August 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth (10) kicks an extra point during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

NFL's Top 4 Tar Heel's in Week 4

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Here is the top four Tar Heel performers in the NFL for Week four of the NFL regular season.

Connor Barth K Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even-though the Buccaneers lost to the Washington Redskins and RG3 24-22 at home, I still have to give credit to the Bucs kicker who continues to add to his now franchise record of 25 consecutive Field Goals made. The former Tar Heel Connor Barth hit a 50-yard FG to start the game, then in the second-quarter he kicked a career long FG for 57-yards, and with under two minutes to go Barth gave Tampa Bay the lead 22-21 from 47-yards out. The NFL record for consecutive field goals made is 42, a record held by Mike Vandejagt from 2002-2004. Expect to continue seeing Connor Barth in this top four list if he can continue his streak of perfection with his foot.

 

Cam Thomas DT San Diego Chargers

San Diego came out Sunday and defensively shutdown a very potent running attack from the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are currently second in the NFL averaging over 175 yards rushing a game. Former Heel Cam Thomas only had 1 tackle on the game but played a significant role in holding the Chiefs to just 119 NET yards rushing and forced them into 6 turnovers.

 

Vonnie Holliday DE Arizona Cardinals

The 36-year-old Chapel Hill standout Vonnie Holliday continues to make plays on an underrated defense in Arizona. The Cardinals held on to beat the Miami Dolphins 24-21 in overtime. Miami was held to only 86 NET yards rushing after averaging over 150 yards on the ground a game. Holliday finished the game with 2 tackles on assists and a big fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.

 

Jeff Saturday C Green Bay Packers

Though Jeff Saturday was beat on a play late in the third quarterthat pushed him into the backfield and caused back-up QB Graham Harrell to trip and fumble a hand-off, he still makes the list. The fumble ended up being recovered by the opposing defense and was turned into an 80-yd TD pass from Drew Brees to rookie Joseph Morgan a few plays later in the third quarter. With all of that said, the former UNC offensive lineman still gets tremendous credit for helping protect his QB Aaron Rodgers and for his assistance in paving the way for over 100 yards rushing as a team in their 28-27 win at home in Lambeau. A week ago in Seattle the Packers O-line looked pitiful allowing Rodgers to be sacked a career-high 8 times. This week(week 4), Jeff Saturday and the Green Bay offensive line did not allow a single sack.

 

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