Two former North Carolina linebackers led their respective defenses in tackles in Week Nine of the NFL season. Rookie Zach Brown tied his career high in tackles, logging 10 in a 51-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. Two of his stops went for a loss. Brown now has 51 tackles on the year. Third year pro Bruce Carter also matched his career high with 10 stops in a loss to the Falcons. Two of Carter's stops were made in the backfield, and he also defended a pass.
Other former Tar Heels in action this weekend include:
Marvin Austin, NY Giants - Austin and the New York defensive line logged four sacks on Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a loss of 25 yards. The Giants dropped the contest 24-20 to the Steelers.
Connor Barth, Tampa Bay - The sixth year kicker converted all six of his extra point attempts, making him a perfect 25 for 25 on the season. On field goal attempts, Barth had a 34-yard try blocked and came up short on a kick from 54 yards.
Quinton Coples, NY Jets - Coples and the Jets had the weekend off. The 16th overall pick in this years' draft has 15 tackles and two sacks so far on the season.
Shaun Draughn, Kansas City - Draughn made the most of his one carry Thursday night, running six yards for a touchdown, his second on the year. He also hauled in two passes for 21 yards and returned four kicks for 83 yards in the Chiefs 31-13 loss.
Vonnie Holliday, Arizona - The 16th year defensive end totaled one hit on the quarterback in the Cardinals 31-17 loss to the Packers. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 4-5 on the year.
Greg Little, Cleveland - Little was the Browns leading receiver on Sunday, hauling in five passes on seven targets for 52 yards, with a long of 23. He now has 301 yards and two touchdowns on the year, good for second on the Browns in both categories among receivers.
Michael McAdoo, Baltimore - The Ravens placed McAdoo on injured reserved for the season following Achilles surgery.
Hakeem Nicks, NY Giants - Nicks was held to an unusually low one catch for 10 yards in the Giants loss to the Steelers. He was targeted four times.
Julius Peppers, Chicago - Peppers and the Bears defense recovered four fumbles on the day, returned an interception for a touchdown and blocked a punt attempt. Chicago improved to 7-1 on the year after defeating the Titans 51-20.
Robert Quinn, St. Louis - The Rams had a week nine bye and will return to action next weekend at San Francisco. Quinn leads the Rams with seven sacks on the year.
Garrett Reynolds, Atlanta - Reynolds missed his first game of 2012 with a back injury. The Falcons, however, improved on their undefeated record in his absence.
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay - Saturday and the offensive line allowed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to throw for four touchdowns, while the Packers churned out 176 yards on the ground in a 31-17 win.
Da'Norris Searcy, Buffalo - After a week eight bye, Searcy and the Bills were back in action against the Texans. Searcy registered three tackles, all of which were unassisted. The third year safety has 17 stops through eight games.
Gerald Sensabaugh, Dallas - Sensabaugh was right behind teammate Bruce Carter in tackles on the day, registering seven total, five unassisted, from the secondary. The Cowboys dropped the contest to the Falcons 19-13.
Brandon Tate, Cincinnati - Tate logged 17 yards on one reception to go with 106 yards on three kick returns. He had a long return of 43 yards. On the year, Tate ranks 10th in the league with 491 return yards.
Ryan Taylor, Green Bay - The third year tight end continues to be an anchor in the Green Bay special teams, contributing in all nine games thus far.
Cam Thomas, San Diego - Thomas logged one takedown from his defensive tackle position, helping the Chargers hold the Chiefs to 13 points. He now has five tackles on the year.
Greg Warren, Pittsburgh - The veteran long snapper aided in the Steelers' conversion of their only field goal attempt and all three extra points. Pittsburgh also punted four times for 165 yards.
Johnny White, Green Bay - White was active again for the Packers, helping Green Bay improve to 6-3 on the year.
TJ Yates, Houston - Yates continued his back-up duties as the Texans defeated the Bills 21-9. Houston moved to 7-1 on the season.