Week two of the 2018 NFL Season saw a couple of former Buckeyes play key roles in their teams getting much needed victories.
The games started on Thursday night with the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati Defensive end Sam Hubbard made 5 total tackles (3 solo), 1 QB hit and recorded his first career sack. He even lined up at fullback in a goal line package to help the Bengals win 34-23. Rookie starting center Billy Price had the leave the game with a right foot injury. He spent the second half on the sideline wearing a walking boot.
It was a record setting day for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas. With his 4th catch of the day, Thomas surpassed the Saints franchise record for most catches in a three-year span. On the day he caught 12 passes for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns for New Orleans in a 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns. Thomas’ 28 receptions through the first two weeks of the season are the most in league history.
The rest of the Saints Buckeye Quintuplets had a great day as well. Ted Ginn Junior caught 4 passes for 55 yards and lost a fumble, Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell each collected 5 tackles and Kurt Coleman 4 tackles in the win.
On the Browns side, running back Carlos Hyde rushed for a touchdown and 43 yards for the Browns in defeat. He also caught one pass for 7 yards. Rookie Denzel Ward didn’t have 2 interceptions like in his first game, but he did have a stellar day making 6 tackles (5 solo).
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward forced a fumble and collected 3 tackles in a 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Nate Ebner made one tackle for the New England Patriots in a 31-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Malcolm Jenkins made 5 tackles and forced a fumble for the Philadelphia Eagles in a 27-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Malik Hooker made one tackle for the Indianapolis Colts in a 21-9 win over Washington.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys in a 20-13 win over the New York Giants. He also caught 5 passes for 10 yards. The New York Giants defensive back Eli Apple made 1 tackle in the loss.
Raekwon McMillan recovered a fumble and made 3 tackles for the Miami Dolphins in their 20-12 win over the New York Jets. His teammate Jerome Backer made two tackles in the win. Terrelle Pryor made 4 catches for 84 yards, most of that came on a 44 yards pass from rookie QB Sam Darnold. Linebacker Darron Lee collected 5 tackles for the Jets in the loss.
In Denver, tight end Jeff Heuerman and cornerback Bradley Roby of the Denver Broncos faced off against defensive back Gareon Conley and kicker Mike Nugent of the Oakland Raiders. Heuerman caught 2 passes for 10 yards, while Roby made 5 tackles in a late second 20-19 win. Conley made 4 tackles and defensed 4 passes in defeat. Nugent scored 7 points on 2 field goals and an extra point.
Offensive lineman Taylor Decker (Detroit Lions), Corey Linsley (Green Bay Packers), Pat Elflein (Minnesota Vikings) all started for their respective teams.
On the injury front, LA Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa missed the teams’ 31-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. It was the second consecutive game missed due to a foot injury. He’s expected to be out until well into October. Indianapolis Colts rookie Tyquan Lewis was put on the injured reserved list with a toe injury. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel missed the Carolina Panthers 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons with a chest injury.