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Wolverines in the NFL: Jake Ryan earns first career start

Jake Ryan earned his first career start in Week 13 and led the Packers in tackles with 10. Also, Woodson continues to defy Father Time, Harris tallies some tackles, and Brady throws a pair of bad interceptions.

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Tom Brady (New England Patriots)

Week 13 stats: 29/56 for 312 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 6 carries for 17 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 reception for 36 yards

Brady struggled this week behind a Patriots offensive line that resembles a collection of spare parts from the scrap heap. Coupled with injuries to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, Brady doesn't have a solid supporting cast right now in New England. Even so, Brady shot himself in the foot with two interceptions, one that he meant to throw away and another that went 99 yards the other way for a touchdown:

<blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Goodell Curse continues: Brady throws pick six. <a href="">#NEvsPHI</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NFL (@NFLIive) <a href="">December 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Running Back

Denard Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Week 13 stats: 3 carries for 21 yards, 1 reception for 2 yards on 1 target

With starter T.J. Yeldon taking 15 carries, there weren't many left over for Robinson in Week 13. In nine games this season, he's totaled 121 yards on 28 carries and hasn't rushed for more than 27 yards in a game.

Wide Receiver

Jason Avant (Kansas City Chiefs)

Week 13 stats: None

For the second week in a row Avant failed to post any stats. He played on 31% of Kansas City's offensive snaps and didn't receive any targets. This is the fourth time in five games that he hasn't recorded a reception.

Devin Funchess (Carolina Panthers)

Week 13 stats: 1 receptions for 13 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 targets

Funchess made the most of his one catch in Week 13 as he found the endzone after running a "great route." However, he continued to struggle with drops, and he currently has the second highest drop rate in the NFL.

Defensive Line

Alan Branch (New England Patriots)

Week 13 stats: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist

After a dynamite performance in Week 12, Branch had a quiet outing in the Pats second loss of the season.

Mike Martin (Tennessee Titans)

Week 13 stats: None

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


Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles)

Week 13 stats: 4 solo tackles, 2 sacks

Graham took advantage of his teammate, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, pushing around a weak Patriots offensive line in Week 13. He tallied four tackles and two sacks on Tom Brady in the Eagles upset victory.

David Harris (New York Jets)

Week 13 stats: 4 solo tackles, 5 assists

Business as usual for Harris in Week 13 as he led the Jets in tackles. He now has 84 on the season.

Jake Ryan (Green Bay Packers)

Week 13 stats: 6 solo tackles, 4 assists, 1 tackle for loss, 1 fumble recovery

Ryan earned the start in Week 13 and played on 75% of Green Bay's defensive snap. He made his presence known by leading the Packers in tackles and recovering a fumble that led to a touchdown. With a performance like this, it's hard to imagine Ryan doesn't remain a starter moving forward.


Leon Hall (Cincinnati Bengals)

Week 13 stats: None

After returning an interception for a touchdown in Week 12, Hall sat out the Bengals Week 13 matchup against the Browns due to a back injury. He has missed practice this week and seems to be day-to-day heading into Week 14.

Jordan Kovacs (Miami Dolphins)

Week 13 stats: None

Kovacs played on 21 (75%) special teams snaps and failed to record any stats.

Charles Woodson (Oakland Raiders)

Week 13 stats: 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered

Woodson hasn't recorded an interception in five games, but he made up for it by grabbing two fumbles - one of which he forced - in Week 13. He's having an amazing year considering he's 39 yards old and dislocated his shoulder in Week 1. He's currently the leading safety in Pro Bowl voting by a large margin and has an awesome forklift to bottle his wine:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bottling our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon today! Release Oct 7,2012 <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Charles Woodson Wine (@TwentyFourWines) <a href="">December 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Priceless! <a href="">#18yrs</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Charles Woodson Wine (@TwentyFourWines) <a href="">December 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Jake Ryan

First career start, led the Packers in tackles, and recovered a fumble


Charles Woodson forced and recovered a fumble against Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in the second quarter. The Raiders went on to score a touchdown.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Charles Woodson would like this football. <a href="">#OAKvsKC</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NFL (@NFL) <a href="">December 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Devin Funchess scored his third career touchdown on Sunday on a 13-yard reception from Cam Newton. This was his third in five games.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Touchdown, Devin Funchess: <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) <a href="">December 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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TOM BRADY CAUGHT A PASS?! 36-yard reception for the QB!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Now playing Wide Receiver: Tom Brady&#10;&#10;Danny Amendola throws it to Tom Brady for a 36-yard catch! <a href="">#PHIvsNE</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NFL (@NFL) <a href="">December 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Charles Woodson vs. the Chiefs Receivers

Woodson made it look easy during his 250th career game, recording 5 total tackles (4 solo) and a recovered forced fumble on Sunday against the Chiefs. Kansas City's receivers struggled all day, with QB Alex Smith only throwing for 162 yards.

WINNER: Charles Woodson

Devin Funchess vs. the Saints Secondary

Funchess recorded one catch against the Saints on Sunday, which was a 13-yard reception that went for a touchdown in the first half. Other than that, however, Funchess was fairly quiet throughout the majority of the game.


Leon Hall vs. the Browns Receivers

Hall was inactive on Sunday against the Browns due to a back injury.



Tom Brady vs. the Texans Defensive Line

Brady has struggled as of late, which in large part can be attributed to his depleted offensive line and the multitude of injuries sustained by his receivers. The QB will face the Texans defensive line on Sunday night, headlined by DE J.J. Watt and NT Vince Wilfork. We predict that Brady will be disrupted throughout a majority of the game, with continuous pressure and perhaps a few sacks along the way.

ADVANTAGE: Texans Defensive Line

Jake Ryan vs. the Cowboys Offensive Line

Ryan led the Packers in tackles last Thursday against the Lions and looks to continue in his Week 14 matchup against the Cowboys. The Dallas offensive line is ranked 12th in the league in run blocking, but 23rd in pass protection. Look for Ryan to continue to make his case for a starting spot on the Packers roster.


Frank Clark vs. the Ravens Offensive Line

Clark has been very impressive recently, seeing increased playing time and recording three sacks in the last two games for Seattle. He will face a Ravens offensive line next week that is ranked 14th in run blocking and 3rd in pass protection.

ADVANTAGE: Ravens Offensive Line