Here is the Week 10 recap of how former Illini football players fared in the NFL this past weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linebacker Will Davis
Davis did not make a tackle during another loss for the Cardinals.
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.
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