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Recap: Former UNC Players in the NFL - Week Seven

Ryan Switzer (Dallas Cowboys) had his first NFL reception against the San Francisco 49ers. He also had one rush for three yards. Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago Bears) completed four of seven passes for 107 yards including a 70-yard pass to running back Tarik Cohen. Zach Brown (Washington Redskins) and Mack Hollins (Philadelphia Eagles) face off on Monday night. (Inside Carolina)

Chicago Bears QB Trubisky: 'I thought I played really poor'

Mitchell Trubisky's postgame pink blazer clashed with a not-so-pretty offense that he had just quarterbacked. But then, all wins are Kate Upton, particularly for a Bears team that thanks to Sunday's 17-3 triumph over the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field matched its 2016 victory total with still more than half the season left. "I thought I played really poor," Trubisky said. (Chicago Daily Herald)

Video: UNC Football Beats Arkansas in the Fog in 1981 Gator Bowl

Sunday night's NFL game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons became enshrouded in fog, reminiscent of North Carolina's 1981 Gator Bowl win over Arkansas, 31-27, in which the Tar Heels capped off a 10-2 season. The game became so foggy that much of the broadcast was televised by sideline cameras. View Video...

Chargers safety Tre Boston proving to be outstanding in pass coverage

Though he came in with a bit of a reputation as a hard-hitting defensive back, Chargers free safety Tre Boston has proven to be outstanding in coverage, posting a Pro Football Focus grade on par with the Giants’ stud safety Landon Collins. Boston has posted a grade of 82.7 to Collins’ 86.2 per PFF in coverage, proving that he is one of the best defenders at his position against the pass. (USA Today)

Larry Fedora Tasked with Salvaging UNC's 2017 Season

Larry Fedora has entered uncharted territory. In his 10 years as a Division I head coach, the 55-year-old has never failed to secure postseason eligibility. The 2017 season will be his first, and how he responds will determine the future trajectory of his North Carolina program. Fedora, who signed a contract extension in May through the 2022 season, is not at risk of losing his job. (Inside Carolina)

Extra Points: Numbers

"This is a recruiting game," Mack Brown said. "Forget Xs-and-Os. Personnel, that's the key." It's important to keep that simple concept in mind digging through the wreckage of the Tar Heels' 59-7 clobbering Saturday at Virginia Tech. We have seen this movie before. But these horror films eventually run their course with enough successes on the recruiting battlefront. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina’s offensive woes signal a long-term concern

Through Larry Fedora’s first five seasons in Chapel Hill, each of his offenses ranked in the nation’s top 50 in yards per game. Whether with players he inherited or prospects he recruited, Fedora never struggled to move the ball. Until this season. Virginia Tech’s 59-7 thrashing of UNC on Saturday was the latest sign that the Tar Heels face serious problems on offense. (FanRag Sports)

'Pretty Boy Assassin' Mitch Trubisky impressing Bears with his composure

The Bears will look to build on their Week 6 overtime upset of the Ravens when they play host to the Panthers on Sunday at Soldier Field. Can Mitch Trubisky continue showing growth against another talented defense? After making his first road start and salvaging his first NFL victory Sunday, Trubisky should have added confidence as he welcomes the Panthers to Soldier Field. (Chicago Tribune)

UNC vs. Virginia Tech - Player of the Game: Dogs

Against Virginia Tech, literally nothing went right for North Carolina. You’ve heard people say “the score wasn’t an accurate representation of what happened.” In this case, the 59-7 score was absolutely exactly what happened. It was all bad. The offense got absolutely nothing going and gave up two VT defensive touchdowns. You know what’s not bad? Dogs. (Tar Heel Blog)

Beyond the Good, Bad & Ugly Report: Virginia Tech

As someone who used to coach, I understand Larry Fedora’s frustration. You try to put your players in the best position to win and when you press button after button and nothing happens, there’s not a lot you can do. Fedora took some heat for his comments that he wouldn’t change anything going forward but I think what he meant is the process is good and there’s no need to radically change what you do each week. (Old North Blog)

Jason Brown’s Journey From Football to Farming

Former UNC football player Jason Brown, one of the highest-paid centers in the NFL, walked away from football at the peak of his career. His new life on a farm in Louisburg, just 30 minutes from where he grew up, was much harder, and happier, than he ever thought possible. Jason’s working harder than he ever has, but he goes to bed with a peace of mind he’s never had before (Our State Magazine)

Cardinals RB T.J. Logan has cast removed, return from IR could come soon

The Arizona Cardinals could get a boost to the return game in the coming weeks if all goes well. Rookie running back T.J. Logan, who had surgery to repair a dislocated wrist suffered in the team’s first preseason game, could be back soon. Logan’s cast is off. Logan, in less than one preseason, showed the potential to be an electrifying kick and punt returner. (USA Today)

In his 16th season, Panthers' Julius Peppers still producing at a high level

The sequence was all too familiar. Julius Peppers bursting past a helpless offensive tackle, turning the corner with eye-catching athleticism and barreling down on a quarterback who didn't see him coming. When the hit came, the ball popped free. Strip-sack. Turnover. Same old, same old. This was just last week, during Peppers' most recent game against the Eagles. (Chicago Tribune)

How to watch Tar Heels in the NFL: Week 7

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears (CBS): This matchup will leave many Tar Heel fans conflicted as Chicago quarterback Mitch Trubisky will take on the Carolina Panthers, the hometown NFL team of Trubisky’s alma mater. Kicker Connor Barth is also a Bear. On the other side, Julius Peppers will try to move up on the all-time sack list, which he would do with a sack Sunday. (Tar Heel Blog)

Trubisky will try to avoid Peppers as Bears host Panthers

Chicago Bears coach John Fox knows exactly how tough it is for offensive linemen to block Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. After all, Fox coached Peppers as a superstar rookie out of North Carolina. “You don’t get very many athletes like that who come along,” Fox said to reporters this week as he prepared to face his former player. (FOX Sports)

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