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In a generally lackluster week for former Tigers on offense, former Tiger defensive lineman stood out for their contributions on Sunday.
Justin Smith and Ziggy Hood, the only big men in the NFL from the university, each dropped the quarterback. Smith’s assisted sack–he went over the top of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers while Hawaii product Isaac Sopoaga lunged at the QB’s knees–increases the Smith’s team-leading sack total to five and a half.
In Baltimore, Pittsburgh’s Ziggy Hood ended the first Ravens drive, exploding past Baltimore’s Matt Birk and leveling quarterback Joe Flacco for his first sack of the 2010 season. With Steelers’ starter Aaron Smith sidelined as he recovers from a triceps injury, Ziggy finally logged enough time on the field to push his season tackle total into double digits.
It should be noted that Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau’s 3-4 scheme asks big men like Ziggy Hood to funnel the ball carrier to their athletic linebackers. Tackles do not come easily for the front three.
Jeremy Maclin has never stopped producing in Philadelphia, and he continued to impress on Thursday. He would have eclipsed 100 yards receiving had Michael Vick put just a little more air under a 45 yard bomb down the sideline. Jason Allen intercepted the pass for Houston.
Tennessee’s Justin Gage, despite a generally unproductive day, had a nasty stiff arm after his only catch against Jacksonville. He carried Rashean Mathis an extra five yards before stepping out of bounds in Jaguar territory in the third quarter.