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Badgers in the NFL: Chris Borland gets 1st NFL start against Denver Broncos

Wisconsin's favorite linebacker will fill in for injured All-Pro Patrick Willis against the Denver Broncos (minus Montee Ball, sadly).

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It's almost halfway through the NFL season -- can you believe that? Twenty-six former Wisconsin Badgers still hold spots on active NFL rosters, and one of them -- Chris Borland -- will make his first pro start Sunday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos

Here's Week 7 of the NFL season with your favorite former Badgers:

Former Badgers NFL Team Opponent Time 2014 Stats
Gabe Carimi Atlanta Falcons Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. ET 6 games, 4 starts
Peter Konz Atlanta Falcons Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. ET 6 games, 2 starts
Dezmen Southward Atlanta Falcons Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. ET 6 games, 7 tackles
Owen Daniels Baltimore Ravens Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. ET 6 games, 21 rec., 217 yards, 2 TDs
Rick Wagner Baltimore Ravens Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. ET 6 games, 6 starts
Nick Toon New Orleans Saints Detroit Lions 1 p.m. ET 1 game; no stats
DeAndre Levy Detroit Lions New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. ET 6 games, 6 starts, 57 tackles, 1 INT
Scott Tolzien Green Bay Packers Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. ET 6 games, 0 starts; no stats
Brad Nortman Carolina Panthers Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. ET 26 punts, 47.5 avg., 7 punts inside 20
O'Brien Schofield Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams 1 p.m. ET 5 games, 4 tackles
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams 1 p.m. ET 92-for-139, 978 yards, 8 TDs 2 INT 99.7 QB Rating
Lance Kendricks St. Louis Rams Seattle Seahawks 1 p.m. ET 5 games, 5 starts, 13 rec., 110 yds 2 TDs
Chris Borland San Francisco 49ers Denver Broncos 8:30 p.m. ET (MON) 6 games, 7 tackles; first start of NFL career
Montee Ball Denver Broncos San Francisco 49ers -- OUT (groin) 8:30 p.m. ET (MON) 4 games, 55 carries, 172 yds, 1 TD
Jim Leonhard Cleveland Browns Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. ET 5 games, 5 tackles
Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. ET 5 games, 5 starts
J.J. Watt Houston Texans Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m. ET (SUN) 6 games, 6 starts, 26 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT, 3 TDs
Garrett Graham Houston Texans Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m. ET (SUN) 5 games, 3 starts, 10 rec., 98 yards
Travis Frederick Dallas Cowboys New York Giants 4:25 p.m. ET 6 games, 6 starts
Nick Hayden Dallas Cowboys New York Giants 4:25 p.m. ET 6 games, 6 starts, 13 tackles
Kevin Zeitler Cincinnati Bengals Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. ET 2 games, 2 starts; possibly returning from injury
Kraig Urbik Buffalo Bills Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. ET 6 games, 0 starts
Matt Shaughnessy Arizona Cardinals Oakland Raiders - IR-R 4:25 p.m. ET 4 games, 4 starts, 9 tackles
James White New England Patriots New York Jets W 27-25 (Thurs) 3 carries, 21 yards; 3 catches 15 yards
Beau Allen Philadelphia Eagles BYE N/A 6 games, 3 tackles
Chris Maragos Philadelphia Eagles BYE N/A 6 games, 5 tackles, 1 punt block, 1 touchdown
Jonathan Casillas Tampa Bay Buccanneers BYE N/A 5 games, 3 starts, 9 tackles

Badgers vs. Badgers matchups

  • It would've been nice to see a Borland vs. Montee Ball matchup, but the former Doak Walker award winner is still out with a groin injury. Borland replaces Patrick Willis, who injured his toe Monday night against the St. Louis Rams.
  • Five former Badgers face off in Baltimore, as the Falcons (a.k.a Madison South) go on the road to face the Ravens.
  • After their loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Russell Wilson and the 3-2 Seattle Seahawks stay in the Central time zone as they face Lance Kendricks and the Rams. The defending Super Bowl champions will be without Percy Harvin, who was traded to the New York Jets. For some analysis behind this somewhat surprising trade, take a look at this article from our SB Nation cousins at Field Gulls.
  • Other games involving former Badgers include Brad Nortman returning to Wisconsin, as the Panthers hope to upend Scott "Scoots" Tolzien and the Green Bay Packers, and Nick Toon's New Orleans Saints traveling to Detroit to take on DeAndre Levy and that stout Detroit Lions defense.