Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 8 winners in this post.
OFFENSE: Tom Brady, QB, New England – The former Wolverine torched St. Louis for 304 passing yards and four touchdowns (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2 | No. 3 | No. 4) in the NFL’s annual London game. Brady also completed 23-of-35 passes (66 percent) and didn’t commit a turnover in the easy 45-7 victory.
Honorable mention: Kellen Davis, Chicago: 1 rec., 12 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD); Eric Decker, Denver: 4 rec., 43 yards, 2 TD (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2); Shonn Greene, New York Jets: 15 car., 77 yards; 2 rec., 29 yards; Dustin Keller, New York Jets: 7 rec., 67 yards; Brandon Lloyd, New England: 2 rec., 28 yards, 2 TD (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2); Russell Wilson, Seattle: 25-35, 230 yards, 2 TD (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2), 1 INT.
DEFENSE: Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco – The Ohio State product tallied six tackles to help San Francisco stifle Arizona, 24-3, on Monday Night Football. Whitner and the 49ers limited their division rivals to just 297 total yards.
Honorable mention: Alfonzo Dennard, New England: 5 tackles, 1 PD; Chad Greenway, Minnesota: 13 tackles; Larry Foote, Pittsburgh: 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack; Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans: 9 tackles; Corey Liuget, San Diego: 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 PD; Ryan Kerrigan, Washington: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PD; Rob Ninkovich, New England: 1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 PD; Shaun Phillips, San Diego: 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 PD;
SPECIAL TEAMS: Brandon Fields, P, Miami – The ex-Spartan pinned four of his six punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and averaged an impressive 53.3 yards per punt in Miami’s 30-9 victory at the New York Jets.
Honorable mention: Robbie Gould, Chicago: 1-2 FG (Watch game-winner), 2-2 XP; Marcus Thigpen, Miami: 2 KR, 78 yards; 2 PR, 26 yards.
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|BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.|