Gators in the NFL: Week Six

Two former Florida Gators got into the end zone for their NFL team over the weekend. Aaron Hernandez caught a go-ahead touchdown with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a win, while defensive end Carlos Dunlap returned a fumble for a touchdown in a win for the Bengals. There were 26 former Florida players active this week and 16 recorded a start.

Aaron Hernandez ended the game catching eight passes for 68 yards and the one touchdown. He has served as the most trusted deep threat for the New England Patriots early in the season. Brandon Spikes started at outside linebacker and recorded eight tackles, including one for loss, and a quarterback hurry. Gerard Warren also recorded two tackles, one for a loss and recovered a fumble.

Carlos Dunlap's 35-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown was the highlight of his game, as he also added one tackle for a loss for the Cincinnati Bengals. Reggie Nelson started at free safety and led the team with seven tackles, including one for a loss. Nelson forced the fumble that Dunlap returned for the touchdown. Andre Caldwell caught four passes for 32 yards for the Bengals.

The injury to LeGarrette Blount gave Earnest Graham the starting job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He carried the call 17 times for 109 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards.

While Tim Tebow will get his first start of the season this coming Sunday, the other starting quarterback from Florida struggled. Rex Grossman went 9-for-22 through the air for 143 yards and four interceptions before John Beck replaced him. Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney caught two passes for 55 yards.

Ray McDonald started at defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers and recorded two tackles, one quarterback hurry, two passes defended and a half sack as his team gave the Detroit Lions their first loss of the year.

The recent success of the Florida offensive lines was again on display this weekend. Maurkice Pouncey made his 22nd straight regular season start at center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Max Starks started his first game of the year after the Steelers signed him two weeks ago. Second round pick Marcus Gilbert wasn't active.

On Monday night, Mike Pouncey made his fifth consecutive start to begin his career for the Miami Dolphins. Cooper Carlisle made his 108th career start as he got the nod at right guard for the Oakland Raiders.

Jeremy Mincey started at defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars and recorded eight tackles, including one for a loss.

Major Wright started at safety for the Chicago Bears and totaled four tackles.

David Nelson started at wide receivers for the Buffalo Bills and caught four passes for 62 yards.

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