Ex-Stanford trio leads Colts to an easy victory over the Giants


Seventeen former Stanford players were on the field during NFL Week 9, leading their teams to a combined 13-4 record.

The week was capped by Andrew Luck and the Colts putting up 40 points on the road against the New York Giants on Monday night as the ex-Stanford quarterback threw for more than 300 yards for the seventh straight game.

Luck completed 25 of 46 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the 40-24 victory. One of his TD went to Coby Fleener, who totaled four receptions for 77 yards. It was Fleener's best output of the season. twice for five yards in Indianapolis' 40-24 win at the New York Giants

Ex-Stanford receiver Griff Whalen returned five punts for 38 yards (7.6 average) and two kickoffs for 36 yards (18.0 average).

Richard Sherman picked off his first pass of 2014, his 21st career interception, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks beat visiting Oakland, 30-24. Sherman also forced a fumble and knocked away two passes and teammate Doug Baldwin caught five passes for 38 yards, his third straight game with at least five receptions. 

Elsewhere, Cleveland defensive back Johnson Bademosi had one special teams tackle in the Browns' 22-17 win over Tampa Bay. Teammate Jim Dray had one catch for 26 yards and defensive lineman Sione Fua had three tackles for Cleveland. Matt Masifilo played for the Buccaneers as a defensive tackle.

David DeCastro started at right guard in Pittsburgh's 43-23 win over Baltimore; tight end Zach Ertz had one reception for four yards in Philadelphia's 31-21 win at Houston; Toby Gerhart had three carries for 19 yards and three receptions for 49 yards in Jacksonville's 33-23 loss at Cincinnati, which got one reception for seven yards from H-back Ryan Hewitt; Erik Lorig started at fullback in New Orleans' 28-10 win at Carolina; Jonathan Martin played as an extra blocking tight end in short-yardage situations in San Francisco's 13-10 loss to visiting St. Louis; Trent Murphy had four tackles and one sack in Washington's 29-26 loss at Minnesota, and safety Michael Thomas had one defensive tackle and two special teams tackles in Miami's 37-0 win over San Diego.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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