Perhaps they were inspired by the performance of current Buckeyes against Michigan State on Saturday evening, but several former Buckeyes turned in excellent performances in week 10 of the NFL season.
Week 10 was not kind to the Cincinnati Bengals, who lost the Battle of Ohio against the Browns at home on Thursday Night Football. Former Buckeye Mike Nugent was the only Cincinnati player to put points on the board. Nugent made the only field goal he attempted, a 43-yarder. Donte Whitner had two tackles and two assists in Cleveland's 24-3 victory.
The Buffalo Bills came out swinging against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Chiefs fought their way back to earn a 17-13 win on the road. Former Buckeye Kurt Coleman had four tackles and one assist for the Chiefs.
The Dolphins lost a close one to the Lions in Detroit, and former Buckeye receiver Brian Hartline had some struggles. Hartline had just one receiving yard and one fumble on the very last play of the game, which was recovered and then promptly fumbled again by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, in the Dolphins' 20-16 loss.
The 49ers pulled off a thrilling overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints in the Super Dome, and rookie Carlos Hyde contributed greatly to their offensive efforts. Hyde assumed kick return duties after fellow rookie Bruce Ellington left the game with an ankle injury and amassed 82 return yards on three kick returns. Hyde also added 36 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on four carries. The Niners won 27-24 on a Phil Dawson field goal in overtime.
Here's Hyde scoring a touchdown on his first touch of the day:
Plenty of former Buckeyes took the field as the Steelers took on the New York Jets. For the Steelers, former Buckeye Will Allen had one tackle and four assists, and Cameron Heyward added four tackles, two assists, one sack, and one quarterback hit to Pittsburgh's defensive efforts. It was Jets center Nick Mangold, also a former Buckeye, who had the play of the game, however. As Steelers safety Mike Mitchell leaped across the line of scrimmage to try to disrupt New York's victory formation, Mangold reacted quickly, flipping Mitchell in the air and preventing him from reaching quarterback Michael Vick. The Jets won 20-13.
Peyton Manning looked a little shaky early against the Raiders, throwing two interceptions in the first quarter, but the Broncos fought back, winning 41-17. Rookie cornerback Bradley Roby had four tackles for the Broncos. In the second quarter, Roby also intercepted Oakland's David Carr near midfield, and Denver capitalized, scoring a touchdown to take a 13-10 lead over Oakland.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer left the game with a knee injury, but that didn't stop Arizona from pulling off a decisive victory at home against the St. Louis Rams. Former Buckeye James Laurinaitis had four tackles and one assist for the Rams. For the Cardinals, Ted Ginn, Jr. had one reception for 15 yards and returned two kicks and one punt for a total of 53 yards. The Cardinals won 14-31.
The Giants lost a tough one to the Seahawks in Seattle. Former Buckeye and current Giant Johnathan Hankins had one tackle, three assists, one sack, and two hits on the Seahawks' Russell Wilson. The Giants had a strong start and went into the half with a 17-14 lead, but allowed 24 unanswered points in the second half. The Giants lost 17-38.
Week 10 was not kind to the Bears, either, as they lost to the Packers in Lambeau 55-14. Former Buckeye A.J. Hawk had two tackles and three assists for the Packers in the dominant victory.
Which former Buckeye had your favorite performance of Week 10?