Buffalo, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Houston were all off in Week 8. Each of the four teams on their bye this past weekend included former Tar Heels(one of the players is currently Inactive on his roster). Below is the top four former Tar Heels who played in week eight.
Connor Barth K Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay went on the road and won decisively over the Minnesota Vikings 36-17. Former Tar Heel kicker Connor Barth contributed once again for the Bucs hitting all three of his field goal attempts in the game, including a 40-yard long FG and conversions on all three extra points as well. Barth has connected on 13 of his 15 field goals this season.
Julius Peppers DE Chicago Bears
Peppers and the Bears defense came up big in their win over Carolina Sunday 23-22. The former face of the Panthers franchise showed up big against his former team in his new home at Soldier Field. Peppers finished with 2 tackles, 2 sacks, and one forced fumble against the Panthers in week eight. After two previous battles against the team he spent 8 seasons with, this was the first game in which Peppers recorded a sack against a Panthers QB.
Hakeem Nicks WR New York Giants
The Giants went into Dallas Sunday and continued their winning ways staying undefeated in the new Cowboys Stadium. Hakeem Nicks played despite still not being 100% recovered from a nagging knee injury. Nicks on the field at any percentage is still a plus for Eli Manning and the Giants offense. Nicks finished with four receptions for 46 yards in New York’s 29-24 comeback win on the road in Dallas. Giants now stand alone in first place of the NFC East with a 6-2 record.
Garrett Reynolds G Atlanta Falcons
The former Tar Heels offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds has been battling a back injury now for several weeks. After being listed ad questionable heading into Sunday, Reynolds battled through and still managed to start against the Eagles in Philadelphia week eight. Atlanta was led by Matt Ryan and another positive performance from their O-line accounting for over 390 total NET yards and allowing just 2 sacks. The Falcons won 30-17 keeping their undefeated season alive now 7-0.