Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season is well underway. How did your favorite former Buckeyes fare this week?
The Steelers traveled to Baltimore to take on the Ravens on Thursday Night Football to kick off Week 2. Rookie Ryan Shazier continues to prove the Steelers made the right choice in awarding him a starting role. He had six tackles and five assists in the Steelers' 26-6 loss. Cameron Heyward also had two tackles and five assists for the Steelers.
On Sunday, the Miami Dolphins traveled to Buffalo, New York and lost to the Bills. Former Buckeye receiver Brian Hartline had 36 receiving yards on five receptions in Miami's 29-10 loss.
The Carolina Panthers hosted the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Philly Brown had 11 rushing yards on one attempt and eight punt return yards on two attempts. Rob Sims, the starting right guard for the Lions, is a former Buckeye, and Detroit's offensive line had a rough day, allowing four sacks on quarterback Matthew Stafford, and the Lions fell to the Panthers 24-7.
The Falcons went up against a couple of former Buckeyes in Cincinnati. Dane Sanzenbacher posted 42 receiving yards on two receptions in the Bengals' 24-10 win. Kicker Mike Nugent had a really rough day, making just one of four field goal attempts.
The Cleveland Browns beat the New Orleans Saints at home on a late-game field goal. Safety Donte Whitner had three tackles and two assists in the 26-24 victory.
The Patriots beat the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota, and former Buckeye Nate Ebner had one tackle in the 30-7 win.
The Cardinals beat the New York Giants in MetLife Stadium, winning 25-14. Former Buckeye Ted Ginn, Jr. had a banner day, racking up 104 return yards, including a thrilling 71-yard punt return for a touchdown that gave Arizona the lead. Johnathan Hankins of the Giants had two tackles--one for a loss--four assists, a sack, and a quarterback hit.
Watch Ginn take one to the house here:
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The St. Louis Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa. Linebacker James Laurinaitis had four tackles, two assists, and one quarterback hit in the hard-fought 19-17 win that was delayed for a while by lightning.
The Chiefs lost to the Broncos in Denver. Rookie cornerback Bradley Roby had six solo tackles in the 24-17 Denver victory. Two of Roby's tackles were for loss.
The Jets started off strong against the Packers at Lambeau Field, but Green Bay came from behind to win 31-24. Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk had five tackles and five assists in the win. Packers center Corey Linsley is a former Buckeye, and Green Bay's offensive line did allow four sacks on the day. Jets center Nick Mangold, also a former Buckeye, was part of a unit that allowed two sacks, one on quarterback Geno Smith and one on backup Michael Vick.
The Chicago Bears took on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. Former Buckeye receiver Santonio Holmes had one punt return for 1 yard as well as 20 receiving yards on 2 receptions. Niners guard Alex Boone was back in the starting lineup this week after watching from the sideline last week as a result of a contract holdout during training camp and preseason. Niners' rookie running back Carlos Hyde was pretty bottled up all night and did not duplicate the success he had against the Cowboys in week one. Hyde finished with zero net rushing yards on four carries and five receiving yards on one catch. Hyde did pick up a Lance Briggs blitz on a late-game fourth down conversion attempt, which was impressive.
Which former Buckeye were you most impressed with in Week 2?