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Wolverines in the NFL: Tom Brady is a Terminator

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It should come as no surprise that Tom Brady continues to destroy anyone he encounters along his quest to Super Bowl ring #5.

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Quarterback

Tom Brady (New England Patriots)

Week 7 stats: 34/54 for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns, 4 carries for 15 yards and 1 touchdown

I'm running out of things to say about Tom Brady, so like I've done before, I'm deferring to Pats Pulpit, who named him the first star of the game:

Quarterback Tom Brady was responsible for 61 of the Patriots 66 offensive plays. James White had 2 carries for 4 yards. LeGarrette Blount had 3 carries for -3 yards. That is not a typo; Blount averaged -1.0 yards per carry. Brady went 34/54 for 355 passing yards 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He added 4 carries for 15 yards and a touchdown dive at the goal line, leading the team in rushing for the first time in his career. Brady improves to 16-7 when asked to throw the ball 50+ times. No other quarterback with 10+ games has a winning record. Peyton Manning is 4-13. Drew Brees is 3-12. Brady is better at putting the team on his back than any other quarterback in history.

TL;DR Tom Brady is a Terminator.

Running Back

Denard Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Week 7 stats: None

Denard didn't receive any snaps on offense this week, instead playing on 12 special teams snaps. It doesn't look like Robinson will become a featured aspect of Jacksonville's offense any time soon.

Wide Receiver

Jason Avant (Kansas City Chiefs)

Week 7 stats: 2 receptions for 11 yards on 2 targets

Avant made the most of both of his targets, snagging two passes for 11 yards on Sunday. Like Denard, Jason seems to be stuck in a minimal role.

Devin Funchess (Carolina Panthers)

Week 7 stats: 1 reception for 20 yards on 2 targets

Devin kept his average at one reception per game on the season with a 20-yard grab on Sunday night. As for his other target, there seems to be some debate over who deserves the blame. Cat Scratch Reader thinks that Cam Newton overthrew Funchess, leading to the ball being tipped and intercepted. However, head coach Ron Rivera said after the game that Devin's "got to make those types of catches." I think I agree with CSR because that would have been one heck of a catch, but you be the judge:

Defensive Line

Alan Branch (New England Patriots)

Week 7 stats: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist

The Patriots defense absolutely stymied the Jets rushing attack on Sunday, holding them to 89 yards on 29 carries. According to Pats Pulpit, Branch was "instrumental" in this shutdown as he recorded "his best game of the season."

Mike Martin (Tennessee Titans)

Week 7 stats: None

Martin consistently does nothing with his tiny sliver of game time. He played on 12 defensive snaps this week, recording no stats.

Linebackers

Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles)

Week 7 stats: 2 solo tackles, 3 assists

In a tough loss to the Panthers, Graham stood out as one of the best defensive players for Philly. He earned the highest PFF grade for Eagles defenders at +2.6. Aside from five combined tackles, he "made an impact as a pass rusher" according to Bleeding Green Nation, hurrying Cam Newton twice and forcing at least one holding call on Carolina.

David Harris (New York Jets)

Week 7 stats: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist

In a close contest against the Patriots, Harris tallied one of his worst performances of the year. While he didn't play "a horrible game," his mistakes contributed to New England converting a 3rd-and-17 with a little under 11 minutes remaining. The Patriots would score the go-ahead touchdown on that drive and ended up winning the game.

Jake Ryan (Green Bay Packers)

Week 7 stats: Bye week

LaMarr Woodley (Arizona Cardinals)

Week 7 stats: 1 pass defended

Limited in practice last week due to a chest injury, Woodley failed to do much on Monday Night against the Ravens. He played 48% of Arizona's defensive snaps and recorded no tackles.

Secondary

Leon Hall (Cincinnati Bengals)

Week 7 stats: Bye week

Jordan Kovacs (Miami Dolphins)

Week 7 stats: None

After making some noise with a sack last week, Kovacs was back to strictly special teams duty in Week 7 and failed to record any stats.

Charles Woodson (Oakland Raiders)

Week 7 stats: 2 tackles, 1 assist, 1 pass defended

Woodson's interception streak ending at three games on Sunday as he failed to pick off Phillip Rivers. However, a noteworthy performance by Woodson wasn't needed as the Raiders scored on their first seven drives and led 37-6 heading into the fourth quarter.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tom Brady

Duh

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Alan Branch

For his best game of the year

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Tom Brady Leap

Because why not?

WEEK SEVEN MATCHUPS REVISITED

Tom Brady vs. the Jets Defense

In typical fashion, Brady did what he does best and picked apart the usual-dominant Jets defense. Brady was phenomenal against the NFL's best defense, going 14 of 17 for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns after the Patriots trailed 20-16. Brady also finished as the team's leading rusher - four rushes for 15 yards and a touchdown - marking the first time in his career to do so.

WINNER: Tom Brady

Charles Woodson vs. the Chargers Receivers

Coming off multiple impressive weeks, Woodson was quiet in Week 7, only recording three total tackles (two solo) and one pass defended. In total, the Chargers receiving corps were solid with 336 total yards recorded against the Raiders secondary.

WINNER: Chargers Receivers

David Harris vs. the Patriots Offensive Line

While the entirety of the Jets defensive line was solid against the Patriots, Harris had a very quiet game on Sunday, only recording three total tackles (two solo). As a whole, the Jets limited the Patriots to 16 yards rushing and sacked Brady three times.

WINNER: Patriots Offensive Line

WEEK EIGHT MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Michael Schofield vs. the Packers Defensive Line

The Broncos offensive line has been shaky thus far in the 2015 season. However, they recorded their best game in Week 6 against the Browns, not giving up a sack and allowing the running backs to gain a season-best 152 yards. Michael Schofield and the Broncos will look to build on this coming out of the bye week against the Packers on Sunday Night Football. On the other side, Green Bay's defensive line, led by linebacker Clay Matthews, has recorded 23 sacks during their first six games. Therefore, the Packers may have the slight edge in this clash.

ADVANTAGE: Packers Defensive Line

Charles Woodson vs. the Jets Receivers

Coming off a quiet game in Week 7, Woodson will be pitted against veteran New York wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in Week 8. These two were impressive against New England last week, combining for 161 yards. However, Woodson has intercepted Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times during his career and will look to add to that on Sunday. This is likely too, given the fact that Fitzpatrick has been intercepted seven times this year.

ADVANTAGE: Charles Woodson

Devin Funchess vs. the Colts Secondary

Funchess has been plagued by dropped passes so far in 2015 and had this to say after his Week 6 game against Seattle:

I was just trying to do too much with the other ones. I just calmed myself down on the sidelines and just played my game. It was about just trying to make the play and just go with it and get as much as I can possible getting YAC. I'm all about YAC so I want to do that, but I've got to catch the ball first.

This week, the undefeated Panthers take on a very penetrable Colts secondary, which is ranked near the bottom of the league in passing defense. If Funchess is going to have a breakout performance in 2015, it will be during this game - just as long as he holds onto the ball.

ADVANTAGE: Devin Funchess