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Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL: Keeping Up, Week 9

The Holy Land takes a look at which former Buckeyes are doing it big in the league. Find out who came up big, and who has some room for improvement.

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Week 9 in the League featured a performance for the history books, a team improving to 9-0 on the season, and a plethora of former members of the Scarlet and Gray Brigade were in action as well. First off, The Holy Land takes a look at the former Buckeyes out west.

Terrelle Pryor and the Raiders invited the Eagles to Oakland, and the turnout wasn't in their favor. Pryor struggled for most of the game, completing 22-of-41 passes for 288 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. The positive note for Pryor offensively was his 10 carries for 94 yards, just 8 yards behind Oakland's leading rusher for the day.

On the flip side, Philadelphia QB Nick Foles threw his way into NFL history with seven TD passes in a game, becoming the seventh player to do so (Peyton Manning did the same for Denver on opening night this season against Baltimore).

Chimdi Chekwa recorded 2 tackles for the Raider defense, which were physically unable to keep up with Philly's up-tempo attack. Kurt Coleman added 4 tackles of his own for the Eagles defense.

Tom Brady threw 4 touchdown passes, picking apart the Pittsburgh Steeler defense which features two former Buckeyes, Will Allen and Cameron Heyward. Allen remained on the sidelines for the contest while Heyward made his presence known, knocking Brady down twice while recording 5 tackles (1 sack). Defensive Back Nate Ebner added 2 tackles of his own for the Patriots.

The Browns recorded a shocking victory against the Ravens, a game that featured two members of the 2012 Ohio State Football team. Reid Fragel still isn't playing on the Browns O-Line, while John Simon is still riding the pine-pony for the Ravens defense. Neither player saw the field.

James Laurinaitis once again led the St. Louis Ram's defense (for lack of a better term) in tackles with 9 (all solo) and 1 sack. Longsnapper Jake McQuaide got his fair share of work, snapping for 5 punts out of the 12 St. Louis drives.

Malcolm Jenkins continued his bye week in week 9, going blank in the stat book alongside teammate and another former Buckeye Will "Don't Call Me Fresh Prince" Smith.

It was a slow week for former Buckeye receivers, and it all started on Thursday night when Dane Sanzenbacher failed to catch a pass. On the other side of the field, Brian Hartline was able to gain 39 receiving yards on 3 catches for Miami.

Sunday's game that pitted Atlanta against Carolina had three former Buckeye receivers, with Carolina WR Tenn Ginn Jr. being the only player to make it in the stat book. Ginn caught one pass for 10 yards, while TE Ben Hartsock and WR Brian Robiskie failed to participate in the game.

The bright spot for Buckeye ball-catchers came in the Sunday night game, where DeVier Posey reeled in 3 passes for 23 yards. Big game, right?

The performance of the week would have to go to Bengals Kicker Mike Nuggent, who went 2-for-2, connecting on attempts of 31 and 54 yards. Nuggent also added 2 extra points, giving himself 8 points on the day.

Tonight's game featuring Green Bay against Chicago will have four former Buckeyes on the field. A.J. Hawk, Ryan Pickett and Jake Stoneburner will be suiting up for the Packers, while Larry Grant could make his debut for Chicago after being signed last week.