Former Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall (#34) takes on two tacklers during Pittsburgh's overtime victory against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Pro-Style Pigskins: Week 12 Edition of Illinois Fighting Illini in the NFL

Rashard Mendenhall, Michael Hoomanwanui and Brandon Lloyd accounted for four touchdowns during the NFL’s Thanksgiving weekend, as detailed in this Week 12 recap of former Illini in the pro ranks.

New Orleans Saints 30, Dallas Cowboys 27

Running Back Pierre Thomas and Linebacker Danny Clark vs. Cornerback Alan Ball and Defensive Lineman Josh Brent

New Orleans rallied late to knock off Dallas on Thanksgiving Day and did so without the services of Thomas, who has been out with an ankle injury since week four.

Former Illini linebacker Danny Clark had 4 tackles and 2 assists for the victorious Saints.

In defeat, Ball had 2 tackles, 1 assist and 1 pass defended. Brent did not make the box score.

New York Jets 26, Cincinnati Bengals 10

Punter Steve Weatherford, Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore and Tight End Jeff Cumberland

The Jets improved to 9-2 prior to next Monday night’s big matchup against the Patriots.

Weatherford punted the ball 8 times, averaging 44.3 yards per kick, and booming a long of 61 yards.

The Jets ran for 170 yards behind Moore and the rest of the line.

Cumberland was inactive for the 12th straight week.

Houston Texans 20, Tennessee Titans 0

Kicker Neil Rackers and Safety Eugene Wilson

Rackers racked up 8 points, going 2-for-2 on his field goal attempts (with a long of 35 yards) and hitting both extra point attempts, while Wilson had 1 tackle and 1 assist for the victorious Texans.

Minnesota Vikings 17, Washington Redskins 13

Wide Receiver Greg Lewis

The Vikings got the Leslie Frazier-era off to a good start with a road victory against the reeling ‘Skins.

Lewis had 1 catch for 8 yards for Minnesota.

New York Giants 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

Offensive Lineman David Diehl

Brandon Jacobs rushed for 87 yards on 14 rushes and Ahmad Bradshaw 49 yards on 9 carries behind Diehl and the rest of the New York offensive line as the Giants pulled out the late victory.

Pittsburgh Steelers 19, Buffalo Bills 16

Running Back Rashard Mendenhall

The Steelers avoided the overtime upset thanks to a big game from Mendenhall, who rushed for 151 yards and 1 touchdown on 36 carries.

Mendenhall did fumble the ball once against the Bills, which have been playing much better in recent weeks.

Cleveland Browns 24, Carolina Panthers 23

Offensive Lineman Tony Pashos

Peyton Hillis had another big rushing game behind the Browns offensive lineman, which is without the injured Pashos for the rest of the season, and Jake Delhomme got the victory against his former team thanks to a 41-yard field goal from Phil Dawson with 2:42 to go in the fourth quarter.

Kansas City Chiefs 42, Seattle Seahawks 24

Offensive Lineman Jon Asamoah

K.C. improved to 7-4 with the victory.

The rookie Asamoah is a backup on the Chiefs’ offensive line.

Miami Dolphins 33, Oakland Raiders 17

Cornerback Vontae Davis

Davis had a team-high 6 tackles for the Dolphins, which improved to game above .500.

Baltimore Ravens 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10

Wide Receiver Arrelious “Rejus” Benn

Benn had 3 catches for 9 yards as the Bucs hung tough with the Ravens.

St. Louis Rams 36, Denver Broncos 33

Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui and Linebacker Brit Miller vs. Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd

The rookie Hoomanawanui had 1 catch, and it was a big one, going for 36 yards and a touchdown for the Rams.

Miller appeared on special teams and even saw some time at fullback for St. Louis.

Lloyd was great in what turned out to be another loss for the Broncos, catching 4 passes for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns.

San Francisco 49ers 27, Arizona Cardinals 6

Linebacker Will Davis

Arizona quarterback Derek Anderson told off the local media following the Monday Night Football loss to the 49ers.

In his second professional season with the Cardinals, Davis is on injured reserve with a fractured left leg.


Until next week.

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