Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL: Keeping Up, Week 11

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Despite playing in the elements, was Nuuuuuuuge the best Ohio State alum in the NFL this weekend?

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The struggle was real once again this week for former Buckeye backs. Boom Herron and Dane Sanzenbacher both threw up a goose egg in the score book, while Jets' WR Santonio Holmes reeled in two catches for 71 yards on eight total targets. Brian Hartline had five catches for 65 yards for the Dolphins in their game against San Diego, recording a tackle after a Ryan Tannehill interception.

10 Atlanta Falcon receivers got targeted today. Newsflash: Brian Robiskie wasn't one of them. Robiskie, five years removed from Columbus, still doesn't have a reception during the 2013 season. At this point, the Falcons, now 2-8, might want to give him a shot.

Out in Oakland, Matt McGloin may have put Terrelle Pryor's starting job in jeopardy after leading the Raiders to a much-needed victory against Houston. Pryor was sidelined with a right knee injury, but is expected to be cleared to play within the next few weeks. Oakland CB Chimdi Chewka had two solo tackles in the game. On the other side of the ball, second year wide receiver DeVier Posey had one catch for five yards, continuing his struggle to find a spot in Houston's passing game.

Cincinnati Kicker Mike Nugent did his thing again this weekend, going 2-for-2 against Cleveland on Sunday, connecting on attempts from 38 and 41 yards. Nugent was also 5-for-5 on extra points, giving him 11 points on the day.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Buckeye alums, for the most part, weren't too much better. New York Giants DT Johnathan Hankins recorded one tackle against Green Bay, while Packer LB A.J. Hawk had six tackles and one sack in the game.

Eagles CB Kurt Coleman, who recently talked with Land-Grant Holy Land, recorded one tackle as well in Philadelphia's 24-16 victory against the Redskins. Baltimore LB John Simon and Cincinnati LB Larry Grant both failed to play.

However, it wasn't all bad for former Buckeye defenders in Week 11. New Orleans DB Malcolm Jenkins had 2 tackles and one pass batted down in the Saints 23-20 victory over San Francisco. The 49ers Donte Whitner had 3 tackles (one for a loss) and 2 deflections in the contest.

Safety Will Allen led the way in the Steelers victory over the Lions on Sunday, leading the team with 9 tackles and one interception that set up a touchdown to seal the game. LB Cameron Heyward added 5 tackles of his own in the contest, and is proving to be yet another rising star in Hall of Famer and former Buckeye (not to mention 1957 National Champion Ohio State defensive back) Dick LeBeau's defense.

This week Dallas and St. Louis had bye weeks, keeping the Ram's long snapper Jake McQuaide and LB James Lauranaitis off the field until next week.

Tonight on Monday Night Football WR Ted Ginn Jr. and TE Ben Hartstock will suit up for Carolina as the Panthers take on the Patriots in Charlotte.

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