Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 8, 2016)

That collective sigh of relief you heard Saturday afternoon was from 100,000+ in Ohio Stadium and the millions of fans apart of Buckeye Nation as Ohio State escaped losing to Northwestern while avoiding Urban Meyer’s first regular season losing streak at OSU. So with the win, hopefully Scarlet and Gray fans could better enjoy watching the former Bucks perform on Sunday than last week after the Penn State defeat.

Ezekiel Elliott continued his rush to history in an overtime thriller on Sunday Night Football. “Zeke” had 96 rushing yards on 22 carries, and 4 catches for 52 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in their 29-23 win over divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliott is the NFL’s leading rusher (799) and is on pace to pass Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record of 1,808. Elliott averages 114.14 rushing yards per game and if he continues at this pace, he’ll finish the season with a new record of 1,826. Safety Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles had 8 tackles (6 solo & 1 TFL) in the loss.

Joey Bosa had 2 tackles and Joshua Perry had 1 for the San Diego Chargers in their 27-19 loss to Bradley Roby and the Denver Broncos. Roby had an interception return for a touchdown and 4 tackles (3 solo) to help the defending Super Bowl Champions move to 6-2.

Mike Nugent of the Cincinnati Bengals helped kicked off the NFL Sunday in London as the Bengals and Washington Redskins played to a 27-27 tie. Nugent scored 3 points on 3 extra points, but missed another that could have given them the one point edge which would’ve given them the win. He also missed a field goal from 50+ yards. Safety Donte Whitner had 9 tackles (8 solo) for Washington.

Ted Ginn Junior, Corey “Philly” Brown and Kurt Coleman of the Carolina Panthers got a huge win that potentially saved the defending NFC Champions slim playoff hopes. Ginn Junior had 5 catches for 53 yards, Brown had only one catch for 3 yards and Coleman had 6 tackles (3 solo) to aid Carolina to a 30-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Panthers are now 2-5.

Linebacker John Simon had 8 tackles (6 solo) and rookie Braxton Miller had 3 catches for 18 yards for the Houston Texans in their 20-13 win over offensive tackle Taylor Decker and the Detroit Lions.

Rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints had 6 catches for 63 yards to lead the team in their 25-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis was active this week after missing that pass few weeks with a quad injury, but he didn’t record any stats. Rookie safety Tyvis Powell and tight end Nick Vannett dressed for the Seahawks but also didn’t record any stats.

The game with the most Buckeyes on combined rosters was in Cleveland between the Browns and New York Jets. Terrelle Pryor caught 6 passes for 101 yards as he continues to lead the team in both categories. It was Pryor’s 2nd career 100+ yard receiving game. Jalin Marshall returned one kickoff for 18 yards and 2 punts for 15 yards for the Jets in the 31-28 victory. Jets leading tackler, linebacker Darron Lee, missed the game with an ankle injury. Center Nick Mangold and wide receiver Devin Smith are also members of the Jets.

New York Giants’ Eli Apple and Johnathan Hankins, Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward of the Pittsburgh Steelers were on a Bye this week. Carlos Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers were also on a Bye. Hyde has been struggling with a shoulder injury and it’s not known if he will return to action when the Niners face the New Orleans Saints on November 6th.

Offensive Tackle Alex Boone of the Minnesota Vikings plays fellow offensive lineman Mike Adams and the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.

The NFL has one less Buckeye in the League as veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk was released this week by the Atlanta Falcons, two weeks after he was signed by the team out of free agency.



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