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There were a lot of good, but not great performances this week from the California Golden Bears plying their trade in the NFL. Find out who stood out from the pack with this week's Cal in the NFL.

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The Bears in the Pros had a decent week nine of the NFL season. Aaron and Richard Rodgers connected on two touchdown passes, but was it enough to claim victory?

Could C.J. Anderson keep the momentum gained from last week's performance?

Find out with Cal in the NFL.

Lorenzo Alexander: LB, Oakland Raiders (4-4)

Alexander tallied one tackle during Oakland's 38-35 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Keenan Allen: WR, San Diego Chargers (2-7)

Allen suffered a season ending injury during week 8.

Tyson Alualu: DE/DT, Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)

For the first time this season Alualu was not a starter. He still managed to make three tackles during Jacksonville's 28-23 loss to the New York Jets.

C.J. Anderson: RB, Denver Broncos (7-1)

Anderson and the Broncos were hit by a humble stick this past week as they slipped to a 27-24 loss to the struggling Indianapolis Colts.

Only time will tell what kind of impact this has on home-field advantage in the AFC, but the Broncos will likely end up regretting this defeat should they have to travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots during the playoffs.

Anyways, Anderson rushed seven times for 31 yards, while adding one reception for four yards.

Bryan Anger: P, Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)

Anger punted five times for 202 yards with a net average of 32.2 yards. Anger hit three punts inside the 20.

Chris Conte: S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

Conte notched eight tackles during Tampa Bay's 32-18 loss to the New York Giants.

CBS Sports Fantasy had this to say about Conte after his performance against the GIants:

Conte continues to demonstrate he was a solid offseason acquisition for the Bucs, tallying a total of 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and an interception on the season. The veteran safety has been productive under a variety of playing time scenarios, and has posted 17 tackles over his last pair of contests alone. Conte figures to have an opportunity for another tackle-laden afternoon in the Bucs' Week 10 matchup versus a rush-heavy Cowboys offense.

Justin Forsett: RB, Baltimore Ravens (2-6)

Forsett and the Ravens were on a bye this past week.

Forsett wrote an article for justinforsett.sportsblog.com and here is an excerpt:

The bye week was definitely beneficial. To be able to rest and recover, physically and mentally, was really good for all of us. We've spent a lot of time away from home (both at the facility and traveling), so it's always a bonus when you ahve some extra time to spend with family. It was nice to relax with my wife and kids and take a little break.

And I think the team was reenergized this week. We had great practices all week. Guys are flying around, looking fast and quick. For the second half of the season, we are set on finishing those games where we are on the cusp of winning. This next half is all about finishing and bringing home those W's. We have the personnel; we just need to execute and start stacking up wins.

DeSean Jackson: WR, Washington Redskins (3-5)

Jackson finally returned from his hamstring injury and caught three passes for 15 yards during Washington's 27-10 loss to the Patriots.

Check out what Jackson did to his coach during practice this week (via CBS Sports):

If Redskins coach Jay Gruden doesn't stand anywhere near DeSean Jackson on the sideline this Sunday, there's a reasonable eplanation: He doesn't want to get his nipple pinched.

Gruden and Jackson were standing next to each other at Redskins practice on Thursday when the wide receiver pulled off a "purple nurple" sneak attack.

If you've never had someone give you a purple nurple, that's a good thing because look at how much pain Gruden's in. He's literally rubbing his left breast at the end of the clip to try and make the pain go away.

To make things worse, Jackson's wearing tackified receiver gloves that are designed to give him a better grip on things. Basically, wide receiver gloves are the ultimate purple nurple weapon.

Marvin Jones: WR, Cincinnati Bengals (8-0)

Jones led the way during the Bengals' 31-10 victory against the Cleveland Browns . Jones caught five passes for 78 yards to lead all receivers.

Cameron Jordan: DE, New Orleans Saints (4-5)

Jordan notched two tackles during New Orleans' shocking 34-28 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Per Pro Football Focus, Jordan leads the NFL in quarterback pressures with 47.

Mychal Kendricks: LB, Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

Kendricks totaled five tackles and one sack during a 33-27 overtime win against the Tony Romo-less Dallas Cowboys.

L.P. Ladouceur: LS, Dallas Cowboys (2-6)

Ladouceur extended his consecutive games played streak to 165 games as the Cowboys slipped to 0-6 without Romo after a 2-0 start with him.

Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks (4-4)

Lynch and the Seahawks were on a bye this past week.

Alex Mack: C, Cleveland Browns (2-7)

Mack started his ninth game of the season as the Browns lost yet again.

Chris McCain: LB, Miami Dolphins (3-5)

McCain was active for the first time in the previous four games and notched one tackle during Miami's 33-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

McCain is set for a bigger role with the team as they search for someone to fill the void left by Cameron Wake's season-ending injury (The Miami Herald):

The Dolphins do not know with certainty if Chris McCain is better off at defensive end or linebacker -- he's playing the former for now.

But they do know this: With Cameron Wake out for the season, McCain offers something that's needed: speed off the edge as a pass-rusher.

"I just think the guy is unique, " defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said. "To use the guy in some different roles is what we're trying to nail down for him, whether it be rushing the passer or dropping in coverage. Whatever it is, he brings a unique skill set and we're going to try to take advantage of it."

Brandon Mebane: DT, Seattle Seahawks (4-4)

Mebane and the Seahawks were on a bye this past week.

Mike Mohamed: LB, New Orleans Saints (4-5)

Mohamed finally got to play! He made his debut with the Saints and recorded one tackle.

Unfortunately, Mohamed has been waived by the Saints.

Ron Rivera: HC, Carolina Panthers (8-0)

Rivera and the Panthers held on against the Green Bay Packers to claim a 37-29 victory and remain undefeated. Here is his postgame locker room speech.

Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers (6-2)

Rodgers went 25-48 for 369 yards and four touchdown passes. He also completed a two-point conversion and threw an interception which essentially ended the game against the Panthers.

Rodgers also rushed for 22 yards.

Richard Rodgers: TE, Green Bay Packers (6-2)

Rodgers caught five passes for 19 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first two-touchdown game of his career. Here is video of the first and second touchdown.

Jeremy Ross: WR/RET, Baltimore Ravens (2-6)

Ross and the Ravens were on a bye this week.

Mitchell Schwartz: T, Cleveland Browns (2-7)

Schwartz started his 57th consecutive game to start his career during Cleveland's loss to the Bengals.

Craig Stevens: TE, Tennessee Titans (2-6)

Stevens notched two receptions for 25 yards during the Titans' victory against the Saints.

Nick Sundberg: LS, Washington Redskins (3-5)

Sundberg performed the long snapper duties yet again for the Redskins.

Shane Vereen: RB, New York Giants (5-4)

Vereen caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. Vereen did not manage to get the ground game going, though, as he rushed six times for 14 yards.

Steve Williams: CB, San Diego Chargers (2-7)

Williams made five tackles which was a career-high during San Diego's tough 22-19 loss to the Chicago Bears.