Buckeye Nation is beaming with pride after back to back 62-3 victories, and an upset loss by that “Team Up North.” Sunday, a few former Bucks gave those who bleed scarlet and gray more to stick their chest out about.
Ezekiel Elliott’s historic season reached a new level against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dallas Cowboys running back had his first game of over 200 scrimmage yards with 114 rushing yards on 21 carries with 2 rushing touchdowns, and 2 receptions for 95 yards, which included an 83-yard screen pass in run for a touchdown which was the longest reception by a Cowboys running back in 30-years. Zeke is also the first Dallas running back since Tony Dorsett to rush for over a 1,000 in his rookie season. He now has 1,005 rushing yards on the season. Dallas won 35-30 to extend their win streak to 8 games.
There were two fellow Buckeyes on the Steelers sideline Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward. Shazier had 9 tackles (4 solo), 1 tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Heyward had 2 tackles and several QB pressures.
Week 10 in the NFL kicked off Thurday night with the Cleveland Browns trying to win their first game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens, behind their leading receiver Terrelle Pryor. Pryor had 5 catches for 48 yards in the 28-7 loss.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Junior had 5 catches for 44 yards and had 1 punt return for 9 yards in Carolina’s 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Safety Kurt Coleman had 3 tackles for the Panthers.
Denver Broncos defensive back Bradley Roby faced off against New Orleans Saints wide receiver Mike Thomas in the Superdome. Roby had 2 tackles and a forced fumble in the 25-23 victory. Thomas, coming off his big game last week at San Francisco, only had 4 catches for 49 yards in defeat. On the defensive side, Saints safety Vonn Bell had 6 tackles in the loss.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 8 tackles (6 solo) for Philadelphia in the Eagles 24-15 win over the Atlanta Falcons. His fellow safety and division rival Donte Whitner also had 8 tackles (6 solo) for Washington in their 26-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Carlos Hyde returned to the San Francisco 49ers lineup after missing last week with a shoulder injury. He only gained 14 yards on 13 carries.
Eli Apple and Johnathan Hankins of the New York Giants play on Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals and kicker Mike Nugent.