While the unpaid Buckeyes had the week off after an outstanding beatdown of the Oklahoma Sooners, several Scarlet and Gray alums strapped up and represented “THE” well in the NFL.
In primetime on Sunday Night Football, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott finally looked like the star Buckeye Nation knows he is. In the first half alone he carried the ball 13 times for 76 yards. For the game, Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards, his first of 100+ yard game of his career in the Cowboys 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears. Elliott also had 2 receptions for 20 yards.
Week three of the NFL kicked off Thursday night with the Houston Texans versus the New England Patriots. Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller sat out with a hamstring injury. It’s not a serious one, and he is expected to return soon. 4th year Linebacker John Simon registered 3 tackles (2 solo) for Houston in the 27-0 loss to the Patriots. The star Buckeye of the night was U.S. Olympic rugby player and 5th year defensive back Nate Ebner forced 2 fumbles and had 1 tackle for New England to help them get the victory.
The breakout star of Sunday was Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, who keeps getting better each week at his new position. The former quarterback had 8 receptions for 144 yards, he also lined up at QB and rushed 4 times for 21 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. Still it wasn’t enough as the Browns lost 30-24 in overtime in South Florida.
It was also a rough day for Ohio’s other pro team, the Cincinnati Bengals. 12th year Kicker Mike Nugent scored 5 points on two extra points and a 34 yard field goal in Cincinnati’s 29-17 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos.
Tedd Ginn Junior and Corey “Philly” Brown of the Carolina Panthers took on the Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte. Ginn caught 3 passes for 62 yards from reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton. He also had 2 kick returns for 44 yards and 2 rushes for 5 yards. Brown contributed 4 catches for 57 yards, but the Vikings got the win 22-10. Seven-year safety Kurt Coleman also had 8 tackles (3 solo) for the Panthers. Minnesota Vikings starting offensive lineman Alex Boone left the game with a hip injury.
New York Giants Rookie defensive back Eli Apple was forced to leave the G-Men’s 29-27 loss to division rival Washington Redskins. Apple only recorded one tackle before the injury. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had two tackles for the Giants.
A couple former Silver Bullets faced off in the “Battle of Pennsylvania” when Cam Heyward, Ryan Shazier and the Pittsburgh Steelers played at Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles in the “City of Brotherly Love.” This game was never in doubt. Jenkins had 5 tackles (4 solo) and 3 passes defensed in the Eagles 34-3 drubbing of the Steelers. Heyward had 4 tackles (3 solo) while Shazier had 2 tackles (1 solo) as he struggled to stay on the field with a knee injury.
Rookie linebacker Darron Lee is the New York Jets leading tackler on the season coming into week 3, he added another 6 tackles (5 solo) and a half sack in the Jets 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. His teammate and fellow rookie, wide receiver Jalin Marshall had a day to forget. He lost a fumble–his second on the season–and only had 2 catches for 19 yards, but did have 3 kick returns for 84 yards and a punt return for 12 yards in the loss.
Rookies wide receiver Michael Thomas, safety Vonn Bell, and 8 year pro linebacker James Laurinaitis of the New Orleans Saints face off against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football in the “Big Easy.”