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 10 winners in this post.
OFFENSE: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans: Remember when Brees and the Saints were 0-4? Five weeks later, they’re 4-5, the most recent victory coming in comeback fashion over previously undefeated rival Atlanta. Brees torched the NFL’s final unbeaten in the 31-27 win, completing 66 percent of his passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2 | No. 3).
Honorable mention: Tom Brady, New England: 23-38, 237 yards, 2 TD (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2), 0 INT; Scott Chandler, Buffalo: 5 rec., 65 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD); Brian Hartline, Miami: 8 rec., 79 yards; Chad Henne, Jacksonville: 10-16, 121 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD), 1 INT; Tony Moeaki, Kansas City: 3 rec., 68 yards; Russell Wilson, Seattle: 12-19, 188 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 7 car., 34 yards.
DEFENSE: Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans: Brees wasn’t the only former Big Ten product who helped the Saints hand Atlanta it first loss of the season. Jenkins, the former Buckeye, registered 10 tackles and defended three passes in the 31-27 win.
Honorable mention: Prince Amukamara, New York Giants: 10 tackles, 1 TFL; Navorro Bowman, San Francisco: 13 tackles, 1 TFL; Nate Clements, Cincinnati: 3 tackles, 1 INT (Watch INT); Lavonte David, Tampa Bay: 14 tackles, 1 TFL; Larry Foote, Pittsburgh: 7 tackles; Chad Greenway, Minnesota: 5 tackles, 1 INT (Watch INT); David Harris, New York Jets: 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 0.5 sack;DeAndre Levy, Detroit: 7 tackles, 2 TFL; Corey Liuget, San Diego: 6 tackles, 2 TFL; Rob Ninkovich, New England: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack; Bernard Pollard, Baltimore: 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack; Will Smith, New Orleans: 5 tackles, 1 TFL; Anthony Spencer, Dallas: 4 tackles, 1 sack; Antoine Winfield, Minnesota: 9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FR; LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh: 8 tackles, 1 TFL.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Mike Nugent, K, Cincinnati: The Buckeye product hit all of five of his kicks, including a 28-yard field goal (Watch it), in Cincinnati’s 31-13 upset of the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Honorable mention: Robbie Gould, Chicago: 2-3 FG; Marcus Thigpen, Miami: 3 KR, 75 yards; 2 PR, 16 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.|