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Prokies: NFL Week One

By Dominic Boltz | September 14
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Photo via Micheal Reaves/Getty Images

The much anticipated Week one of the NFL is in the books. After many close games and impressive performances we now can look back on the Hokies that made a difference in the first week.

Impressive Performances

In the first game of the season on Thursday, we saw the Buffalo Bills take on the defending Super Bowl Champions in the Los Angeles Rams. Coming into this game there was much expected from both offenses, but the most impressive performance came from the Bills defense, captained by Hokie Alumnus Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds led both teams in tackles with 10, in a game where Buffalo’s defense shutdown the defending champs allowing only 10 points.

Khalil Herbert notched himself a noteworthy performance as he led the Chicago Bears in rushing in a rainy day win against the 49ers. Herbert gained 45 on yards on 9 carries, as well as a touchdown to extend the Bears lead to 9 in the fourth quarter. Herbert was in the backup role this game, but he seemed to be the more skilled and efficient back for the Bears. With more exciting play expect an increase in snaps and a possible starting role for Khalil in the future.

See Khalil Herbert's Touchdown against the 49ers below.

The Commanders lead the League in active Hokies on their Roster, and they came away with a season opening win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Logan Thomas caught 3 passes for 45 yards starting at Tight End, with his longest going for 27 yards. On the other side of the ball, Kendall Fuller secured 4 tackles starting at Cornerback. Finally, Joey Slye made both of his extra point attempts in his first week one start in Washington.

Wyatt Teller allowed no sacks in 80 snaps against the Carolina Panthers. The Browns won the game while rushing for 217 yards behind the Hokie Alum. Injury speculations made Teller questionable to play coming into this game, however in week one he looked better than ever.

In New York, the Baltimore Ravens took on the Jets in a game where Hokie Alumnus Chuck Clarke made his presence felt. Clarke was second on the Ravens in Tackles along with a Forced Fumble in a dominant defense showing. Fellow Hokie Kyle Fuller also saw 4 tackles starting with Clarke in the Baltimore secondary.

See the Forced Fumble by Chuck Clarke below.

Duane Brown Injury

The Jets unfortunately saw another loss at Left Tackle after Hokie Duane Brown was injured in practice this week leading up to the game. Brown was placed on Injured Reserve, which means he will have to miss at least four games before he is eligible to return. With depth problems on the Offensive Line ruining their winning chances, the Jets hope for Brown to return as soon as possible this season.

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