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2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 12)

It’s a great week to be associated with Buckeye Football. It started on Thanksgiving Day through the weekend when a few Buckeye alumni set the tone for the current Bucks.

Ezekiel Elliott went over 100 yards rushing for the third consecutive game to take the NFL lead for rushing yards. Zeke ran for 121 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in a 31-23 win over Washington to tie atop of the NFC East division. He also caught 5 passes for 22 yards. Rod Smith carried the ball twice for 7 yards. Noah Brown caught one pass for 22 yards.

New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas was held in check by the Atlanta Falcons. He only caught 4 passes for 38 yards in the 31-17 win over their NFC South division rivals. Eli Apple led the Saints defense with 10 total tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery. Vonn Bell was second on the team with 7 total tackles, one for a loss and a fumble recovery. Marshon Lattimore totaled 5 tackles and 2 pass breakups, while Kurt Coleman made 2 total tackles in the win.

Joey Bosa looks like he hasn’t missed a beat since missing most of the 2018 season with a foot injury. Bosa made 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss and a total of 5 tackles for the LA Chargers in a 45-10 beat down of the Arizona Cardinals.

Malcolm Jenkins intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to help the Philadelphia Eagles defeat their NFC East rival New York Giants 25-22. Jenkins also made 6 total tackles and broke up another pass to help the defending champions keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Punter Cam Johnston kicked 4 times for a total of 201 yards (50.3 avg.) and downed 2 inside the 20.

Gareon Conley broke up two passes, one that was intercepted in the end zone on the tip drill and collected 2 total tackles for the Oakland Raiders in a 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins registered 3 total tackles.

The leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the year, Browns cornerback Denzel Ward registered 4 tackles and one pass break up in Cleveland’s 35-20 domination of the Cincinnati Bengals. Sam Hubbard collected 4 total tackles in the loss for Cincinnati.

Jeff Heuerman caught 2 passes for 44 yards; his longest for 29 yards in a 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, he broke three ribs during the game that will end his season. Bradley Roby made 6 total tackles and broke up a pass, but gave up a 97-yard touchdown pass in the win. However, he did redeem himself by forcing a key fumble on James Conner in the red zone that thwarted a Steelers scoring opportunity. Cam Heyward made 3 total tackles and was credited with half a sack in defeat.

Carlos Hyde rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries in a 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Darron Lee made 6 total tackles for the New York Jets in a 27-13 loss to the New England Patriots.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett caught 2 passes for 22 yards in a 30-27 win over the Carolina Panthers. Curtis Samuel also caught 2 passes, one for a 7-yard touchdown, for a total of 17 yards and rushed once for 25 yards in the loss.

Raekwon McMillan totaled 7 tackles, while his linebacker partner Jerome Baker totaled 3 for the Miami Dolphins in a 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Malik Hooker made 2 tackles and broke up a pass for the Colts in the victory.

No Surprises in UNLV Victory 

Dixon was one of seven different WRs to catch a TD pass vs. UNLV. Photo Courtesy: Ohiostatebuckeyes.com

54-21. That’s the team Buckeye Nation has been expecting to see since they began the 2017 season as the number two-ranked team.  44 points, 361 total net yards and 6 touchdowns came in the first half alone.  They finished the game with 664 total yards, 474 in the air on 10.8 yards per pass play. Very impressive for a unit that has struggled mightily in that department through the first three games of the season.

UNLV, like Army last week, are the type of teams the Buckeyes would normally play to open the season to tune up for a top five team or B1G opener. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Ohio State did what it did to the Rebels.  OSU has more depth, talent and speed than UNLV, who’s at the bottom of a mid-major conference (Mountain West). The Bucks third-team would be starters at UNLV.

The flaws that were exposed in the defensive secondary by Indiana game one, and on the offensive line in game two by Oklahoma, would’ve have been cleaned up against Army and UNLV had the last two games been flipped with the first two. Who knows how different the vibe would be around “The ‘Shoe” right now if they were able to correct them against inferior opposition before being exposed in the national spotlight.

There’s nothing really to analyze from this game. So I’ll take a different approach to this matchup.

However there are other things worth mentioning…

J.T. Barrett is a very, very, good COLLEGE quarterback. J.T. completed twelve of his seventeen pass attempts for 209 yards passing, moving him to 2nd All-time in career passing yards in Ohio State history, before he exited late in the first half. He completed a pass to eight different receivers. All five of his touchdown passes were caught by different receivers.

The first-team defense held the Rebels scoreless in the first thirty minutes, while also registering a safety and two interceptions that led to touchdowns. Coming into the season all the experts said the Silver Bullets were the strength of this team and they did not disappoint. UNLV was only able to muster 264 total yards, while giving up four sacks.

The only thing we really learned on Saturday is that Dwayne Haskins can be as good as we all think he can be. But he’s not ready. To me he looks like a more athletic Cardale Jones, no disrespect to Jones who is athletic in his own right. But, Haskins has the speed to run the read option like J.T. and sling it with power like Cardale. He did throw an easy pick six and had several missed throws playing in garbage time versus inferior opposition. So for all the fans that want him to replace Barrett now, simmer down and allow him to wait his time. We still don’t know if he can beat out Joe Burrow.

All in all, a great win, but pretty much what was expected. It could’ve been worse had Parris Campbell and Rashod Berry had not fumbled inside the five-yard line while going in to score touchdowns. But it’s on to B1G play and Rutgers under the lights.

J.K., This is Your Team Now

J.K. runs 52-yards for his second touchdown against Army. Photo Credit: Ohiostatebuckeyes.com

Fifth-year Senior J.T. is NOT the focal point of the Buckeye offense. 
The Freshman J.K. is. He proved that in the Buckeyes 38-7 bounce back victory over Army.

Buckeye Nation learned how special Dobbins was in the season opener against Indiana when he rushed for a freshman debut record 181 yards, breaking a record set by Maurice Clarett in 2002. Dobbins was just as impressive against Army, going for 172 yards on 13 carries while getting into the end zone twice, one a 52-yarder.

Young J.K. is special like Ezekiel Elliott, the previously mentioned Clarett, Eddie George and dare I say Archie Griffin. Redshirt-Sophomore Mike Weber Junior has officially been Wally Pipped. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

The freshman is different. This is a man-child. He’s one of those rare backs that could’ve played in the NFL right out of high school, like Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Adrian Peterson, Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry. At 5’10” 208 pounds, he’s got the power to run over defensive lineman, the wiggle and the break away speed to beat out defensive backs. 

Ohio State’s offense looks and runs better, pun intended, when they play through the freshman. The passing game opened up in the second half versus Army after Dobbins successfully ran over and around every Black Knight defender. J.T. Barrett rebounded from last week’s poor performance against the Oklahoma Sooners with a stat line of 25 of 33 passing for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those Scarlet and Gray receivers were a lot more open when there were more defenders in the box and less in the secondary in coverage. 

Barrett may have 24 Ohio State passing records, and the B1G record for most touchdowns (107) responsible for in a career, but running the offense through Dobbins is the only way the Buckeyes will be able to run the table, win the conference and get back into the National Championship picture. Think of it like 2014 when Urban Meyer and then Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman ran through Zeke. 

There are several similarities to the 2014 story for this 2017 squad. An embarrassing home loss in a highly anticipated night match-up (Virginia Tech 21-35), followed by a blowout win. That season they also beat a Service Academy (Navy 34-17). Hopefully the coaching staff will follow the same formula by focusing the “O” on their supremely talented running back.

Thankfully for Ohio State fans, they’ll have three more seasons of Dobbins to be the lead dog. OSU is Running Back University once again.

Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 3, 2016)

While the unpaid Buckeyes had the week off after an outstanding beatdown of the Oklahoma Sooners, several Scarlet and Gray alums strapped up and represented “THE” well in the NFL.

In primetime on Sunday Night Football, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott finally looked like the star Buckeye Nation knows he is. In the first half alone he carried the ball 13 times for 76 yards. For the game, Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards, his first of 100+ yard game of his career in the Cowboys 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears. Elliott also had 2 receptions for 20 yards.

Week three of the NFL kicked off Thursday night with the Houston Texans versus the New England Patriots. Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller sat out with a hamstring injury. It’s not a serious one, and he is expected to return soon. 4th year Linebacker John Simon registered 3 tackles (2 solo) for Houston in the 27-0 loss to the Patriots. The star Buckeye of the night was U.S. Olympic rugby player and 5th year defensive back Nate Ebner forced 2 fumbles and had 1 tackle for New England to help them get the victory.

The breakout star of Sunday was Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, who keeps getting better each week at his new position. The former quarterback had 8 receptions for 144 yards, he also lined up at QB and rushed 4 times for 21 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. Still it wasn’t enough as the Browns lost 30-24 in overtime in South Florida.

It was also a rough day for Ohio’s other pro team, the Cincinnati Bengals. 12th year Kicker Mike Nugent scored 5 points on two extra points and a 34 yard field goal in Cincinnati’s 29-17 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos.

Tedd Ginn Junior and Corey “Philly” Brown of the Carolina Panthers took on the Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte. Ginn caught 3 passes for 62 yards from reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton. He also had 2 kick returns for 44 yards and 2 rushes for 5 yards. Brown contributed 4 catches for 57 yards, but the Vikings got the win 22-10. Seven-year safety Kurt Coleman also had 8 tackles (3 solo) for the Panthers. Minnesota Vikings starting offensive lineman Alex Boone left the game with a hip injury.

New York Giants Rookie defensive back Eli Apple was forced to leave the G-Men’s 29-27 loss to division rival Washington Redskins. Apple only recorded one tackle before the injury. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had two tackles for the Giants.

A couple former Silver Bullets faced off in the “Battle of Pennsylvania” when Cam Heyward, Ryan Shazier and the Pittsburgh Steelers played at Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles in the “City of Brotherly Love.” This game was never in doubt. Jenkins had 5 tackles (4 solo) and 3 passes defensed in the Eagles 34-3 drubbing of the Steelers. Heyward had 4 tackles (3 solo) while Shazier had 2 tackles (1 solo) as he struggled to stay on the field with a knee injury.

Rookie linebacker Darron Lee is the New York Jets leading tackler on the season coming into week 3, he added another 6 tackles (5 solo) and a half sack in the Jets 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. His teammate and fellow rookie, wide receiver Jalin Marshall had a day to forget. He lost a fumble–his second on the season–and only had 2 catches for 19 yards, but did have 3 kick returns for 84 yards and a punt return for 12 yards in the loss.

Rookies wide receiver Michael Thomas, safety Vonn Bell, and 8 year pro linebacker James Laurinaitis of the New Orleans Saints face off against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football in the “Big Easy.”

Ohio State in The NFL (Week 16)

There’s good news and bad news. Good news is the current Buckeyes take the field in the Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 5 days. The bad, several former Buckeyes were on the losing end in the NFL in week 16.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had 6 tackles Saturday night in their loss to the Washington Redskins 38-24. The loss ended their slim playoff hopes.

The Pittsburgh Steelers trio of former Silver Bullets played well, but in a losing effort. Defensive lineman Cam Heyward had 5 tackles, while linebacker Ryan Shazier had 13 tackles (8 assisted), and safety Will Allen had 6 tackles (3 assisted) in their 17-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie cornerback Doran Grant also saw some action on special teams. Pittsburgh still has a shot to make the postseason, if they win next week at Cleveland and the New York Jets lose to the Buffalo Bills.

Speaking of Cleveland. Browns safety Donte’ Whitner had 6 tackles in their 13-17 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also in a losing effort, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown had 3 catches for 39 yards, while his offensive running mate Ted Ginn Junior had one catch for 9 yards. Safety Kurt Coleman had 8 tackles (1 assisted) in the 13-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It was the first loss for the Panthers on the season. They’re now 14-1.

Linebacker James Laurinaitis had 7 tackles (5 assisted), and his teammate defensive back Christian Bryant had 2 tackles in the 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent of the Cincinnati Bengals take on Bradley Roby of the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.