Tar Heels in NFL: TDs for Carter, Trubisky, an amazing Williams run and another big game for Quinn

By R.L. Bynum

Michael Carter and Mitchell Trubisky both ran for touchdowns in Sunday victories, but Carter’s was special. It was his first NFL score to help the New York Jets get their first victory of the season.

Oh, and Javonte Williams had another one of those runs where he plowed through half the defense for a long gainer.

Carter started for the second consecutive week and had 13 rushes for 38 yards in the Jets’ 27–24 overtime home victory over the Tennessee Titans.

The Jets (1–3) leaned on Carter to get their first score in the second quarter. On first-and-goal at the Titans 8, Carter ran through the right side of the line for six yards. He then ran up the middle for a two-yard touchdown run, getting some helpful pushes near the goal line from teammates.

It was the Jets’ first touchdown since Week 1.

Carter easily got the most opportunities on the Jets offense with 16 (carries and targets). The next-highest was Tevin Coleman with six.

Trubisky relieved Josh Allen on Buffalo’s second-to-last possession of its 40–0 home win over the Houston Texans, leading a 53-yard, seven-play touchdown drive that didn’t include a third-down play.

Trubisky faked a handoff, rolled left and ran into the end zone untouched for a four-yard touchdown run. He also completed his only pass attempt and is 2 of 2 for the season. Trubisky had an eight-yard run earlier in that drive, then knelt twice on the Bills’ last possession to run the clock out.

The Denver Broncos’ tweet with a video of Williams’ 31-yard first-quarter run simply said “HOW.” But any Tar Heels fan knows how Williams can elude numerous tacklers and carry one of them as he did in that incredible effort. The rest of the ACC is aware as well; just ask the Miami Hurricanes.

On this run, he seemed to carry Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey for nearly 18 yards.

The Broncos (3–1) are learning but, unfortunately for them, it came in a 23–7 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens as they dropped their first game of the season.

Outside linebacker Robert Quinn continued his good play for the Chicago Bears (2–2) in a 24–13 win against Detroit.

Quinn had five tackles and his fifth sack of the season. He had two tackles for losses and two quarterback hits.

Quinn got pumped up when the Bears scored on their opening drive.

“I jumped off the bench,” Quinn said. “We got a lead. Let’s go!”

The Bears stopped the Lions inside the Bears 10 on Detroit’s first three possessions. Fumbles stopped two of those drives, with Quinn’s strip-sack of quarterback Jared Goff coming on the third Lions drive.

“That should be a standard,” Quinn said. “That should be our standard. Just do our job. And, hopefully, the way we were rolling today, we can build on that.”

In the Cleveland Browns’ 14–7 win at Minnesota, M.J. Stewart Jr. tackled Tyler Conklin after a pass reception on the second-to-last play of the game. Stewart finished with three tackles, after getting only three in the first three weeks, and added a special-teams tackle.


Linebacker Cole Holcomb had another good game for Washington (2–2) in its 34–30 win at Atlanta. He had four tackles, five assists, one tackle for a loss and forced a fumble.

Wide receiver Dyami Brown came off the Washington bench for the first time this season with the return of Curtis Samuel from injured reserve.

Brown left the game with a knee injury after being hit in the end zone in the third quarter. Brown caught a short pass from quarterback Taylor Heinicke and made it a 19-yard play on Washington’s first scoring drive in the second quarter.

Tight end Eric Ebron had two catches on two targets for eight yards as Pittsburgh lost 27–17 at Green Bay. 

Running back Giovani Bernard missed Sunday night’s Tampa Bay game at New England with a knee injury. He was declared out on Friday.

Giovani Bernard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back
19–17 win at New England — Missed game with knee injury
Season statistics — 3 games, 13 catches, 79 yards (6.1 average, longest 32 yards), 1 touchdown, 1 fumble
Up next — vs. Miami, 1 p.m. Sunday, CBS (WNCN in Triangle)
Dyami Brown, Washington wide receiver
34–30 win at Atlanta —
1 catch on 2 targets for 19 yards; played 28 snaps (42%)
Season statistics — 4 games, 5 receptions on 14 targets, 51 yards (10.2 average, longest 22 yards); 1 rush for -4 yards
Up next —
vs. New Orleans, 1 p.m. Sunday, CBS
Michael Carter, New York Jets running back
27–24 OT win vs. Tennessee — Started; 13 rushes, 38 yards (longest 13), 1 TD; 1 catch on 3 targets for -4 yards; played 31 snaps (51%)
Season statistics — 4 games, 37 carries, 127 yards (3.4 average, longest 14 yards); 6 receptions, 44 yards
Up next —
vs. Atlanta in London, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, NFL Network
Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end
27–17 loss at Green Bay —
Started; 2 catches on 2 targets, 8 yards; played 28 snaps (46%)
Season statistics — 4 games, 3 reception, 27 yards (9.0 average, longest 19)
Up next —
vs. Denver, 1 p.m. Sunday, Fox
Charlie Heck, Houston Texans right tackle
40–0 loss at Buffalo —
Not active for the game
Season statistics — 2 games, no starts; 2 offensive snaps; 6 special-teams snaps
Up next —
vs. New England, 1 p.m. Sunday, CBS
Cole Holcomb, Washington outside linebacker
34–30 win at Atlanta —
Started at left linebacker; 4 tackles, 5 assists, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 forced fumble; played 63 snaps (83%)
Season statistics — 4 games, 25 tackles, 16 assists, 2 tackles for losses, 1 forced fumble
Up next —
vs. New Orleans, 1 p.m. Sunday, CBS
Mack Hollins, Miami Dolphins wide receiver
27–17 loss vs. Indianapolis —
Downed a punt; played 2 offensive snaps (4%) and 17 special-teams snaps (61%)
Season statistics — 4 games, no statistics
Up next —
at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Sunday, CBS (WNCN in Triangle)
James Hurst, New Orleans Saints left tackle
27–21 OT loss vs. New York Giants —
Started; 1 holding penalty; played all 68 offensive snaps, 4 special-teams snaps (16%)
Season statistics — 4 games; 149 offensive snaps, 17 special-teams snaps
Up next —
at Washington, 1 p.m. Sunday, CBS
Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears outside linebacker
24–13 win vs. Detroit — Started; 5 tackles, 1 sack for 17 yards, 1 tackle for a loss, 2 quarterback hits, 1 forced fumble; played 53 snaps (75%)
Season statistics — 4 games, 9 tackles, 3 assists, 5 sacks, 2 tackles for losses, 2 QB hits, 1 forced fumble
Up next —
at Los Angeles Raiders, 4:05 p.m. Sunday, CBS
Andre Smith, Buffalo Bills weakside linebacker
40–0 win vs. Houston — 1 special-teams tackle, 1 special-teams assist; played 0 defensive snaps and 16 special-teams snaps (67%)
Season statistics — 2 games, 2 special-teams tackles, 1 special-teams assist
Up next —
at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, NBC (WRAL in Triangle)
M.J. Stewart Jr., Cleveland Browns strong safety
14–7 win at Minnesota —
3 tackles, 1 special-teams tackle; played 24 defensive snaps (36%) and 20 special-teams snaps (90%)
Season statistics — 4 games, 8 tackles, 3 assists, 2 special-teams tackle
Up next — at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. Sunday, CBS
Chazz Surratt, Minnesota Vikings weakside linebacker
14–7 loss vs. Cleveland —
No statistics; played 0 defensive snaps and 7 special-teams snaps (32%)
Season statistics — 3 games, no statistics
Up next — vs. Detroit, 1 p.m. Sunday, Fox
Mitchell Trubisky, Buffalo Bills quarterback
40–0 win vs. Houston — 1 of 1 passing, 0 yards; 4 rushes, 10 yards, 1 TD; played 9 snaps (12%)
Season statistics — 2 games; 2 of 2 passing for 9 yards (longest 8); 10 rushes for 27 yards (longest 22), 85.4 passer rating
Up next — at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, NBC (WRAL in Triangle)
Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos running back
23–7 loss vs. Baltimore —
7 carries, 48 yards (longest 31); 3 catches on 3 targets, 11 yards; played 31 snaps (51%)
Season statistics — 4 games, 46 carries, 186 yards (4.0 average; longest 31 yards); 8 catches, 50 yards (6.28 average, longest 17 yards)
Up next — at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Sunday, Fox
Tar Heels on practice squads
Jake Bargas, Minnesota Vikings fullback
Myles Dorn, Minnesota Vikings safety (played 10 special-teams snaps on Week 2)
Dazz Newsome, Chicago Bears wide receiver
Antonio Williams, Buffalo Bills running back
Injured Tar Heels
Jalen Dalton, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle, suffered season-ending triceps injury
Ryan Switzer, Cleveland Browns wide receiver, had ankle surgery Aug. 20

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