Here is the week 13 recap of former Illini currently in the NFL.
Eugene Wilson and Neil Rackers
Wilson recorded two tackles in the Texans’ loss as Michael Vick and the Eagles offense picked apart the Houston secondary.
Rackers did his part for the Texans, making 3 PAT’s and a 48-yard field goal, but it was not enough to get the struggling Texans a win.
Tony Pashos vs. Vontae Davis
Pashos is out for the season with an injury.
With Pashos done for the year, the rest of Cleveland’s offensive line had a very rough day despite coming away with the win. They gave up 2 sacks and only blocked for 52 rushing yards.
Luckily for the Browns, Miami’s offense had an even worse day, and they were able to get the win.
Davis led the team with five tackles, which says something about Miami. When a player from the secondary has more tackles than a linebacker or lineman, there are some problems on defense.
Brandon Lloyd suffered in this game due to a lack of efficiency from his quarterback.
The Broncos only had 117 yards passing in the game, of which Lloyd had 31.
While catching more than a quarter of a team’s passing yards is normally an exceptional game, in this instance it was a season low for Lloyd.
Lewis did not play in this game.
Diehl and the rest of the Giants’ offensive line had a fantastic day. They protected the quarterback all game and did not give up a single sack while also helping the Giants gain almost 200 yards on the ground.
Pierre Thomas and Danny Clark
Thomas was out for the game with an injured ankle.
Clark recorded two tackles and a broken-up pass for the defense in the win.
Arrelious “Rejus” Benn
Benn only had one reception, but it was a big one, going for 28 yards. This is Benn’s 10th consecutive game with a reception. He is really blossoming in his rookie year with the Buccaneers.
Michael Hoomanawanui and Brit Miller vs. Will Davis
Hoomanawanui did not have any receptions in the Rams’ win but did help with run blocking and protecting rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.
Miller did not make the box score.
Davis is out for the season with a broken leg.
Alan Ball and Josh Brent vs. Kelvin Hayden
Ball only had one tackle, but he also had a pass deflection and a huge interception in the Cowboys’ upset of the Colts.
Brent and Hayden were both out for this week’s matchup.
Mendenhall struggled against Baltimore’s powerful run defense. He managed 45 yards on the ground and 18 yards receiving, a poor outing on most weeks, but good enough to get the win against a tough Baltimore team.
Steve Weatherford, Brandon Moore and Jeff Cumberland
The Jets struggled on both sides of the ball in this game, and the Illinois alums on the team were no exception.
Weatherford averaged only 30 yards on his three punts, none of which were downed inside the 20.
Moore and the rest of the offensive line gave up a sack, and quarterback Mark Sanchez was constantly under pressure and unable to make good throws.
Cumberland is a backup tight end and did not play.
That’s all for this week.
Check back next week as the playoff race really begins to heat up.
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