With the exception of St. Louis Rams’ rookie tight end and Michael Hoomanawanui catching his first touchdown pass during a one-point loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, it was a quiet weekend for former Illini in the NFL, as evident in this week’s review.
Note: The site is having problems uploading images right now. I will put up a picture of Hoomanawanui later tonight.
Offensive Lineman Jon Asamoah
While the rookie Asamoah may be a backup, Kansas City’s starting offensive line did a great job of opening holes for Thomas Jones (20 carries for 125 yards, including a long of 70 yards) and Jamaal Charles (15 carries for 71 yards) during the 22-point thrashing of the Jags.
Offensive Lineman Tony Pashos vs. Running Back Pierre Thomas and Linebacker Danny Clark
Cleveland got a huge win on the road against the defending Super Bowl champs, although Pashos was not a part of it.
Last Thursday, Pashos was placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season after injuring his ankle during a loss to Pittsburgh the previous week.
The New Orleans’ offense was punchless during the massively disappointing loss to the Browns on Sunday, with the Saints rushing for only 58 yards without Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush (both injured) and Drew Brees throwing 4 interceptions and getting sacked 3 times.
For New Orleans on the other side of the ball, Clark had 3 tackles and 1 pass defended during the losing effort.
Running Back Rashard Mendenhall vs. Cornerback Vontae Davis
Despite Mendenhall only getting 15 carries and rushing for just 37 yards, the Steelers were able to improve to 5-1, thanks to a Jeff Reed field goal with a little more than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Mendenhall also had 1 reception for 6 yards.
His former Illini teammate, Vontae Davis, had a very quiet game with 0 tackles and 1 pass defended.
Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn vs. Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui and Fullback Brit Miller
Tampa Bay improved to a surprising 4-2 record thanks to a late touchdown pass from Josh Freeman to Cadillac Williams.
In the victory, Benn had 1 reception for 9 yards.
In his second game back since injuring his ankle back in the season opener, Hoomanawanui had 2 receptions, including his first touchdown, for 12 yards.
Miller did not make the stat line.
Linebacker Will Davis
Davis had 1 tackle and 1 assist during Arizona’s road loss to the Seahawks, which are now 4-2 under first-year head coach Pete Carroll.
Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd
Oakland scored 24 points in the first quarter en route to humiliating the struggling Broncos in Denver of all places.
After having a quiet week with 1 reception for 46 yards, Denver wide receiver Brandon Lloyd fell to second in the NFL in terms of receiving yards.
Lloyd has 709 receiving yards this season, which is just off the mark of the new league leader Roddy White, who has amassed 747 receiving yards for the Atlanta Falcons.
Wide Receiver Greg Lewis
It took three chances, but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers finally bested Brett Favre, who did not complete a pass to Lewis during Sunday night’s loss.
Offensive Lineman David Diehl vs. Cornerback Alan Ball and Defensive Lineman Josh Brent
With the shootout win in Dallas, the Giants appear to be emerging as one of the better teams in the NFC.
Diehl and the rest of the New York offensive line did a great job, as the Giants rushed for 200 yards in the game, with Ahmad Bradshaw going for 126 yards on 24 carries and Brandon Jacobs picking up 75 yards on 12 tokes.
During another home loss, Ball tied for a Dallas-team lead with 6 tackles against the Giants, while the rookie Brent added three tackles.
In addition to falling to 1-5, Dallas lost quarterback Tony Romo to a broken collarbone that may cause him to miss 8 weeks.
Week 7 Byes
● Detroit Lions (no former Illini)
● Houston Texans (Safety Eugene Wilson and Kicker Neil Rackers)
● Indianapolis Colts (Cornerback Kelvin Hayden)
● New York Jets (Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore, Punter Steve Weatherford and Tight End Jeff Cumberland)
Until week eight.
Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Ahmad Bradshaw, Alan Ball, Arrelious Benn, Brandon Jacobs, Brandon Lloyd, Brandon Moore, Brett Favre, Brit Miller, Cadillac Williams, Carnel Williams, Carnell Williams, Cornerback Kelvin Hayden, Danny Clark, David Diehl, Drew Brees, Eugene Wilson, Greg Lewis, Jamaal Charles, Jeff Cumberland, Jeff Reed, Jon Asamoah, Josh Brent, Josh Freeman, Kelvin Hayden, Michael Hoomanawanui, Neil Rackers, Pete Carroll, Pierre Thomas, Rashard Mendenhall, Reggie Bush, Roddy White, Steve Weatherford, Thomas Jones, Tony Pashos, Tony Romo, Vontae Davis, Will Davis