Week two of the NFL season is here! Make sure your lineups are set, you have someone grab you a seat at your nearest sports bar if you're going to be running late and that you have all the lowdown on former Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the NFL. Oh wait, you're not so sure on the last of those? Well you're in luck because all you have to do is to continue reading!
#ProToppers Primer: NFL Week Two Bookended With Hilltoppers
Only two ProToppers saw the field this past Sunday and only one saw tangible stats during their game. What's in store for former Hilltoppers in the NFL for week two? Let's find out!
Week two kicks off with Thursday Night Football (I know a lot of people hate TNF that isn't Thanksgiving, but honestly, it's growing on me. We just need to get the matchups to be better), and will see Henry's Broncos take on Kansas City for a national audience. Unfortunately, there's a strong possibility Henry is inactive like he was last week, but hey, you never know.
Rainey was the lone ProTopper last week to have tangible (offensive) stats in his matchup, finishing a blowout loss to Tennessee with 10 yards on three carries (one rush went for seven yards) and another catch for four yards. That's...yeah, not good. But, the silver lining, of the 20 running back rushes the Bucs had, nine didn't belong to Doug Martin. Martin is bound to screw up sometime in the year (right?) and Rainey will have his shot (riiiiight?). Let's hope for a better game against the Saints! (Here's as stat, but don't read it, just go down to Antonio - New Orleans allowed just 56 rushing yards on 20 carries to Arizona last week.)
Antonio, who had a magnificent training camp, missed out in the season opener due to a hamstring issue, which really kind of sucks, considering the Titans won 42-14 (and lead 35-7 at halftime), meaning A.A. would have had a host of opportunities for second half carries to show the coaching staff what he can do in a regular season game. Unfortunately, Andrews missed out on Wednesday's practice as well (and got into some sort of twitter beef with Paul Kuharsky of ESPN), so it looks like he might be a no-go again for the Browns. Boooooooo.
Doyle didn't haul in any catches in Buffalo on Sunday, but returned to his H-back and special teams blocker roles for the Colts in a loss to the Bills. There really isn't much to say after a game like this for Doyle - fans in Indy love him, his teammates love him, but until either Colby Fleener or Dwayane Allen leaves the Colts (or, heaven forbid, gets injured) Doyle will continue to average his one catch for every other game on offense. But, make no mistake about it, when he's on the field, is presence is known - he's THE man in the I-formation and is in on nearly every Colts special teams play. Gotta start somewhere, eh?
If you're watching any of these games and are tweeting about any of the guys, be sure to use the hashtag "#ProToppers," and, feel free to use this as a live-thread for discussion and thoughts about the games as they're happening.