notre Dame in regards to “greatness” comes in flashes. Hasn’t quite been consistent enough on the field for me to consider us REALLY good.

You can’t beat Navy by 10 points, while giving up 39 on defense and expect the Playoff Committee to say “Well that was impressive”, not without extremely sarcastic undertones anyway.

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Biggest red flag? VanGorder had two weeks to get this defense prepared for the triple option. TWO WEEKS!

It’s not like Navy was sandwiched immediately in between a game against a spread offense and a pro-style offense. The guys should have been ready.

I’m not trying to put him on the chopping block by any stretch, but BVG has laid 2 BIG goose-eggs (UNC, Navy) as far as defensive game planning vs. teams we should be dominating on that side of the ball.

Our playoff chances just took a huge hit.

But our performance on the field Saturday won’t affect our playoff chances nearly as much as the loss of starting LB, team leader, Joe Schmidt.

Schmidt is now out for the season, he was the quarterback of the defense, and someone you can only replace by giving someone else the time to gain that experience.

Enter Nyles Morgan.

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You wanna replace Joe? You couldn’t have picked a more exciting candidate for that prospect.

Morgan has all the natural skills and athletic ability that Schmidt lacks. He’s a physical freak.

Welp, time to make a t-shirt with Nyles and Jaylon.

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“Freak Brothers”
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Back to reality though. We have a banged up squad heading into likely our biggest remaining game of the year vs. ASU in Tempe.

But don’t let me kill your dreams of seeing those shining helmets in the playoffs. It isn’t impossible, and isn’t all bad news.

Some of the “consistency” Brian Kelly is always talking about is coming together.

THREE consecutive 100 yd rushing games by Folston.
Golson hasn’t fumbled in 2 games.
EVERY wide receiver is contributing.

On to Tempe.

Onward to Victory.

Peace, I’m outta here. Go Irish!

Pornstar U.

Jesse J. @TheShamRap

Huh? Did you really think I was going that route?

While Justin Brent’s Fall Break social media
shenanigans were an interesting filler to an otherwise
exhausting bye-week following “crabby flag-gate”,
there’s only one message to be taken from that;

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Ok, now that that has been addressed, on to stuff that matters…

Playoffs? Playoffs?! We are ranked 10th and you wanna talk about playoffs?!

So we’re ranked 10th in the inaugural Playoff Committee Poll.

Big deal.

Did you REALLY think a close loss to Crabby Patty U
was gonna be enough to keep us in the mix for the
playoff action?! Hell no. These assholes don’t respect
this team.
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And why should they? Our biggest win is a loss, and our 2nd biggest win is to Stanford, who until hopefully
this week vs. Oregon, hasn’t done us any favors with their play.

In fact, non of the teams that were supposed to give us
a chance to show our might have done us any favors
as far a S.O.S.

Michigan? HA!
USC? Uhhh no.
UNC? We made them look the best they’ve looked all year.
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So what the hell do we do?! We play. We win.

We can hope Louisville at least has a strong showing
against FSU.

We can pray that ASU crushes Utah before our showdown in Tempe.

We can half-heartedly put our hatred aside for USC,
and hope they close the season out impressively.

WE CAN WATCH AS THE REST OF THESE CONFERENCES
CANNIBALIZE EACHOTHER!

STAY THE COURSE YO!
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Ok, on to Navy.

You may have heard how Keenan Reynolds is a
dynamic play-maker for Navy, and we should be wary.

Stop it. Right now.

I’m not gonna kill you with a page full of seamen stats,
so I’m gonna make it simple…

Navy is TERRIBLE this year.

This is not even in the same class as any Midshipmen squad we’ve faced over the last decade.  Not even as good as the Navy team we beat 50-10 in Ireland to open the 2012 campaign.
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This is the PERFECT game to start playing ANGRY.

I’m not even going to waste anymore time talking about Navy.
We win 56-13. Game over.

It’s not time to hit panic mode yet folks!!!
A lot of football yet to be played!

That’s my 2 cents. PEACE, I’M OUTTA HERE!

Go Irish.