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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Divisional Round)

The Final Four of the 2017 NFL Playoffs is set. The New England Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC. While the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings in NFC. We’ll have to wait another week to find out who will meet up in the Super Bowl in February, regardless we know there will be some Buckeyes playing for the Lombardi trophy.
Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10. Jenkins made 6 tackles in the victory.

The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated Cam Heyward and the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42. Heyward made 1 tackle in defeat.

The last game of the the weekend had the most Ohio State Alumnus on the field. Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn junior, Vonn Bell and rookie sensation Marshon Lattimore faced Pat Elflein and the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota won on a last second touchdown pass 29-24. Thomas caught 7 passes for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns, Ginn 8 catches for 72 yards and 1 rush for 11 yards in defeat. On the defensive side, Bell made 5 total tackles, while Lattimore made 4. 

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NFL Buckeyes (2017, Wild Card Weekend)

The 2017 College Football Playoff committee left Ohio State out, we can argue all day if it was the right call (I think it was), but for Scarlet and Gray fans, there are plenty of Buckeyes playing NFL Playoff football and playing well that you can root for. 

The New Orleans Quartet of Buckeyes have been leading the way for the Saints all season, and it was no different in the Wild Card round against the Carolina Panthers. Mike Thomas caught 8 passes for 131 yards, and Ted Ginn Junior caught 5 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 31-26 win. Vonn Bell led the way for the defense with 9 total tackles (7 solo), 1 tackles for loss and a game clinching sack on Cam Newton. Rookie Marshon Lattimore made 2 total tackles and broke up 2 passes in his first ever playoff action. The Saints will play at the Minnesota Vikings next week. Panthers’ safety Kurt Coleman played despite an ankle injury. 

Adolphus Washington and the Buffalo Bills made their first trip to the playoffs since 1999. Washington made 1 tackle for the Bills in a 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Cam Heyward and the Pittsburgh Steelers had the week off, but the 7th year defensive lineman made some headlines. After being snubbed for the Pro Bowl, he was named 1st-team All-Pro for the first time in his career. He’s the only Buckeyes to make either the 1st or 2nd team this season. Pittsburgh will host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.

There was also encouraging news on Pittsburgh Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier. His father, Vernon Shazier, told local media in the “Steel City” that Ryan has feeling in his legs. He went on to say that the night of the injury his son told him he couldn’t feel his legs. But, Mr. Shazier went on to say that they will keep the rest of Ryan’s progress private.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 17)

The 2017 NFL season has come to an end and it was a banner year for former several Buckeyes. Ohio State has the most Alumni selected to the Pro Bowl, a few broken individual records, some will be considered for major awards, and others are playing key roles for teams with a shot at hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

With playoff positions already decided Cam Heyward of the Pittsburgh Steelers sat out the 28-24 win over the Cleveland Browns. He finished the regular season with a career high 12 sacks. 

Joey Bosa made 5 tackles and had a sack for the Los Angeles Chargers in a 30-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year finishes the season with 11.5 sacks. However, the Chargers missed the playoffs by a tiebreaker. 

Michael Thomas set the New Orleans Saints single season reception record with his 6 catches for 94 yards in a 31-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas also has the most receptions in his first two seasons than any player in NFL history. Ted Ginn Junior caught 3 passes for 33 yards and rushed once for 2 yards. Vonn Bell made 10 total tackles and had a sack, while Marshon Lattimore made 3 tackles in defeat. The New Orleans Saints will host NFC South rival Carolina Panthers in the wild card round. 

San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde rushed 15 times for 90 yards and caught 2 passes for 10 yards in a 34-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams. On the season, he rushed for 940 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also caught a career high 59 passes for 350 yards.

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 103 yards on 27 carries and caught 3 passes for 38 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in a 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Zeke’s six-game suspension kept him from reaching 1,000 rushing yards in his second season. He finished 2017 with 983 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns, 26 receptions for 269 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins didn’t play in the loss. The Eagles have the number one seed in the NFC playoffs and have a bye next week.  

Kurt Coleman didn’t play in the Carolina Panthers 22-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He’s expected to play in the wild card round against the Saints. 

Adolphus Washington made 1 tackle for the Buffalo Bills in a 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins to help end the longest current playoff drought in pro sports (17 seasons). 

New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee had 2 total tackles in the 26-6 loss to the New England Patriots. Lee finishes the season as the Jets second leading tackler with 94 total tackles (67 solo) and 3 sacks. 

Mike Nugent scored 4 points for the Chicago Bears on a 55-yard field goal and an extra point in a 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. 

Houston Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller finished his 2nd pro season with 2 catches for 9 yards in a 13-22 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.  

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman caught 1 pass for 9 yards and Bradley Roby made 1 tackle in a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Buckeyes (2017, Week 14)

We begin this week with an update on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Shazier. The 4-year linebacker was severely injured when he made a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football early in the first quarter last Monday. He underwent surgery on Thursday to stabilize his spine. No other updates have been released on his current condition.
Without him the Steelers struggled on defense giving up 38 points and 152 rushing yards to the Baltimore Ravens, 120 to their starting running back Alex Collins. Cam Heyward had only one tackle and 1 pass breakup to help the Steelers secure a late 39-38 win and the AFC North division title.  
Thursday Night Football started week 14 with the New Orleans Saints’ Buckeye Quadruplets of Mike Thomas, Ted Ginn Junior, Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore facing off against the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas, the Saints leading receiver on the season, had another monster game catching 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, while Ginn made 2 catches for 10 yards and rushed once for -3 yards in the 20-17 loss. 

On the defensive side, Lattimore returned from missing the last two games with an injury to pick off his 3rd pass of his rookie season and returned it 33 yards. He also had 3 tackles and broke up another pass. Lattimore is the leading candidate for defensive Rookie of the Year. Bell made 2 tackles in a losing effort.  

Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackles for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles clinched the NFC East division championship. 

Carlos Hyde rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in a 26-16 win over the Houston Texans.  

Running back Rod Smith had a huge day in the Big Apple in place of Ezekiel Elliott. Smith caught 5 passes for 113 yards, one he took 81-yards for a touchdown. He also scored on the ground and rushed for 47 yards in the Dallas Cowboys 30-10 win over the New York Giants. Rookie wide receiver Noah Brown was targeted twice but did not catch a pass. The Giants’ Eli Apple was sidelined with an injury and linebacker Curtis Grant didn’t register any stats in the loss. 

Joey Bosa made 3 tackles for the Los Angeles Chargers in a 30-13 over Washington. Bosa is a leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. 

Bradley Roby made 1 tackle and had 1 pass breakup, while Jeff Heuerman caught 1 pass for 5 yards for the Denver Broncos in a 23-0 win over the New York Jets. Darron Lee made 5 total tackles in defeat for the Jets. 

Nick Vannett was targeted once but did not catch a pass in a 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Taylor Decker started on the offensive line for the Detroit Lions that didn’t give up a sack in a 24-21 win over the Tampa Buccaneers.  

Kurt Coleman made 5 tackles and broke up a pass for the Carolina Panthers in their 31-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Pat Elflein missed the game with a shoulder injury. 

Adolphus Washington made 5 tackles for the Buffalo Bills in a snow plagued 13-7 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. Jonathan Hankins collected 8 total tackles and one for loss in a losing effort. John Simon missed the loss with a shoulder injury. The 5th-year defensive end/linebacker was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday (12/5).

Focused Buckeyes Rout Illinois 

Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field at Ohio Stadium before their 52-14 victory over Illinois. Photo Credit: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

The Ohio State Buckeyes did what everyone expected them to do. They beat up on the Illinois Fighting Illini 52-14 in the 2017 home finale. It’s clear they weren’t looking ahead to next week’s big matchup with Xichigan.

The first team offense scored touchdowns on their first four drives, a 33-yard field goal on their fifth drive and another touchdown on their sixth drive for 38 points. Each of the first four touchdown drives ended quicker than the previous. 9 plays in 3:18, 6 plays in 2:07, 3 plays in a 1:13 and 2 plays in 44 seconds.

It wasn’t until 3:48 seconds left in the second quarter after the first-team offense was ceremoniously substituted out of the game that Drue Chrisman came in to punt for the first time.  

J.T. Barrett finished his last game in “The ‘Shoe” completing 11 of 19 pass attempts for 141 yards and connected on his 100th and 101st career touchdown passes to become the first B1G quarterback to pass the century mark.

Meanwhile the Silver Bullets forced the Illini into 6 consecutive three and outs. Illinois didn’t get their first first-down until 3:38 seconds left in the second quarter. The Buckeyes first-team D allowed only 43 total yards in the first half.

The one blemish for the Buckeyes this game was the 6 penalties for 53 yards. They are the most penalized team in the conference. Watch that the next two weeks, it could be the difference between being champions or not if they don’t eliminate those mistakes. 

Besides that, there’s not much to analyze from this game. It’s pretty much what you expect from a matchup of a 2-8 team focused on their long-term future versus an 8-2 team with their season goals still on the line. This was the type of performance you want to see heading into the most crucial time of the season. This game was about the Scarlet & Gray tuning up for the Wolverines and a run at the B1G Championship.

Before the game kicked off, Ohio State knew they would clinch the B1G East division with their win thanks to the Wolverines 24-10 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. With that sewn up, now it’s time to focus on manhandling TTUN and impressing the College Football Playoff Committee.

“The Game” at “The Big House in Ann Arbor is set for a 12:07 pm kickoff. The Buckeyes have won the last 5-0 against TTUN and 12 of the last 15 (2010’s win was vacated). With a win, J.T. Barrett will tie Art Schlichter at 36 for the most in Buckeye history. 

J.T. Barrett runs onto the Ohio Stadium turf for his final home game. Photo Credit: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

 

Buckeyes Overcome Early Mistakes to Beat Penn State

Barrett carried the Buckeyes to a 4th quarter comeback win 39-38, over Penn State. Photo Credit: Aaron Dotser/USA Today

Remember when everyone around the nation, including some in Buckeye Nation, were bashing J.T. Barrett? I wish he’d go to the post game press conference and channel his inner Kirk Cousins right now.

Lead by the senior quarterback, the Buckeyes overcame several early mistakes on special teams, offense and coaching to overcome a 15 points fourth quarter deficit to knockoff the second ranked Penn State Nittany Lions 39-38.

Barrett completed 33 of 39 passes for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. With this performance and the others since the loss to Oklahoma, he has firmly placed his name in the Heisman Trophy race.

But it wasn’t pretty. Here are my takeaways from the Buckeyes come from behind victory.

* THE SILVER BULLETS ARE THE BEST DAMN DEFENSE IN THE LAND.

Penn State came into the game averaging 463.3 yards per game (2nd in B1G). The Buckeyes held them to 283 total yards (192 passing, 91 rushing.)

Ohio State may very well have snatched the Heisman Trophy from Saquon Barkley after he started the game looking to run away with it on the opening kickoff. Eight of Barkley’s 21 carries resulted in loss yardage. He finished the game with 44 rushing yards for an average of 2.1 per carry. Defensive Coordinator Greg Schiano and defensive line coach Larry Johnson had the perfect game plan to stop the most dynamic player in the country.

* J.T. WAS NEVER THE PROBLEM. 

As I’ve been saying all season, the supporting cast around Barrett hadn’t stepped up in big games, until Saturday night. When Barrett has time, and receivers run good routes to get open, J.T. will look like the Heisman finalist he was in 2014 and the guy who has now catapulted himself into the top of the conversation with this victory. Just Touchdowns is clutch! He completed his last 16 pass attempts and was 13 of 13 in the fourth quarter.

Johnnie Dixon and his two touchdowns in the fourth quarter will be all anyone talks about, but Austin Mack and K.J. Hill were huge keeping the chains moving. Hill finished with 12 receptions for 102 yards. I also can’t forget Marcus Baugh coming back from a huge drop early in the game to redeem himself for the game winner. When the skill guys play to their expectations around Barrett, this is the performance you’ll get from the Senior QB. He will look just like he did when he had Ezekiel Elliott, Devin Smith and Michael Thomas to name a few.

* POOR PLAY CALLING/COACHING SHOULD HAVE LOST THIS GAME

The majority of the finger-pointing the last two seasons in Columbus has been towards Barrett, but maybe it’s time to point the finger at Urban Meyer and his coaching staff. As poorly as the Senior QB has played in past big games, the coaching staff hasn’t put him or the rest of the Scarlet and Gray in the best positions to succeed.

This coaching staff hasn’t learned from the losses to Clemson in the 2017 College Football Playoff and Oklahoma in game two of this season that you can’t call plays on offense that go sideline to sideline. The top defenses are too quick. You need to throw it down field, even if it’s incomplete, just to loosen up the defense and put them on their heels.

Going for it on 4th and 8 in field goal range to end the first quarter was a panic move from Urban Meyer that I’ve never seen from him before in his career in Columbus or at the University of Florida. Had he allowed Nuernberger to kick what would have been a 35-yard field goal, and he made it, Ohio State would have been down one possession at halftime 28-20 with the ball to start the second half. Instead they went into the locker room down 11. Thankfully that decision didn’t come back to haunt them.

The game plan also needs to focus more on the best use of their best weapons. J.K. Dobbins getting only 13 carries isn’t enough. He finished the game with a per carry average of 6.8 for a total of 88 rushing yards. Dobbins is what Barkley was when he entered the B1G three years ago. He needs to be used more.

* THE SPECIAL TEAMS UNIT CONTINUES TO SUCK

It didn’t take long for this unit to show its flaws. Saquon Barkley took the opening kickoff 97-yards to pay dirt. They also allowed Koa Farmer, a linebacker, to return a pooch kick 60-yards to set up another touchdown. Coming off a Bye week were these problems had persisted for weeks, you would think this unit would have come out to play the perfect game. These mistakes still haven’t cost them a game, yet. I put emphasis on yet.

As bad as special teams was, I must them a big nod, because it was the blocked punt by Denzel Ward with 11:39 remaining in the game down 35-20 that turned the game. So there was a bit of redemption for the Buckeyes since it was as blocked field goal by Penn State last season that helped them complete the upset.

The first College Football Playoff poll will be released this week. The Buckeyes have a real shot to be in the first four, top five at worse.

Next up, the Iowa Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Kickoff is yet to be determined.

Buckeyes Trounce Scarlet Knights

Johnnie Dixon III, scores on a 70-yard TD pass, his first of two vs. Rutgers. Photo Credit: Ohiostatebuckeyes.com

As expected, the Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 56-0 in Piscataway, New Jersey to move to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in the B1G. It was a sluggish start for the Scarlet and Gray, almost as if they were playing down to the level of competition. The offense only mustered seven points in the first quarter before exploding for 28 in the second stanza.

J.T. Barrett got things going and had typical night by his standards completing 14 of 22 passes for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns. With that performance he passed Art Schlicter for first on the Buckeyes All-Time Passing Yards list. He also rushed for 89 yards. As a team they put up 618 total yards (276 rushing and 342 passing). That averages out to 9.1 yards per play.

The Silver Bullet defense got the shutout while allowing only 209 total yards (117 rushing and 92 passing). 77 of those yards came in the 1st half. For the game Rutgers averaged 3.1 yards per play. The Buckeye D also picked off freshman quarterback Johnathan Lewis twice and had nine tackles for loss.

Even with the shutout, it wasn’t a perfectly played game. Coach Meyer won’t be pleased with the amount of penalties. The Buckeyes were dinged eleven times for 121 yards. That will be their detriment if they continue to be that sloppy against the top teams in the conference.

I was posed the question this week, “is the lower level of competition hurting the Buckeyes?” My answer, yes in the polls and no on the field.

This team is finding a rhythm and its confidence in the last three weeks versus Army, UNLV and Rutgers. As I said last week, these are the type of teams that Ohio State normally plays in the first couple of weeks of the season to prepare for an Oklahoma or a Big Ten road opener. They didn’t get the chance to ease into the season and it showed against the Indiana Hoosiers and the Sooners, especially in pass defense.

Now they’re starting look like a team that’s found its identity. That identity is an old school power running game via the spread formation that opens up the passing attack. While allowing a stout defense to terrorize opposing offenses.

Lesser competition or not, the Bucks are rounding into form with their focus on that late October matchup with Penn State. Hopefully that’s when Buckeye Nation will see the fruits of their current labor.

It’s on to Maryland (3-1), next Saturday in “The ‘Shoe.” Kickoff is set for 4:07 pm.

OTHER NOTES

In addition to becoming OSU’s All-Time Passing yards leader, Barrett now has 10,000+ career total yards (rushing & passing). He is the first in Buckeye history and only the 11th B1G player to reach that milestone.

Mike Weber returned from an injured hamstring to run for three touchdowns in the first half. He finished the game with the game with 44 rushing yards on ten carries.

OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE GAME:

Johnnie Dixon III, 3 catches for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns and DeMario McCall, 11 carries 103 rushing yards a touchdown and 1 catch for 35 yards and a touchdown.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Linebacker Dante Booker had an interception and a sack.