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Tigers in the NFL: Week 8

Lawton Hilliard, Contributor

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) is taken down by Boston College’s Mike Palmer (18) in a matchup against Boston College on Oct. 26, 2019 at Memorial Stadium.

With Halloween festivities occurring throughout the last few days, the NFL had some players who fit the theme: scary. Players across the league had dominant performances, leaving opposing teams with a nightmare to deal with across four quarters. 
With some of those performances being from former Clemson Tigers, here is a closer look at how those athletes did in Week 8. 
DeAndre Hopkins, Wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals truly missed their All-Pro receiver this season, as Hopkins dominated in his second week back and gave his defenders an early Halloween scare.
Facing the Minnesota Vikings, the wideout had 12 receptions for 159 yards. Most notably, Hopkins picked up his first touchdown, pulling in a one-handed 6-yard touchdown, adding to his plethora of highlight-reel catches. Although the Cardinals fell short last Sunday, Hopkins has not shown any sign of slowing down in weeks to come. 
Travis Etienne Jr., Running back, Jacksonville Jaguars
Following the trade of fellow running back James Robinson, Etienne was given the opportunity to have a majority of the Jaguars’ backfield touches.
Playing in London on Sunday, he delivered. The second-year halfback had 24 rushes, racking up 156 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
The former Clemson standout is truly embracing the primary running back role, steadily increasing his production every week. With an upcoming matchup against the struggling Las Vegas Raiders, the Jaguars will likely rely on Etienne to garner them a win. 
Jayron Kearse, Safety, Dallas Cowboys
Kearse has found some success with the Dallas Cowboys after moving around the league for a few years. Last week against the Chicago Bears, Kearse had eight total tackles and two tackles for loss. He also picked up his first sack of the season, along with a quarterback hit on Justin Fields. With the Cowboys returning to full strength, the seventh-year star has found a home in Dallas.
Isaiah Simmons, Linebacker, Arizona Cardinals
Simmons, a looming threat to offenses this season, continued his stretch of impactful plays in Week 8. On Sunday, the linebacker had five tackles.
Most importantly, the third-year pro had a vital strip-sack of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in the third quarter, giving the Cardinals great field position. Offenses will need to keep an eye out on the former Tiger as he looks to continue the role he is playing. 
Tee Higgins, Wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
On a unique Monday night game on Halloween, Higgins had a quiet game in the loss to the Cleveland Browns, hauling in three of his six targets for 49 yards.
However, late in the fourth quarter, Higgins reeled in a Randy Moss-type of catch over Browns cornerback Greedy Williams for a 41-yard score. 
Grady Jarrett, Defensive tackle, Atlanta Falcons 
In an action-packed shootout featuring missed field goals and Hail Mary conversions, Jarrett had another solid game. The nose tackle had four total tackles and two tackles for loss. With the win putting the Atlanta Falcons at the top of the NFC South, Jarrett will look to lead the defense through the rest of the season. 

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