UNC Tar Heels in the NFL: Week 5 Preview


Philadelphia Eagles(3-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers(1-2)    1:00 ET     FOX
The Steelers long snapper Greg Warren will be the only former Tar Heel in this battle for Pennsylvania. Warren has 1 tackle on the season.

Sep 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday (63) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. The 49ers defeated the Packers 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Green Bay Packers(2-2) @ Indianapolis Colts(1-2)        1:00 ET    FOX
Center Jeff Saturday will be starting his fifth game as a Packer in this match-up Sunday. Fourth-string TE Ryan Taylor is still looking for his first reception of the season. If Green Bay dominates early and often jumping out to an overwhelming lead, we could see Taylor playing more than on Special Teams.

Cleveland Browns(0-4) @ New York Giants(2-2)        1:00 ET     CBS
Browns wide-out Greg Little will be looking to build on his 11 receptions for 151 yards and 1 touchdown so far this season. For the Giants, WR Hakeem Nicks did not practice during the week and will miss another game while second-string defensive tackle Marvin Austin looks to record his first tackle and produce once on the field.

Atlanta Falcons(4-0) @ Washington Redskins(2-2)        1:00 ET     FOX
Falcons offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds will be the only active Tar Heel in this game on Sunday with Redskins DE Kentwan Balmer still on injured reserve-not with team. Reynolds and the Atlanta O-line could very well be paving the way for Matt Ryan to win his first league MVP award.

Miami Dolphins(1-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals(3-1)        1:00 ET    CBS
Bengals receiver Brandon Tate will be the only former Tar Heel playing in this AFC match-up. Tate comes in with a deep-threat average of 18.5 yards-per-reception and one touchdown. He also has four catches for 74 yards through four games.

Baltimore Ravens(3-1) @ Kansas City Chiefs(1-3)        1:00 ET    CBS
Running back Shaun Draughn continues to be a feasible back-up when called on for the Chiefs. Draughn has 22 carries, 119 rushing yards, a 5.4 yards-per-carry average, and 1 touchdown on the ground as well as 10 receptions for 95 receiving yards. Kansas City has also used the former Tar Heel on kick returns with Draughn averaging over 22 yards a return so far. Another UNC standout, OLB Mike McAdoo is on Injured Reserve for the Ravens and will not play in this game.

Chicago Bears(3-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars(1-3)        4:05 ET     FOX
Julius Peppers comes into this game Sunday with 2.5 sacks, 10 tackles, and 1 fumble recovery so far in the season. Peppers may not have the numbers of a year ago but the former two-sport Tar Heel still demands a double-team, resulting in his teammates making plays and the Bears defense dominating once again.

Buffalo Bills(2-2) @ San Francisco 49ers(3-1)         4:25 ET    CBS
Back-up SS and Special Teams stand-out Da’Norris Searcy has 10 tackles and one forced fumble entering Week 5. Searcy is the only former Tar Heel on either roster in this game.

Tennessee Titans(1-3) @ Minnesota Vikings(3-1)         4:25 ET     CBS
Rookie OLB Zach Brown is listed as the second string outside linebackers on the Titans depth chart but  has started three of the first four games heading into Week 5. Brown has 23 total tackles, 13 of them solo, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble so far in this his first NFL season out of Chapel Hill.

San Diego Chargers(3-1) @ New Orleans(0-4)         8:20 ET    NBC
Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas has 3 tackles entering Week 5. Thomas and the Chargers defense will try to contain a high powered Saints offense that will still be trying to acquire the teams first win of the 2012 season.

Houston Texans(4-0) @ New York Jets(2-2)              8:30 ET    ESPN Monday Night
Texans back-up QB T.J. Yates could get some snaps under center if the Jets come out and play like they did a week ago when they were blown-out 34-0. Opposite Yates, on the defensive side for the Jets is another former UNC Tar Heel. Rookie defensive-end Quinton Coples has only 6 tackles so far this season and has yet to start any of the four games he has appeared in.