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
|Player||Team||Position||Roster status||Team’s result||Week 7 statistics||Season statistics|
|Gio Bernard||Bengals||RB||Active||37-34 loss vs. Cle||Started, 13 carries, 37 yards; 5 targets, 5 catches, 59 yards, 1 TD||25 rushes, 66 yards, 1 TD; 14 catches, 174 yards, 1 TD|
|Tre Boston||Panthers||FS||Active||27-24 loss at NO||Started, 4 tackles, 3 assists||19 tackles; 11 assists, 1 forced, 1 recovered fumble, 1 TFL|
|Eric Ebron||Steelers||TE||Active||27-24 win vs. Ten||Started, 6 catches, 8 targets, 50 yards||22 catches for 215 yards and 1 TD|
|Cole Holcomb||Washington||LB||Active||25-3 win vs. Dal||Started, 3 tackles, 2 QB hits, 1 assist, 1 interception||10 tackle, 2 assists, 2 special-teams tackle, 2 QB hits, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble|
|Robert Quinn||Bears||LB||Active||24-10 loss at LAR||Started, 1 tackle, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble||2 tackles, 1 solo, 1 assist, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovered fumble|
|M.J. Stewart||Browns||CB||Active||37-34 win at Cin||2 special teams tackles||4 tackles, 1 solo, 4 special teams tackles|
|James Hurst||Saints||OT||Active||27-24 win vs. Car||Played, reported as tackle-eligible three times, played 84% of snaps||Played in two games|
|Mitch Trubisky||Bears||QB||Active||24-10 loss at LAR||Did not play||51-86, 6 TDs, 6 INTs, 87.4 passer rating|
|Charlie Heck||Texans||OT||Active||35-20 loss vs. GB||Not active for the game||Inactive for all seven games|
|Andre Smith||Bills||LB||Active||18-10 win vs. NYJ||Played but had no statistics||Played in 3 games, no statistics|
|Mack Hollins||Dolphins||WR||Active||No game||No statistics||1 tackle|
|Jason Strowbridge||Dolphins||DE||Active||No game||Not active for the game||Inactive for all six games|
|Sylvester Williams||Broncos||DT||Practice squad||Released last week, re-signed to practice squad||1 tackle on 2-point conversion attempt|
|Ryan Switzer||Browns||WR||Practice squad|
|Aaron Crawford||Ravens||DT||Practice squad|
|Kareem Martin||Lions||OLB||Practice squad|
|William Sweet||49ers||OT||Practice squad|
|T.J. Logan||Bucs||RB||Injured reserve; out for season with leg injury|
|Myles Dorn||Vikings||FS||Injured reserve|
|Jalen Dalton||Saints||TD||Injured reserve; triceps injury|
|Russell Bodine||Lions||C||Opted out|