A few former Buckeyes had impressive showings in the Week 6 slate of NFL games. On Thursday Night Football, Texans linebacker John Simon had a pretty good day against the Colts. Simon had one tackle, one assist, one sack for a loss of two yards, and one quarterback hit on Andrew Luck. The Texans roared back after a lackluster start that included being outscored 24-0 in the first quarter, and Houston very nearly pulled off a comeback victory, but they ended up falling just short with a 33-28 loss at home.
A matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati ended in a beautiful tie. Philly Brown had a big day in the return game for the Panthers, racking up 139 return yards on six kick returns and one punt return. Brown also contributed one eight-yard reception to Carolina's offensive effort. For the Bengals, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher had 40 receiving yards on four receptions. Mike Nugent successfully kicked four PATs and connected on three of four field goal attempts. Nugent had an opportunity to win the game on a 36-yard attempt and it sailed wide right.
The Browns dominated the Steelers in Cleveland, winning 31-10. Former Buckeye Cameron Heyward had two tackles, two assists, one sack for a loss of 7 yards, and one hit on Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. Heyward was unfortunately injured late in the game on what he said was an illegal chop block from Browns tackle Joe Thomas, but he was able to return to the game. For the Browns, safety Donte Whitner had four tackles and four assists in the victory.
The Packers pulled off a thrilling late-game road win in Miami on Sunday after a fake spike put them in position to score the game-winning touchdown with just a few seconds remaining. Linebacker A.J. Hawk had a quieter day than usual, contributing two tackles in Green Bay's victory.
Rookie cornerback Bradley Roby contributed three tackles and one sack in Denver's 31-17 win over the Jets. It was Roby's first career sack as a pro. Roby also had two pass deflections in the game.
The Arizona Cardinals beat Washington at home with a final score of 30-20. Former Buckeye Ted Ginn, Jr. had one kick return for 21 yards and three punt returns for a total of 37 yards in the win.
On Sunday Night Football, the Eagles shut out the Giants in Philadelphia with a final score of 27-0. Former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins had five tackles in the win. For the Giants, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins contributed four tackles.
The San Francisco 49ers will take on the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis on Monday Night Football, so keep an eye out for former Buckeyes Carlos Hyde and Alex Boone for the Niners and James Laurinaitis and long snapper Jake McQuaide for the Rams.
Which former Buckeyes did you think had the best performances in Week 6?