Former Illinois and current Dallas cornerback Alan Ball had a big fourth-quarter interception on Sunday as the Cowboys rose from the dead to defeat the New York Giants.

Pro-Style Pigskins: Week Ten Edition of Illinois Fighting Illini in the NFL

Here is the Week 10 recap of how former Illini football players fared in the NFL this past weekend.

Indianapolis Colts 23, Cincinnati Bengals 17

Cornerback Kelvin Hayden

Hayden had a big day on Sunday, leading the Colts with 5 tackles and adding 4 assists along with 1 pass defended.

More importantly, Hayden had a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown, with those 6 points proving especially important in the tight victory against the Bengals.

New York Jets 26, Cleveland Browns 20

Punter Steve Weatherford, Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore and Tight End Jeff Cumberland vs. Offensive Lineman Tony Pashos

A tie was avoided in overtime when Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes on a 37-yard-touchdown pass with just 6 seconds left.

Weatherford wasn’t needed that often during the victory, punting just 3 times, with a long of 43 yards and an average of only 38.7 yards, although he did pin two punts  inside the 20-yard line.

New York ran 45 times for 172 yards (an impressive 5.0 average gain per play) behind Moore and the rest of the Jets’ offensive line.

Cumberland was inactive yet again for the Jets while Pashos will not play again for Cleveland this season due to injury.

Chicago Bears 27, Minnesota Vikings 13

Wide Receiver Greg Lewis

Minnesota’s Lewis had 1 catch for 13 yards on a day when Brett Favre accounted for 4 turnovers with 3 thrown interceptions and 1 lost fumble.

Miami Dolphins 29, Tennessee Titans 17

Cornerback Vontae Davis

In Randy Moss’ first game for the Titans, the Miami secondary kept him quiet, limiting the wide receiver to just 1 reception, which did go for 26 yards.

Davis had 3 tackles and 1 assist for the victorious Fins, which host the Bears on Thursday Night Football.

Jacksonville Jaguars 31, Houston Texans 24

Safety Eugene Wilson and Kicker Neil Rackers

Man, the Texans are starting to become an annual tease.

Remember when Houston looked like a legit playoff team early in the season?

Well, the Texans really blew it on Sunday, allowing a last-second Hail Mary pass and reception on the final play of the game to lose to Jacksonville in a heartbreaking fashion.

Wilson had 5 tackles and Rackers was perfect (3-3 on PATs, 1-1 on FGA) for the Texans during the loss.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, Carolina Panthers 16

Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn

Continuing to become more involved in the Tampa offense, the rookie Benn had 2 catches for 29 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown.

Benn has both of his touchdowns in the last two weeks.

Denver Broncos 49, Kansas City Chiefs 29

Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd vs. Offensive Lineman Jon Asamoah

Denver roughed up KC, with the game getting overshadowed by Chiefs’ head coach Todd Haley snubbing Broncos’ head coach Josh McDaniels afterward.

Brandon Lloyd had another big game for the Broncos, catching 6 balls for 90 yards and scoring twice in the passing game.

Lloyd continues to lead the NFL in receiving yards, with 968 on the season.

A reserve lineman for the Chiefs, Asamoah has been receiving praise for his versatility during his rookie season.

San Francisco 49ers 23, St. Louis Rams 20

Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui and Fullback Brit Miller

Behind Troy Smith, the 49ers won in overtime.

In the defeat, Hoomanawanui had 2 catches for 20 yards while Miller had 1 tackle on special teams.

Dallas Cowboys 33, New York Giants 20

Cornerback Alan Ball and Defensive Lineman Josh Brent vs. Offensive Lineman David Diehl

Under new head coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys actually showed a pulse with a surprising dismantling of the Giants, which was looking like the class of the NFC prior to this game.

Ball had 4 tackles, 1 assist, 1 pass defended and 1 interception that was returned for 27 yards while Brent had 1 assist for the victorious Cowboys.

Diehl was inactive for the Giants due to injury.

Seattle Seahawks 36, Arizona Cardinals 18

Linebacker Will Davis

Davis did not make a tackle during another loss for the Cardinals.

New England Patriots 39, Pittsburgh Steelers 26

Running Back Rashard Mendenhall

Mendenhall never got on track against the Patriots, rushing 11 times for 50 yards (with 1 of those runs going for 34 yards) and catching 1 pass for 5 yards.

Week 10 Byes

● Green Bay Packers (None)

● New Orleans Saints (Running Back Pierre Thomas and Linebacker Danny Clark)

● Oakland Raiders (None)

● San Diego Chargers (None)


Until Week Eleven.

Tags: Alan Ball Arrelious Benn Brandon Lloyd Brandon Moore Brett Favre Brit Miller Danny Clark David Diehl Eugene Wilson Football Greg Lewis Illini Football Illinois Fighting Illini Football Illinois Football Jason Garrett Jeff Cumberland Jon Asamoah Josh Brent Josh McDaniels Kelvin Hayden Mark Sanchez Michael Hoomanawanui Neil Rackers Pierre Thomas Randy Moss Rashard Mendenhall Rejus Benn Santonio Holmes Steve Weatherford Todd Haley Tony Pashos Troy Smith Vontae Davis Will Davis

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