The third Sunday of the 2014 NFL season featured some good former Buckeye performances, and some performances that were less than stellar. How did your favorite former Buckeyes fare around the NFL on Sunday?
The Titans traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Former Buckeye Mike Nugent rebounded from his struggles against the Falcons in week two, hitting one 29-yard field goal and connecting on four PATs. The Bengals beat the Titans, 33-7.
The Cleveland Browns lost a close one at home, falling 23-21 to the Baltimore Ravens. Browns safety Donte Whitner had five solo tackles and two assists in the loss. This week marked the second game this season in which Whitner has led the Browns in combined tackles.
The Packers struggled on the road against the Lions. Linebacker A.J. Hawk contributed five solo tackles and two assists to Green Bay's defensive effort. The Lions won with a final score of 19-7.
The New England Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders at home. Former Buckeye Nate Ebner, a cornerback for the Patriots who primarily sees special teams action, had one solo tackle and one assist in the 16-9 win.
The Giants won for the first time this season, beating the Houston Texans at home. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was, once again, a solid contributor for the Giants, with one solo tackle, three assists, one-half sack for a loss of three yards, and a quarterback hit. The Giants beat the Texans, 30-17.
The Eagles won a thriller over their NFC East rival from Washington, and less than a week after a timely Malcolm Jenkins interception helped Philadelphia pull off a fourth quarter comeback over the colts, Jenkins once again had a timely pick that helped complete the shift of Sunday's game in the Eagles' favor. Philadelphia, now 3-0, beat Washington, 37-34.
The Cowboys also pulled off a fourth quarter comeback win over the St. Louis Rams. Former Buckeye James Laurinaitis had eight solo tackles and one assist in the 34-31 loss.
Former Buckeye Carlos Hyde had his second NFL touchdown in the 49ers' loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Hyde also contributed 13 rushing yards on three carries. Hyde also had -2 yards on two receptions. For the Cardinals, Ted Ginn, Jr. had four rushing yards on one carry, one reception for eight yards, one punt return for eight yards, and Ginn completed one phenomenal pass for ten yards. The Cardinals beat the Niners in Arizona, 23-14.
Before we move on to Kansas City-Miami, the highlights. First, Hyde's TD:
Former Ohio State star Carlos Hyde with his second career NFL touchdown: http://t.co/cJmPu9FLkJ— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 21, 2014
Then, Ted Ginn flashing the arm strength:
High school quarterback Ted Ginn might just be better than Drew Stanton http://t.co/MCDZL0NqPm— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 21, 2014
The Chiefs beat the Dolphins in Miami 34-15. Former Buckeye Kurt Coleman, a safety for the Chiefs, had three solo tackles in the win. Brian Hartline of the Dolphins had 25 receiving yards and the Dolphins' only touchdown.
In a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch, the Broncos fell to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime, losing 26-20. Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby contributed six solo tackles to Denver's defensive efforts.
The Steelers dominated the Panthers in Carolina on Sunday Night Football, a matchup which saw plenty of former Buckeyes facing off against each other. The Panthers have two former Buckeyes currently on the roster, and the Steelers have five former Buckeyes. Unfortunately, this wasn't the best eveing for Buckeye alumni. Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier of the Steelers left the game in the third quarter after suffering a knee injury. Shazier had three solo tackles prior to exiting the game. Shazier's NFL career is off to an excellent start, so here's hoping his injury is not serious.
Panthers receiver Philly Brown was consistently targeted in Carolina's passing game, and he racked up 66 receiving yards on seven receptions in the loss. Brown also had two kickoff returns for 43 yards, though one punt return attempt for -10 yards skewed his overall stats a bit. Brown also had a really unfortunate fumble on a punt return in the fourth quarter. The Steelers recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. It was a rough way to finish the evening for the rookie.
Cameron Heyward of the Steelers brought a lot of pressure on Cam Newton, finishing the day with one solo tackle and two quarterback hits. The Steelers won with a final score of 37-19.
Which former Buckeye had your favorite performance in week three?