Whenever the Oakland Raiders return to the Los Angeles Coliseum — their former home — it’s a big deal. Remember Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton? Multiply his hats by a million, and that’s L.A. Raider Nation.
Between the Los Angeles Rams beating the beloved Raiders 19-15 Saturday, local fans got to see former Michigan defensive tackle and current Raider Maurice Hurst Jr. record his first professional sack.
Hurst finished the afternoon with three tackles, including the takedown. He previously generated praise for applying heavy pressure to the Lions in Week One of the preseason.
The fifth-round pick wasn’t the only Wolverine to shine on defense in Week Two, as Jaguar safety Jarrod Wilson and Vikings linebacker Ben Gedeon met in a 14-10 Jacksonville victory.
Gedeon recorded a half-sack to go with two tackles, while his former teammate shot out of a cannon to save the win with a strip-sack.
He gobbled up five tackles, as well.
Another pair of former Wolverines reunited, as the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Eagles’ Brandon Graham faced each other Thursday in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl.
Philadelphia reactivated Graham from the PUP list and is slowly working him back into the rotation after doctors reconstructed his right ankle. Brady, meanwhile, played extended minutes, completing 19 of 26 passes for 172 yards and two scores in New England’s 37-20 triumph.
A couple other quarterbacks also thrived this week, as backups Chad Henne of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jake Rudock of the Detroit Lions played the majority of the second and third quarters in their respective games.
Henne completed 80 percent of his passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons, and Rudock led the team with a 23 for 30 performance for 171 yards and a touchdown. The Lions fell to the New York Giants 30-17 Friday night at Ford Field.
His touchdown comes at 8:17 below.
- Linemen that saw playing time: Tennessee starting left tackle Taylor Lewan, Jets backup guard Ben Braden, Redskins backup Kyle Kalis, Giants starting left guard Patrick Omameh, Lions starting center Ryan Glasgow, Cardinals starting center Mason Cole, Charger starting right tackle Michael Schofield and 49ers backup tackle Erik Magnuson.
- Two alums saw significant playing time for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 51-34 loss at the Green Bay Packers Thursday night. Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint — Michigan’s last 1,000-yard rushing back — carried the ball seven times for 26 yards. Kicker Matt Wile switched from punting duties to kick two extra points. The Packers, meanwhile, continue to list Joe Kerridge and Jake Ryan on their roster, though the latter is out for the year with a ACL tear.
- One of Henne’s targets was receiver Jehu Chesson, who snagged two balls for 12 yards.
- More defenders made noise in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 21-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Bengal defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow tallied three tackles with one for loss, while Cowboy end Taco Charlton recorded three, as well, including a sack.
You’re welcome for the lovely Texas accent in the clip.
Cowboy cornerback Jourdan Lewis also chipped in two tackles.
- Jabrill Peppers failed to record a stat on defense in the Cleveland Browns’ 19-17 loss Friday to the Buffalo Bills, but he fielded two punts, which he returned for 13 yards.
- Starting Panthers wideout Devin Funchess played sparingly, but managed a single catch for 13 yards in a 27-20 home win over the Stephen Ross’s Miami Dolphins. De’Veon Smith is listed on Miami’s roster.
- Six Wolverines are all together listed on the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Chargers, who played in a 24-14 L.A. victory Saturday. Seahawk defenders Delano Hill and Frank Clark combined for four tackles, while Amara Darboh and Khalid Hill didn’t make the stat sheet. The aforementioned Schofield started for the Chargers, while Channing Stribling notched a lone tackle.
- Baltimore Raven defensive linemen Willie Henry and Chris Wormley both made one tackle in a 20-19 road triumph over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.
- Matt Godin remains on the Houston Texans roster, while Jake Butt is also working back from an ACL injury for the Denver Broncos.