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Shane Vereen performed in the clutch when the New York Giants needed it the most as he helped the Giants defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the final minutes. Which other former Bears put in great performances?

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Justin Forsett continued to run the ball well, while another Cal running back continues to struggle. Shane Vereen had a breakout game and an impressive streak was snapped at Lambeau Field.

Week five was another exciting week for Cal's NFL representatives and here is the recap of all the action.

Lorenzo Alexander: LB, Oakland Raiders (2-3)

Alexander played his part in a failed Raiders attempt at reenacting The Play with eight return yards, though he was not credited with a punt return because he lateraled. The Raiders lost 16-10 at home against the Denver Broncos.

Keenan Allen: WR, San Diego Chargers (2-3)

Allen added five receptions and 67 yards to his season totals as the Chargers lost a heartbreaker 24-20 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Allen is currently third in the league with 39 receptions and seventh in yards with 444. Allen also has three touchdowns, which puts him ninth in the NFL.

Tyson Alualu: DT/DE, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

Alualu notched four tackles, one tackle for loss and a quarterback hit as the Jaguars lost 38-31 on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Alualu has 10 tackles this season.

C.J. Anderson: RB, Denver Broncos (5-0)

Anderson struggled again as he rushed 11 times for 22 yards, while adding two receptions for 18 yards. Anderson did not do much damage as far as yards rushing, but he did leave a mark in other ways, per news9 Colorado.

The Denver Broncos' starting running back injured two prominent Oakland Raider defenders on two separate carries last Sunday – and still only gained 1 and 3 yards.

On first-and-goal from the 4 in the third quarter, Anderson ran inside and met Charles Woodson in the hole, crushing the shoulder of the Raiders safety. Anderson was wrapped up from behind by defensive tackle Dan Williams and only gained 1 yard. Woodson left the field with a shoulder injury.

Woodson returned but he also left the game a second time with the shoulder injury.

Early in the fourth quarter, Anderson spelled Ronnie Hillman, who hobbled off, and ran off left guard. Raiders' defensive end Justin Tuck reached out with his right arm to trip up Anderson, who churned through the arm tackle only to be wrapped up by linebacker Curtis Lofton after a 3-yard gain.

Tuck suffered a season-ending, torn pectoral injury on the play, according to multiple reports. He was the Raiders' defensive leader and his loss is a major blow to head coach Jack Del Rio's otherwise improved team.

"You don't want to see anybody get hurt, you never want to see that," Anderson said Thursday as he sat in front of his locker. "It's good to know I have something in the tank with everybody doubting me. But is sad, man, to see a great player like him go down.''

Bryan Anger: P, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

Anger had perhaps his best performance of the season, but he was let down by his punt coverage units. Anger punted four times with a 55.3 yard average. The problem is that the net average dipped to 34 as the Buccaneers totaled 94 return yards.

Anger is now leads the league in total punts with 28, he is third with 1271 punt yards, fifth in net yards with 1053 and fourth with 10 punts inside the 20 yard line.

Chris Conte: S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

Conte totaled three tackles to bring his season total to 28.

Justin Forsett: RB, Baltimore Ravens (1-4)

Forsett carried the ball 21 times for 121 yards and recorded his first rushing touchdown of the season. Forsett added four receptions for 49 yards, but this could not prevent the Ravens from losing a tough overtime game to the Cleveland Browns 33-30.

Forsett is now fifth in the NFL with 395 yards rushing.

DeSean Jackson: WR, Washington Redskins (2-3)

Jackson was inactive due to injury once again.

Per Pro Football Talk, Jackson is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the New York Jets.

The good news for the Redskins offense is that there’s a chance wide receiver DeSean Jackson returns to the lineup this week after missing the last month with a hamstring injury.

Despite being pulled from practice on Thursday after a hamstring "twinge," Jackson was able to do some work during Friday’s session and has been listed as questionable as a result.

Marvin Jones: WR, Cincinnati Bengals (5-0)

Jones hauled in five catches for 61 yards. He also drew three penalties for 70 yards against the Seahawks as the Bengals won 27-24 in overtime. Here is a 44-yard reception by Jones.

From ESPN, Jones and the rest of the Bengals' receivers are ready for Rex Ryan's exotic blitzes as they prepare to play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Each time a Bengals receiver lines up, he will be charged with doing one thing: beating any blitzing defenders by getting to the right spot for Andy Dalton to pass quickly to them. If they don't win, Dalton could end up on his back.

"Urgency. That's the biggest thing. When guys are bringing pressures and stuff like that, they try and bring more than you can handle," receiver Marvin Jones said. "When they do, it's our job to run our routes with urgency and precision. That's one of the most important aspects because you're racing the blitz. You're not racing the corners."

Cameron Jordan: DE, New Orleans Saints (1-4)

Jordan notched three tackles, a season-high, as the Saints lost 39-17 on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jordan has 11 tackles and one sack this season.

Mychal Kendricks: LB, Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)

Kendricks was inactive due to a hamstring injury. Kendricks did some rehab work at practice today, but the chances of him playing Monday against the Redskins appear slim at this point.

L.P. Ladouceur: LS, Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

Ladouceur extended his consecutive games played streak to 162. Ladouceur also recorded a tackle for the second consecutive week as the short-handed Cowboys lost 30-6 to the New England Patriots.

Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks (2-3)

Lynch sat out again due to injury.

Lynch was a full participant in practice today and is expected to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Alex Mack: C, Cleveland Browns (2-3)

Mack recorded his fifth start of the season.

Chris McCain: LB, Miami Dolphins (1-3)

The Dolphins were on a bye during week five.

Brandon Mebane: DT, Seattle Seahawks (2-3)

Mebane recorded two tackles, which is right on track with his per game average for the season. Mebane has eight tackles in four games this season.

Ron Rivera: HC, Carolina Panthers (4-0)

The Panthers had a bye during week five.

Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers (5-0)

Rodgers had his worst game of the season as he completed 19-30 passes for 241 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The interceptions were Rodgers' first two of the year and the first he has thrown at Lambeau Field since 2012 (587 passes between home interceptions). Rodgers also rushed eight times for 39 yards. Rodgers' first touchdown pass was to Ty Montgomery and the second was thrown to James Jones.

Rodgers is tied for the league lead in passing touchdowns with 13 and third in the NFL with a 117.4 passer rating.

Richard Rodgers: TE, Green Bay Packers (5-0)

Rodgers hauled in a career-high six receptions for 45 yards as the Packers defeated the St. Louis Rams 24-10.

Mitchell Schwartz: T, Cleveland Browns (2-3)

Schwartz started for the 53rd consecutive game out of a possible 53 during his career.

Brian Schwenke: C, Tennessee Titans (1-3)

Schwenke started for the fourth time this season as the Titans lost 14-13 at home to the Buffalo Bills.

Craig Stevens: TE, Tennessee Titans (1-3)

Stevens hauled in one reception for one yard.

Nick Sundberg: LS, Washington Redskins (2-3)

Sundberg recorded one tackle as the Redskins lost 25-19 in overtime on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.

Shane Vereen: RB, New York Giants (3-2)

Vereen had his best game since joining the Giants as he registered 154 all-purpose yards. Vereen tallied eight receptions for 86 yards and one touchdown with five rushes for 24 yards. Vereen also returned two kicks for 44 yards as the Giants defeated the 49ers 30-27 at home. Here is video of his post-game interview with NFL Network.

Vereen's performance did not go unnoticed by their next opponent, the Eagles.

From CSN Philly:

"Vereen, saw him in New England last year," Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said of Vereen, who had two catches for 21 yards against the Eagles in a preseason game last year. "He's very good out of the backfield as a pass-receiving running back. So, we have to make sure our matchups and leverage and everything, we have him accounted for, as well as the tight end."

"They try to get him in space and he’s very good at his routes and their ability to put him in good situations, on linebackers on guys who maybe aren’t as athletic," inside linebacker Jordan Hicks said.

Hicks said Vereen is a player the defense needs to be aware of pre-snap.

Facing a multi-threat player like Vereen doesn’t allow the defense to cheat toward a run or a pass.

"We always want to be honest," Connor Barwin said. "He’s really good at being a receiver out of the backfield."

Steve Williams: CB, San Diego Chargers (2-3)

Williams did not record any stats.