Week 14 of the NFL season is in the books, and has been the case all season long, plenty of former Michigan Wolverines are making an impact with their respective teams.
Let’s get into it.
Josh Metellus forces fumble in Vikings win
In addition to recording seven tackles, four of which were solo, Josh Metellus hit Hunter Renfroe and forced a fumble that the Vikings recovered.
Metellus has been making big plays for the Vikings all season long. He had a strip sack that led to a touchdown in a Week 6 win over the Bears, and he corralled an interception away from former Michigan State receiver Jayden Reed a few weeks later.
They also flashed up this wild graphic during the game, showing that Metellus is basically a Swiss Army Knife for the Vikings.
Former Wolverines on the Lions
The Detroit Lions lost after being outscored 18-0 in the second half, but defensive end Aidan Hutchinson had a solid day, sacking Justin Fields in the first half and racking up two quarterback hits.
AIDAN HUTCHINSON WITH THE SACK!! pic.twitter.com/l6VYGyYBYk— Woodward Sports Network (@woodwardsports) December 10, 2023
He wasn’t the only former Wolverine to make a positive impact on the game. After being traded to the Lions from the Cleveland Browns earlier this season, Detroit native Donovan People-Jones caught his first pass for the Lions, a 17-yard fourth-down conversion.
With Frank Ragnow out, Graham Glasgow slid to center. He did help the Lions rush for 140 yards and a touchdown, but he was part of an offensive line that allowed Jared Goff to be sacked four times. He also had a miscue with Goff on a snap in the second half that led to a brutal fumble recovered by the Bears.
Peppers with a pick
In a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football, New England Patriots safety Jabrill Peppers had three tackles and picked off Mitch Trubisky before returning it 32 yards to give the Pats excellent field position.
Jabrill Peppers with the INT last night! 〽️— JD 〽️ (@MGoJDBlue) December 8, 2023
After Thursday’s game, Peppers has two interceptions this season and six in his career. However. the Patriots did get eliminated from the playoffs, so he won’t be playing much meaningful football the rest of the year.
Other notable performances
-In a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Maurice Hurst II had four tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss. He now has 1.5 sacks on the year.
-In a win over the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals safety Dax Hill and cornerback D.J. Turner II combined for nine tackles. In that same game, Colts defensive end Kwity Paye had two tackles and one tackle for loss.
-In a win over the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ambry Thomas had four tackles. On special teams, Jake Moody made all four of his extra points, and Ronnie Bell had three punt returns for 27 yards.
In that same game, Zach Charbonnet had nine rushes for 44 yards and a catch for four yards. Almost half of his rushing yards came on this carry.
-In a loss to the New York Jets, Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins had a catch for 13 yards. With that catch, he crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. He also unfortunately left the game due to injury and never returned, so hopefully he is okay and able to suit up again soon.
-In a loss to the New York Giants in Monday Night Football, Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary had two tackles and two quarterback hits. On the other side of the ball, Packers offensive lineman Jon Runyan helped the Packers rush for 123 yards and a score, while only allowing Jordan Love to be sacked twice.