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Beavs in the NFL: 2019 Playoffs Primer

Many former Beavers begin their run at the Lombardi trophy in the coming days.

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Football is just about over for the season, but the pros still have a few more games to go. As the NFL Playoffs begin this weekend, Beaver fans can look forward to seeing a few names that used to wear the orange and black suit up.

Here is everything that the OSU faithful need to know as the playoffs kick off on Saturday.

Schedule:

Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 5

No. 6 Indianapolis at No. 3 Houston, 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN/ABC)

No. 5 Seattle at No. 4 Dallas, 8:15 p.m. ET (Fox)

Sunday, January 6

No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers at No. 4 Baltimore, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

No. 6 Philadelphia at No. 3 Chicago, 4:40 p.m. ET (NBC)

Divisional Round

Saturday, January 12

Indianapolis/L.A. Chargers/Baltimore at No. 1 Kansas City, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC)

Seattle/Dallas/Chicago at No. 2 Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (Fox)

Sunday, January 13

L.A. Chargers/Baltimore/Houston at No. 2 New England, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

Philadelphia/Seattle/Dallas at No. 1 New Orleans, 4:40 p.m. ET (Fox)

Conference Championships

Sunday, January 20

NFC Championship, 3:05 p.m. ET (Fox)

AFC Championship, 6:40 p.m. ET (CBS)

Super Bowl LIII

Sunday, February 3

AFC Champ vs. NFC Champ in Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS)


Players To Know

(If a team isn’t mentioned, then that team doesn’t have any Oregon State players on the roster)

Bears: Ryan Nall. The fan favorite running back is still a member of the Bears practive squad and has already been tabbed by a few Bears writers as strong possibility to make the 53-man roster in the fall. He likely won’t see the field in these games, but it’s nice to see him with a divisional champion team.

Chiefs: Steven Nelson. A fourth-year cornerback, Nelson has 58 tackles and four interceptions on the season. Nelson played at OSU in 2013 and 2014. Nelson has been an important piece of the Chiefs’ defensive puzzle this season playing in 16 games.

Colts: Josh Andrews. Now in his third NFL season, Andrews came to the Colts in late November. He saw some time in Indy’s week 17 game against the Titans, so while he is third on the depth chart at center, seeing this former Beav on the field isn’t out of the question.

Cowboys: Treston Decoud. A former standout at defensive back for Oregon State, Decoud is currently on the Cowboys’ practice squad after playing in ten games for the Houston Texans in 2017.

Eagles: D.J. Alexander and Isaac Seumalo. In Alexander’s first season for the Eagles, the fourth-year linebacker has three tackles in four games this season. Seumalo, a member of the Eagles’ championship team last season, Seumalo will likely once again play quite a bit along the offensive line after playing in 13 games this season.

Rams: Brandin Cooks, Johnny Hekker, and Sean Mannion. Los Angeles is OSU south this year, apparently. Cooks has been playing phenomenally all season with 80 catches for 1,204 yards with five receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Hekker is once again proving he’s a national treasure on top of being a second-team NFL All-Pro. Mannion only has three games under his belt this season, but he’s ready to go if Jared Goff can’t.


Which former Beav are you most looking forward to watching this season? Sound off in the comments!