The best performances came from players on both sides of the ball playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who fell to the Baltimore Ravens (a team with zero MAC players) 23-20. The world just doesn't make sense sometimes. Other than that, there wasn't too much out there in terms of performances by former MAC players in the pros. Oh well, you can't win them all.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown (Central Michigan) had 5 rec for 109 yds. Browns WR Josh Cribbs (Kent State) had 50 yds and a TD. RB Michael Turner (Northern Illinois) had 71 yds and a TD. Green Bay WR Greg Jennings (Western Michigan) caught 6 rec for 46 yds and a TD.
LB James Harrison (Kent State) had a monstrous return to lineup (from a broken orbial bone) for the Steelers racking up 8 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 TFLs, 6 QB hurries and a forced fumble. Nobody else even comes close to this.
Chicago Bear Sam Hurd (Northern Illinois) recovered a critical fumble late in the game to secure the victory for the Bears on Monday Night. Also, it seems like half the teams in the NFL have a punter from the MAC.
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NYJ 27, BUF 11
Jets: DE Muhammad Wilkerson (TU) - 3 tkl, 1 tfl, LB Nick Bellore (CMU) - played, no stats
Bills: WR Naaman Roosevelt (UB) - 1 rec, 3 yds, CB Reggie Corner (UA) - N/A
SEA 13, DAL 23
Seahawks: DE Raheem Brock (TU) - 1 qbh
Cowboys: S Barry Church (UT) - 3 tkl, SS Abram Elam (KSU) - 3 tkl, LT Doug Free (NIU) - start, C-G Kevin Kowalski (UT) - N/A
CLE 12, HOU 30
Browns: WR Josh Cribbs (KSU) - 5 rec, 50 yds, td, OL John Greco (UT) - played, P Brad Maynard (BSU) - 4 p, 43.8 avg, 1 i20, DB Usama Young (KSU) - 5 tkl
Texans: WR Kevin Walter (EMU) - 1 rec, 5 yds, P Brett Hartmann (CMU) - 2 p, 47.5 avg
ATL 31, IND 7
Falcons: RB Michael Turner (NIU) - 19 car, 71 yds, TD
Colts: RG Ryan Diem (NIU) - start, OG Joe Reitz (WMU) - N/A, DT Dan Muir (KSU) - 4 tkl
MIA 31, KC 3
Miami: LB Jason Taylor (UA) - 1 tkl, 2 qbh
Chiefs: TE Jake O'Connell (MU) - 1 rec, 3 yds, T Steve Maneri (UT) - N/A
TB 16, NO 27
Bucs: CB E.J. Biggers (WMU) - 3 tkl
Saints: WR Lance Moore (UT) - 3 rec, 30 yds, TD
SF 19, WAS 11
49ers: LT Joe Staley (CMU) - start, no catches!
DEN 38, OAK 24
Raiders: S Mike Mitchell (OU) - played, no stats, DE Trevor Scott (UB) - 1 tkl
CIN 24, TEN 17
Bengals: WR Andrew Hawkins (UT) - played, no stats, QB Bruce Gradkowski (UT) - DNP
Titans: P Brett Kern (UT) - 7 p, 45.7 avg, 1 i20, DE Jason Jones (EMU) - 3 tkl
STL 13, ARI 19
Rams: LG Jason Bell (MU) - start, CB Josh Gordy (CMU) - 1 pd
Cardinals: RB Chester Taylor (UT) - 2 car, 8 yds, WR Stephen Williams (UT) - N/A, P Dave Zastudil (OU) - 6 p, 46.3 avg, 3 i20
NYG 24, NE 20
Giants - N/A
Patriots - WR Taylor Price (OU) - N/A
GB 45, SD 38
Packers: RB James Starks (UB) - 13 car, 66 yds, WR Greg Jennings (WMU) - 6 rec, 46 yds, TD, LG T.J. Lang (EMU) - start, TE Tom Crabtree (MU) - played, no stats, LB Frank Zombo - 1 tkl
Chargers: TE Antonio Gates (KSU) 8 rec, 96 yds, TD, C-G Scott Mruczkowski (BG) - played, no stats
BAL 23, PIT 20
Steelers: QB Ben Roethlisberger (MU) - 20 of 37, TD, INT, WR Antonio Brown (CMU) - 5 rec, 109 yds, K Shaun Suisham - 2 of 2 fg, OLB James Harrison (KSU) - 8 tkl, 3 sk, 3 tfl, 6 qbh, 1 ff, QB Charlie Batch (EMU) - DNP
CHI 30, PHI 24
Bears: WR Sam Hurd (NIU) - FR
Eagles: DE Jason Babin (WMU) - pd, DB Jaiquawn Jarrett (TU) - 3 tkl
CHI 30, PHI 24