Once again, a former Auburn kicker won a game for his team in the NFL.
Yeah, it was Cody Parkey.
Parkey hit his third game-winning field goal of the season, this time to give the Miami Dolphins a 31-28 victory over the New York Jets. The kick from 39 yards away was Parkey’s eighth made field goal in as many tries this year. He did miss an extra point earlier in the year, but in terms of the three-pointers, he’s perfect. Three of the four wins this season by Miami have come via a Cody Parkey field goal in the waning moments.
On another positive note, a Bengal defensive lineman had a huge game, but it wasn’t the one you’d think. Carl Lawson’s been the guy wreaking havoc as one of the top new pass rushers in the NFL this season, but former defensive tackle Pat Sims made a big impact for Cincinnati in their loss to the Steelers with eight tackles to lead the team. CJ Uzomah also caught one pass in that defeat for the Bengals.
As for our favorite former Tiger, Cam Newton didn’t have the best day for the second week in a row. After the Panthers beat New England and Detroit on the road, with Cam playing out of his mind, the last two have been clunkers.
The Panthers fell to Chicago 17-3, with both of the Bears’ touchdowns coming on defensive scores — one after Curtis Samuel fumbled a pitch from Newton, and the other on a pick-six after a tipped pass — and Cam went 21-34 for 211 yards with no touchdowns and two picks.
Some other notes include Quan Bray and his 75 kickoff return yards on three tries to go along with 17 receiving yards on two grabs in Indianapolis’ shutout loss to the Jaguars; Corey Grant ran six times for eight yards and caught a pass for 28 yards in Jacksonville’s win over Indy; and Karlos Dansby made just two tackles after leaving the game with a minor hand injury for the Cardinals.
Here’s hoping we have more to report this coming week. War Eagle.