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2018 NFL Buckeyes (Week 6)

Week six of the 2018 NFL Season saw a former Buckeye running back return to form and a couple of linebackers lead their team to a come from behind victory.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and caught one pass for 11 yards against the vaunted Jacksonville Jaguars defense in a 40-7 victory. Rod Smith also carried the ball 5 times for only 4 yards in the win.

Carlos Hyde rushed for only 34 yards in 14 carries and Denzel Ward made 3 tackles for the Cleveland Browns in a 38-14 loss to the LA Chargers.

Raekwon McMillan made 6 total tackles and Jerome Baker made 2 tackles to help the Miami Dolphins come from behind to defeat the Chicago Bears 31-28 in overtime.

Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor caught 5 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 42-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Linebacker Darron Lee picked off his 3rd pass of the season and led New York with 8 total tackles in the win. Colts’ safety Malik Hooker collected one tackle and broke up one pass in defeat for Indianapolis.

Bengals rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard registered one tackle and was credited with a half tackle in a 28-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Queen City. Cam Heyward lined up for the Steelers, but did not register any stats.

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman caught 3 passes for 23 yards in a 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Bradley Roby made one tackle and registered another one for a loss and broke up a pass in defeat.

Week 6 kicked off with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the New York Giants in the Big Apple. Malcolm Jenkins collected 6 total tackles to help the Eagles become the first road team to win on Thursday Night Football, 34-13. Eagles punter Cameron Johnston punted 5 times for a total of 240 yards for an average of 48 yards per kick. Two of them were down inside the 20-yard line. On the other sideline, Eli Apple made 8 total tackles and broke up 3 passes in defeat.

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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.

 

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 7)

With the “amateur” Buckeyes on a Bye and preparing for their huge matchup with #2 ranked Penn State, this week the focus for Buckeye Nation was on several former Silver Bullets that had monster days in the NFL.

New Orleans Saints wide receivers Ted Ginn Junior and Michael Thomas had huge days in back in Big Ten country up in Wisconsin against the Green Bay Packers. Ginn caught 7 passes for 141 yards and Thomas caught 7 passes as well for 82 yards to lead the Saints to a 26-17 win over the Packers. Defensively, Vonn Bell made 4 total tackles; while Marshon Lattimore collected 3 total tackles and had one pass defensed in the victory.

Thanks to another court injunction in his favor, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was able to play against the San Francisco 49ers. This comes after a U.S. circuit court in New Orleans ruled to uphold the NFL’s six game suspension of him last week.

As for the game it was never in doubt for Elliott and the ‘Boys. The 2nd-year back carried the ball 26 times for 147 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. He also caught one pass for 72 yards for a touchdown in Dallas’ 40-10 victory.  One of his backups, Rod Smith, rushed 4 times for 50 yards and caught one pass for 5 yards in the win. For the Niners, Carlos Hyde rushed for 68 yards on 14 carries and caught 4 passes for 20 yards in defeat.

The Indianapolis Colts Ohio State trio of Malik Hooker, John Simon and Jonathan Hankins had a day to forget against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The rookie had 2 tackles, but had to leave the game with a knee injury and didn’t return. Simon only had 1 tackle and 1 QB hit and Hankins made 3 total tackles in the 27-0 loss. The Colts are now 2-5 on the season.

It was also a rough day for Rookie Curtis Samuel and his Carolina Panthers teammates. Samuel had a huge drop on a pitch from Cam Newton that resulted in a 75-yard touchdown return for the Chicago Bears. Samuel caught one pass for twenty yards in the 17-3 loss in the Windy City. 8-year safety Kurt Coleman did not play and was inactive for the game due to a knee injury.

Darron Lee registered 11 total tackles (9 solo) and forced a fumble for the New York Jets in their 31-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins in south Florida.

Nate Ebner had one tackle on special teams for the New England Patriots in their 23-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons in a Super Bowl 51 rematch on Sunday Night Football.

Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward led the defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 29-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Shazier led all players with 8 tackles (5 solo) and a tackle for loss, while Heyward made 4 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 hits on the quarterback and a sack in the victory.

Joey Bosa had 2 sacks and 2 tackles and a pass defended for the Los Angeles Chargers in their 21-0 win over AFC West division rival Denver Broncos. He now has 7.5 sacks on the season. Bradley Roby had 3 total tackles and 2 passes defended in defeat. Tight end Jeff Heuerman didn’t record any stats in the loss.

Eli Apple made 5 tackles (4 solo) and 2 passes defensed and Curtis Grant collected 6 tackles (4 solo) for the New York Giants in a 24-7 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks. Tight end Nick Vanett caught one pass for 12 yards to help Seattle get the victory.

Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles faced off against Terrelle Pryor Senior and Washington in a NFC East clash on Monday Night Football in the “City of Brotherly Love.” Pryor senior didn’t get into the game  until his team’s third series. Once in the game, he was targeted 4 times and only caught 2 passes for 14 yards. For the Eagles, Malcolm Jenkins led the team with 10 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss and a QB hit to lead Philadelphia to the 34-24 win. The Eagles now have the best record in the NFL at 6-1.

Braxton Miller and the Houston Texans were on a Bye this week. So was Taylor Decker of the Detroit Lions. Gareon Conley of the Oakland Raiders missed his fourth consecutive game with a shin injury. The Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs in dramatic fashion 31-30 on Thursday Night Football.

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.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 1)

Rookies Marshon Lattimore and Pat Elflein share a moment after playing their first game as NFL players. Photo Courtesy: NFL snapchat

While Buckeye Nation attempts to process what happened Saturday night in the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, several former Buckeyes made their 2017 debuts in the League.

Seven Buckeyes were selected at April’s draft, three in the first round. In all, 42 Ohio State Alumni opened the season on NFL rosters.

The Indianapolis Colts have five former Buckeyes on their team. The New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys are tied for second with four each.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is the most notable of the former Buckeyes. Elliott’s team faced off against his former 2014 National championship teammate cornerback Eli Apple and the New York Giants. Elliott rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries and caught 5 passes for 36 yards in “America’s Team’s” 19-3 victory. Apple made 7 tackles (5 solo) in defeat for the “G-Men.”

New York Jets 2nd-year linebacker Darron Lee collected 10 tackles (7 solo) and a sack in his team’s 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward made their return to the Buckeye State in their season opener against the Cleveland Browns. Shazier had 7 tackles (4 solo), while Heyward had a sack, a tackle for loss and 3 tackles (1 solo) in the Steelers 21-18 win over the Browns.

The Carolina Panthers and their three Buckeyes of Kurt Coleman, rookie Curtis Samuel and offensive lineman Andrew Norwell lined up against running back Carlos Hyde and the San Francisco 49ers. Coleman made 6 solo tackles in Carolina’s 23-3 win. Samuel was limited with an ankle injury. Hyde rushed for 45 yards on 9 carries and had 6 catches for 32 yards in the loss.

Terrelle Pryor Senior caught 6 passes for 66 yards in his debut with Washington against NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles. 9-year vet, Safety Malcolm Jenkins had 4 tackles for the Eagles in their 30-17 win in the Nation’s capital.

The Indianapolis Colts quintuplets of Bucks had a difficult opening day against the Los Angeles Rams. LA won by a score of 46-9. Jonathan Hankins had 2 solo tackles, John Simon collected 6 tackles (5 solo) and rookie safety Malik Hooker had 4 tackles (3 solo) in defeat. Tyvis Powell and Jake Mewhort didn’t register any statistics.

Several Bucks had to wait until Monday night to start their 2017 season. Ted Ginn Junior, Mike Thomas, Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints took on center Pat Elflein the Minnesota Vikings. Thomas caught 5 passes for 45 yards, while Ginn Junior made 4 catches for 53 yards and had one rush for 5 yards in the Saints 29-19 loss. Defensively Lattimore made 4 solo tackles in his NFL debut. Elflein the 70th overall pick (3rd round) in the 2017 draft made the first start of his career.

Joey Bosa and the Los Angeles Chargers went to Denver to face Bradley Roby, Jeff Heurerman and the Broncos in the second of the Monday Night Football double header. Roby had 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 passes defensed and a key interception in the Broncos 24-21 win. Tight end Jeff Heuerman had one catch for twenty yards to help progress a scoring drive. Bosa made 6 tackles (3 solo), and 1.5 sacks in defeat.

Where’s This Defense Been?

Lawrence Timmons returns an interception 58-yards to set up a Steelers touchdown drive. Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Steelers Nation, do you recognize this group? I’ve seen great defense played from Pittsburgh teams before, but not from this collection of players. The stars for the Steelers versus the New York Giants were defensive coordinator Keith Butler’s guys.

The defense started the scoring for the team known for its offensive fire power. They drew several holding calls, including one on the ageless wonder James Harrison in the end zone on the Giants second offensive possession that caused the safety that put the Steelers on the board first at 2-0.

After Pittsburgh went up 5-0 on newly acquired kicker Randy Bullock first field goal in place of the injured Chris Boswell, the defense looked in trouble as Eli Manning marched his team down the field inside the red zone on a 10 play 62 yard drive before Lawrence Timmons intercepted Manning at the Steelers 3-yard line, that prevented what looked to be a sure touchdown for Larry Donnell and a New York lead, which he returned to the Giants 40-yard line.

Not only did the turnover flip field position and steal the momentum New York had built, it eventually led to a 22-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown for his 11th of the season, and an 11-0 lead.

The Pittsburgh D kept the pressure on from there. On the day, the Giants gained 234 total yards, 52 of those came in garbage time when the game was no longer in doubt. Odell Beckham Junior  got his 100 yards on 10 catches, but was severely frustrated all afternoon, and even drew a pass interference penalty that pushed the G-Men offense back that was followed by the safety.

Manning was sacked twice for a loss of 17 yards and hit 3 other times. Most importantly the Giants were held to 4-11 on 3rd down, and 0-3 on 4th down, one that led to an interception by rookie safety Sean Davis. The defensive was getting off the field and giving the ball to that offense that nobody wants to face.

Speaking of offense, coordinator Todd Haley did what he’s been doing for the past month, ringing the Bell.

Coming into Sunday, Le’Veon Bell averaged a NFL best 142.0 yards from scrimmage per game. Versus the Giants, he ran for 118 on 29 carries, his third consecutive game over the century mark and the 1st 100-yard rushing game versus the Giants since week 16 of 2015 to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. Bell also had 64 receiving yards on 6 catches.

Le’Veon Bell rushed for 118 yards Sunday vs. the Giants for his third consecutive 100+ rushing yard game. Photo Credit: Steelers.com  

I’m convinced Le’Veon Bell is the most lethal offensive weapon in the NFL. I don’t care what name you shout out. Ezekiel Elliott? Nope. Tom Brady? Nope. Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Junior, Antonio Brown, Rob Gonkowski? Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

If he hadn’t missed the first three games of this season due to suspension, he’d be the leader in the MVP race. His numbers would be historical, and I doubt the Steelers would have as many losses as they do.

His playmaking ability allows the Steelers offense to play ball control and win the time of possession battle, and keep that often struggling defense on the sideline. Pittsburgh won the time of possession battle 34:08 to 25:52. It’s no coincidence the Steelers D has been playing lights out at the same time Bell has been touching the ball 25 to 30+ times per game. Old school football can still win in this new school pass happy League.

The x-factor in this game I wasn’t expecting was tight end LaDarius Green. Now I see what the anticipation and hype was about in regards to his return from an ankle injury that kept him out the first 8 games of the season. I must admit, I’m a fan of 2nd-year tight end Jesse James. I think he’s a more athletic Heath Miller. So I don’t have the words to explain how annoyed I was that general manager Kevin Colbert spent money on a tight end that should’ve been used to bolster the defense.

But after the last two games against the Indianapolis Colts and the Giants, his play is a perfect example of why I’m not a GM. 6 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown Sunday, 2 catches for 67 yards on Thanksgiving night against the Colts. He appears to be the security blanket Roethlisberger was missing during that four game losing streak when he was blitzed mercilessly.

For now Pittsburgh seems to have finally found the formula to get W’s, and just in time as they’re entering the most crucial part of the season.

Next up, at the 6-6 Buffalo Bills next Sunday in Orchard Park. Kickoff is set for 1 o’clock.

OVERTIME

  • With the win, Mike Tomlin joins George Allen, Vince Lombardi and John Madden of 10+ seasons and no losing seasons.

Roethlisberger and Brown are now tied with Bradshaw and Swann for most TDs by a QB-WR tandem in NFL history. Photo Credit: Steelers.com

  • The 22-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown in the second quarter extended #7’s steak of at least 1 TD pass in 43 straight home games. It’s the 3rd-longest streak in NFL history, and the longest active streak. Also with that touchdown connection, Roethlisberger & Brown tied Terry Bradshaw & Lynn Swann for the most QB-WR TD connections in Steelers History.
  • The Steelers are 7-1 when scoring 24+ points, 0-4 when scoring less than that.

Steelers vs. Giants Preview: A Star Studded Affair

Ben and Eli will face off for only the 4th time in their future Hall of Fame careers. #7 has the edge 2-1.

The elite of the elite will collide on the field in Pittsburgh Sunday when the New York Giants line up against the Steelers. Roethlisberger versus Manning. AB versus OBJ. Having five of the top three players in the NFL at their position, if you include Le’Veon Bell, on the same field has the potential to be the best game of the day, maybe even the season.

The Steelers should be very fresh after 10 days off, with a two game winning streak. But, the Giants are on a winning streak of their own at 6 games. And, they’re a much better team than they showed through two and a half quarters this past Sunday against the same winless Cleveland Browns the Steelers looked unimpressive against the week before.

Currently the Giants are a 6-point underdog to the Steelers, and ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Steelers a 70% chance to win. Pittsburgh is only 2-2 at home this season, so I don’t see how anyone could think they’re a touchdown better than an 8-3 New York team, even with the home cooking.

The Steelers are flirting with the possibility of missing the playoffs with each loss. The Giants are trying to keep pace with the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys for the division title, while also jockeying for playoff position should they not win the division. So this matchup shouldn’t disappoint. Here’s what to look for come kickoff.

When the Steelers are on defense, their much maligned secondary will be challenged, not by just Odell Beckham Junior who lit up the Browns for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns, but also Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Sheppard. Sheppard averages 10.8 yards per catch and has 5 touchdowns of his own, while Cruz averages 17.1 yards per catch.

The Giants have the 12th ranked passing attack at 256.5 yards per game, and they have big strike capability with 9 plays of over 40 yards which is 5th best in the NFL.

The Steelers allow 263.5 yards per game through the air, which is 10th worse in the NFL, but due to the “bend but don’t break” strategy they’ve employed for most of the season, they haven’t given up the large amount of big strike plays like in past seasons. It will be key that they keep everything in front of them and not allow Eli’s trio to get behind them consistently for 6 points. This will be the first time you’ll hear me say the “bend but don’t break” game plan is their best option. The Steelers don’t have the type of defensive backs to stay with OBJ and crew at this point in their careers.

When the Steelers offense is on the field, Pittsburgh needs to play ball control and run the ball with Le’Veon Bell, as they have the past two games, to win the time of possession battle and keep the Giants passing game on the sideline. Even though the Giants have the 5th ranked defense against the run (89.1 ypg) and are 3rd in yards allowed per carry (3.5), Pittsburgh will need a strong effort in the running game to keep the defense off balance and protect Roethlisberger from the Giants ferocious pass rush which is 13th in sacks (25) and tied for 8th in interceptions (10).

However, the G-Men have the 9th worse pass defense allowing (264.7 yards per game), and are 6th in most plays given up of 40+ yards (9) and 20+ yards (41). So there will be some opportunities for the “Killer B’s”. They just shouldn’t give it a heavy dose. I said the same thing in my preview of the game against the Colts, but luckily I was wrong.

I expect Roethlisberger will keep a close eye on safety Landon Collins. He has the ball hawking skills of former Baltimore Raven Ed Reed, and provides strong run support like former Steeler Troy Polamalu. Collins leads “Big Blue” in tackles (87) and interceptions (5), to go along with 3 sacks.

Expect a low scoring game. I predict under 45 points combined. Kickoff is Sunday in Heinz Field at 4:25 pm.

OTHER NOTES

When it comes to the battle between Roethlisberger and his fellow 2004 classmate Eli Manning, it’s 2-1 in favor of #7. But Eli won the last meeting at Heinz Field 21-14 in the 2008 season. You’ll have to forgive Steeler Nation if they don’t remember that loss, because of how the season ended winning Lombardi number 6 in Tampa. #7 also has the edge over Eli in total wins since they entered the NFL in 2004. Big Ben is tied for 3rd in that time span, while Eli is 5th.