Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, November 22, 2011
Week 11 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products made quite the impact. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player's name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch our interview with Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard now and see Brent's Week 11 winners in this post.
Offense: Tom Brady, New England – The former Michigan quarterback didn't compile his usual gaudy numbers, completing 56 percent of his attempts for 234 yards, but he threw a pair of touchdown passes (watch his first TD!) and helped lead New England to a 34-3 home victory over Kansas City on Monday Night Football. Brady has thrown at least two scoring passes in his last five games and has 25 on the season.
Defense: Bernard Pollard, Baltimore – The Purdue product tallied a season-high nine tackles, registered his second sack of the season (watch the sack!) and added a pass defended in Baltimore's 31-24 victory over division rival Cincinnati. Former Iowa star Chad Greenway had 15 tackles and one sack (watch the sack!) in Minnesota's 27-21 loss to Oakland.
Special Teams: Brandon Fields, Miami – Fields averaged 48.1 yards on seven punts, five of which he placed inside the opponent's 20-yard line, in Miami's decisive 35-8 victory over struggling Buffalo. The former Michigan State punter's best kick came on a 64-yard boot. Michigan State product Dave Rayner nailed a 56-yard field goal (watch the kick!) in Buffalo's loss.
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Want more coverage of Big Ten products in the NFL? Check out ?The Next Level? at 7 p.m. Tuesday to hear Rick Pizzo, Russ Lande, Brandon Williams and Jon Jansen talk about Big Ten players on the NFL radar. On tonight's show:
- The key to NFL longevity
- Penn State alum Jared Odrick causing waves in Miami with his Pee Wee Herman sack dance?are NFL celebrations getting out of hand?
- Interview with Nebraska corner Alfonzo Dennard - how will he go about trying to shut down Marvin McNutt this weekend?
- We evaluate Riley Reiff?s draft prospects
- Current Chicago Bear and former Buckeye Dane Sanzenbacher tells us what the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry means to him?and Jon Jansen tells us what it?s like to play in that game. Also, Russ tells us how that game is scouted differently