It was a strong week for our former Michigan athletes, but no one had a more eye-popping performance than Philadelphia Eagle Jason Avant. His team won 23-21 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he finished with seven receptions for 133 yards, including one of the most impressive one-handed grabs you’ll ever see. Avant has 38 receptions for 495 yards through 13 games, and his play looks to be improving alongside that of QB Nick Foles. Teammate Brandon Graham had two tackles in the win.
Honorable mention: Stevie Brown picked off Drew Brees twice as his Giants routed the Saints; he returned the two interceptions a total of 91 yards. Brown is now second in the NFL with seven interceptions and is also the Giants’ new single-season record holder for most interception return yards with 259. In addition to the picks, Brown had eight tackles, 2 pass breakups, and a forced fumble in the game.
- Tom Brady and the Patriots beat up on the one-loss Texas by a score of 42-14. Brady threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns and torched the Texans on play action. He is quietly having another MVP-caliber season.
- David Molk, banged up after nearly a full NFL season, was
placed on the Injured Reserve for the Chargers. The move cleared up a
roster spot that was filled by a healthy lineman, fellow Wolverine and current teammate Stephen Schilling.
- After being released by the Seahawks, Braylon Edwards re-signed with one of his former teams, the New York Jets.
- Martell Webb was released from the Colts’ practice squad.
- Cam Cameron, who coached at Michigan from ’83 to ’93, was fired as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens.
- David Harris recorded 10 tackles and a sack in a win over the Jaguars. He has a team-leading 101 tackles through 13 games.
- Steve Hutchinson was placed on the Injured Reserve for the Titans due to a knee injury.
- Jonas Mouton recorded his first career tackle against the Bengals earlier in the month.
- Chad Henne went a dismal 21/43 passing with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in his third start of the year. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville’s starter to begin the season, was recently placed on the IR, so Henne should get a few more games to prove he’s starter-quality.
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