Several former Buckeyes are playing key roles in their teams’ playoff pushes.
The four New Orleans Saints-Buckeyes of Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Vonn Bell & Marshon Lattimore played an instrumental role in their 47-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Thomas caught 9 passes for 117 yards; Ginn only had 1 catch for 3 yards and 5 punt returns for 19 yards. Bell led New Orleans with 6 total tackles and a tackle for loss. Lattimore added 5 solo tackles. The Saints have now won 7 consecutive games after starting the season 0-2. Adolphus Washington had only 1 tackle for the Bills in defeat.
After several appeals and injunctions, Ezekiel Elliott finally began serving his 6-game suspension from the NFL for domestic violence. In his absence his Dallas Cowboys struggled. Rod Smith saw some action in place of Elliott. He carried the ball 3 times for 14 yards and caught 4 passes for 15 yards in the Cowboys 7-27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Mike Nugent scored one point on an extra point and missed a 38-yard field goal in his third game with Dallas.
Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward of the Steelers helped Pittsburgh to a 20-17 over the Indianapolis Colts. Shazier made 5 total tackles, 2 passes defended and had a key interception at Indianapolis’ 10-yard line that set Pittsburgh up for a game tying touchdown. Heyward made 2 tackles and had 2 hits on the QB to aid in the victory. Jonathan Hankins had 3 tackles and 1 pass batted down in defeat. Linebacker Josh Perry suited up for the Colts, but didn’t register any statistics. John Simon and Malik Hooker missed the game with injuries.
Alex Boone started at left guard for the Arizona Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks. During player introductions, instead of saying “from THE Ohio State university”, he said “from the LeCharles Bentley O-line academy”, a salute to the 2001 Buckeye consensus All-American center. Nick Vannett caught 2 passes for 22 yards for the Seahawks the 22-16 victory.
Offensive tackle Taylor Decker was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list by the Detroit Lions and made his season debut. He had been sidelined with a shoulder injury he sustained during off-season team workouts.
Center Corey Linsley started for Green Bay in the Packers 23-16 win over the Chicago Bears.
Joey Bosa had 4 tackles and a sack for the Los Angeles Chargers in a 17-20 overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Braxton Miller had 1 rush for 1 yard in the Houston Texans’ 7-33 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Darron Lee collected 4 tackles for the New York Jets in a 15-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carlos Hyde rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries to help the San Francisco 49ers get their first win of the season 31-21 over the New York Giants. Eli Apple made 2 tackles and Curtis Grant 1 for the Giants in defeat.
Bradley Roby had 2 tackles and Jeff Heuerman gained 4 yards on 1 catch for the Denver Broncos in their 41-16 loss to the New England Patriots. Nate Ebner had one tackles and recovered a muffed punt in the win.
Curtis Samuel, Kurt Coleman and the Carolina Panthers faced the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in Charlotte. Samuel caught 5 passes for 45 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Coleman had 2 tackles and a pass batted down in the 45-21 win.
Gareon Conley of the Oakland Raiders and Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles were on a Bye this week.