Monthly Archives: December 2017

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 16)

New Pro Bowlers Joey Bosa and Michael Thomas exchange jerseys after their teams met in the 2017 Preseason on 8/20/17. Photo Courtesy: NFL

 
Before we get to the action on the field, the Buckeyes were big winners before the games were even played. Five former Ohio State players were selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl rosters. That’s the most for any school this season.

Joey Bosa, Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Malcolm Jenkins and Ryan Shazier. Can Heyward is the notable snub after having racked up a career high in sacks and adding this season. However, all these guys are hoping they won’t be to play in the game in Orlando in February due to preparing for the Super Bowl the following week in Minneapolis. 

Now to the week 16 games. Dallas Cowboys running Ezekiel Elliott returned from his six-game suspension and ran for 97 yards on 24 carries in a 21-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Elliott also caught 4 passes for 21 yards. His backup during his suspension, Rod Smith, ran the ball twice for 10 yards and caught 3 passes for 23 yards in defeat. Dallas has been eliminated from the playoffs.

Ted Ginn Junior returned from an injury that kept him out of action last week and caught a 54-yard touchdown pass for the New Orleans Saints to help them beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-13. He caught 4 passes for 76 yards on the day. He also rushed the ball 2 times for 14 yards. Michael Thomas also caught 4 passes for 66 yards. Vonn Bell made 3 total tackles for the Saints defense. Marshon Lattimore made 6 tackles, broke up 4 passes and caught a ridiculous interception that will be known as the “Butt pick.” It’s his 4th this season and pretty much etches his name on the Defensive Rookie of the Year trophy. If he wins he’d be the second consecutive Buckeye to do so. Joey Bosa won it last season. 

Speaking of Bosa, the 2nd-year LA Chargers defensive end racked up 4 total tackles in a 14-7 win over the New York Jets keeping their playoff hopes alive. Darron Lee led New York with 8 tackles.

Cam Heyward extended his career high sack total to 12 with 2 on Christmas Day in a 34-6 win for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Houston Texans. On the afternoon he had 4 total tackles, 2 for a loss, 2 hits on the QB and a forced fumble. Braxton Miller was targeted 2 times and caught 1 passes for 5 yards. He also returned 1 punt for 7 yards in defeat. 

On Christmas Night, Malcolm Jenkins forced and recovered a late 4th quarter fumble of the Oakland Raiders to help the Philadelphia Eagles win 19-10. Jenkins also made 7 total tackles, 1 for a loss in the victory. Philadelphia clinched home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. 

Adolphus Washington made 2 tackles for the Buffalo Bills in a 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots. 

Bradley Roby made 3 total tackles and had 1 pass breakup for the Denver Broncos in a 27-11 loss to Washington. 

Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman made 10 total tackles in a 22-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Carlos Hyde rushed for 54 yards a touchdown and caught 3 passes for 19 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in a 44-33 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s the Niners fourth consecutive victory.

Mike Nugent made two of three extra points for the Chicago Bears in a 20-3 win over the Cleveland Browns.

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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 15)

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed Ryan Shazier on the injured reserve list. But there is good news to report on the fourth-year linebacker. Shazier has begun the physical rehabilitation process at UPMC. On Sunday Night, he attended the Steelers game against the Patriots and watched from a suite and he saw the “Game of the Season.”
The Steelers’ Cam Heyward recorded his 10th sack of the season, becoming the first Steelers player to reach double figures in sacks since 2010. He finished the game with 2 hits on Tom Brady, 1 tackle, a tackle for loss, and 1 pass breakup in Pittsburgh’s 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots.

On Thursday Night Football, Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman caught a 54-yard touchdown from Brock Osweiler in their 25-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts. That was his only catch of the game. It was Heuerman’s 2nd touchdown this season. Defensively, Bradley Roby had 1 sack and 1 tackle for the winners. Jonathan Hankins made 5 total tackles, 1 sack and was credited with a half tackle for loss in defeat. 

Mike Thomas scored on a 4-yard touchdown catch to help the New Orleans Saints beat the New York Jets 31-19. Thomas finished with 9 receptions for 93 yards. The second-year wideout also made NFL history by being only the second player in league history to catch 90+ passes in his first two seasons. ODell Beckham Junior was the first and has accomplished the feat three consecutive seasons. Marshon Lattimore racked up 5 tackles, 1 for a loss, broke up 3 passes and picked off his 3rd career pass. Ted Ginn Junior was held out of the game with a rib injury. Darron Lee made 7 tackles, one for loss in defeat. 

Saturday night Joey Bosa made 4 tackles for the LA Chargers in a 30-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.  

Adolphus Washington registered 3 total tackles for the Buffalo Bills in a 24-16 win over the Miami Dolphins. 

Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman made 10 total tackles and broke up a pass in a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. 

Carlos Hyde rushed for only 25 yards on 16 carries and caught 2 passes for 14 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in a 25-23 win over the Tennessee Titans.  

Rod Smith found the end zone again in a fourth consecutive game for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders. He finished the game with 13 yards on 12 carries and caught 3 passes for 21 yards in the ‘Boys 20-17 win. Noah Brown caught 1 pass for 8 yards in the win. Dallas gets Ezekiel Elliott back next week from his 6-game suspension. The team went 3-3 without him.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 14)

We begin this week with an update on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Shazier. The 4-year linebacker was severely injured when he made a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football early in the first quarter last Monday. He underwent surgery on Thursday to stabilize his spine. No other updates have been released on his current condition.
Without him the Steelers struggled on defense giving up 38 points and 152 rushing yards to the Baltimore Ravens, 120 to their starting running back Alex Collins. Cam Heyward had only one tackle and 1 pass breakup to help the Steelers secure a late 39-38 win and the AFC North division title.  
Thursday Night Football started week 14 with the New Orleans Saints’ Buckeye Quadruplets of Mike Thomas, Ted Ginn Junior, Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore facing off against the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas, the Saints leading receiver on the season, had another monster game catching 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, while Ginn made 2 catches for 10 yards and rushed once for -3 yards in the 20-17 loss. 

On the defensive side, Lattimore returned from missing the last two games with an injury to pick off his 3rd pass of his rookie season and returned it 33 yards. He also had 3 tackles and broke up another pass. Lattimore is the leading candidate for defensive Rookie of the Year. Bell made 2 tackles in a losing effort.  

Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackles for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles clinched the NFC East division championship. 

Carlos Hyde rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in a 26-16 win over the Houston Texans.  

Running back Rod Smith had a huge day in the Big Apple in place of Ezekiel Elliott. Smith caught 5 passes for 113 yards, one he took 81-yards for a touchdown. He also scored on the ground and rushed for 47 yards in the Dallas Cowboys 30-10 win over the New York Giants. Rookie wide receiver Noah Brown was targeted twice but did not catch a pass. The Giants’ Eli Apple was sidelined with an injury and linebacker Curtis Grant didn’t register any stats in the loss. 

Joey Bosa made 3 tackles for the Los Angeles Chargers in a 30-13 over Washington. Bosa is a leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. 

Bradley Roby made 1 tackle and had 1 pass breakup, while Jeff Heuerman caught 1 pass for 5 yards for the Denver Broncos in a 23-0 win over the New York Jets. Darron Lee made 5 total tackles in defeat for the Jets. 

Nick Vannett was targeted once but did not catch a pass in a 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Taylor Decker started on the offensive line for the Detroit Lions that didn’t give up a sack in a 24-21 win over the Tampa Buccaneers.  

Kurt Coleman made 5 tackles and broke up a pass for the Carolina Panthers in their 31-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Pat Elflein missed the game with a shoulder injury. 

Adolphus Washington made 5 tackles for the Buffalo Bills in a snow plagued 13-7 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. Jonathan Hankins collected 8 total tackles and one for loss in a losing effort. John Simon missed the loss with a shoulder injury. The 5th-year defensive end/linebacker was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday (12/5).

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 13)

Week 13 of the NFL season was a bittersweet one for OSU Alumns. While several made key contributions to huge wins, all of Buckeye Nation was somber after seeing one of their own suffer a scary injury. 

Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier laid on the turf for nearly twenty minutes and appeared to lose feeling in his legs after he made his second tackle of the game early in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. Shazier had to be carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. At the time of this post there were no new updates on his current condition. 

Meanwhile, less important, Cam Heyward made 1 tackle, a tackle for loss and had a hit on the QB in the 23-20 win for the Steelers over the Bengals. 

Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins and Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett met in the middle of the field in the Great Northwest on Sunday Night Football. Jenkins made 4 tackles, while Vannett caught 3 passes for 40 yards in Seattle’s 24-10 win. It was only the Eagles 2nd loss of the season.

Rod Smith continued to get significant playing time with Zeke Elliott still serving his 6-game suspension. Smith carried the ball 10 times for 27 yards and scored on a 1-yard run to help the Dallas Cowboys beat Washington 38-14 on Thursday Night Football. It’s Dallas’ first win since Ezekiel Elliott began his suspension. The touchdown is Smith’s second in his three-year career.

Braxton Miller caught 4 passes for 71 yards with one going for 57 yards in the Houston Texans’ 13-24 loss to Tennessee Titans. He also returned one punt for 8 yards. 

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Adolphus Washington registered 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a hit on the QB and a sack of TTUN alum Tom Brady in a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. New England special team’s All-Pro Nate Ebner missed his first game of the season and will miss the rest of the 2017 campaign with a knee injury. 

Bradley Roby made 4 tackles, broke up 3 passes and recovered a fumble for the Denver Broncos in a 35-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.   

There were six Buckeyes on the field in New Orleans at the Superdome when the Carolina Panthers played the New Orleans Saints. Mike Thomas caught 5 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans in a 31-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. Ted Ginn Junior caught 2 passes for 27 yards and rushed once for 6 yards in the victory. Vonn Bell made 3 tackles for the Saints defense that was without rookie standout Marshon Lattimore for second consecutive game with injury.

Kurt Coleman made six tackles for Carolina in defeat. Rookie Curtis Samuel dressed for the Panthers but didn’t register any stats.

Joey Bosa made 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sacks and a critical forced fumble to thwart a potential Cleveland Browns scoring drive. He now has 11.5 sacks surpassing his defensive rookie of the year total of 10.5. 

Carlos Hyde carried the ball 17 for 54 yards and caught 3 passes for 12 yards in the San Francisco 49ers 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears in the “Windy City.” It was only the Niners 2nd win of the season.

Jonathan Hankins made 2 tackles and John Simon had 3 tackles and one for a loss for the Indianapolis Colts in a 30-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Eli Apple didn’t play for the New York Giants in their 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders. It was the 3rd consecutive game he has missed.

Buckeyes Over Badgers, By the Numbers

J.K. Dobbins breaks the Buckeyes freshman rushing record and wins B1G game MVP. Photo Credit: Ohiostatebuckeyes.com

 
The Ohio State Buckeyes are B1G champions after defeating the 4th ranked and 12-0, Wisconsin Badgers 27-21 in a slugfest in Indianapolis. Ohio State had a 14-point lead late in the second quarter and had to hold off Bucky Badger for the win. 

The Buckeyes have positioned themselves to get a bid from the College Football Playoff committee to be in the final four. It’s between them and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Will Ohio State beat the Tide again? Before that is settled, here’s a breakdown of the Scarlet and Gray’s win by the numbers.

3 – That’s how many times the Silver Bullets sacked Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook. 

4 – Ohio State plays that went for over 50+ yards. On the night, the Buckeyes registered the longest pass (84) and rush (74) the Badgers had given up all season. However, Barrett was 1-8 on passes 15+ yards. The one completion was the 84-yard touchdown to Terry McLaurin. 

5 – The amount of passes B1G Tight End of the Year Troy Fumagalli caught. He finished the game with 45 receiving yards and no touchdowns. The Buckeyes defense has struggled covering opposing tight ends all season. The Oklahoma and Iowa games come to mind. Coming into the game the Buckeyes were giving up 47% completions rate to RB/TE, the worst in the nation. 

18 — Points off 3 Ohio State turnovers (2 interceptions, fumble). The Badgers scored two touchdowns and a field goal off those Buckeye miscues. 

27 – Wisconsin had only allowed 12 points per game all season. The 27 points are the most the Badgers opponent had scored in a game all season. 

31 – The Wisconsin Badgers’ offense was 5 of 16 on third down (31%). Coming into the game they were 2nd in all of FBS on 3rd down conversions at 51%. 

36 – J.T. Barrett set a new school record for passing touchdowns in a season. The achievement breaks his own record he set back in his freshman season in 2014.

36 – Big Ten football titles for the Buckeyes. They are now six behind “That Team Up North” for the most in conference history. 

37 — With the win J.T. Barrett became the Buckeyes All-time wins leader passing Art Schlichter.

41 – The Silver Bullets defense held standout freshman running back Jonathan Taylor to 41 yards on 15 carries, for an average of 2.7 yards per carry. Taylor had rushed for 1,806 yards in the regular season and with 120 would’ve broke Adrian Peterson’s FBS freshman record. 

As a team the Badgers only rushed for 60 yards on 32 attempts. That’s an average of 1.9 yards per carry.

174 – J.K. Dobbins ran over the number one ranked defense in the country all the way to the podium and the Most Valuable Player of the game award. He carried the ball 17 times for an average of 10.2 per carry.

The freshman also surpassed Maurice Clarett for greatest rushing season by a freshman. As a team, Ohio State ran for 238 yards. The Badgers were only allowing 80.5 on the season for 1st in the B1G. The 238 rushing yards allowed was more than they allowed in total yards per game all season (236.9).

Now Buckeye Nation waits to see if they will be alive for a National Title chase for the third time in four seasons or a New Year’s Six bowl.