clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Wolverines in the NFL: Leon Hall takes it to the house

New, 2 comments

Leon Hall headlines this week as the most impressive Wolverine in the NFL due to his pick-six. Also, Brady loses, Branch dominates, and Funchess has a quiet Turkey Day.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback

Tom Brady (New England Patriots)

Week 12 stats: 23/42 for 280 yards, 3 touchdowns

Brady did all he could to keep the Pats undefeated. He performed well given the snowy conditions and led the Pats into field goal range to send the game into overtime after starting at New England's 20-yard line with 1:09 remaining. Needless to say, he wasn't happy about his first loss of the season, especially considering the Pats led 21-7 to start the fourth quarter and a muffed punt along with questionable refereeing helped the Broncos win the game.

Running Back

Denard Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Week 12 stats: 3 carries for 23 yards, 1 reception for 9 yards on 1 target

Robinson and starter T.J. Yeldon combined for 12 carries on Sunday, illustrating Jacksonville's lack of interest in running the ball. This seems to be mainly due to their bad offensive line, but both players broke off big runs regardless - Denard gained most of his yards on a 19-yard run, and Yeldon broke off a 21-yarder.

Wide Receiver

Jason Avant (Kansas City Chiefs)

Week 12 stats: None

Avant played on 50% of Kansas City's offensive snaps this week but failed to receive any targets. This is the third time in four games that he hasn't recorded a reception.

Devin Funchess (Carolina Panthers)

Week 12 stats: 2 receptions for 19 yards on 4 targets

Funchess wasn't needed much in Carolina's blowout victory over Dallas on Thanksgiving. The Panthers scored only one offensive touchdown as their defense accounted for two.

Defensive Line

Alan Branch (New England Patriots)

Week 12 stats: 4 solo tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 tackle for loss

Branch had a monster game against the Broncos this week, albeit in the Pats first loss of the season. He abused their offensive line, pushing into the backfield on multiple occasions. Also, he tallied a huge sack that could have stalled Denver's late fourth quarter touchdown; however, a questionable penalty negated it. Needless to say, Branch continues to be a dominant force on New England's defensive line.

Mike Martin (Tennessee Titans)

Week 12 stats: None

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

Linebackers

Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles)

Week 12 stats: 3 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss

For the second straight week, Philly's defense crumbled, and what was once a strength is now a weakness for the Eagles. However, Graham was one of few positives, earning a team-best +1.6 PFF grade and tallying a pair of quarterback hurries.

David Harris (New York Jets)

Week 12 stats: 2 solo tackles, 2 assists

Harris dialed in a quiet game this week, recording four total tackles in a 38-20 Jets victory over the Dolphins.

Jake Ryan (Green Bay Packers)

Week 12 stats: None

After recording ten total tackles three week's ago, Ryan's played on just one defensive snap - none this week - for the Packers since. He failed to record any stats on his 20 special teams snaps this week.

LaMarr Woodley (Arizona Cardinals)

Week 12 stats: None

Woodley's 2015 season is over after being placed on injured reserve last week due to a chest injury. This ends a quiet year for him as he recorded just ten total tackles, one sack, and one pass defended over ten games.

Secondary

Leon Hall (Cincinnati Bengals)

Week 12 stats: 4 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 passes defended, 1 interception returned 19 yards for a touchdown

Hall's pick-six essentially put the game away for the Bengals this week. It was the first points scored by Cincy's defense this year, and Leon's second interception in as many games. Like Woodson, Hall continues to play well despite his age and a history of injuries. His standout performance earned his AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Check out his big interception below.

Jordan Kovacs (Miami Dolphins)

Week 12 stats: None

Kovacs played on 24 (73%) special teams snaps and failed to record any stats.

Charles Woodson (Oakland Raiders)

Week 12 stats: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist

Woodson failed to record an interception for the fourth straight week, but he continues to be a leader for Oakland. With a narrow victory over the Titans this week, the Raiders remain in the playoff hunt at 5-6.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tom Brady

Nobody else really did anything

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Leon Hall

For a solid game and that pick-six

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Leon Hall's Pick-Six

WEEK 12 MATCHUPS REVISITED

Tom Brady vs. the Broncos Defense

Undefeated no more. Brady recorded 280 passing yards and tacked on three touchdowns during the Patriots 30-24 loss to the Broncos. While those numbers are impressive against the stingy Broncos defense, Brady struggled to find open, reliable receivers throughout the game. This can be partly attributed to the injuries that the receiving corp has sustained during the last few weeks. The Broncos defense did sack Brady three times, however, and hit him an additional 13 times.

WINNER: Draw

Devin Funchess vs. the Cowboys Secondary

Coming off a few very impressive weeks for Funchess, the Panthers WR was only targeted four times on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. Funchess recorded 2 receptions for 19 yards in total. The Panthers receiving corp in general recorded a modest game, as Carolina stuck with a run-heavy offensive scheme.

WINNER: Cowboys Secondary

David Harris vs. the Dolphins Offensive Line

Harris only recorded 4 total tackles (2 solo) against the Dolphins offensive line on Sunday. The Dolphins offensive line struggled throughout the game, giving up 3 sacks and allowing only 12 rushing yards to their running backs. Harris finished 8th on the team in total tackles.

WINNER: Dolphins Offensive Line

WEEK 13 MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Charles Woodson vs. the Chiefs Receivers

Woodson is overdue for another interception, with his last pick occurring over a month ago against the Jets. Woodson will be pitted against the Chiefs receivers in Week 13, who are headlined by wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Travis Kelce. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is very skilled at protecting the football - he has only thrown three interceptions all season. However, Woodson has picked off a Chiefs quarterbacks six times in his career, and we are predicting that he will snatch up number seven this weekend.

ADVANTAGE: Charles Woodson

Devin Funchess vs. the Saints Secondary

Funchess has been extremely impressive during the last four weeks, recording 11 receptions for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns. On Sunday, Carolina travels to New Orleans to take on a defense that is ranked dead last in the league in total defense and 31st in passing defense. Expect Funchess to continue to see an increased role in the offense and put up big numbers against the Saints.

ADVANTAGE: Devin Funchess

Leon Hall vs. the Browns Receivers

Hall has had himself a very impressive two weeks, with a pair of interceptions and a pick-six. On Sunday, the Bengals travel to Cleveland to take on a Browns team that has not had a consistent quarterback yet this season. With Josh McCown out for the season with a broken collarbone, Austin Davis will start for the Browns on Sunday, who has found limited success in the NFL thus far. Look for Hall to disrupt Davis a bit and record another impressive game.

ADVANTAGE: Leon Hall