We’re one week away from the NFL playoffs, and with 17 weeks in the books, let’s take a look at the notable performances from former Michigan Wolverines, starting off with two defenders making big plays in primetime.
Michigan defenders making plays on a Saturday night
Aidan Hutchinson had probably his best game of the season in the Lions loss, racking up single-game season-highs in sacks (three) and quarterback hits (five) to go along with six pressures and a forced fumble. The dude was just an absolute beast.
Hutchinson has made a solid Pro Bowl case for himself this season; he’s the best defender on a Lions team that won the NFC North, he led the league in pressures entering Week 16 and will likely be the league leader — barring a crazy Week 18 from T.J. Watt. He has 9.5 sacks, 47 tackles, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a one-handed interception.
For the Cowboys, cornerback Jourdan Lewis snagged a key interception in the second quarter, his first of the season. He also had six tackles and two passes defended.
Also in that game, Graham Glasgow started at right guard and helped the Lions rush for 125 yards and a touchdown while only allowing Jared Goff to be sacked once.
Other notable performances
In that same game, Seattle running back Zach Charbonnet caught five passes for 39 yards. Olu Oluwatimi played at center for the Seattle Seahawks once Evan Brown went out with a concussion, and was part of an offense that rushed for 88 yards and a score while only giving up one sack.
-In a win over the Tennessee Titans to keep their playoff hopes alive, wide receiver Nico Collins led the Houston Texans with seven catches for 80 yards. He’s clearly C.J. Stroud’s favorite target, and with the season he’s had, Collins is bound to get PAID once his current deal is up in 2025.
-In a win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna had two tackles and two quarterback hits. For the Bengals, safety Dax Hill had six tackles, including a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit.
-In a loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Commanders linebacker Khaleke Hudson had 11 tackles, four of them solo. It’s the third week in a row the fourth-year defender had more than 10 tackles.
In that same game, Ronnie Bell had two punt returns for 17 yards, and Jake Moody made his three extra point attempts and his two field goal attempts.
-In a win over the Las Vegas Raiders, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye had three tackles, one of them solo.
-In a loss to the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots linebacker Josh Uche had four tackles, two of them solo, and a tackle for loss. And in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Graham had the exact same stat line as Uche.
-In a win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football, Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary had three tackles and two quarterback hits. For Minnesota, safety Josh Metellus had seven tackles, six of them solo.