From a four-year span of 2016-’19, running back Phillip Lindsay and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. were the faces of the Colorado Buffaloes offense. Sunday, the two squared off at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX for the first time as professionals. Neither Shenault Jr. nor Lindsay started, but both had an impact for their respective teams. Shenault Jr. led all Jacksonville Jaguars receivers with seven receptions on nine targets for 50 yards. But Lindsay got the best of his former Buffaloes teammate, as he carried the ball eight times for 25 yards and this touchdown run out of the wildcat in his Houston Texans debut.
A little Wildcat action, eh? @markingramII @I_CU_boy #WeAreTexans— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2021
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Lindsay’s Texans defeated Shenault’s Jaguars 37-21.
Elsewhere around the league, former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie started for his new team the Cincinnati Bengals and did not disappoint. Awuzie had 6 combined tackles and two passes defended in the Bengals thrilling 27-24 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings. Staying on the defensive side of the ball, nose tackle Josh Tupou didn’t receive the start, but did see action on 34 percent of the Bengals plays.
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby was the lone bright spot in the Packers 35-point loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday. Beginning his 15th season in the NFL, Crosby connected on a 39-yard field goal for the Packers only points of the game. Right tackle Nate Solder received the start for the New York Giants and played in 43 (70 percent) of their offensive plays in a 27-13 loss to the Denver Broncos. Meanwhile, cornerback Isaiah Oliver started for the Atlanta and finished with two combined tackles in the Falcons 32-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Eagles linebacker Davion Taylor, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, and new Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon were all listed as inactive for Week 1