NFL Sunday Best: Former TXHSFB Stars Who Stood Out in Week 8

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QB Case Keenum (Abilene Wylie, Minnesota Vikings)

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With Sam Bradford still sidelined, the former Abilene Wylie product put together another strong game for the Minnesota Vikings. Keenum finished 27-43 for 288 yards and two touchdowns and an interception in the Vikings win over the Browns in London.

DB Jalen Mills (DeSoto, Philadelphia Eagles)

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The former DeSoto cornerback was part of a strong defensive effort for the Philadelphia Eagles against San Francisco, finishing with three tackles and intercepted a 37-yard pass and returned it for a touchdown.

QB Drew Brees (Austin Westlake, New Orleans Saints)

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The former Austin Westlake quarterback didn’t throw for a touchdown, but was very accurate in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears. Brees (23-28, 299 yards) put up a good performance against one of the better pass defenses in the league and he’s now leading a team that is very quietly at 5-2.

S Kenny Vacarro (Early, New Orleans Saints)

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Staying in New Orleans, the former Texas Longhorns safety was all over the field against the Bears. Vacarro led the team in tackles (9) was in on a sack and made life difficult for Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

LB Elandon Roberts (Port Arthur Memorial, New England Patriots)

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The former Port Arthur Memorial linebacker was one of the leaders in tackles (6) for the New England Patriots on Sunday in their win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

RB Rex Burkhead (Plano, New England Patriots)

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Burkhead was one of the top targets on Sunday for Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday, catching seven passes for 68 yards. Burkhead also ran for 15 yards as well.

Adrian Phillips (Garland, Los Angeles Chargers)

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The former Garland product was the leading tackler for the Chargers defense on Sunday with 12 tackles. Phillips is becoming one of the standouts on the defensive side of the ball and he will integral for the team’s success the rest of the season.

QB Josh McCown (Jacksonville, New York Jets)

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The veteran signal caller was solid in a game that was played in some tough conditions. McCown threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. Despite the loss, the former Jacksonville (TX) quarterback has the New York Jets looking like a much tougher team at the start of the season.

RB DeAndre Washington (Fort Bend Marshall, Oakland Raiders)

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With Marshawn Lynch still out due to a suspension, DeAndre Washington saw an extended role in the offense, finishing with 62 yards receiving and a touchdown.

LB Cory James (Del Rio, Oakland Raiders)

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The former Del Rio linebacker was questionable entering Sunday’s game in Buffalo, but did put together a strong defensive performance with eight tackles and three for a loss.

WR Michael Crabtree (Dallas Carter, Oakland Raiders)

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Michael Crabtree was the leading receiver for the Raiders on Sunday, catching five passes for 83 yards in the loss to Buffalo.

DL Michael Bennett (Alief Taylor, Seattle Seahawks)

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Michael Bennett had his best game of the season statistically, finishing with six tackles, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits in the Seahawks win over the Houston Texans.

S Earl Thomas (West Orange-Stark, Seattle Seahawks)

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The All-Pro safety finished with five tackles and intercepted a Deshaun Watson pass and took it back for a 78-yard touchdown at the start of the game against the Texans.

P Shane Lechler (East Bernard, Houston Texans)

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The veteran punter finished with a 53.0 yard average and kicked two inside the 20 in a wild game with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

QB Matthew Stafford (Highland Park, Detroit Lions)

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The former Highland Park signal caller threw for 423 yards on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Lions fell 20-15 but it’s abundantly clear that Detroit’s success will hinge on Stafford.

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