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Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL: Keeping Up, Week 14

The Holy Land takes a look at which former Buckeyes are doing it big in The League.

Chris Graythen


Week 14 in The League, arguably the wildest week of the entire season, showcased a series of close games, lots of snow, some former Buckeyes, and did I mention snow?

Kurt Coleman and the Eagles got the most from Mother Nature and the best of the Lions on the Sunday, winning, 34-20, despite being pounded by the elements. Coleman recorded just one tackle in the snow bowl continuing his struggle to find his place in the Eagles 32nd ranked defense against the pass.

The Packers and Eagles found themselves fighting flurries as well Sunday afternoon as Green Bay mounted a second half comeback, edging Atlanta, 22-21. A.J. Hawk recorded four tackles for the Packers, while Ryan Pickett added two of his own on the defensive line. Once again Atlanta had a widespread passing attack, and once again Brian Robiskie was left out of the mix.

Dan "Boom" Herron and Dane Sanzenbacher both failed to appear in the Bengals' 42-28 win against the Colts in Cincinnati on Sunday. Meanwhile, Bengals Kicker Mike Nugent had his work cut out for him, converting all six of his PAT's.

Santonio Holmes and Brian Hartline held it down on Sunday for the former Buckeye receivers, a group of players who have struggled all season long. Holmes had three receptions on five targets for 55 yards in the Jets' 37-27 victory against the Raiders. Hartline recorded five receptions on eight targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 34-24 win over the Steelers. Cameron Heyward led the Steeler defense with 10 tackles in the game, with Will Allen adding four of his own.

Ted Ginn Jr. got back on the struggle bus Sunday night in the Panthers game against New Orleans. Ginn Jr. had two receptions for a grand total of five yards. DeVier Posey caught his only target for nine yards in Houston's 27-20 loss to Jacksonville.

Terrelle Pryor played for the first time on Sunday since spraining his right knee against the Giants on Nov. 10. Pryor was 2-of-5, throwing for 20 yards in very limited playtime. Pryor also added 3 carries for four yards, and was primarily used due to the injuries to Raider running backs Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings and Jeremy Stewart. Much to the chagrin of the Buckeye faithful, it seems that Matt McGloin has earned the starting job in Oakland for the time-being.

The former Buckeye defenders stepped up in Week 14, led by Malcom Jenkins in the Saints 31-13 victory over the Panthers. Jenkins was second on the team in tackles, recording nine in the contest.  Donte Whitner had four tackles in the 49ers 19-17 nail-biting victory against the Seahawks. James Laurinaitis had five tackles in the Rams 30-10 loss to the Cardinals, while Jake McQuaide had another perfect game as the Rams Longsnapper.