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Wolverine Watch: NFL Week 6

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Rookies Devin Bush and Chase Winovich stole the show in standout defensive performances for former Wolverines during Week 6

Pittsburgh Steelers v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images

From the moment he stepped on campus in 2016 as a freshmen, many recognized that Devin Bush was destined for greatness, both at Michigan, and following in his father’s footsteps to the National Football League.

Sunday night, Bush played the role of one man wrecking crew against the Chargers in Los Angeles. The 10th overall picked scooped up a fumble on the Chargers second possession, running the opposite way for his first career touchdown. On the very next drive, Bush intercepted Phillip Rivers at the Chargers 46 yard line and ran six yards before being stopped.

Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bush now has six takeaways in six career games with four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Bush finished the game tied for a team-high seven tackles, making him the Steelers leading tackler through six games, and giving him an eight tackle lead on the next closest rookie (Washington LB Cole Holcomb has 44 to Bush’s 52.) As postulated every week in this article, Bush is mounting a one man campaign for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

While Bush leads the line in that race, former Michigan teammate Chase Winovich didn’t want to leave all the highlight plays to his old teammate. Winovich took on a starring role early in the Patriots 35-14 win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football. Late in the first quarter, New York punter Riley Dixon’s kick went of the helmet of teammate Nate Stupar, leaving the ball free, Winovich caught the ball out of the air and ran the short distance to the end zone for his first career touchdown.

Both Bush and Winovich’s touchdowns make them the recipients of this week’s Wolverine Watch helmet stickers.

While Winovich (one total tackle) and the Patriots defense continued to dazzle, Tom Brady had another middling performance, being held without a passing touchdown for the second time in three games. The five-time Super Bowl Champion went 31 for 41 for 334 yards with an interception. He did some damage on the ground with six yards and two short yardage touchdowns, but Brady also fumbled twice, losing one to the Giants.

On the opposite side of the field from Brady, Jabrill Peppers continues to be a tackling machine for the Giants in his first season. The East Orange, NJ native finished the game with 10 tackles including one for a loss in the Giants defeat.

In the trenches, it continues to be a rough return to action for Titans OT Taylor Lewan. In Tennessee’s 16-0 loss at Denver, Lewan was called for two false start penalties but did not yield a sack to what is now a rejuvenated Broncos defense.

Michael Schofield III made his sixth straight start for the Chargers in their loss to the Steelers. Mason Cole returned to the starting lineup for the Arizona Cardinals in their 34-33 shootout victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Cole did not play against the Bengals last week in Cincinnati. Graham Glasgow continued his strong play for the Lions in Detroit’s xx-xx win/loss against the Packers on Monday Night Football.

On the opposite side of the ball, Brandon Graham led former Wolverine defensive linemen with a strong day in Minneapolis. Playing at U.S Bank Stadium for the first time since hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy there in 2018, Graham grabbed four tackles, 1.5 of which were for a loss, and sacked Kirk Cousins once. Taco Charlton collected four tackles as the Dolphins fell to Washington 17-16 in Miami. Chris Wormley finished the Ravens win against the Bengals with two tackles. Frank Clark finds himself struggling individually while the Chiefs defense is struggling as a unit. Clark had just one tackle overall, but it was for a loss, in KC’s 31-24 loss to Houston at home. Rashan Gary fill in stats vs lions here.

In the secondary, Jourdan Lewis made his first highlight reel play of the year, intercepting Jets QB Sam Darnold inside the red zone late in the third quarter and returned the ball 20 yards.

While Lewis’ play was clutch, the Cowboys could not capitalize with a touchdown as the Jets went on to defeat Dallas 24-22. Hill’s former backfield mate at Michigan Lano Hill saw action in the Seahawks 32-29 roller coaster win over the Browns and notched two tackles in his team’s victory that propelled Seattle to 5-1 on the year.

Inactives/DNP/No Stats

Jake Butt (Knee) - Denver Broncos

Ben Gedeon - Minnesota Vikings. Gedeon was inactive due to a concussion in the Vikings 38-20 win over the Eagles.

Zach Gentry - Gentry saw game action but did not record any stats in the Steelers 24-17 win over the Chargers.

Ryan Glasgow (Thigh) - Cincinnati Bengals

David Long (Healthy Scratch) - Los Angeles Rams. Long was inactive for the Rams in their 20-7 defeat to the 49ers at home.

Patrick Omameh - New Orleans Saints. Omameh did not see any game action in the Saints win over the Jaguars.

Jarrod Wilson - Jacksonville Jaguars. Wilson played but did not see his name appear on the stat sheet in the Jags 13-6 home loss to the Saints.

Bye Weeks:

Mo Hurst - Oakland Raiders

Devin Funchess - Indianapolis Colts

WW Helmet Sticker Count:

Offense:

G. Glasgow - 2

Defense:

D. Bush - 2

J. Peppers - 2

C. Winovich - 2

R. Gary - 1

B. Graham - 1