Now that the Ohio State Buckeyes are in securely in the College Football Playoff, fans of the Scarlet and Gray can exhale until the quest for title number eight begins. But until they take the field on December 31st in Arizona against Clemson, Buckeye Nation should just sit back and enjoy the Buckeyes in the NFL, especially the few that could also be playing for a Championship come early 2017.
Ezekiel Elliott had a so-so game Thursday night in the Dallas Cowboys 17-15 win over the Minnesota Vikings compared with the standard he’s set for himself in the past month or more. Elliott had 86 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 20 carries. He also had 4 catches for 19 yards and a fumble. Zeke now has 1,285 rushing yards through 12 games. Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson has the rookie rushing record of 1,808. ED had 1,406 yards through his first 12 games with the Los Angeles Rams. Elliott needs to rack up a few 100+ yard games to get the record. Hopefully, behind that talented offensive line he can get it.
Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in the defending Super Bowl champions’ 20-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Roby also had 3 tackles and 2 passes defensed.
Roby wasn’t the only defensive back to have a career day. Eli Apple of the New York Giants had a fumble recovery and his first career interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Apple also had 5 (4 solo) tackles and one for a loss in the Giants 24-14 defeat to the Steelers. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had 2 tackles (1 solo) in a losing effort. On the Pittsburgh side, linebacker Ryan Shazier had 3 tackles for the victors.
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent has struggled this season, especially with extra points, but had a decent day Sunday helping the Bengals get their fourth win of the season. “Nug” scored 14 of Cincinnati’s 32 points in their win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He made 4 field goals, with his long being 38 yards, and made 2 of 3 extra points. Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 5 tackles in the loss for the Eagles.
On Sunday Night Football, Ted Ginn Junior, Corey “Philly” Brown and offensive guard Andrew Norwell of the Carolina Panthers played against the Seattle Seahawks in the great Northwest. Ginn caught 5 passes for 80 yards and had a 55 yard touchdown. He also had one kickoff return for 25 yards and a rush attempt for 6 yards in Carolina’s 40-7 loss to the Seahawks. Brown caught no passes and had one rush for -3 yards. Safety Kurt Coleman missed the game with a concussion.
Safety Donte Whitner had 2 tackles for the Washington Redskins in their 31-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
San Diego Chargers rookie Joey Bosa had 1 tackle and 1 sack in a 28-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Michael Thomas caught 4 passes for 42 yards for the New Orleans Saints in a 28-13 loss to the Detroit Lions. Saints Safety Vonn Bell had 4 tackles (2 solo) in the loss.
Linebacker John Simon missed the Houston Texans 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Braxton Miller had no catches for Houston in the loss.
Carlos Hyde ran for 92 yards and had one catch for 6 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in their 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Darron Lee, Jalin Marshall, Nick Mangold and Devin Smith of the New York Jets play on Monday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts.
Terrelle Pryor Senior of the Cleveland Browns was on a bye this week. Pryor leads Cleveland in receiving yards with 855, 62 receptions and 4 touchdowns. Next week they face the Cincinnati Bengals at First Energy Stadium.