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Wolverines in the NFL: Brady has ice in his veins

This week, Tom Brady leads a game-winning drive with 1:47 left against the Giants. Also, Funchess continues to show improvement, Harris tallies a bunch of tackles, and Lewan gets demoted.

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Tom Brady (New England Patriots)

Week 10 stats: 26/42 for 334 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception

From a QB rating standpoint, this was Brady's worst performance of the season. However, Brady's worst performances would be considered best performances by many other signal callers. He had an up-and-down outing this week but made the throws when it mattered most, e.g. on 4-and-10 with 1:28 left in regulation. Brady, yet again, found a way to win. This time it was while playing behind the youngest offensive line he's ever had and without star wideout Julian Edelman. The rest of the season isn't going to easy for the Pats, but this is nothing new for Brady and Co.

Running Back

Denard Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Week 10 stats: 1 carry for 1 yard

Another quiet week for Denard, but that could be changing in Week 11 as starter T.J. Yeldon will likely be limited (or out) due to injury.

Wide Receiver

Jason Avant (Kansas City Chiefs)

Week 10 stats: No stats

Avant didn't play much this week - 12 offensive snaps, 10 less than the next closest receiver - and seems to be a non-factor at this point for the Chiefs.

Devin Funchess (Carolina Panthers)

Week 10 stats: 2 receptions for 41 yards on 2 targets

Following his breakout performance last week, Funchess recorded another solid outing and has not dropped a pass in three straight games after dropping six in as many games to start the year. He's finally doing what's expected of him, and there's no reason to think he won't start earning more looks from Cam Newton as the season continues.

Offensive Line

Taylor Lewan (Tennessee Titans)

Interim head coach Mike Mularkey decided to remove Lewan as a team captain heading into last week's game due to Taylor's lack of experience: "Taylor hadn't started a full seasons yet...I just made a decision I thought was best for our team based on what guys have done over a longer period of time." Those who know the Titans best support the move as Lewan's played inconsistently throughout the year.

Defensive Line

Alan Branch (New England Patriots)

Week 10 stats: 1 solo tackle, 1 assist

Same old same old for Branch. He played on 31% of the Pats defensive snaps and recorded a couple of tackles - both in line with his season averages.

Mike Martin (Tennessee Titans)

Week 10 stats: None

Martin did not play this week. This is the third week in a row Martin failed to see any game action.


Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles)

Week 10 stats: 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 sack

On the heels of his best performance of the season in Week 9, Graham notched a quiet, yet solid, outing, earning a +1.5 PFF grade while recording a sack.

David Harris (New York Jets)

Week 10 stats: 3 solo tackles, 6 assists, 2 QB hits, 1 sack

In a loss to the Bills, Harris stood out as a bright spot for the Jets as he led the defense with nine tackles. Even in his ninth season, Harris continues to be a centerpiece of the Jets defense.

Jake Ryan (Green Bay Packers)

Week 10 stats: None

Following a ten tackle performance coming off the bench last week, Ryan failed to see a single defensive snap in a loss to the Lions this week. I'm baffled. This decision does not make any sense. I can understand not thrusting him into a starting role, but after standing out against the undefeated Panthers, Ryan doesn't deserve at least a handful of snaps against the pathetic Lions? No wonder the Packers lost at home against Detroit for the first time since 1991.

LaMarr Woodley (Arizona Cardinals)

Week 10 stats: 1 assist

Alex Okafor returned to the starting lineup for the Cardinals this week, limiting Woodley's role in Arizona's linebacker rotation. With one tackle assist, he continues to average about one tackle per game for the season.


Leon Hall (Cincinnati Bengals)

Week 10 stats: 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 pass defended

Hall played on 71% of the Bengals defensive snaps on Monday night, third-most for Cincy corners. He continues to be the third option at the position and hasn't been doing anything to stand out, for better or for worse.

Jordan Kovacs (Miami Dolphins)

Week 10 stats: None

Kovacs returned to action after missing last week with a knee injury. He played on 23 special teams snaps and failed to record any stats.

Charles Woodson (Oakland Raiders)

Week 10 stats: 5 solo tackles

Woodson continues to be an ironman for Oakland as he played on all but two defensive snaps this week. He still leads the league in interceptions at five even though he's failed to record another in consecutive weeks.


Tom Brady

It wasn't pretty, but he found a way to keep his team undefeated despite multiple injuries in front of him


David Harris

Led the Jets defense albeit in a loss


Tom Brady-Led Comeback

Down by two points with 1:47 remaining in the game, Brady led the Patriots down the field to setup a game-winning 54-yard field goal by Stephen GostkowskiHighlights here.


David Harris vs. the Bills Offensive Line

Harris had himself a game, leading the team with nine total tackles and one sack (his first since week four) against the Bills offensive line.

WINNER: David Harris

Tom Brady vs. the Giants Secondary

While Brady and the Patriots never outwardly stated that this game against the Giants meant a little more than the other matchups this season, one could certainly make the case that it did. Recent history between the two teams is well known by all football fans. While the Giants secondary seemed to get the best of the Patriots quarterback at times on Sunday - Brady threw an interception at the goal line in the fourth quarter and lost a fumble - they could not prevent him from putting his team in the position to get the win.

WINNER: Tom Brady

Devin Funchess vs. the Titans Secondary

Coming off a season-best performance and first touchdown of his career, Funchess was held to a pair catches for 41 yards on Sunday. However, his first catch of the game went for 27 yards during a drive that culminated in a Panthers touchdown. While Funchess certainly has come a long way since the beginning of the season, it will be nice to see him getting more consistent looks as the season moves forward.



Michael Schofield vs. the Bears Defensive Line

While Peyton Manning had one of the worst games of his career on Sunday against the Chiefs, the Broncos offensive line struggled mightily as well. Schofield and the rest of the line allowed five quarterback hits, two sacks, and three tackles for a loss. On the day, Denver recorded nine drives that consisted of only three plays. In Week 11, all eyes will be on Peyton Manning, assuming he plays, against the Bears. However, it is also important to keep tabs on Michael Schofield and the rest of the offensive line during this game. The Bears defense has been on a hot streak as of late and may wreak havoc on whoever is under center for the Broncos on Sunday.

ADVANTAGE: Bears Offensive Line

Charles Woodson vs. the Lions Receivers

Woodson is having himself a career season, recording five interceptions so far in 2015. The Raiders take on the Lions this Sunday, who are coming off a nail-biting win against the division-rival Packers. Woodson has been very impressive against the Lions during his career, recording eight interceptions in eleven games. Stafford has thrown twelve picks this season, which is tied for second-worst in the NFL.

ADVANTAGE: Charles Woodson

Tom Brady vs. the Bills Secondary

Brady leads the NFL in passer rating (111) this season, along with only having thrown three interceptions in nine games. The Patriots meet the Bills for the second time this year on Sunday in Foxboro. The first game between these teams in 2015 ended in a 40-32 win for New England, led by Brady, who threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Brady is nearly unstoppable at home, and it is difficult to imagine Sunday playing out any differently.