Mike Nugent's perfect day helped the Bengals pull off a win against the Ravens, and Donte Whitner's forced fumble helped secure a victory for the Browns. It was a good day for former Buckeyes in the state of Ohio. How did your favorite former Buckeyes fare around the National Football League in Week 8?
The Bengals beat the Ravens in Cincinnati, and former Buckeye Mike Nugent, who's had an up and down season, was perfect on the day. Nugent completed both field goals he attempted and was also perfect on PATs, making three of three. Nugent was a difference maker for the Bengals on Sunday as the Bengals won by just three with a final score of 27-24.
The Dolphins beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville, and while it was primarily the Dolphins' defense that took advantage of Jags rookie quarterback Blake Bortles' mistakes, former Buckeye Brian Hartline had one reception for 19 yards for Miami. The Dolphins won 27-13.
The Rams, dealing with a number of injuries, lost a tough one on the road to Kansas City. Former Buckeye James Laurinaitis had six total tackles and one assist for the Rams in the loss. Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman had two tackles, and the Chiefs won 34-7.
The Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans on the road, a big turnaround after a rough showing on Monday Night Football in week seven. Former Buckeye John Simon has really been getting after opposing quarterbacks over the past few weeks, and he added two quarterback hits on the Titans' new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Sunday.
The Cardinals won a really exciting game at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. Ted Ginn, Jr. had 16 return yards for the Cardinals in their 24-20 victory. Former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins had five tackles, including one for loss, for the Eagles.
The Browns beat the Raiders in Cleveland, and former Buckeye Donte Whitner had a great day. His six tackles and two assists were good for second on the team, and a timely forced fumble from Whitner swung the momentum in the Browns' direction. Late in the third quarter, with the Browns holding onto a three point lead with a score of 9-6, Oakland was driving deep in Browns' territory. Whitner forced a fumble, basically stripping the ball directly into his teammate Joe Haden's hands. The Browns finished off Oakland with a score of 23-13.
Check out Whitner's big play for yourself:
Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 500 yards and the Steelers turned in a dominant performance against the Indianapolis Colts at home, winning 34-51. Former Buckeye Ryan Shazier was back on the field for the Steelers, contributing two tackles and one hit on quarterback Andrew Luck. Dan "Boom" Herron had one reception for five yards and one carry for two yards for Indianapolis.
The Packers fell to the Saints in the Super Dome, losing 44-23. Former Buckeye linebacker A.J. Hawk had four tackles for the Packers in the loss. Hawk's 52 tackles are good for second on the team so far this season.