Two former Carolina wide outs and teammates had big games on Sunday afternoon, as both Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate hauled in touchdown passes. Tate caught all three passes thrown his way for a total of 71 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals. He also returned three kickoffs for 72 yards in a 34-27 win. Nicks caught a 23-yard touchdown on his way to 10 receptions for 199 yards, also reeling in a big 50-yard reception to set up the Giant's game-winning touchdown.
Nicks and Tate were two of 21 former Carolina players on the 53-man roster for last week's NFL Kickoff Weekend, which ranks the Tar Heels 18th among all schools in that category. Other Heels in action this weekend include:
Marvin Austin, NY Giants - After missing all of last year with a torn pectoral muscle and last weekend with a back injury, Austin finally saw his first action in the NFL in a 41-34 win on Sunday.
Connor Barth, Tampa Bay - Barth was again perfect for the Bucs, connecting on field goals of 45 and 52 yards while converting all four extra points in a wild 34-41 loss to the Giants.
Zach Brown, Tennessee - Brown recorded the third most tackles on the team on Sunday with 10, six unassisted, while recording his first career sack against the Chargers.
Quinton Coples, New York Jets - The rookie defensive end was in on one tackle in a 27-10 loss to the Steelers.
Vonnie Holliday, Arizona - 16-year veteran saw action in a 20-18 upset of the Patriots in New England.
Greg Little, Cleveland - Little led the Browns in targets and hauled in five receptions for 57 yards. He also logged his first touchdown of the season on a 24-yard pass in the 4th quarter of a 34-27 loss to the Bengals.
Michael McAdoo, Baltimore - The Ravens placed McAdoo on injured reserved for the season following Achilles surgery.
Julius Peppers, Chicago - Peppers was disruptive again on Thursday night, logging two sacks in a 23-10 loss to the Packers. He now has two sacks and a fumble recovery on the season.
Robert Quinn, St. Louis - Quinn recorded his second sack in as many games, taking down Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III en route to three total tackles in a 31-28 win.
Garrett Reynolds, Atlanta - After putting up 40 points last weekend in Kansas City, Reynolds and the Falcons will host the visiting Denver Broncos on Monday night.
Bruce Carter, Dallas - Carter had a great game in a 27-7 loss to the Seahawks, accumulating 10 total tackles including one for a loss, to go along with a pass defended.
Gerald Sensabaugh, Dallas - Sensabaugh logged two solo tackles in the Dallas secondary as the Cowboys fell short in Seattle.
Shaun Draughn, Kansas City - Draughn was impressive again for the Chiefs, logging 56 yards on five carries for an 11.2 yards per carry average. He also hauled in one pass for 23 yards.
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay - Saturday anchored an offensive line that allowed Aaron Rodgers to throw for 219 yards and a touchdown, while also letting the Packers rack up 109 yards on the ground.
DaNorris Searcy, Buffalo - The third year safety was all over the field for the Bills, logging four total tackles including three solo takedowns, helping hold the Chiefs to 17 points.
Ryan Taylor, Green Bay - A year after logging the fifth most special teams tackles on the team, Taylor continued to see special teams action in a 23-10 win over the Bears Thursday night.
Cam Thomas, San Diego - The 4th year defensive tackle was in the backfield often, registering two hits on the quarterback in a 38-10 win over the Titans.
Greg Warren, Pittsburgh - Long snapper aided in the execution of two field goals and three extra points, while helping the Steelers average 41 yards per punt on Sunday.
TJ Yates, Houston - Yates continued as the backup to starting quarterback Matt Schaub in Houston.
Johnny White, Buffalo - A week after being picked up by the Bills, White carried the ball 5 times for 11 yards in an impressive 35-17 win over the Chiefs.Richard Quinn, Cincinnati - After being signed on Tuesday by the Bengals, Quinn was listed as inactive versus the Browns.