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2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 4)

Several Buckeyes in the NFL played inspired by Ohio State’s huge comeback win in Happy Valley against Penn State on Saturday night.

Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher, gained a career high 240 yards from scrimmage to help the Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions 26-23. Zeke rushed for 152 yards on 25 carries and caught 4 passes for 88 yards. His last catch of the game set up the game winning field goal. His back up, Rod Smith, rushed for 22 yards on 6 carries.

Browns running back Carlos Hyde tried to run Cleveland to its first win streak in years. The new father ran for 82 yards on 22 carries and his 5th touchdown of the season, which is tied for first in the NFL. But, it wasn’t enough as Cleveland loss 45-42 in overtime to the Oakland Raiders. Denzel Ward made 3 total tackles in the loss. Gareon Conley picked off Baker Mayfield and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown for the Oakland Raiders to help them get their first win of the season.

The New Orleans Saints Buckeye quintuplets of Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Junior, Vonn Bell, Marshon Lattimore and Kurt Coleman took a bite out of the “Big Apple” and the New York Giants. Thomas didn’t have his usual explosive day, but was still effective with 4 catches for 47 yards. @Cantguardmike, as he is known on Twitter, still leads the NFL in receptions. Ted Ginn didn’t have any catches on 3 targets and one rush for one yard. On the defensive side, Bell made 6 total tackles and 1 pass defensed, Lattimore made 4 tackles while Coleman made one to defeat the Giants 33-18.

Jerome Baker made 10 total tackles and Raekwon McMillan 6, but it wasn’t enough to help the Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots and remain undefeated. Nate Ebner made 1 tackle for New England as the Patriots won 38-7 to avoid a three game losing streak.

Malik Hooker made one tackle for the Indianapolis Colts in a 37-34 overtime loss to the Houston Texans.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles registered no stats in a 26-23 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans and their head coach, former Buckeye defensive lineman and linebacker coach Mike Vrabel. The first year head coach is 3-1 and first place in the AFC South division.  Eagles punter Cameron Johnston kicked 6 times for a total of 308 yards for an average of 51.3. 2 of those punted were downed inside the 20.

Sam Hubbard made one tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals in their thrilling 37-36 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Cam Heyward collected 5 total tackles for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

Tight end Jeff Heuerman led Denver with 4 receptions for 57 yards with a long of 36-yards on Monday Night Football in a 27-23 loss to AFC West rivals the Kansas City Chiefs. Bradley Roby made 3 tackles in defeat.

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The Detroit Lions Mt. Rushmore

The Lions are steep in tradition, despite their recent losing ways in the past 25 to 30 years. Photo Credit: Edward Maurer

The Detroit Lions are a less than mediocre franchise (to put it mildly) today. But it wasn’t always that way.

In their 85 seasons as a pro football franchise, as the Lions and the Portsmouth (OH) Spartans, they have won 4 NFL Championships (pre-1970 AFL-NFL merger), 4 Conference titles, 4 division championships, made the playoffs 17 times, while collecting a total of 535 victories. That mark is tied with the Cardinals franchise for 6th best.

While the current crop of Lions haven’t lived up to the tradition of the greats from their past, that takes nothing away from the fact that this franchise is a cornerstone in the history of the NFL and the players on this list are as well. I present, the Detroit Lions Mount Rushmore…

CRITERIA:

  • No owners, unless they were also coaches, and their place on this list is based on their contributions as coach. No General Managers or Personnel executives. Just those who directly affected the games on Sunday. I will make a separate list for those contributors soon.
  • Key contributors to the team’s history and success, not just fan favorites or box office draws.
  • Can you tell the franchise’s story without them? If no, they’re on the list.

Barry Sanders (1989-1998) is in the conversation for greatest running back of all-time with the likes of Jim Brown and Walter Payton. At the time of his retirement, he was on pace to pass Payton for number one in career rushing yards the following season. Sanders is the Lions career leader in rushing yards (15,269), rushing touchdowns (99), combined touchdowns (109) and attempts (3,062). The 10-time Pro Bowl and 10-time All-Pro selection holds 10 Detroit Lions records, and the NFL record most consecutive 100-yard games (14), most 1,500-yard seasons (5) among nine others. He’s also a 2-time NFL MVP (1991, 1997), 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1994, 1997), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1989). Sanders is a member of the 2,000 rushing yard club, NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2004). The Lions retired his number 20 jersey. Sanders was rated the number one elusive running back of all-time by NFL.com, and was the #17 NFL player of all-time in NFL.com’s 2010 poll.

Bobby Lane (1950-1958) is the best quarterback in Lions history. He is the all-time leader in wins (53) and led the team to 3 NFL Championships (1952, 1953, 1957). Lane is second on the Lions all-time list in passing yards (15,710) and touchdown passes (118). The 6-time Pro Bowl and 5-time All-Pro selection is a member of the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1967). The team has retired his number 22 jersey.

Lem Barney (1967-1977) was a 7-time Pro Bowl and 2-time All-Pro selection at cornerback and return specialist. Barney won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1967. His career 58 interceptions are second in team history, and his 7 pick 6’s is number one. He wore jersey number 20, which is now retired in his honor along with Billy Sims and Barry Sanders. In 1992 he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and has also been inducted into the Detroit, Jackson State, Michigan, and Mississippi’s Halls of Fame.

Dick LeBeau (1959-1972) is known by the current generation of NFL fans for being the Godfather of the Blitzburgh 3-4 defense, but before his days as a coaching legend, he was a masterful defensive back. LeBeau is the Lions all-time leader in career interceptions with 62, ranked 7th in NFL history, and returned 3 of them for touchdowns. His interception return yards of 762 yards ranks third in team history. He also recovered 9 fumbles, one returned for a touchdown. In 14 seasons he played 185 games, 171 consecutive, which was a record for cornerbacks at the time of his retirement, and has since been passed by Ronde Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. LeBeau was a 3-time Pro Bowl and 3-time All-NFL selection. In 2010 LeBeau was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Lions inducted him into the Pride of Lions.

What do you think Lions fans? Did I get it right? Who would you put on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore? I want to hear from you.

Ugly, Yet Gutsy Steelers

The Steelers offense invited the Detroit Lions into a shootout and then the Defense looked as ugly as the 1934 throwback jerseys they were wearing.

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Photo Courtesy: Steelers.com

For the second week in a row, the Steelers Offense came out trying to dictate the tone of the game with the hurry up offense QB Ben Roethlisberger loves so much. The drive ended with the Steelers scoring their first points on their opening drive all season with a 34 yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to the NFL’s leading receiver in catches, Antonio Brown. The second drive brought similar results and ended with a 47 yard TD from Roethlisberger to Brown.

It’s clear the hurry up offense caught the Lions off guard, and should be something the Steelers should explore using more in their final 6 games. The franchise QB loves it—it worked to the tune of 7-8 passing , 121 yards and 2 TDs in their first two possessions—why not use it. Along with winning games, it could end all those trade talks too.

Roethlisberger may be begging for more help on offense, but it’s the lack of it from the defense that will keep him from winning another Super Bowl with the Steelers.

Matthew Stafford and Calvin—Not Johnson or P Diddy—racked up 327 passing and 179 receiving yards in the first half alone to bring the Lions back from a 14-3 first quarter deficit to lead 27-20 at the half. The biggest disappointment is cornerback Ike Taylor who dropped two Ints in his stomach—while giving up the bulk of the passing yards—that would’ve save the Steelers 10 points.

I’ll give the D credit for making the right halftime adjustments and holding “Megatron” without a catch in the second half and Matt Stafford to 3-16 passing and that offense to zero points.

Going further, the defenses’ problem is not bad or lack of coaching, but rather old players with a lack of talent. Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau needs more young talented guns. General Manager Kevin Colbert should forget about saving veterans players to lead with experience, they have Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Coach LeBeau for that. It’s time for a youth movement in the Burgh.

Ike Taylor was the biggest goat of the game until the Lions failed on a fake field goal run that cost them a 30-23 lead in the fourth. If the Steelers luck into the AFC playoffs, this will be the game that got them in. Gutsy performance from a team that’s been down most of the season.

Sidenote:The Detroit Lions haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 1955 (0-8) thanks to the curse of Bobby “Night train” Lane (Google it kids). Just for perspective, Steelers Defensive Coordinator and former Lion great Dick LeBeau was a freshman at Ohio State! Now they’re 0-9.