There are only five weeks left in the 2023 NFL season, and plenty of former Michigan Wolverines are helping their respective teams make a playoff push.
Let’s get into the best performances from Week 13.
Nico Collins goes OFF in win over Broncos
Collins caught nine passes for 191 yards in a win over the Denver Broncos. Both of those marks are single-game career-highs for Collins, who has now racked up 100 yards or more four times this season after never doing it in his first two seasons. The chemistry he’s developed with C.J. Stroud is legit.
Two of these for Nico Collins so far today. pic.twitter.com/6OcmgolaOf— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 3, 2023
He also scored in the victory, showcasing his excellent route-running skills on the catch.
A little more than two-thirds the way through the season, Collins has 59 catches for 991 yards and six touchdowns. Only six receivers have racked up more receiving yards than him, and he’s the No. 1 option on what has become a really good passing game. Hopefully he gets his flowers with a Pro Bowl nod at the end of season.
A multi-sack game and a new career-high for Kwity Paye
In a win over the Tennessee Titans, Kwity Paye had six tackles, four of them solo, and two sacks. He also forced a fumble on one of those sacks.
It’s his first game with multiple sacks this season, and it brings his season total to 7.5, which is a new season-high in just 10 games. That season total is tied for 18th among all NFL defenders and second among former Wolverines, behind only Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary (nine).
Zach Charbonnet scores first career touchdown
Your first touchdown is always the sweetest, and for the first time in his professional career, Seattle Seahawks running back Zach Charbonnet found pay dirt in the second quarter in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
He almost scored his second career touchdown on this 39-yard screen play to close out the third quarter.
In total, Charbonnet had 109 yards from scrimmage, with 60 coming on the ground. It was the best game of his rookie season so far; through 11 career games, Charbonnet has racked up 368 rushing yards and 142 receiving yards.
In that same game for the Cowboys, tight end Luke Schoonmaker had a catch for 12 yards, and cornerback Jourdan Lewis had three tackles, all of them solo.
Other notable performances
-Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna had three tackles in a loss to the Green Bay Packers, including a key sack on third down in the fourth quarter to force a field goal. After that sack, he has a new single-season career-high in sacks with 6.5.
He wasn’t the only former Wolverine to get after the quarterback on Sunday Night Football. Rashan Gary had half a sack on his birthday, along with four tackles.
-In a win over the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson had two solo tackles, one being a tackle for loss. Offensive linemen Graham Glasgow started at guard and slid to center went Frank Ragnow got hurt. He helped the Lions rush for 142 yards and two touchdowns while allowing only one sack.
In that same game, Saints offensive linemen Cesar Ruiz helped New Orleans rush for 113 yards and three scores, and was part of an unit that only gave up two sacks.
-In an overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback D.J. Turner II had eight tackles, all of them solo. His teammate, safety Dax Hill, had four solo tackles and a pass breakup.
-In a win over the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ambry Thomas had six tackles, all solo, and three passes breakups. His teammate, kicker Jake Moody, made all six of his extra points.