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Beavers in the NFL: Week 8

Brandin Cooks had a pretty good day. Derek Anderson did not.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
  • Derek Anderson: Buffalo Bills - Quarterback

It appears the Derek Anderson era has ended in Buffalo. Buffalo’s offense struggled heavily against New England, though their defense managed to keep the game close. Down 18-6 in the fourth quarter, Anderson and the Bills looked like they were about to cut the game to one score. Anderson completed a 25 yard pass to Jason Croom for what looked like his first touchdown as a Bill, but an official review overturned the call, as Croom never completed the catch. Two plays later, Devin McCourty jumped in front of Anderson’s pass to Charles Clay, and ran the interception back for a touchdown, and just about putting the game away for the Pats

A couple series later, Anderson was sacked twice in a row, and after the second, was taken off the field with concussion-like symptoms. Nathan Peterman finished the game. Before he left the game, Anderson had passed for 290 yards and the one interception.

Anderson is still in concussion protocol this week, and hasn’t practiced. Rookie Josh Allen is still hurt, and may not be back this season, so Peterman is likely the starter for Sunday’s game against the Bears. The Bills may have to find another quarterback on market if they’re going to keep getting injured.

  • Jordan Poyer: Buffalo Bills - Safety

The Bills defense was pretty effective against New England, they just kept being placed in impossible situations by their offense. Poyer had a decent, game, with four total tackles.

  • Brandin Cooks: Los Angeles Rams - Wide Receiver

Against the Packers, Cooks led Rams receivers in targets, and finished with 3 catches for 74 yards. He also rushed twice for 9 yards. This weekend he’ll face a Saints defense that has been great for making opposing Wide Receivers look good, so congrats if you have Cooks on your fantasy team.

  • Johnny Hekker: Los Angeles Rams - Punter

Hekker must be bored with not getting many opportunities to show off his punting skills, but locally the Rams keep finding new and interesting ways to get him involved with the game. This weekend, on what would have been his third punt of the game, Hekker instead dropped back and found Sam Shields for a 12 yard reception, and a first down.

Beyond that, it was one of Hekker’s busiest games so far this season. He punted 7 times, averaging 45.1 yards per punt. He landed those inside the 20 three times, with no touchbacks.

  • Steven Nelson: Kansas City Chiefs - Cornerback

Nelson had a pretty good game against the Denver Broncos, with 5 total tackles.

  • Ricky Ortiz: Atlanta Falcons - Fullback

Ortiz has almost exclusively been a blocking Fullback this season, but in last weekend’s win over the Giants, he caught two receptions, for 7 yards.

  • Victor Bolden Jr.: San Francisco 49ers (formerly) - Wide Receiver

After Bolden returned from suspension, he struggled to find his way into the 49ers lineup, with only 1 reception for 10 yards. This week, the Niners decided to move on, waiving Bolden.

That’s all for this week. Check back next week for more news about your favorite Beavers.