Like fine wine, it seems that Julius Peppers is aging well in the National Football League. After having a fumble return last week, the 12 year pro for the Chicago Bears had another excellent game, forcing a fumble, getting a sack and having six tackles in a high scoring match up that the Bears lost to the Detroit Tigers. You can say that Pepper might have been one of the few bright sides to the Bears’ D in this game.
Another former Heel with the same stats as Peppers this week is linebacker Zach Brown, who had six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble as well as having four hits on the quarter back as his Tennessee Titans destroyed the New York Jets. For the first four games of the year Brown has 27 tackles, all but one solos, three sacks and a forced fumble.
In Big D another former UNC Football stand out, Bruce Carter, had a good game for the Cowboys, recording eight tackles, five of them solos, as the Dallas franchise lost to the San Diego Chargers. In all, for the first quarter of the season the fifth year linebacker, all spent with Dallas, has a total of 27 tackles, 20 of them solo, along with two sacks.
Finally, for the defensive side of things, we find Da’Norris Searcy, strong safety for the Buffalo Bills, who had six tackles and four pass deflected in the win against the Baltimore Ravens. The safety has 27 tackles for the year, 19 of them solos as well as a sack.
Looking at the offensive side we have to look to the Cincinnati Bengal rookie Giovani Bernard, who this week did not find the end zone, but still had decent numbers, with 37 yds on 10 carries on the ground and 38 yds on six catches. For now the first year pro has 147 rushing yds and 122 yds through the air while having scored three touchdows in all.
Lastly, a former Heel who last week did not get a catch, it’s wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who got 33 yds on three catches while being targeteed nine times, as his New York Giants went down once again, this time to the Kansas City Chiefs, and finds himself on a 0 and 4 squad. In all the sixth year wide out has 12 catches (25 targets) for 230 yds and no scores.
Speaking of the New York Giants let me give an extra tid bit about a former Heel and Giant, as defensive line man Marvin Austin was picked up by the Miami Dolphins, and played his first game of the season in a loss to New Orleans in a match up of 3-0 franchise. And while the squad from South Florida did not get a win, the former UNC Football player did get some playing time recording a tackle for loss. Plus, I could not pass up a chance to put up a picture like this one about any player…