There’s one less Buckeye in the NFL this week as 11-year kicker Mike Nugent was released by the Cincinnati Bengals. Nugent had struggled on extra points this season (23/29). The Centerville, Ohio native played the last seven years of his career with his home area team, and is the third all-time leading scorer in franchise history (718). The former 2nd round pick (47th overall) spent time with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals since graduating from Ohio State in 2005.
Ezekiel Elliott had another monster game in primetime for the Dallas Cowboys. Zeke rushed for a new career high 159 yards on 23 carries, he also added 29 yards receiving on 3 catches. He’s on pace for 1,713 yards which would fall short of Eric Dickerson’s single season rookie rushing record.
The running back who Elliott replaced in the Shoe, Carlos Hyde, had 13 carries for 71 yards and one reception for 6 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in their 41-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Several Buckeyes stood out on the defensive side of the ball as well. Linebacker Ryan Shazier had 5 tackles (3 solo) a sack and a pass defensed for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 24-20 come from behind win over AFC North rival the Cincinnati Bengals.
New York Giants rookie cornerback Eli Apple had 7 tackles (4 solo) and 1 pass defensed in the G-Men’s 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions.
Joey Bosa had 4 tackles (3 solo) and one sack for the San Diego Chargers in their 19-16 lost to their AFC West rival the Oakland Raiders.
New Orleans Saints rookies Michael Thomas and Vonn Bell played against the Arizona Cardinals in the site of their alma maters College Football Playoff semifinal game against Clemson in two weeks. Thomas had 7 catches for 52 yards and a touchdown, while Bell had 9 tackles (7 solo) in the 48-41 victory.
Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackels (2 solo) in their 26-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
New England Patriots special teams ace Nate Ebner had one tackle in their 16-3 win over the Denver Broncos.
Terrelle Pryor followed up his “trash” performance last week against the Cincinnati Bengals with only 4 catches for 19 yards for the Cleveland Browns in their 33-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Cleveland is now 0-14.
Houston Texans John Simon and Braxton Miller missed Sunday’s 21-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Simon with a chest injury and Miller is done for the season with a shoulder injury.
On Saturday Night, Darron Lee and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets played against the Miami Dolphins. Lee had 4 tackles (3 solo). Jalin Marshall was inactive while Devin Smith registered no stats.
Monday Night Football will have a Scarlet and Gray flavor. Carolina Panthers’ Ted Ginn Junior, Corey Brown and Kurt Coleman play against Donte Whitner and the Washington Redskins in the D.C. Area.