Tar Heels in NFL: Carter has best game of year in Jets’ upset of Bills

By R.L. Bynum

Michael Carter helped the New York Jets pull off one of the season’s biggest upsets.

He ran for a season-high 76 yards and a touchdown as they knocked off the Buffalo Bills 20–17 on Sunday. It was the second-best rushing game of his NFL career, only topped by a 118-yard game last season in a 26–21 home victory Dec. 26 over Jacksonville.

The 6–3 Jets moved a half-game back of the first-place Bills (6–2) in the AFC East. It’s the first time the Jets have entered an open date with a winning record since 2015 and they are three games above .500 for the first time since 2010.

Carter, who averaged 6.3 yards over 12 carries, gave the Jets a 14–10 halftime lead on a six-yard scoring run with 32 seconds left in the first half. He also ran for 25 yards early in the second quarter in the Jets’ longest play of the day.

“We don’t care what people say, we just care about each other and winning,” Carter said.


Last Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver Dazz Newsome to their practice squad but released him on Thursday.

After playing three games and catching two passes for 23 yards last season for the Chicago Bears, they released Newsome during training camp in August. He tried out with the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals but was a free agent before signing and being released by the Chiefs.


In Philadelphia’s 29–17 Thursday night win at Houston, Robert Quinn again didn’t start for the 8–0 Eagles in his second game with them since Chicago traded him. He only played seven defensive snaps and one special-teams snap, with no statistics.

Eagles coach Nick Siranni said that Quinn’s lack of snaps was because of the way they used defensive packages and that he should expect to average about 20 or 25 snaps in the remaining games.

Houston’s M.J. Stewart Jr. had one tackle and two assists in 35 total snaps. Texans offensive lineman Charlie Heck only played one offensive snap and three special-teams snaps.


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Wide receiver Mack Hollins had two catches on four targets for 17 yards in the Las Vegas Raiders’ 27–20 loss at Jacksonville. The Raiders fell to 2–6.


Washington linebacker Cole Holcomb missed his second consecutive game with a foot injury after not practicing all week.

In the Commanders’ 20–17 home loss to Minnesota to fall to 4–5, wide receiver Dyami Brown had no catches on one target. Taylor Heinicke played the entire game at quarterback again, going 15 of 28 for 149 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, meaning Sam Howell has still not made his NFL regular-season debut.


In his second game since signing with the Atlanta Falcons, defensive tackle Jalen Dalton had one tackle and two assists in their 20–17 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Even though Atlanta fell to 4–5, it’s still tied for the NFC South.


In New Orleans’ 27-13 Monday night home loss to Baltimore, James Hurst started at left tackle and played all 51 of the Saints’ offensive snaps.


UNC alums on open dates this week were the New York Giants’ Joshua Ezeudu and Tomon Fox and Pittsburgh’s Mitchell Trubisky.

Dyami Brown, Washington Commanders wide receiver
Age 23 | 6–0, 195 | second NFL season | UNC 2018–20

20–17 loss vs. Minnesota 0 catches on 1 target; 20 offensive snaps (31%), 1 special-teams snap (4%)
Season statistics — 6 games, 3 catches on 10 targets for 111 yards (37.0 average, 75 longest), 2 TDs; 1 special-teams assist
Up next — 8:15 p.m. Monday at Philadelphia, ESPN
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Michael Carter, New York Jets running back
Age 23 | 5–8, 201 | second NFL season | UNC 2017–20

20–17 win vs. Buffalo Started; 12 carries, 76 yards, 1 TD (25 longest, 6.3 average); 1 catch on 1 target, 10 yards; 15.6 fantasy points; 31 offensive snaps (52%)
Season statistics — 9 games, 7 starts; 104 carries, 330 yards (25 longest, 3.1 average), 3 TDs; 25 catches on 31 targets, 190 yards (37 longest, 7.6 average)
Up next after Week 10 open date — 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at New England, CBS
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Jalen Dalton, Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle
Age 25 | 6–6, 300 | third NFL season | UNC 2015–18

20–17 loss vs. Los Angeles Chargers 1 tackle, 2 assists; 18 defensive snaps (26%), 8 special-teams snaps (33%)
Season statistics — 2 games, 2 tackles, 2 assists
Up next — 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Carolina, Prime Video
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Joshua Ezeudu, New York Giants offensive lineman
Age 23 | 6–4, 308 | rookie NFL season | UNC 2018–21

Giants had an open date
Season statistics — 8 games, 1 start; 176 offensive snaps, 136 special-teams snaps
Up next —
1 p.m. Sunday vs. Houston, CBS
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Tomon Fox, New York Giants linebacker
Age 24 | 6–3, 260 | rookie NFL season | UNC 2016–21

Giants had an open date
Season statistics — 5 games; 4 tackles, 3 assists, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Houston, CBS
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Charlie Heck, Houston Texans left tackle
Age 25 | 6–8, 311 | third NFL season | UNC 2015–19

29–17 Thursday loss vs. Philadelphia Played off the bench; reported tackle-eligible once; 1 offensive snap (2%), 3 special-teams snaps (13%)
Season statistics — 8 games, 1 start; 16 offensive snaps, 24 special-teams snaps
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday at New York Giants, CBS
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Cole Holcomb, Washington Commanders middle linebacker
Age 26 | 6–1, 240 | fourth NFL season| UNC 2015–18

20–17 loss vs. Minnesota Missed second consecutive game with a foot injury
Season statistics — 7 games, 7 starts; 37 tackles, 32 assists
Up next — 8:15 p.m. Monday at Philadelphia, ESPN
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Mack Hollins, Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver
Age 29 | 6–4, 221 | sixth NFL season | UNC 2013–16

27–20 loss at Jacksonville — Started; 2 catches on 4 targets, 17 yards (8.5 average, 13 longest); 3.7 fantasy points; 50 offensive snaps (85%), 4 special-teams snaps (15%)
Season statistics — 7 games, 5 starts; 1 of 1 passing, 4 yards; 25 catches on 35 targets, 365 yards (14.6 average, 60 longest), 2 TDs
Up next — 4:05 p.m. Sunday vs. Indianapolis, CBS
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Sam Howell, Washington Commanders quarterback
Age 22 | 6–1, 220 | rookie NFL season |UNC 2019–21

20–17 loss vs. Minnesota Active for the game but didn’t play
Season statistics — Hasn’t played
Up next — 8:15 p.m. Monday at Philadelphia, ESPN
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James Hurst, New Orleans Saints tackle
Age 30 | 6–5, 310 | ninth NFL season | UNC 2010–13

27–13 loss vs. Baltimore Started at left guard, played all 51 offensive snaps
Season statistics — 9 games; 9 starts, 1 fumble recovery, 1 tackle on an interception return; 594 offensive snaps (100%), 24 special-teams snaps
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday at Pittsburgh, Fox
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Robert Quinn, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end
Age 32 | 6–4, 245 | 12th NFL season | UNC 2008–09

29–17 win at Houston — Didn’t start; no statistics; 7 defensive snaps (12%), 1 special-teams snap (4%)
Season statistics — 9 games, 7 starts; 6 tackles (1 for a loss), 2 assists, 1 sack
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday vs. New Orleans, Fox
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M.J. Stewart Jr., Houston Texans safety
Age 27 | 5–11, 200 | fifth NFL season | UNC 2014–17

29–17 Thursday loss vs. Philadelphia Played off the bench; 1 tackle, 2 assists; 15 defensive snaps (23%), 20 special-teams snaps (87%)
Season statistics —
6 games; 4 tackles, 1 assist, 5 special-teams tackles, 3 special-teams assists
Up next —
1 p.m. Sunday at New York Giants, CBS
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Mitchell Trubisky, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback
Age 28 | 6–2, 220 | sixth NFL season | UNC 2014–16

Pittsburgh had an open date
Season statistics — 5 games, 4 starts; 78 of 138, 797 yards (36 longest), 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 5 sacks; 13 rushes, 29 yards
Up next — 1 p.m. Sunday vs. New Orleans, Fox
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Out for the season
Running back Javonte Williams, Denver (torn ACL in right knee); 4 games, 4 starts; 47 carries, 204 yards (4.3 average, 17 longest); 16 catches on 22 targets, 76 yards (4.8 average, 13 longest)
On injured reserve
Running back Giovani Bernard, ankle injury, Tampa Bay (hasn’t played in regular season)
Running back Ty Chandler, Minnesota, broken thumb (2 games, 1 special-team assist)
On practice squads
Cornerback Kyler McMichael, Buffalo
Linebacker Chazz Surratt, New York Jets (released by Minnesota)
Signed to practice squad, then released
Wide receiver Dazz Newsome, Kansas City (released in camp by Chicago)
Released during camp and unsigned
Fullback Jake Bargas, Chicago (earlier by Minnesota)
Defensive tackle Aaron Crawford, Baltimore
Linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel, Denver (earlier by San Francisco)
Wide receiver Austin Proehl, New York Giants
Offensive tackle Jordan Tucker, Pittsburgh
Released from injured reserve with settlements
Tight end Bug Howard, Tampa Bay
Released after Week 3
Running back Antonio Williams, New York Giants
Released after Week 5
Linebacker Andre Smith, Buffalo Bills (hasn’t played; served a suspension for violating NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy)
Released after Week 6
Defensive back Myles Dorn, Minnesota Vikings (3 games, 1 assist)

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