Well, if you’re an Ohio State fan, your football weekend was a little ruined by the current Buckeyes disappointing 24-21 loss a Penn State dropping them from #2 to #6 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. But they’re still in control of their destiny to win the B1G Championship and even earn an invite to the College Football Playoff. Anyhow, hopefully the play of OSU Alums in the NFL lifted your spirits.
2016 #3 overall pick Joey Bosa continues to flourish with the San Diego Chargers. Bosa had another 2 sacks and 5 tackles (4 solo) in San Diego’s 33-30 overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons. His teammate linebacker Joshua Perry had one tackle in the victory.
8-year safety Malcolm Jenkins had 4 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 21-10 victory over the previously undefeated Minnesota Vikings. Offensive tackle Alex Boone of the Vikings also had a fumble recovery.
Eli Apple returned to the New York Giants secondary and had 3 tackles and a forced fumble in the Giants 17-10 win over the Saint Louis Rams across the pond in London.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints had his biggest statistical game of his young career. Thomas caught 10 passes from Drew Brees for 130 yards, but no touchdowns in their 27-21 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs. His fellow former Buck on the defensive side, safety Vonn Bell, had 4 tackles (3 solo) in the loss.
In the “Battle of Ohio”, kicker Mike Nugent scored 7 points for the Cincinnati Bengals in their 31-17 win over the winless Cleveland Browns (0-7). Nugent made 4 extra points and a field goal from 36 yards. He also missed two field goals from beyond 40 yards. Terrelle Pryor had 2 catches for 18 yards on the day. Pryor leads Cleveland in receptions (33) and yards (413) and is second in touchdown catches (4).
Rookie wide receiver, kick and punt returner Jalin Marshall had 3 punt returns for 18 yards and 2 kick returns for 38 yards in New York’s win over the Ravens.
Linebacker Ryan Shazier returned to the Steelers lineup after missing two consecutive games and had 2 tackles and a pass defensed in the Steelers 27-16 loss to the New England Patriots. On the other side, special teams ace Nate Ebner had 1 tackle in the victory.
Tight end Nick Vannett, and safety Tyvis Powell of the Seattle Seahawks faced off against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football, neither recorded any stats. Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Braxton Miller and linebacker John Simon face of against defensive back Bradley Roby and the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys were on a bye, so were Ted Ginn Junior, Corey “Philly” Brown and Kurt Coleman of the Carolina Panthers.
A handful of former Bucks were sidelined with injury. Darron Lee of the New York Jets missed the team’s 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Lee came into the game as the Jets leading tackler on the season (30). His Jets teammate, second-year wide receiver Devin Smith, is on the physically unable to perform list. Carlos Hyde missed the San Francisco 49ers 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward missed his second consecutive game of the season versus the New England Patriots, and New Orleans Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis missed his third game over the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.