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Wolverine Watch: NFL Week 2

Chase Winovich and Devin Bush’s performances led the way among former Michigan Football players in the NFL during Week 2.

New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Week Two of the NFL season is in the books and surprise surprise, the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots appear to be a cut above the rest. The Pats pasted the Dolphins 43-0 at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday afternoon. Former Wolverine Chase Winovich logged his first career sack when he brought down Dolphins QB Josh Rosen in the third quarter. Winovich finished the game with two tackles and 1.5 sacks, but perhaps the best part of his day was sharing the story of how he dedicated his first QB takedown as an NFL player to his late grandmother. For that, he gets a Maize n Brew Wolverine Watch helmet sticker.

On the other side of the ball for New England, Tom Brady had another efficient day for the reigning champions. Brady went 20 for 28 with 264 yards passing and two touchdowns. Brady also scored the 20th rushing touchdown of his career on a goal line sneak to extend New England’s lead to 22-0 in the third.

Graham Glasgow earns an offensive helmet sticker for his strong play in the Detroit Lions 13-10 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. While Glasgow still is rotating with fellow guard Kenny Wiggins, he did help spring Kerryon Johnson for a 36 yard receiving touchdown off a screen pass from Matthew Stafford.

On the opposite sideline, Glasgow’s former teammate Michael Schofield III started for the Chargers and helped pave the way for LA to gain 137 rushing yards as a team in the losing effort.

Patrick Omameh saw his first game action of the year after not featuring for the New Orleans Saints during week 1. Omameh rotated in at guard as the Saints fell to the Los Angeles Rams 27-9 at The Coliseum.

Moving to the defensive side of the ball, Brandon Graham, the longest tenured Michigan defender in the league, collected two tackles, one for a loss, in the Eagles 24-20 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta. Ryan Glasgow notched one tackle and two quarterback hits as his Bengals fell to the 49ers 41-17 in Cincinnati. Frank Clark and Maurice Hurst saw their Chiefs and Raiders square off in Oakland. Clark finished with three tackles including one for a loss. Hurst did pick up a minor injury in the first half, but returned to the field, going on to record one tackle as Clark and the Chiefs dominated the Raiders 28-10.

It was a quiet week for several former Wolverine defenders in Week two. Rashan Gary (Packers) Bryan Mone (Seahawks) and Chris Wormley (Ravens) all saw game action, but their names did not make the stat sheet.

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Devin Bush Jr. continued his early campaign for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year despite the Steelers falling to 0-2 with a narrow 28-26 defeat against the Seahawks. Bush’s seven total tackles were good for second on the team, and he recovered a fumble for the first time in his career. The return was blown dead before he could go all the way for a touchdown but it was an admirable effort.

Four former Wolverine defensive backs were in action on Sunday. Seahawks safety Lano Hill saw his first game action of the year, recording three tackles in Seattle’s win as well as trading jerseys with old teammate Devin Bush Jr. after the game. Jourdan Lewis had one tackle in the Dallas Cowboys win over Washington. Jabrill Peppers continued picking up tackles as he logged six total in the Giants 28-14 loss to the Bills. Jarrod Wilson had a strong showing in Houston despite the Jaguars 13-12 loss. The 2015 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention racked up eight total tackles, two being for a loss, and defended one pass.

Inactives/Did not play

Jake Butt (Knee) - Denver Broncos

Taco Charlton (Healthy Scratch) - Dallas Cowboys

Devin Funchess (Clavicle) - Indianapolis Colts

Zach Gentry (Healthy Scratch) - Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Gedeon (Groin) - Minnesota Vikings

David Long (Healthy Scratch) - Los Angeles Rams

Mason Cole - Arizona Cardinals - Cole did not see the field in the Cardinals loss to the Ravens

WW Helmet Sticker Count:

Offense:

G. Glasgow - 1

Defense:

C. Winovich - 1