Following Flynt - Irish Around The League

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With their teams on a bye week, Atlanta's Darrin Walls ('10) and Tampa Bay's Jeff Faine ('03) each traveled back to South Bend to catch the Irish in action against Navy. Chicago, Green Bay, Oakland and the New York Jets also had the weekend off.

Meanwhile, week eight of the NFL schedule featured several former Notre Dame football players pitted against one another.

Kyle Rudolph had two catches for 15 yards as Minnesota bested Carolina, 24-21. Once an offensive duo at Notre Dame, Rudolph and quarterback Jimmy Clausen ('11) were on opposing sidelines on Sunday. The game featured the Vikings' John Sullivan ('07) and Panthers' J.J. Jansen ('08) as well, who were also former teammates while at Notre Dame. At the midpoint of the 2011 season, both teams are 2-6.

Detroit crushed Denver, 45-10 in the Mile High City. Receiver Maurice Stovall ('06) did not have any catches, but made a special teams tackle in the victory. Stovall's Lions improved to 6-2, while the Broncos and his Irish teammates David Bruton ('09) and Brady Quinn ('07) dropped to 2-5.

After missing three games with groin and neck injuries, Justin Tuck ('05) returned to action for New York. Miami led for much of the game, but the Giants took control in the fourth quarter to avoid the upset. Tuck had one tackle and half a sack, as the Giants climbed to 5-2. Anthony Fasano ('06) and the Dolphins remain winless this season.

In a battle for AFC supremacy, Pittsburgh defeated New England, 25-17. Arnaz Battle ('03) made two tackles for the Steelers, while Sergio Brown ('10) had one for the Patriots.

In other NFL news, Philadelphia dominated Dallas, 34-7 on NBC's Sunday Night Football. The Eagles scored on their opening drive and forced the Cowboys to punt on the ensuing possession when Trevor Laws ('07) sacked quarterback Tony Romo on third down.

Baltimore defeated Arizona, 30-27 to improve to 5-2. Tom Zbikowski ('07) had two tackles in the Ravens' victory.

Golden Tate caught two passes for 11 yards in Seattle's 34-12 loss to Cincinnati.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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