Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 4, 2016)

Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott swap jersey’s after the Cowboys and 49ers game in Santa Clara, CA. Photo Credit: Cowboys.com

The college Buckeyes set the table well for the ones in the pros with their 58-0 B1G home opener victory over Rutgers. The NFL should just change its name to the BFL, Buckeye Football League, because each week several former Ohio State players are shining on the game’s biggest stage.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott followed up his first career 100+ yard rushing game with another outstanding performance in the ‘Boys 24-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Elliott ran for 136 yards on 23 carries and had another touchdown, his 3rd on the season. “Zeke” now leads the NFL in rushing with 412 rushing yards. So much for that slow start in weeks one and two. He also had one reception for 19 yards. His counterpart on the 49ers sideline, and the guy he replaced at Ohio State, Carlos Hyde carried the ball 15 times for 74 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Zeke celebrates his 3rd career rushing TD, and 2nd 100+ yard rushing game of his career in the win over the 49ers. Photo Credit: Cowboys.com

On Sunday Night football in primetime, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward registered registered 3 sacks in Pittsburgh’s 43-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers came into the game with only 1 on the season. Heyward added 6 tackles (6 solo) and also batted the pass that was intercepted and returned by linebacker Jarvis Jones setting the Steelers offense up inside Chiefs 5 yard line.

It was a rough day for the former Bucks wearing Carolina Panther blue. Corey “Philly” Brown had 5 catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, Ted Ginn Junior added 2 catches for only 14 yards, 2 kickoff returns for 65 yards and 2 punts for 16 yards. Safety Kurt Coleman had 6 tackles (6 solo) and an interception returned for an 8-yard touchdown, but the Panthers gave up a historic day to the Atlanta Falcons as Matt Ryan threw for 503 yards and wide receiver Julio Jones caught 12 passes for 300 yards in the Falcons 48-33 victory.

After scoring his first career touchdown in the NFL last Monday against the Atlanta Falcons, rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas scored his second career touchdown, and added 4 catches for 44 yards for the New Orleans Saints in the their 35-34 win over the San Diego Chargers. Safety Vonn Bell had 6 tackles (6 solo), while 8-year linebacker James Laurinaitis missed the game with a quad injury. Rookie linebacker Joshua Perry collected 3 tackles (3 solo) for the Chargers in the loss.

Terrelle Pyor had another productive day for the Cleveland Browns. Pryor had 5 catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in the Browns 31-20 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Rookie linebacker Darron Lee of the New York Jets came into week three as the team’s leading tackler and added another 7 (5 solo) in the Jets 27-17 loss at the Seattle Seahawks.

Mike Nugent scored 16 points on 5 field goals and 1 extra point in the Cincinnati Bengals 22-7 win over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football.

On the injury front, Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Braxton Miller missed his second game with a hamstring injury. New York Jets wide receiver and return specialist Jalin Marshall missed this week’s game versus the Seattle Seahawks with a shoulder injury and according to head coach Todd Bowles is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier missed Sunday night’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs with a knee injury. In his 3-year career, Shazier has missed 13 games out of 48 to injury. Rookie Cornerback Eli Apple of the New York Giants will miss Monday night’s game against former Buckeye offensive lineman Alex Boone and the Minnesota Vikings with a hamstring injury that forced him from last week’s loss to the Washington Redskins.

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