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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offensive Lineman Jon Asamoah
K.C. improved to 7-4 with the victory.
The rookie Asamoah is a backup on the Chiefs’ offensive line.
Cornerback Vontae Davis
Davis had a team-high 6 tackles for the Dolphins, which improved to game above .500.
Wide Receiver Arrelious “Rejus” Benn
Benn had 3 catches for 9 yards as the Bucs hung tough with the Ravens.
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.
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.
Topics: Ahmand Bradshaw, Alan Ball, Arrelious Benn, Brandon Jacobs, Brandon Moore, Brit Miller, Danny Clark, David Diehl, Derek Anderson, Eugene Wilson, Greg Lewis, Jake Delhomme, Jeff Cumberland, Jon Asamoah, Josh Brent, Leslie Frazier, Michael Hoomanawanui, Neil Rackers, Peyton Hillis, Phil Dawson, Pierre Thomas, Rashard Mendenhall, Rejus Benn, Steve Pashos, Steve Weatherford, Vontae Davis