Tigers in the NFL: Hopkins, Brown catch TD passes; Clemons, Gilchrist get picks

Running backs Andre Ellington, C.J. Spiller kept under wraps

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) breaks up a pass to from Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the second half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. It was an incomplete pass in the end zone on the play. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) breaks up a pass to from Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the second half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. It was an incomplete pass in the end zone on the play. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Touchdown receptions by DeAndre Hopkins and Jaron Brown and interceptions by Marcus Gilchrist and Chris Clemons highlighted the performance of former Clemson players in the NFL this week.

Hopkins hauled in a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Case Keenum in the Houston Texans' 17-16 loss to unbeaten Kansas City on Sunday.

He finished with three receptions for 76 yards, including a 35-yarder. Hopkins lamented failing to come up with another potential touchdown catch, however.

"I'm always disappointed when my hands touch the ball and I don't catch," Hopkins said.

Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) is congratulated by Miami Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson (27) after Clemons intercepted the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) is congratulated by Miami Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson (27) after Clemons intercepted the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

He described his touchdown reception: “It was man-to-man coverage. Case trusted me, and I went up and made a play. It was a great throw by Case.”

The loss was the fifth straight for the Texans.

“We know we have a good team," Hopkins said. " We know what is ahead. It is a long season. We have to scratch this one out and go onto the next game.”

Brown, also an NFL rookie, caught an eight-yard touchdown pass for the Arizona Cardinals in their 34-22 loss to Seattle on Thursday. He finished with two receptions for 17 yards.

Cardinals' teammate Andre Ellington was held to three yards on three carries, and had two catches for 10 yards.

Arizona Cardinals' Jaron Brown (13) scores a touchdown in front of Seattle Seahawks' Brandon Browner in the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday Oct. 17, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 34-22. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Cardinals' Jaron Brown (13) scores a touchdown in front of Seattle Seahawks' Brandon Browner in the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday Oct. 17, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 34-22. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Also bottled up this week was C.J. Spiller, who had six carries for 11 yards and three receptions for four yards in losses in Buffalo's 23-21 victory over Miami. Clemons intercepted a pass and had two tackles for the Dolphins.

Gilchrist had an interception, four solo tackles and a PBU for San Diego in the Chargers' 24-6 victory over Jacksonville. Andre Branch made two solo tackles and had a quarterback hit for the Jaguars.

Coty Sensabaugh made one stop for the Tennessee Titans in their 31-17 loss to San Francisco.

Malliciah Goodman made two tackles for the Atlanta Falcons in their 31-23 win over Tampa Bay. Da'Quan Bowers had one stop for the Bucs.

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