With one week left in November, the playoff picture is taking shape as the holiday season approaches. The focus of many teams has now shifted to divisional races with wins for a bounty.
However, there is still much to be said for this past weekend, which saw outstanding performances from several former Rutgers football players. Veterans like Duron Harmon and Sebastian-Joseph Day continued to have solid seasons and helped their teams get into the Victory Column.
Not only the veterans shone on Sunday. Isiah Pachecho had a career-high 107 rushing yards and saw his role on the Chiefs offense continue to grow. Titans cornerback Tre Avery saw the field for the third straight week and helped keep the Packers offense in check.
Scarlet and White fans not only cheer for the players when they play at SHI Stadium, but they continue to cheer for their favorite ex-Scarlet Knights, whatever colors they wear on Sundays.
Let’s see how the Scarlet Knights did in the NFL in Week 9!
Isiah Pachecho – Chiefs of Kansas City
Against the Los Angeles Chargers, Pachecho was a footballing force. He rushed for a career-high 107 yards. Despite failing to find the end zone, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry as the Chiefs won a key AFC West matchup.
As the playoffs draw closer, the former seventh-round winner plays his best football of the season. He has 187 rushing yards in his last two games and 386 this season. His recent play makes Pachecho a crucial part of the Chiefs offense.
Sebastian Joseph-Day – Los Angeles Chargers
Though the Chargers’ defense couldn’t slow Kansas City Sunday night, Joseph-Day was a bright spot. The Pennsylvania native had four tackles for the third time in his last four games. He also put pressure on Patrick Mahomes with a quarterback hit.
In his fourth season with the Chargers, the former sixth-round pick is proving to be a valuable piece. He just needs one more tackle to tie his total from last season. The 27-year-old gets more playing time compared to the 2022 season and made the most of his chances.
Duron Harmon-Las Vegas Raiders
Harmon had another solid day in Las Vegas high school as the Raiders defeated the Broncos. The experienced safety finished fourth on the team with a total of four tackles including three individual fights. Harmon wasn’t landing any quarterback hits, but he did help limit the Broncos’ offense.
In 10 games so far this season, Harmon has a total of 44 tackles. With his free hand on the horizon, he’s about to enter a pivotal period of the 2022 campaign. However, the 31-year-old has proven he can still help an NFL defense.
Tre Avery – Tennessee Titans
On Sunday, Avery appeared in his fifth NFL game and capitalized on his opportunity. The Titans rookie had a for-loss tackle and led the team with two pass deflections. Though his options were limited, Avery made an impression.
So far this season, the Rutgers product has played frugally, but that’s starting to change. He has appeared in three straight games and had at least one tackle in each appearance. Avery still has a lot to prove, but he’s starting to earn his way into the Titans’ roster.
Knight out of action
Unfortunately, there were some former Rutgers favorites who struggled with injuries or other issues and didn’t play in Week 9. Hopefully those players can get back into action soon.
Michael Dwumfour – Defending Line – Houston Texans
Clark Harris-Long Snapper-Cincinnati Bengals
Logan Ryan – Safety – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kemoko Turay – Defending Line – San Francisco 49ers
Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire