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NFL Update: Has Rudolph2Washington Finally Arrived in the NFL?

Washington’s career game and a pair of Pokes showed out on MNF.

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It was an eventful week for former Cowboys in the NFL with a couple of them making plays on Monday night. Let’s get to that overtime thriller first.

Carson the Workhorse in Seahawks Overtime Win

The Seattle Seahawks went on the road to face the NFL’s lone unbeaten team — and their division rivals — the San Francisco 49ers, and the Monday Night bout did not disappoint.

Multiple defensive takeaways and momentum shifts made for an exciting overtime finish with the Seahawks kicking a game-winning field goal with just four seconds left in the overtime period.

Chris Carson was a constant for the ‘Hawks offense throughout the night. His stat line was solid, but it’s his ability to push the chains that makes Carson so crucial to Seattle’s success. His final run of 8 yards with 31 seconds remaining put the Seahawks in field goal range to give them that chance.

Carson totaled 89 rushing yards on 25 carries including this impressive display that almost made paydirt.

Carson would score on the next play.

They might have had a case with that lean, but it still counts as his fourth rushing TD on the year. He also added three catches for 12 receiving yards.

Tre Flowers Records First Career Sack

The other former Poke who made plays on Monday night was OSU safety-turned-Seattle cornerback Tre Flowers.

He wreaked havoc all night including recording his first career sack.

Flowers ended the night with six total tackles, a tackle for loss and that sack, and was this close to adding an interception when he bobbled a tipped pass at the ground.

Rudolph/Washington Lead Steelers to Fourth-Straight Win

The Rudolph2Washington partnership, now in Game 7 of its NFL iteration, is finally starting to gel. The pair’s chemistry was on full display on Sunday when the Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams 17-12 at home.

Mason Rudolph had a nice game, and bested counterpart Jared Goff, with 242 yards and a touchdown, but it was James Washington who turned in a career game in consecutive weeks.

Washington followed up a four-catch, 69-game the week before against Indianapolis by setting a new career high with 90 yards and his first TD of the season while completing six of seven targets. He led all Steelers receivers.

Emmanuel Ogbah to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

After pushing his career-high and team-leading sack total to 5.5, Ogbah was forced to leave the game with a chest injury that was later revealed to be a torn right pectoral muscle. The Chiefs would go on to lose the game and, as it turns out, their sack leader.

On Monday it was announced that Ogbah would undergo season-ending surgery to repair his torn muscle. He is in the final year of his contract and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Is Jarwin’s Progress/Career Being Stymied by Witten?

It’s a question that’s been asked by Cowboys fans all year. Who should be starting at tight end, Jason Witten or Blake Jarwin?

Jarwin came into his own down the stretch last year finishing as the lead Dallas tight ends in receiving yards and scores while the future hall of famer, Witten, was calling games on Monday Night Football.

So when the latter announced he would return from retirement to Dallas, it may have put the breakout season of the former on hold. But despite playing second fiddle, Jarwin has still been productive when given the opportunity.

Through nine games, Jarwin has reeled in 15 of his 20 targets for 197 yards and three scores. Witten is 36 of 45 for 338 and two TDs despite owning the edge in total snaps by 475 to 242.

During the Cowboys’ 28-24 loss to the Vikings on Sunday, Jarwin caught three of his four targets for 35 yards and did that in just 23 offensive snaps. Witten started and was on the field for 56 snaps, but mustered just two catches and 17 yards on his five targets.

Witten won’t play forever and Jarwin has done enough to at least earn consideration for the spot should Witten leave after his one-year deal. But if you’re Jarwin, and in your own contract year, you’d probably like those extra touches to boost your stock for 2020.

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