NFL’s Top 4 Tar Heels in Week 15

Julius Peppers DE Chicago Bears

Chicago was unable to maintain control of the NFC North Sunday and lost in Green Bay 21-13 to the Packers. Yet, that didn’t stop former Tar Heel standout Julius Peppers from showing up and recording a sack and a half. Overall the Bears defense held the Packers to just under 400 total NET yards and got to Aaron Rodgers three times as a team. Peppers finished the game with 4 tackles(1.5 sacks). The Bears still have a shot at a potential Playoff birth if they can win out and get some help with Minnesota and Seattle losing their remaining games.

Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) looks on during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Little WR Cleveland Browns

The Browns also lost on Sunday, snapping a three-game winning streak. The game was in Cleveland against a Redskins team playing without rookie phenom Robert Griffin III. Even without RG3 and a 14-10 lead at halftime, the Browns were not able to slowdown Washington, losing 38-21. Browns wide-out Greg Little was productive leading the team in both receptions and receiving yards in the game. The former UNC Tar Heel finished the game Sunday with 5 receptions for 74 yards.

Gerald Sensabaugh FS Dallas Cowboys

Dallas was able to pullout a close win in overtime over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cowboy Stadium Sunday, 27-24. The Cowboys defense played well holding the Steelers rushing attack to just 69 total NET yards on the ground. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was forced to throw the ball 40 times and turned the ball over one time with a crucial interception in overtime that cost Pittsburgh a potential win. Led by a former Tar Heel in the Cowboys secondary, Gerald Sensabaugh finished the game with 4 tackles. The other standout in the Cowboys secondary was cornerback Brandon Carr who set up the game winning field goal with his overtime interception.

Quinton Coples DE New York Jets

New York watched their Playoff hopes disappear, along with the potential future of several players and coaches, with the Jets 14-10 loss to the Titans in Tennessee. I’m sure its hard for Jets fans to even read their teams name in articles, let alone think someone actually played good Monday Night. Thankfully, I’m not one of them, and there was one guy in New York that may still have a job as a starter for the Jets. That guy was rookie defensive end Quinton Coples. Coples, who was the Jets 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, recorded his fourth sack of the season and was instrumental in helping the Jets defense finish Monday Night with four sacks as a team. The former Tar Heel Coples also finished the game with one tackle, giving him 25 now for the season.

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