Missouri Tigers in the NFL: Week 17

With the 2010 NFL regular season officially over, two-thirds of the active former Missouri Tiger football players helped their teams to the playoffs. Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburgh and Atlanta, who has both Sean Weatherspoon and William Moore, continue play into January.

Brad Smith had a huge day to close out the season for the New York Jets. He rushed for 60 yards out of the wildcat formation, almost all of them on two running plays for 40 yards and 20 yards respectively.

The pure receivers go into the offseason in relatively calm fashion. Philadelphia’s Jeremy Maclin was one of only two Philadelphia starters on the offensive side of the ball and was targeted once with no catches. Justin Gage had zero balls thrown his way–the Titans offense, as has become more and more apparent this year, really only has room for one stellar receiver and his name is Kenny Britt.

Danario Alexander headed the so-called receiving corps with a whopping three catches as his sub-.500 Rams failed to make the playoffs.

The lone Pro Bowl attendee of the bunch, San Francisco’s defensive end Justin Smith, asserted his dominance in a blowout victory. Smith had a season-high three sacks as the 49ers rolled over Arizona. In his 151st straight start, Smith also forced a fumble, technically.

Pittsburgh’s Ziggy Hood also had a sack. After a very, very quiet first eight weeks, Hood stepped up after an injury and had himself a respectable season.

Finally, Chase Daniel threw the ball around this week! With Brees on the sidelines in the second half, Daniel came in and completed two of three passes for 16 yards. He also had an ugly toss in the backfield that ended his team’s possession.

Now, the playoffs.


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