Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, October 16, 2012
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 6 winners in this post.
CO-OFFENSE: Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets – Through the first five games, Green had 217 yards and one touchdown. In Sunday's blowout victory over Indianapolis, the former Hawkeye torched the Colts for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2 | No. 3).
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle – Wilson thew a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to erase a 13-point deficit and send Seattle to a 24-23 victory over New England. The Wisconsin product finished the game with 293 passing yards and three touchdowns (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2 | No. 3), both career highs.
Honorable mention: Tom Brady, New England: 36-58, 395 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; Eric Decker, Denver: 6 rec., 98 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD | Blooper play); Braylon Edwards, Seattle: 2 rec., 21 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD); Michael Jenkins, Minnesota: 6 rec., 67 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD); Mikel Leshoure, Detroit: 15 car., 70 yards; 3 rec., 24 yards.
DEFENSE: A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay – Hawk led Green Bay in tackles (10) and added a sack in the Packers' 42-24 dismantling of previously undefeated Houston at Reliant Stadium. It was a fantastic showing for the former Buckeye and his defensive unit, as they limited Arian Foster to 29 yards on 17 carries.(Watch Hawk's postgame interview).
Honorable mention: Prince Amukamara, New York Giants: 6 tackles, 3 PD, 1 INT (Watch INT); Cliff Avril, Detroit: 4 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks (Watch sack No. 1 | No. 2); Navorro Bowman, San Francisco: 11 tackles, 1 TFL; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay: 8 tackles, 1 TFL; Larry Foote, Pittsburgh: 6 tackles, 1 sack (Watch sack), 1 FF; Chris Kelsay, Buffalo: 7 tackles, 1 sack (Watch sack); Jim Leonhard, Denver: 3 tackles, 1 INT (Watch INT); Bernard Pollard, Baltimore: 13 tackles,; O'Brien Schofield, Arizona: 7 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks; Matt Shaugnessy, Oakland: 5 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack; J.J. Watt, Houston: 6 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks (Watch sack No. 1); Antonie Winfield, Minnesota: 10 tackles, 1 INT (Watch INT).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Jay Feely, K, Arizona – While the former Wolverine hit the leftt upright on the potential game-winning kick at the end of regulation, he booted a 61-yard field goal to tie the score with 1:09 left (Watch the FG). For the day, Feely made three field goals and hit his lone extra point.
Honorable mention: Alex Henery, Philadelphia: 2-2 XP, 3-3 FG; Brandon Fields, Miami: 6 punts, 53.8 AVG, 2 inside 20-yard line; DeVier Posey, Houston: TD on blocked punt (Watch TD).
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