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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 4)

It was the former Silver Bullet defenders that represented well for THE Ohio State Buckeye Alumni in the NFL in week four.

Cam Heyward and Ryan Shazier led the way for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens. Heyward recorded two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered it to go along with 4 tackles (3 solo) and 2 hits on the QB. Shazier had an interception and made 11 tackles (10 solo), 1 tackle for loss and broke up 3 passes in the 26-9 victory for the Steelers who moved to 3-1 and first place in the AFC North.

On Sunday Night Football, Malik Hooker was doing “Malik Hooker things” against the Seattle Seahawks. The Indianapolis Colts’ rookie safety captured his 3rd career interception in as many games. He also made 3 tackles (1 solo). Linebacker John Simon had 4 tackles (1 solo) and defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins had 4 tackles (1 solo), a tackle for loss, 1.5 sacks and 2 hits on the quarterback in the Colts 46-18 loss.

Joey Bosa and the Los Angeles Chargers faced Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles in southern California. Bosa collected 6 tackles (5 solo) and 1 QB hit. Jenkins made 6 tackles (5 solo) to help the Eagles get the 26-24 win to move to 3-1. The Chargers drop to 0-4 and last place in the AFC West, while the Eagles moved to 3-1 and 1st place in the NFC East.

Michael Thomas made it back into the end zone for the New Orleans Saints across the bond. Thomas scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass against the Miami Dolphins in London to help the Saints win 20-0. He also had 8 catches and 89 yards on the day. Ted Ginn Junior caught 2 passes for 25 yards and had 1 rush for 9 yards. He also had 3 punt returns for 26 yards. On the defensive side, Vonn Bell made 4 solo tackles and 1 pass defended, while Marshon Lattimore had 5 solo tackles to hold the shutout and get New Orleans to 2-2.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 85 yards on 21 carries, and caught 4 passes for 54 yards against the Los Angeles Rams, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. The Dallas Cowboys lost 35-30 to fall to 2-2.

Carlos Hyde rushed for 68 yards on 16 carries and made 5 catches for 27 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in their 18-15 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers are now 0-4.

Eli Apple made 4 tackles and defended 2 passes for the New York Giants in their 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The “G-Men” are winless at 0-4.

New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee made 7 tackles (4 solo) and 1 tackle for loss to help them beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20 in overtime. The Jets are 2-2 and are tied with the New England Patriots for 2nd place in the AFC East.

Kurt Coleman made 2 tackles (1 solo) for the Carolina Panthers in their 33-30 victory over the New England Patriots. Nate Ebner also had 2 tackles (1 solo) for the Patriots.

Gareon Conley was inactive for the Oakland Raiders game against the Denver Broncos. Bronco’s cornerback Bradley Roby made 2 tackles and defended one pass to help the Denver get the 16-10 victory.

Monday Night Football, Terrelle Pryor Senior of Washington caught a 44-yard touchdown pass on the first possession of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s his first TD with his new team and the longest of his career. He finished the night with 3 catches for 70 yards in the 29-20 loss. Washington is tied with the Dallas Cowboys for 2nd place in the NFC East at 2-2.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 2)

Week two in the National Football League several Ohio State Alumni didn’t fare as well as their alma mater did on Saturday evening.

Houston Texans 2nd-year WR Braxton Miller made his first trip back to the Buckeye state as a pro player Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. He had 2 catches for 10 yards in Houston’s 13-9 victory, and also made a key block to spring quarterback Deshaun Watson for the only touchdown scored of the game.

Sunday a couple fellow Buckeyes faced off in the trenches in Western Pennsylvania. Pat Elflein of the Minnesota Vikings against Cam Heyward, Ryan Shazier and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Shazier had 8 tackles (5 solo) and 1 pass breakup, while Heyward had 6 tackles (4 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss and 2 hits on the QB in Pittsburgh’s 26-9 victory.

Indianapolis Colts Rookie Malik Hooker got his first career start and recorded his first interception and returned it 32 yards in the Colts 16-13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He also made 2 tackles and broke up another pass. Linebacker John Simon had 5 tackles (4 solo), 1 sack and 3 hits on the Quarterback. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had 2 tackles (1 solo).

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had a game he’d like to quickly forget against Bradley Roby, Jeff Heuerman and the Denver Broncos. Elliott rushed for 8 yards on 9 carries, the worse performance of his young career. He also added 4 catches for 14 yards in the ‘Boys 42-17 loss. With 80+ yards rushing, Zeke would’ve broken Hall of Famer Marcus Allen’s 31-year old record for most consecutive games with 80 or more rushing yards. The record is 14. Meanwhile, Roby had 2 tackles and broke up a pass, and Heuerman made 1 catch for 15 yards in the victory.

San Francisco 49ers’ running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries against the Seattle Seahawks. 102 of those came in the first half alone. He also finished the game with 3 catches for 19 yards in the 12-9 defeat.

Mike Thomas, Ted Ginn Junior, Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell of the New Orleans Saints faced the defending Super Bowl Champion New England in the “Big Easy.” Thomas made 5 catches for 89 yards, Ginn had 3 catches for 24 yards, while on defense Lattimore had 7 tackles (6 solo) and 2 pass breakups, while his secondary mate Bell had 5 tackles (3 solo) in the 36-20 loss.

Closing out the weekend, Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles had 5 solo tackles in their 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Kurt Coleman of the Carolina Panthers made 3 tackles (1 solo) in their 9-3 victory of the Buffalo Bills. San Diego Chargers reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Joey Bosa had 5 solo tackles in his team’s 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Detroit Lions starting offensive tackle Taylor Decker missed Monday Night Football against Eli Apple and the New York Giants with a shoulder injury. He was mistakenly acknowledged by ESPN Play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough as an alumnus of “That Team Up North”, which probably added more insult to injury.  

Apple, however, moved into the top cornerback spot with Janoris Jenkins out with an injury. The 2nd-year defensive back got beat on a 27-yard TD by Marvin Jones. He also had 5 solo tackles in the 24-10 loss.

Buckeyes in the NFL (Week 2, 2016)

It was a good week on the football field for the Buckeyes, both present and past.

A couple of OSU Alums kicked off the week Thursday night. The New York Jets’ Nick Mangold and rookies Darron Lee and Jalin Marshall took on Cardale Jones, Adolphus Washington and the Buffalo Bills in western New York.

Jones didn’t play for the Bills, as he is the third string quarterback for Buffalo. However, Washington did play, and he recorded 3 tackles. Lee recorded 5 tackles (4 solo, 1 tackle for a loss), while Marshall had a fumble that was returned for a Bills touchdown, he had 3 catches for 45 yards and kickoff returns for 39 yards in the Jets 37-31 victory.

The big matchup of the NFL slate between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals featured some of the more consistently successful pro Buckeyes in recent memory. Mike Nugent of the Bengals and Cam Heyward and Ryan Shazier of the Steelers. Mike Nugent scored 10 points on 3 field goals and an extra point for Cincinnati in their 24 to 16 loss to the Steelers. Shazier had 11 tackles (5 solo), while Heyward contributed 2 tackles and 2 passes defended to help Pittsburgh move to 2-0.

For the second consecutive week, rookie Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was introduced to a heated NFC East rival when the ‘Boys faced the Washington Redskins. Zeke once again found the end zone for his second career rushing touchdown, but had an impressive bounce back from an underwhelming debut by rushing for 83 yards on 21 carries (3.95 ypc) in Dallas’ 27-23 win.

Carolina Panthers’ Ted Ginn, junior, Corey “Philly” Brown and Kurt Coleman battled against Carlos Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers. Hyde had 34 rushing yards on 14 carries, and 3 catches for 18 yards in the Niners 27-46 loss in Charlotte. Ginn had a busy day. He returned 6 kickoffs for 130 yards, 3 punt returns for 28 yards, caught 2 passes for 51 and added one rush for 5 yards, but did lose a fumble. Brown had 3 catches for 15 yards and Coleman had 3 tackles in the victory.

Rookie defensive dack Eli Apple faced off against his fellow National Championship Buckeye Teammates wide receiver Michael Thomas and Safety Vonn Bell of the New Orleans Saints. Apple had 7 tackles and one pass deflection for the New York Giants in their 16-13 win. Thomas caught 4 passes for 56 yards, while Bell collected 9 tackles (7 solo) in defeat.

Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller had one catch for 3 yards, and one rush for negative 2 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury in the Texans 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. On the defensive side, linebacker John Simon had 6 tackles (4 solo), 1.5 sacks and a force fumble to aid the Texans victory.

Terrelle Pryor had 3 catches for 32 yards for the Cleveland Browns in their 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Cornerback Bradley Roby had 5 tackles for the Denver Broncos in their 34-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

3rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft Joey Bosa was inactive for the second consecutive week as he heals from a hamstring injury.

Monday Night Football will see a couple more Buckeyes face off. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles play against offensive tackle Mike Adams and the Chicago Bears.