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Eric Ebron is off to a really good start for the Lions this season

Eric Ebron didn't have any drops in his final six games, and he's gone two games to open this season without one either. That's eight straight games -- half a season's worth -- without a drop. He's done it while racking up nine catches for 99 yards this year, which makes him Detroit's second leading receiver. And he's come up big in big moments, too.

Patrice Rene seizes spot in secondary

Patrice Rene was a late addition to UNC’s 2016 recruiting class and arrived on campus in June. Most freshmen that enroll in the summer need time to learn the playbook and adjust to college life before they see the field. But the 6-foot-2 cornerback played in the Tar Heels’ season-opening loss against Georgia and saw 71 snaps in the win over James Madison.

UNC DE Dajaun Drennon Returns

UNC defensive end Dajaun Drennon returned to practice in limited action Tuesday after being sidelined since April with a foot injury. Drennon, who has started 25 games during his UNC career, broke his right foot during spring practice and needed surgery. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound native of Clementon, N.J. tallied 35 tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last season.

UNC's Defensive Production Lacking

For the second year in row, North Carolina’s opening three games included a season opener against a SEC opponent at a neutral site, an overmatched FCS opponent at home and Illinois. Even the specific games matched up comparably. Despite those similarities, UNC’s defensive production has taken a step backward so far in 2016.

Video: Tuesday Gene Chizik Post-Practice Interview

North Carolina defensive coordinator, Gene Chizik, expresses his dissatisfaction over how his unit performed in Saturday's win over James Madison, noting several specifics about what bothered him. He also looks ahead to the Tar Heels' game against Pitt game this weekend.

Tar Heels have penalty problem entering ACC opener vs. Pitt

The Tar Heels are one of the nation's most penalized teams heading into Saturday's game against Pittsburgh. They're coming off a game in which they were called for five unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, leaving Larry Fedora irked after an easy win that included the season's best performance by first-year starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Jeff Schoettmer Released from Saints' Injured Reserve

Jeff Schoettmer was released from the New Orleans Saints' injured reserve list Monday, Joel A. Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate reports. Schoettmer was among the players in the first round of the Saints' final cuts leading up to the start of the regular season and was subsequently stashed on injured reserve. His release allows him to sign elsewhere.

Turner's Take: What They Need To Do

Pitt is gaining nearly five yards per rushing attempt. That's worrisome, because Tar Heel opponents are doing the same. So, it'd go a long way toward winning if the Tar Heels were able to stop the run. Well, nobody stops the run, per se, but slowing down James Conner and company, and putting the ball back in the UNC offense's hands will give the home team an opportunity to win.

The UNC defense missed Nazair Jones

Without Nazair Jones along North Carolina's defensive line the Dukes were able to move the ball effecively throughout the first quarter. The fans took notice, so did his teammates. "I came up to him after the game and told him we missed him being out there," junior linebacker Cayson Collins told reporters on Saturday evening.

Pitt win Saturday against North Carolina could open path to ACC Coastal Division title

Since the first snap in spring, Pitt’s football team and coaches have stated a desire to win the ACC, to be one of two teams left standing for the conference title game Dec. 3. Reaching that goal will be a decidedly uphill if things do not go well Saturday, when the Panthers open conference play at North Carolina, the defending Coastal Division champion.

Pitt Football opens ACC play at North Carolina

This is the 11th meeting between Pitt and North Carolina in a series that dates back to 1974…seven of the 10 games have been decided by single digits, including each of the last five contests...the Tar Heels lead the overall series, 7-3, and have won all three ACC encounters: 26-19 in Pittsburgh last season, 40-35 in Chapel Hill in 2014 and 34-27 in Pittsburgh in 2013.

Mitch Trubisky focused on improving, not records

The deep passes contributed to Mitch Trubisky's career-high 432 passing yards against James Madison. Along with setting a personal record, Trubisky broke the UNC record for consecutive passes without an interception with 156. "I wish you guys would stop talking about that," the junior joked. "You don't talk about a no-hitter when someone's got a no-hitter going."

Tar Heels will try to start strong by stopping the run

It was no surprise on Monday when Larry Fedora revealed the ambitious number he has in mind for his run defense to have a successful day against the Pittsburgh offense on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. “We know if we don’t stop the run, then it’s going to be a long day. We’ve got to slow them down. We’d love to be around 75 percent less than what their average is."

'He's always going to find you'

North Carolina had planned to run the flea-flicker on the previous scoring drive. The Dukes’ safeties were moving up to stop the run, so UNC had a plan to expose James Madison with the deep ball. But the Tar Heels had to change the play at the line of scrimmage. Why? Mack Hollins started yelling, “Touchdown, touchdown,” before the play even started.

Film review: How UNC's offense has evolved under Larry Fedora

The running game has probably evolved the most in Larry Fedora’s tenure. The first thing we noticed is how the quarterback’s role has changed. This is partly due to personnel — Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky are better runners than Bryn Renner, Fedora’s quarterback in 2012. But UNC has also incorporated more read options into the playbook.

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North Carolina: 37
Pittsburgh: 36
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at Georgia Tech7
Florida State55
at South Florida35
East Carolina17
at Virginia Tech54
Central Michigan35
at Virginia49
at Connecticut24
at Boston College42
at Notre Dame35
at North Carolina37
Wake Forest33
at Indiana28
at Marshall28
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(30) Virginia Tech1-03-1
(32) North Carolina1-03-1
Georgia Tech1-13-1
(14) Miami0-03-0

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Louisville2-04-0
(5) Clemson1-04-0
(38) Wake Forest1-04-0
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-13-1
Boston College0-22-2

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