Purdue Boilermakers in the NFL: 2014 Season, Week 5

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Sep 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback

Alex Smith

(11) throws a touchdown pass as New England Patriots defensive end

Rob Ninkovich

(50) tries to block during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Ninkovich – DE – New England Patriots

If you thought the New England Patriots were having a down year, don’t worry because so did everyone else. But that’s apparently not the case, at least it wasn’t last night. After getting run over by the Kansas City Chiefs last week, the Patriots made sure to let the football world know they were still just as good as advertised by beating the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals 43-17.

Ninkovich didn’t have a great game and hasn’t really had a great season. He finished with three tackles, despite playing 55 snaps. For the season he has 19 tackles and a sack. It would seem the nine-year veteran has lost a step; he finished with 91 tackles and eight sacks last season, but is on pace for 61 tackles and three sacks this year.