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Tar Heels in the NFL: Week Six recap

A look at what was a historic week for some former Tar Heels who are currently in the NFL.

Chicago Bears v Baltimore Ravens

Even though a large number of former UNC football players were on bye this past week in the NFL, there were some firsts and some history being made. Julius Peppers made history with his strip sack of Carson Wentz last Thursday evening, and Mitch Trubisky helped lead his team to do something no other rookie quarterback has done in a long time against the Baltimore Ravens.

Let’s take a look at some other noteworthy performances from former UNC football players in this week’s NFL recap.

Mitch Trubisky and Connor Barth (Chicago)

Trubisky and Barth both played key roles in the Bears’ 27-24 overtime road victory over the Ravens on Sunday, with the latter kicking the game winner. Trubisky earned his first victory as a starting quarterback in the NFL, though much of the credit should go to Jordan Howard for his 167 rushing yards on 36 carries.

Trubisky deserves credit too for managing the game well and putting his team in position to win the game in overtime. He came up with a big throw on third down in overtime and threw a nice touchdown pass (second of his career) after being chased out of the pocket. He finished the game going 8-16 for 113 yards and had 32 yards rushing in the victory.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, Trubisky was the first rookie quarterback to win on the Ravens’ home field since John Harbaugh became Baltimore’s head coach and first Bears’ quarterback to win on the road since 2015.

Barth kicked the game winner (as seen below, set to Titanic music) to give the Bears the overtime victory. He made all of his kicks in the game, going 3-3 on extra points and 2-2 on field goals.

Julius Peppers (Carolina)

With the Eagles’ right tackle Lane Johnson sitting out due to concussion protocol, Peppers took advantage of Johnson’s replacement. Coming around the right-end, he made history with his strip sack on Carson Wentz. It was the 150th sack of his career, which puts him 12 sack behind Chris Doleman for 4th place on the career sacks list.

Peppers is also the only player in NFL history to record both 150 sacks and 10 interceptions in his career. He currently leads the team with 6.5 sacks on the season. Along with the forced fumble and sack, he also recorded one tackle in the game.

Mack Hollins (Philadelphia)

This past week, the Eagles would get the 28-23 victory in a Thursday night battle between two 4-1 teams. With the injury to starting linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia offense was able to move the ball more effectively against the Panthers. Hollins continued to be an effective and reliable target for Wentz, despite having played limited offensive snaps early on in his rookie season. He recorded two catches for 38 yards on Thursday, with both catches being hauled in for first downs. Both of his catches came in the third quarter, including the one seen below.

Kareem Martin (Arizona)

Martin started at the outside linebacker position for the Cardinals for the first time this season, and he recorded three tackles in Sunday’s game. In an offensive outburst between the Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Martin and Arizona held on for the 38-33 victory. The Cardinals jumped out to a 24-0 lead at halftime before the Buccaneers mounted a strong comeback. Tampa Bay scored 27 points in the 4th quarter, but they would still come up short.

Robert Quinn (Los Angeles Rams)

Quinn and the Rams improved their record to 4-2 on the season with the 27-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quinn had two tackles for the Rams on Sunday.

Tre Boston (Los Angeles Chargers)

In their 17-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders, Boston and the Chargers’ defense limited Derek Carr to only 171 passing yards. Boston started at strong safety and finished with seven total tackles (5 solo, 2 assisted) in the victory.

Zach Brown (Washington)

Brown continues to shine at middle linebacker for Washington. In their 26-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Washington’s defense held the 49ers scoreless through much of the first half before C.J. Beathard came in at quarterback for San Francisco. Brown tied for the team lead in tackles on Sunday with eight total (6 solo, 2 assisted). He currently leads Washington with 50 total tackles on the season through five games.