Aussie Adam Gotsis had a major impact in the Denver Broncos’ 16 – 10 win over AFC West Division rival Oakland Raiders, but it was not anything about which Gotsis would be inclined to brag.
He was chasing Oakland quarterback Derek Carr during the third quarter, when he (Gotsis) inadvertently kneed Carr in the back, which took Carr out of the game and could potentially have him sidelined for up to six weeks.
The stat line for Gotsis was not particularly impressive, as he finished with one tackle, but he was often seen in the middle of the action, clogging up the running lanes and forcing Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch into one of the worst days of his career. Denver’s run defense, partly due to Gotsis’ off-season improvement, through four games is leading the league in run defense. They have done so against some of the premier running backs of the league, including Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys, who was held to nine yards on eight carries.
There are three other Australians still on the active rosters of NFL teams, all three occupying roles as punters.
The New York Jets’ Lachlan Edwards had six punts against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 23 – 20 win for the Jets. He averaged 43.7 yards per kick, highly respectable.
Jordan Berry of the Pittsburgh Steelers was needed only four times in the Steelers’ 26 – 9 dismantling of AFC Central Division Rival Baltimore Ravens. He averaged 37.5 yards, which does not truly reflect the strength of his leg, but he pinned the Ravens deep in their own territory, something that has made NFL teams take notice of Aussie punters.
The remaining punter, Brand Wing, kicked five times for the New York Giants, who lost 25 – 23 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a loss that could be considered as similar to the Melbourne Storm being bested by the Gold Coast Titans.