What at time, to be an Ohio State Buckeye! The current Bucks held on to their #2 ranking in the Associated Poll with a gutsy overtime win a the Wisconsin Badgers, while several former Buckeyes displayed in the NFL why the Scarlet & Gray is “THE” program when it comes to building future pros.
Week 6 of the 2016 NFL kicked off with former Buckeye and #3 overall pick in the 2016 Draft Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers making his primetime debut versus AFC West rival and defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos and defensive back Bradley Roby. Bosa followed up his 2 sack first game with only 1 tackle, but had several pressures of Broncos QB Trevor Siemian that forced many errant passes. Linebacker Josh Perry also added 2 tackles for San Diego in the 21-13 win. Roby had 1 tackle and 2 passes defended for Denver in the loss.
Ezekiel Elliott continued his strong rookie campaign against the Green Bay Packers to the tune of his fourth consecutive 100+ yard rushing game. Elliott carried the ball 25 times for 157 yards, and had 2 catches for 17 yards to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 30-16 win at Lambeau Field. Elliott leads the league in rushing yards with a total of 703 yards.
New Orleans Saints rookie wideout Mike Thomas caught his 3rd career touchdown in New Orleans 41-38 win over the defending NFC South and NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. Thomas finished with 5 catches for 78 yards. His teammate and former Buckeye, Safety Vonn Bell had 7 tackles (4 solo). On the Panthers side wide receivers Tedd Ginn Junior and Corey “Philly” Brown had 5 catches for 54 yards and 2 catches for 33 yards and a fumble yards respectively. Ginn Junior also had 3 kickoff returns for 66 yards and 4 punt returns for 32 yards. Safety Kurt Coleman 8 tackles (5 solo) in the loss.
Terelle Pryor has got to be the Cleveland Browns MVP thus far this season. Pryor has started at wide receiver and been their best pass catcher, passer and rusher. He did it again on Sunday in a loss to the Tennessee Titans. He had 9 catches for 75 and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing once for 3 yards in the 28-26 loss.
Kicker Mike Nugent scored 5 of the Cincinnati Bengals 17 points on 2 extra points and a 25-yard field goal in the 35-17 loss to the New England Patriots. Special teams ace, Nate Ebner had 3 tackles for the Pats.
8-year safety Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles had a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown (the fourth of his career), 2 passes defensed and 6 tackles (2 solo) in the 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins. Safety Donte’ Whitner made 4 tackles for the Redskins to aid the victory.
Rookie defensive tackles Aldophus Washington recorded his first career sack for the Buffalo Bills in their 45-16 victory over Carols Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers. Hyde had 14 carries for 52 yards in defeat.
Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa collected 2 tackles for the Miami Dolphins in their 30-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers were without defensive lineman Cam Heyward and linebacker Ryan Shazier who missed the game to injuries. Safety
Rookie wide receiver Braxton Miller and linebacker John Simon of the Houston Texans took on offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football. Miller had 2 catches for 13 yards while Simon made 9 tackles (4 solo) in the 26-23 overtime win.
Three more Buckeyes take the field in primetime on Monday Night Football when Rookies Jalin Marshall, linebacker Darron Lee and second-year wideout Devin Smith of the New York Jets play against the Arizona Cardinals.