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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.

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 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.

My Way Too Early Speculation of Where Le’Veon Bell Will Land in 2019

Le’Veon Bell’s time in Pittsburgh is clearly coming to an end. But, where will the All-Pro, all-purpose back land in 2019?

It’s clear the Pittsburgh Steelers and All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell are headed for a divorce. At this point the relationship appears unsalvageable after his teammates, specifically the offensive line, recklessly spoke about his contract situation and reluctance to show up for their week one matchup against the Cleveland Browns. He’s even been removed from the depth chart for week two’s matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bell hasn’t signed his $14.5 million franchise tender, and will be docked $850 thousand for each game his misses. He wants a contract that will reset the market for top-flight running backs. Similar to what the LA Rams signed Todd Gurley to; 4 years, $60 million with $45 guaranteed. The 3-time All-Pro is two years older and unlikely to get that money from the Steelers, especially with the way his replacement, 2nd-year pro James Conner has performed so far in his absence in week one against the Cleveland Browns and training camp.

Bell’s not likely to get a long-term deal because of his age, but he’s a perfect match for teams that are in win now mode. Honestly, that’s the type of team he should be looking for, especially if he’s going to leave a franchise in Pittsburgh that’s always in the championship race.

So assuming it’s really over for Bell in the 412. Where could he land? Who needs him? Who could/is willing to pay him what he desires? Here is my way too early speculation of where he might land in 2019.

New York Jets. The Jets were in the hunt for quarterback Kirk Cousins and willing to pay him top dollar (I know QB money and RB money is different) before he chose the Minnesota Vikings and they drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 draft. They also were interested in acquiring Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders before he was eventually shipped off to the Chicago Bears. My point for bringing up those two players is to show that the Jets organization has the money and appears willing and desires to make a splash. Now that they appear to have a franchise QB in Darnold on a rookie contract, and their defense looks to be more than formidable, they’re only missing a top flight back. The three best friends for a young quarterback are an elite tackle to protect his blindside, a stout defense and a strong running game. Bell would help the team check the final box. Also, it’s New York. Bell likes the spotlight, and an offer anywhere near Gurley’s, even if it doesn’t top it, would likely pique his interest and make the Jets a strong contender in the AFC.

Indianapolis Colts. They’ve been trying to pair Andrew Luck with a running back since the day he was drafted to replace Peyton Manning. They’ve tried just about everything. Last season it was then 35-year old Frank Gore. In previous seasons they went as far as trading for Trent Richardson when he flamed out with the Cleveland Browns after being drafted two slots behind Luck in the 2012 draft. Nothing has worked. The Colts finally have invested in their offensive line to protect their wounded franchise QB. The other way to further that protection, get him an elite running back. Bell is worth the money if the Colts really think Luck is the championship caliber QB to lead them.

Green Bay Packers. The Pack desperately needs to get a running game to compliment Aaron Rodgers. Even though he is superhuman, at some point you put him at too much risk, being predictable by allowing him to drop back and sling it all over the field. They need balance. Green Bay was also interested in acquiring Khalil Mack before he was traded to the Bears. So they too are in win at all cost mode, NOW. Bell would give them a dimension they’ve NEVER had in A-A-Ron’s time under center in cheese country. A balanced attack would make the best QB in the game even scarier.

DARK HORSES

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Who knows what Jameis Winston’s future is in west Florida, but if they keep him beyond his rookie contract that ends in 2019, and he improves on and off the field, their offense has everything but an elite running back. The combination of DeSean Jackson, Mike Evans at wide receiver positions and OJ Howard at tight end is lethal. With Bell they’d have better weapons than what he’s currently apart of in the Burgh. Tampa Bay’s defense led by Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Brent Grimes is stout. Bell would make the Bucs the favorites in the best division in the NFL, the NFC South. A division that has been represented in the Super Bowl 2 of the last three seasons.

Seattle Seahawks. When Russell Wilson was at his best, he had “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch behind him. Even though he’s improved each season, their offense has been very predictable and Wilson playing sandlot ball. Now, they just spent their 2018 first round pick (27th overall) on Rashad Penny out of San Diego State who led FCS in rushing with 2,027 yards in 2017. So this is less likely than the other teams I have mentioned. However, Bell is a different animal, and if you can get him, YOU. GET. HIM.

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 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.