Tag Archives: Michael Thomas

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.

Advertisements

2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 10)

Week ten of the 2018 NFL season kicked off on with a matchup of two hot teams in the Carolina Panthers riding a three-game winning streak against the Pittsburgh Steelers on a four-game win streak. What was expected to be the best matchup of the weekend turned out to be a TKO.

Cam Heyward collected two of Pittsburgh’s 5 sacks of Cam Newton. He also registered two hits on the QB, two tackles for loss and 3 total tackles in the 52-21 win. Curtis Samuel saw plenty of action. He caught 4 passes for 18 yards, one rush for only one-yard and 5 kickoff returns for 107 yards with a long of 31. However, he also had a crucial fumble on a kickoff return that set up Pittsburgh for a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas followed up his career day in week nine by catching all 8 passes Drew Brees tossed him for 70 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The second touchdown catch helped Brees pass Brett Favre for the most touchdown passes in NFL History (509). The Bayou Buckeyes on the defensive side shutdown Cincy. Eli Apple intercepted Andy Dalton and took it back 29-yards to go along with 3 total tackles and 2 pass break ups. Vonn Bell made 2 tackles, while Kurt Coleman and Marshon Lattimore 1 in their return to the Buckeye State. Sam Hubbard and Adolphus Washington each tallied 2 total tackles in the loss.

Ezekiel Elliott ran wild for the Dallas Cowboys in a 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliott rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and caught 6 passes for 36 yards and a touchdown to help Dallas improve to 4-5 and keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Rod Smith carried the ball twice for 8 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards to spell Zeke. Wide receiver Noah Brown was activated from injured reserved and played several snaps. Malcolm Jenkins racked up 7 total tackles in defeat. Punter Cam Johnston, who leads the NFL in net rating, kicked twice for a total of 88 yards, downing both inside the 20-yard line.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett caught one pass for an 8-yard touchdown, his 1st of the season, in a 36-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Malik Hooker recovered a game-clinching fumble and made 4 total tackles and broke up one pass to help the Indianapolis Colts defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-26. Carlos Hyde rushed for 5 yards on 3 carries in his second game with the Jags.

Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley made 6 tackles in a 20-6 loss to the LA Chargers. Jonathan Hankins made 2 tackles in defeat.

Denzel Ward returned to the Cleveland Browns lineup after missing the second half of last week’s game with a hip injury. Ward collected 2 total tackles and 1 pass break up in a 28-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Terrelle Pryor was target 3 times, but didn’t catch a pass for the Buffalo Bills in a 41-10 win over the New York Jets. Darron Lee led New York with 11 total tackles in the loss.

Raekwon McMillan collected 7 total tackles and Jerome Baker only registered one for the Miami Dolphins in a 31-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

1st-year Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel went up against the team and coach he won three Super Bowl titles with, the New England Patriots and destroyed them 34-10. The Titans are 5-4 and in second place in the AFC South.

2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 9)

Former Buckeye pass catchers were the stars of the day around the NFL in week 9.

Michael Thomas set a career high and a New Orleans Saints franchise record with 211 receiving yards on 12 catches to hand the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season 45-35. Thomas also caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees and celebrated by pulling out a cellphone he hid under the padding of the goal post pregame, recreating the celebration by former Saints legendary wide receiver Joe Horn from the 2003 season against the New York Giants.

The rest of the Bayou Buckeyes of Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell, Kurt Coleman and Eli Apple were charged with trying to contain the high-powered Rams offense. Bell and Apple each collected 4 total tackles, Lattimore 2 and Coleman one to help the Saints improve to 7-1.

Curtis Samuel got in the end zone twice for the Carolina Panthers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The first, a 33-yard reverse where he covered 101 yards weaving from sideline to sideline while eluding Tampa defenders. The second touchdown was a 19-yard reception to help the Panthers win 42-28.

Denver Broncos Tight end Jeff Heuerman caught 10 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in a 17-19 loss to the Houston Texans.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett caught 6 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown in a 25-17 loss to the LA Chargers.

Terrelle Pryor made his debut with the Buffalo Bills, his fourth team in three seasons, and caught 2 passes for 17 yards on 5 targets in a 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears. One of those targets bounced off his hands and turned into an interception for the Bears.

Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker Jerome Baker picked off fellow rookie Sam Darnold and returned it 25-yards for the only touchdown in a 13-6 win over the New York Jets. Baker also collected 5 tackles. His running buddy, linebacker Raekwon McMillian registered 2 tackles and one for loss to help get the win. Jets linebacker Darron Lee made 6 total tackles and one for loss in defeat.

Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro defensive lineman Cameron Heyward registered one tackle and two hits on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in a 23-16 victory for the Steelers, helping to run their win streak to four. Heyward’s impact can’t be measured by only looking at the box score. He was a key factor in getting pressure on Flacco causing several errant passes.

It was another tough day for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He ran for 61 yards on 17 carries and caught 4 passes for 51 yards in a 28-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football to fall to 3-5. Elliott only touched the ball 6 times in the second half. That gives Buckeye fans nightmares of the 2015 home loss to Michigan State.

Denzel Ward made one tackle against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 37-21 loss before having to leave the game with a hip injury.

2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 5)

Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season ended Monday Night featuring the New Orleans Saints Buckeye contingent minus one on a historic night. Michael Thomas caught 4 passes for 74 yards on 5 targets in a 43-19 route. Thomas leads the NFL in catch percentage at 93.9%. Defensively, Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell and Kurt Coleman got after Washington. Bell led New Orleans with 8 total tackles, one for loss and a pass defensed. Coleman registered 3 total tackles, while Lattimore only made one tackle before having to leave the game in the first half after suffering a concussion. Ted Ginn Junior had to miss the game with a knee injury.

Cleveland Browns defensive back Denzel Ward continues to impress and improve his case to be the 2018 NFL defensive rookie of the year. He intercepted his third pass of his career versus the Baltimore Ravens, that’s after having only had two in his entire Ohio State career. He also blocked a field goal attempt and finished with 5 tackles and 3 passes broken up to help Cleveland win 12-9 in overtime. Carlos Hyde rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries and caught 2 passes for 14 yards in the victory. It was the first game this season he didn’t score a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie Sam Hubbard recovered a fumble and returned it 19-yards for his first career touchdown and made 3 tackles, one for a loss and broke up a pass to help the Bengals come from behind to defeat the Miami Dolphins and move to 4-1 on the season. Dolphins’ linebackers Jerome Baker had 7 total tackles, 2 sacks and 2 QB hits and Raekwon McMillan made 6 total tackles, one for a loss in defeat in the Queen City.

Curtis Samuel caught a 25-yard touchdown for his first reception of the season against the New York Giants. It was Samuel’s first touchdown reception of his career. On the day he caught 2 passes for 37 yards in a 33-31victory. Eli Apple made 5 tackles in the loss for the G-men.

Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher, couldn’t get it going on Sunday night football in a Texas size showdown against the Houston Texans. Elliott rushed for only 54 yards on 22 carries and caught 7 passes for 30 yards as the Dallas Cowboys fell 19-16 in overtime. Rod Smith carried the ball 3 times for only 10 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward sacked Matt Ryan and made 2 tackles in a 41-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Jonathan Hankins made 2 tackles and Gareon Conley made one tackle for the Oakland Raiders in a 26-10 loss to the LA Chargers.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins made 6 total tackles in a 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The defending Super Bowl Champions have fallen to 2-3 on the season.

Darron Lee made 5 tackles and Terrelle Pryor caught one pass for a 20-yard touchdown to help the New York Jets route the Denver Broncos 34-16. Tight end Jeff Heuerman caught 2 passes for 18 yards, while Bradley Roby broke up one pass, but got beat for two touchdown passes, one a 76-yarder, in the loss.

Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker made 12 total tackles in a 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

 

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.

2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 3)

Week three of the NFL season saw the arrival of a new Buckeye, while another was apart of a record-breaking day. We start in Northeast Ohio for Thursday Night Football.

Carlos Hyde had an eventful 24 hours. First he rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on his 28th birthday to help the Cleveland Browns win 21-17 and get their first victory since December 24th, 2016. Hyde is the first Browns player to rush for a touchdown in the team’s first three games of a season since 2011. He also caught two passes for 5 yards. On Friday Morning, he welcomed a newborn son at 8 pounds and 11 ounces. I expect him to be a member of the 2036 recruiting class at THE Ohio State University.

Back to Thursday night, Browns’ rookie defensive back Denzel Ward made a key strip fumble and recovery to turn the tide in the game. He finished with 4 tackles, one for a loss. On the Jets side, Darron Lee made 7 tackles, two for losses and one QB hit. Terrelle Pryor caught one pass for 25 yards on the night.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was apart of another record setting day in Atlanta against the Falcons in the game of the week. Thomas caught Drew Brees’ 6,301-career completion, which surpassed Hall of Famer Brett Favre for the most in NFL history. Thomas, the NFL’s current leading receiver, caught 10 passes for 129 yards in a 43-37 overtime win. The rest of the New Orleans Buckeyes of Ted Ginn Junior, Vonn Bell, Marshon Lattimore and Kurt Coleman played a key role in the victory as well. Ginn only caught 3 passes for 12 yards, but had a 6-yard touchdown catch and one carry for 20 yards. Bell made 5 tackles, while Lattimore and Coleman made 2 each to help the Saints improve to 2-1 on the season.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott looked like the “Zeke” that ran the Buckeyes to the 2014 National Championship against the Seattle Seahawks. Elliott carried the ball 16 times for 127 yards and caught 3 passes for 11 yards, but had a key fumble in Dallas’ comeback attempt that fell short 24-13. For Seattle, tight end Nick Vannett caught 4 passes for 27 yards to help the ‘Hawks get their first win of the season.

Miami Dolphins linebackers Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillian played a huge role in helping their team stay undefeated. Baker had 9 tackles, while McMillian had 4 tackles in the 28-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. 2nd-year defensive back Gareon Conley made two tackles in defeat for Oakland, while defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins made one tackle in the loss. Raiders’ kicker Mike Nugent scored 8 points on two extra points and two field goals, one for 52 yards.

Safety Malik Hooker made 6 tackles and broke up one pass for the Indianapolis Colts in a 20-16 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. His fellow safety on the other sideline, 10-year veteran Malcolm Jenkins, made 4 total tackles and broke up one pass in the win. Eagles punter Cameron Johnston punted 3 times for a total of 128 yards for an average of 42.7 yards.

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman caught 2 passes for 7 yards, while cornerback Bradley Roby made 2 tackles in a 27-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

On Sunday night football, offensive lineman Taylor Decker started for the Detroit Lions against the New England Patriots and helped lead the way for Detroit’s first 100-yard rusher since Reggie Bush on Thanksgiving Day 2013 (70 games). Detroit beat the Patriots 26-10. Special teams ace Nate Ebner made 2 total tackles in the loss.

Pittsburgh All-Pro defensive lineman Cam Heyward made 1 tackle, 1 for loss and registered a QB hit to help the Steelers get their first win of the season, 30-27 over the Tampa Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.

Eli Apple missed the New York Giants 27-22 win over the Houston Texans with a groin injury. Cincinnati Bengals center Billy Price missed his first career game, a 31-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers, with a foot injury he suffered in week 2 on Thursday Night Football. Curtis Samuel also missed the Panthers-Bengals game with a chest injury.

2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 2)

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.