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Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL: Monday Night Football

A few former Buckeyes played in the first Monday Night Football games of the 2014 season. How did they fare on the field?

Jeff Gross

The New York Giants took on the Detroit Lions in the first Monday Night Football game of the 2014 season, and the Giants lost to Detroit 14-36. Former Buckeye Johnathan Hankins, a defensive tackle for the Giants, had four tackles and one assist in the loss. The Lions' left guard, Rob Sims, also a former Buckeye, protected Matthew Stafford well as he carved up the Giants through the air, allowing just two hurries on Stafford all night.

The San Diego Chargers also took on the Arizona Cardinals in a late Monday Night Football matchup, and former Buckeyes return ace Ted Ginn, Jr. was in action for the Cardinals. Ginn had 49 return yards on three kick returns, as well as two receptions for 29 total yards in Arizona's thrilling 17-18 victory. One of Ginn's receptions was a 25-yard catch.

Performance of the week:

The best NFL performance from a former Buckeye in week one of the 2014 NFL season goes to Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby's transition to the NFL was basically a trial by fire, as he adjusted to the pro game while going up against Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas in practice. With 1:57 remaining in the Broncos' matchup with the visiting Colts on Sunday, the Colts trailed by seven and were driving to potentially tie the game. Roby had a crucial, and perfectly-executed, pass deflection on a fourth down pass intended for Reggie Wayne, which sealed Denver's victory.

Check your fantasy waiver wire...

If you're looking to add a former Buckeye to your fantasy team, Carlos Hyde certainly impressed in week one. The rookie running back had 50 rushing yards and a touchdown for the 49ers in a 28-17 win over Dallas. Frank Gore is still likely to get the bulk of the work, but Hyde should get some opportunities, maybe even this week against the Chicago Bears, who gave up 193 rushing yards to the visiting Bills in an overtime loss on Sunday.

Which former Buckeye in the NFL impressed you the most this week?