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Tar Heels in the NFL: Week Five recap

How did Mitch and the rest of the NFL Tar Heels do in week five?

Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Several former Tar Heels had notable games in week five of the NFL season, but the focus went mostly on one of them. Mitch Trubisky made his first start for the Chicago Bears after he was selected #2 overall in the draft a couple weeks ago.

Let’s see how Trubisky and some other notable UNC alumns in the NFL did over the weekend.

Mitch Trubisky (Chicago)

Trubisky completed seven of his first nine passes to start his career, including his very first attempt.

His play in the first half was mostly solid and did show why he ended up getting selected second in the draft.

After that he did struggle, but you can only expect so much from a rookie playing his first game on a not so great team. He threw his first touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, then ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game.

On the other hand, he also threw an interception that set up the Vikings in Bears’ territory, right in the perfect position to kick the game winning field goal.

His final line was 12-25 for 119 yards, one touchdown, one interception. He was also sacked once, and ran for 22 yards on three attempts.

Julius Peppers (Carolina) and Eric Ebron (Detroit)

After a performance that saw him win NFC Defensive Player of the Week in week four, Peppers followed that up with another good effort in week five. He finished with two tackles and a sack as the Panthers knocked off the Lions in Detroit. The sack got him within 1.5 of fourth on the all-time leader board. Just a few months away from his 37th birthday, Peppers is still making an impact in the NFL.

On the other side of the field was Eric Ebron for the Lions. Matthew Stafford targeted Ebron four times, but the former Tar Heel had just one catch for six yards.

Gio Bernard and Russell Bodine (Cincinnati) and Brandon Tate (Buffalo)

The Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills, but Gio Bernard found himself taking a backseat in Cincinnati’s offense. He was given just two rush attempts, gaining two yards. Bernard also caught two passes for a total of 30 yards. In general the Bengals gained most of their yards through the air, so it wasn’t just Bernard who was unable to get much going on the ground. Meanwhile, Bodine started at center for Cincinnati once again.

Buffalo came away with a loss, but Brandon Tate had a solid game in defeat. Tate finished with two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown. He also had 58 return yards, including a 40-yard punt return. Plus, he made a nice play in avoiding getting a beer dumped on him after the touchdown.

Naz Jones (Seattle) and Robert Quinn (LA Rams)

Two former Tar Heels defensive players matched up in Los Angles on Sunday. The younger of the two, Jones, recorded two tackles in the Seahawks win over the Rams in Los Angeles. On the other side, Quinn also recorded two tackles, and dropped Russell Wilson for an eight-yard sack.

Ryan Switzer and Jonathan Cooper (Dallas)

Switzer didn’t have much role in offense against Green Bay, but he did get his usual time in the return game. He attempted to return one punt and was tackled for a loss. However, he did have a 25-yard kick return that set up a drive that would put the Cowboys up by three with just over a minute left. The game didn’t end that way, but it certainly wasn’t Switzer’s fault.

Cooper also played every offensive snap on the line for Dallas.

Tre Boston (LA Chargers)

In addition to making four tackles, Boston sealed the Chargers’ win over the Giants with a late interception of Eli Manning.

He also busted out this celebation after the Chargers recovered a fumble a few minutes before the interception: