Tar Heels in NFL: Bernard gets more work; Ebron, Holcomb have good games

On the same weekend that North Carolina blew out N.C. State, the author of one of the biggest plays in the history of that rivalry had his most productive game of the season.

With a foot injury sidelining Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, Gio Bernard was used much more, and he took advantage of it in their 37–34 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

There was no game-changing punt return. But after only getting 12 carries all season coming into the weekend, Bernard rushed 13 times for 37 yards and caught five passes for 59 yards and one touchdown, that coming on the below fourth-down play.

Eric Ebron had another good game for the Pittsburgh Steelers with six catches for 50 yards as the Steelers moved to 6–0 with a 27–24 victory over the previously undefeated Tennessee Titans.

Linebacker Cole Holcomb, in his second game back after recovering from a knee injury, had an interception, three tackles, one assist and two quarterback hits in Washington’s 25–3 home victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

In the Carolina Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints 27–24, Tre Boston had four tackles and three assists.

Despite quarterback Nick Foles going 28 of 40 for two interceptions and no touchdowns for the Chicago Bears in their 24–10 Monday night road loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Mitch Trubisky again didn’t get off the bench.

The only Bears touchdown came as a result of a Robert Quinn forcing a fumble. Bears teammate Eddie Jackson recovered it and ran eight yards for the touchdown. Quinn also had one tackle and one assist.

After playing the previous weekend for the Denver Broncos, the team released defensive tackle Sylvester Williams last week but re-signed him to the practice squad Saturday.

How Tar Heels fared in Week 7

PlayerTeamPositionRoster statusTeam’s resultWeek 7 statisticsSeason statistics
Gio BernardBengalsRBActive37-34 loss vs. CleStarted, 13 carries, 37 yards; 5 targets, 5 catches, 59 yards, 1 TD25 rushes, 66 yards, 1 TD; 14 catches, 174 yards, 1 TD
Tre BostonPanthersFSActive27-24 loss at NOStarted, 4 tackles, 3 assists19 tackles; 11 assists, 1 forced, 1 recovered fumble, 1 TFL
Eric EbronSteelersTEActive27-24 win vs. TenStarted, 6 catches, 8 targets, 50 yards22 catches for 215 yards and 1 TD
Cole HolcombWashingtonLBActive25-3 win vs. DalStarted, 3 tackles, 2 QB hits, 1 assist, 1 interception10 tackle, 2 assists, 2 special-teams tackle, 2 QB hits, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble
Robert QuinnBearsLBActive24-10 loss at LARStarted, 1 tackle, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble2 tackles, 1 solo, 1 assist, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovered fumble
M.J. StewartBrownsCBActive37-34 win at Cin2 special teams tackles4 tackles, 1 solo, 4 special teams tackles
James HurstSaintsOTActive27-24 win vs. CarPlayed, reported as tackle-eligible three times, played 84% of snapsPlayed in two games
Mitch TrubiskyBearsQBActive24-10 loss at LARDid not play51-86, 6 TDs, 6 INTs, 87.4 passer rating
Charlie HeckTexansOTActive35-20 loss vs. GBNot active for the gameInactive for all seven games
Andre SmithBillsLBActive18-10 win vs. NYJPlayed but had no statisticsPlayed in 3 games, no statistics
Mack HollinsDolphinsWRActiveNo gameNo statistics1 tackle
Jason StrowbridgeDolphinsDEActiveNo gameNot active for the gameInactive for all six games
Sylvester WilliamsBroncosDTPractice squadReleased last week, re-signed to practice squad1 tackle on 2-point conversion attempt
Ryan SwitzerBrownsWRPractice squad
Aaron CrawfordRavensDTPractice squad
Kareem MartinLionsOLBPractice squad
William Sweet49ersOTPractice squad
T.J. LoganBucsRBInjured reserve; out for season with leg injury
Myles DornVikingsFSInjured reserve
Jalen DaltonSaintsTDInjured reserve; triceps injury
Russell BodineLionsCOpted out

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