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Hokies in the NFL: Week 10

Gobbler Country takes a look at the challenges facing former Hokies in the NFL.

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The Hokie faithful were able to watch Virginia Tech take on Georgia Tech on Thursday night. A former Hokie great was also playing on Thursday. Tyrod Taylor led the Buffalo Bills into New York to face the Jets! Gobbler Country takes a look at what faces former Hokies this weekend in the NFL. Don’t worry, we will talk about Tyrod’s performance on Thursday as well!

Tyrod Taylor, Bills: On Thursday night Tyrod and company faced Bills’ HC, Rex Ryan’s, former team, the New York Jets. Behind the duo of Taylor and McCoy the Bills took control of the game in the second quarter, eventually winning, 22-17. Taylor did not have a stellar statistical game and the Bills offense was shut down toward the middle of the third quarter. Tyrod finished the night 17/27, 158 yards, one touchdown, and added 12 yards on six runs. He was sacked four times, but protected the ball, never fumbling or throwing an interception. The Bills are now 5-4 and locked up in a fight for a Wild Card spot.

Corey Fuller, Lions: Fuller has not been much of a factor for the woeful Detroit Lions this year. Last week he was targeted twice, but again recorded no receptions. This week Detroit stomps into Green Bay who is looking to compose themselves after two straight losses.

Darryl Tapp, Lions: Tapp has had a nice impact on the Lions defense, but recorded no stats last week. He will definitely have his hands full facing Aaron Rogers in Green Bay as the Packers look to extend their 24 home game winning streak against the Lions.

Kyle Fuller, Bears: Fuller is still experiencing a sophomore slump, but played better last week during a win over the Chargers and had five total tackles. He will need to be on his toes when facing the surprising St. Louis Rams and Todd Gurley.

Eddie Royal, Bears: Eddie has been nursing injuries all season. When not hurt he has had a few nice games, but still not the impact the Bears were hoping would occur when he reunited with Jay Cutler. Royal should be healthy and looks to find some sort of rhythm against St. Louis.

DeAngelo Hall, Redskins: Hall’s season has been marred with injuries and he has lost a step in his age. He was held out of last week’s game and is listed as questionable this week when Washington hosts the resurgent New Orleans Saints.

Kyshoen Jarrett, Redskins: Jarrett has been a delightful surprise for the Redskins. He has stepped up nicely to fill holes in the Redskins tattered secondary. Last week, while facing NFL great Tom Brady, he had seven total tackles. This week he faces another future hall of famer, Drew Brees.

Jayron Hosley, Giants: The scrappy Giants have fought their way back to a winning record. Last week Hosley had one total tackle and a pass defended. This week the Giants will be facing a bit harder of a test than last week when they faced Tampa Bay and rookie QB, Jameis Winston. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit the Giants, and Hosley will certainly be facing a challenging matchup.

Kam Chancellor, Seahawks: Chancellor had six total tackles, in his last game, against the Dallas Cowboys. It was a scrappy, low-scoring, ugly game, but this win pushes Seattle back to 0.500. Seattle continues to have a mediocre season, and all four of their wins have come against teams that have significant problems (Lions, 49ers, Bears, and Cowboys). The Legion of Boom next faces the powerhouse Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night.

Brandon Flowers, Chargers: Flowers and the Chargers have been struggling all season. Last week they lost to another fraught team and barring some sort of late season insanity their year is over. Flowers and San Diego will host his former team when the Chiefs come to call. KC has faced a rather brutal schedule, but now finds themselves on a two game winning streak and will be looking to keep their playoff chances alive.