There’s good news and bad news. Good news is the current Buckeyes take the field in the Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 5 days. The bad, several former Buckeyes were on the losing end in the NFL in week 16.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had 6 tackles Saturday night in their loss to the Washington Redskins 38-24. The loss ended their slim playoff hopes.
The Pittsburgh Steelers trio of former Silver Bullets played well, but in a losing effort. Defensive lineman Cam Heyward had 5 tackles, while linebacker Ryan Shazier had 13 tackles (8 assisted), and safety Will Allen had 6 tackles (3 assisted) in their 17-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie cornerback Doran Grant also saw some action on special teams. Pittsburgh still has a shot to make the postseason, if they win next week at Cleveland and the New York Jets lose to the Buffalo Bills.
Speaking of Cleveland. Browns safety Donte’ Whitner had 6 tackles in their 13-17 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs.
Also in a losing effort, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown had 3 catches for 39 yards, while his offensive running mate Ted Ginn Junior had one catch for 9 yards. Safety Kurt Coleman had 8 tackles (1 assisted) in the 13-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It was the first loss for the Panthers on the season. They’re now 14-1.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis had 7 tackles (5 assisted), and his teammate defensive back Christian Bryant had 2 tackles in the 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent of the Cincinnati Bengals take on Bradley Roby of the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.