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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Divisional Round)

The Final Four of the 2017 NFL Playoffs is set. The New England Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC. While the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings in NFC. We’ll have to wait another week to find out who will meet up in the Super Bowl in February, regardless we know there will be some Buckeyes playing for the Lombardi trophy.
Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10. Jenkins made 6 tackles in the victory.

The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated Cam Heyward and the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42. Heyward made 1 tackle in defeat.

The last game of the the weekend had the most Ohio State Alumnus on the field. Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn junior, Vonn Bell and rookie sensation Marshon Lattimore faced Pat Elflein and the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota won on a last second touchdown pass 29-24. Thomas caught 7 passes for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns, Ginn 8 catches for 72 yards and 1 rush for 11 yards in defeat. On the defensive side, Bell made 5 total tackles, while Lattimore made 4. 

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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Wild Card Weekend)

The 2017 College Football Playoff committee left Ohio State out, we can argue all day if it was the right call (I think it was), but for Scarlet and Gray fans, there are plenty of Buckeyes playing NFL Playoff football and playing well that you can root for. 

The New Orleans Quartet of Buckeyes have been leading the way for the Saints all season, and it was no different in the Wild Card round against the Carolina Panthers. Mike Thomas caught 8 passes for 131 yards, and Ted Ginn Junior caught 5 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 31-26 win. Vonn Bell led the way for the defense with 9 total tackles (7 solo), 1 tackles for loss and a game clinching sack on Cam Newton. Rookie Marshon Lattimore made 2 total tackles and broke up 2 passes in his first ever playoff action. The Saints will play at the Minnesota Vikings next week. Panthers’ safety Kurt Coleman played despite an ankle injury. 

Adolphus Washington and the Buffalo Bills made their first trip to the playoffs since 1999. Washington made 1 tackle for the Bills in a 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Cam Heyward and the Pittsburgh Steelers had the week off, but the 7th year defensive lineman made some headlines. After being snubbed for the Pro Bowl, he was named 1st-team All-Pro for the first time in his career. He’s the only Buckeyes to make either the 1st or 2nd team this season. Pittsburgh will host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.

There was also encouraging news on Pittsburgh Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier. His father, Vernon Shazier, told local media in the “Steel City” that Ryan has feeling in his legs. He went on to say that the night of the injury his son told him he couldn’t feel his legs. But, Mr. Shazier went on to say that they will keep the rest of Ryan’s progress private.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 17)

The 2017 NFL season has come to an end and it was a banner year for former several Buckeyes. Ohio State has the most Alumni selected to the Pro Bowl, a few broken individual records, some will be considered for major awards, and others are playing key roles for teams with a shot at hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

With playoff positions already decided Cam Heyward of the Pittsburgh Steelers sat out the 28-24 win over the Cleveland Browns. He finished the regular season with a career high 12 sacks. 

Joey Bosa made 5 tackles and had a sack for the Los Angeles Chargers in a 30-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year finishes the season with 11.5 sacks. However, the Chargers missed the playoffs by a tiebreaker. 

Michael Thomas set the New Orleans Saints single season reception record with his 6 catches for 94 yards in a 31-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas also has the most receptions in his first two seasons than any player in NFL history. Ted Ginn Junior caught 3 passes for 33 yards and rushed once for 2 yards. Vonn Bell made 10 total tackles and had a sack, while Marshon Lattimore made 3 tackles in defeat. The New Orleans Saints will host NFC South rival Carolina Panthers in the wild card round. 

San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde rushed 15 times for 90 yards and caught 2 passes for 10 yards in a 34-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams. On the season, he rushed for 940 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also caught a career high 59 passes for 350 yards.

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 103 yards on 27 carries and caught 3 passes for 38 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in a 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Zeke’s six-game suspension kept him from reaching 1,000 rushing yards in his second season. He finished 2017 with 983 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns, 26 receptions for 269 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins didn’t play in the loss. The Eagles have the number one seed in the NFC playoffs and have a bye next week.  

Kurt Coleman didn’t play in the Carolina Panthers 22-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He’s expected to play in the wild card round against the Saints. 

Adolphus Washington made 1 tackle for the Buffalo Bills in a 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins to help end the longest current playoff drought in pro sports (17 seasons). 

New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee had 2 total tackles in the 26-6 loss to the New England Patriots. Lee finishes the season as the Jets second leading tackler with 94 total tackles (67 solo) and 3 sacks. 

Mike Nugent scored 4 points for the Chicago Bears on a 55-yard field goal and an extra point in a 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. 

Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller finished his 2nd pro season with 2 catches for 9 yards in a 13-22 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.  

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman caught 1 pass for 9 yards and Bradley Roby made 1 tackle in a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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.

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.