Ohio State Buckeye football fans have a lot to be thankful for this season. The Scarlet and Gray held on to beat TTUN in overtime and are primed for a return to the College Football Playoff, plus several former Bucks, especially the wide receivers, shined on Thanksgiving day in the NFL, and on Sunday.
Ezekiel Elliott continues his run towards the NFL rookie rushing record, and his first League rushing title. He just missed the century mark against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. “Zeke” scored 2 touchdowns and rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries. He also caught 2 passes for 23 yards in the 31-26 win over their division rivals. The Cowboys are now 10-1, and have won the last 10 games in a row. Safety Donte Whitner had 4 tackles for Washington.
Also on Thursday, Ryan Shazier had 6 tackles for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 28-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
New Orleans rookie wide receiver Mike Thomas caught 9 passes for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Saints 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams. It was Thomas’ second career game of 100+ receiving yards and 2+ touchdowns. Safety Vonn Bell had 3 tackles for the victors.
Ted Ginn Junior had 4 receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown for the Carolina Panthers in their 35-32 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Safety Kurt Coleman had 11 tackles (8 solo) for the Panthers in the loss.
On Sunday night football in an overtime thriller, Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby had 2 tackles in their 30-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chargers rookie Joey Bosa had 7 tackles (4 solo) and a half sack in San Diego’s 21-13 win over the Houston Texans in the Lone Star State. His teammate rookie linebacker Josh Perry had 1 tackle in the win. On the Texans side, Braxton Miller had 1 catch for 12 yards in the loss. Texans linebacker John Simon missed the game with a chest injury.
New York Giants rookie defensive back Eli Apple returned to the Buckeye State against the Cleveland Browns, and lined up a couple of times against fellow OSU Alumn Terrelle Pryor. Apple had 2 tackles to help the Giants win 27-13. He left with a cramp in the 3rd quarter and did not return to the game. Defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins had 3 tackles (1 solo), 1.5 sacks and a key QB hit that forced a fumble which was returned for a touchdown. Pryor had 6 catches for 131 yards for the Browns, but no touchdowns in the loss.
In New York, Darron Lee and Jalin Marshall of the Jets went up against the New England Patriots. Lee had 11 tackles (5 solo), and Marshall had 2 catches for 6 yards in the 22-17 loss. Jets 11-year Center Nick Mangold sat out the game with an injured ankle.
Defensive tackle Adolphus Washington had 2 tackles for the Buffalo Bills in their 28-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In Baltimore, Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent scored 6 points on two field goals, but missed an extra point in the Bengals 19-14 loss to the Ravens.
San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde had 65 rushing yards on 13 carries, and caught 5 passes for 30 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass in the Niners 31-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins in South Florida.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles plays on Monday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers. Center Corey Linsley starts on the offensive line for the Pack.