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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 3)

Week three of the 2017 NFL season kicked off Thursday night with an intense thrilling NFC West matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.

The star of the night for the Niners was running back Carlos Hyde. Hyde came into the night as the NFL leader in yards per carry after having an explosive game last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks’ vaunted defense. The self-proclaimed “El Guapo” scored two rushing touchdowns to go along with 84 rushing yards on 25 carries, and 3 catches for 10 yards. But it wasn’t enough as the Rams held on late to win 41-39.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Buckeye Duo of Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward played in the craziest game of the day in the “Windy City” against the Chicago Bears. Shazier led all players with 11 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Heyward added 3 solo tackles. Pittsburgh suffered its first loss of the season in overtime 23-17.

Three Buckeyes led the way for the New Orleans Saints in their 34-13 win over NFC South division rival Carolina Panthers. 2nd-year wideout Mike Thomas caught 7 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown, Ted Ginn Junior caught 2 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown to go along with one carry for 15 yards, while defensive back Vonn Bell had 4 tackles (2 solo) to help the Saints get their first win of the 2017 season. Rookie Marshon Lattimore missed the game with a concussion. 8th year safety Kurt Coleman made 9 tackles (6 solo) and rookie Curtis Samuel had 2 catches for 5 yards and one carry for 31 rushing yards in the loss for the Panthers.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had 7 tackles (5 solo) in the Eagles 27-24 win over Eli Apple and the New York Giants. Apple made 5 tackles (3 solo) and linebacker Curtis Grant made one tackle in defeat. The Giants are now 0-3, while Philadelphia moved to 2-1.

Malik “ball-hawk” Hooker grabbed his 2nd career interception for the Indianapolis Colts against the Cleveland Browns. His first came last week against the Arizona Cardinals. Hooker also made 3 tackles (2 solo). John Simon had 6 tackles (4 solo) and a sack as Indy got their first win of the season 31-28.

Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby collected 4 tackles (3 solo) and broke up one pass in their 26-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Tight end Jeff Heuerman missed the game with a shoulder injury. On Buffalo’s side, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington made 2 solo tackles in the win.

Braxton Miller caught one pass for 15 yards for the Houston Texans in their 36-33 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. Patriots special teams star Nate Ebner made 2 tackles for the winners.

Darron Lee made 2 solo tackles for the New York Jets in their 20-6 win over the Miami Dolphins. Joey Bosa made 6 tackles (3 solo) and a half sack for the Los Angeles Chargers in their 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

On Sunday Night Football, two former Buckeyes lined up against each other. Washington wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Senior against the team that drafted him to play quarterback, the Oakland Raiders and rookie cornerback Gareon Conley. Pryor caught two passes for 19 yards to help Washington move to 2-1 with a 27-10 victory over Oakland. Conley had 4 tackles (3 solo) in defeat.

Ezekiel Elliott had a bounce back game for the Dallas Cowboys against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football to close out week three. Elliott, who rushed for only 8 yards on 9 carries last week against the Denver Broncos, had 80 rushing yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown. He also made 3 catches for 14 yards to help the Cowboys win 28-17. Rookie Noah Brown caught his first NFL pass for 13 yards for Dallas. Rod Smith made one tackle on special teams for the Cowboys. Offensive tackle Alex Boone made his 2017 debut with the Arizona Cardinals. He started the season in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings.

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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.

The New Orleans Saints Mt. Rushmore

The Saints have turned the Superdome into a true home field advantage, something they couldn’t say for over two decades.

The Mercedes Benz Superdome, where the New Orleans Saints have called home since 1975, has seen several great iconic sports moments. But for a majority of its existence, it was not due to the home team. The Saints are celebrating their 50th season of Pro Football in 2016. At the start of their time as a franchise, you wouldn’t think they would ever have much to celebrate.

New Orleans didn’t make a playoff appearance for the first 20 season of their existence. Then once they did in 1987, they went on to lose in each of their first four Wild Card appearances. It wasn’t until their 33rd season that they finally broke through and won a playoff game (2000; 31-28 over the St. Louis Rams). New Orleans suffered 25 losing seasons from 1967-2005 and 8 seasons of 8-8 or 9-7 results. This is why they were dubbed the “Aint’s” by several of their own fan base, who also wore paper bags over their heads to their games. They have the second fewest wins (331) by any NFL team with 50 seasons or more.

But their more recent history, is one that they, and their fans in and around the French Quarter can be proud of. Since 200, they’ve had 5 winning seasons, won 3 Division titles, made the playoffs 5 times, and most importantly, won a Super Bowl (XLIV).

I’m not aware of their plans to celebrate their golden anniversary, but I’ll do so by naming the four people this franchise has to thank for making them revenant on and off the field. This is my Mount Rushmore for the New Orleans Saints.

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.

Drew Brees (2006-present) transformed New Orleans from the “Aint’s” into Champs. Brees arrived in the “Crescent City” coming off a potentially career ending shoulder injury on his throwing arm, and all he’s done is become one of the most prolific passers in NFL history. He’s the team’s all-time leader in passing yards (48,555), touchdown passes (348), wins by a QB (94), completions (4,240) and attempts (6,276). Brees holds 25 Saints passing records, and was MVP of the team’s only Super Bowl (XLIV) appearance and victory.

“Cool Brees” also holds 19 NFL passing records; most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54), most seasons with 5,000+ passing yards (4), first quarterback to pass for 40 or more TD’s in consecutive seasons, first QB to pass for 3,000 passing yards by week 9, first to pass for 4,000 yards in the first 12 games of a season, and first to throw for 4,000+ yards in 10 straight seasons, among others. Combined with his time in San Diego, Brees has the 4th most passing yard total in NFL history (60,903). 

Willie Roaf (1993-2001) was a 7-time Pro Bowl at offensive tackle in his time in New Orleans. He was a 5-time All-Pro, and a member of the NFL’s 1990’s and 2000’s All-Decade Teams. In 2012 he became the second Saint inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame base significantly on their time with the franchise.

Ricky Jackson (1981-1993) was the first true Saint player to get his bust in Canton. Along with Roaf, they are the only two Saints Hall of Famers who were inducted based on their time in New Orleans. Jackson was a 5-time Pro Bowl linebacker (1983-1986, 1992) and 5-time All-Pro (1984-1987, 1992) with the team. When he retired after the 1995 season, he held 3 NFL records, most opponents’ fumbles recovered (28), most sacks (128) and most opponents’ fumbles recovered in a season (7).  After the 1993 season, his last with New Orleans, Jackson held 6 team records; most games (195), most sacks in a career (123), most seasons (13), most opponents’ fumbles recovered in a career (26), most opponents’ fumbles recovered in a season (7; 1990) and most sacks in a game (4, 2 times).

Sean Payton (2006-present) arrived along with Drew Brees, and together they changed the culture of New Orleans Saints football. His 87 wins are second in team history, and he’s on pace to pass Jim More (93) for first in 2016. He led the team to the playoffs in his first season with the team (2006) and won NFL Coach of the Year the same season. The Saints have made the playoffs in five of his nine seasons as coach, which included four consecutive appearances (2009-2013) and the team’s first Super Bowl appearance (2009; XLIV) and victory. The team had only made the playoffs five times before his hiring. 

Who Dat Nation what do you think? Did I get it right or would you have gone with a different four? You would you choose and who would you cut?