Some of the hottest teams in the NFL right now are loaded with former Ohio State players, including undefeated Carolina and comeback kids Pittsburgh. Week 15 offered a more comprehensive view of the post season, with several Buckeyes having a real shot at the Super Bowl.
With almost two weeks until the Scarlet and Gray take the field for the Fiesta Bowl, there's still a way to watch Buckeyes play football in the meantime. Here's how some former Buckeyes did in the NFL this week.
Terrelle Pryor starts for Cleveland
Pryor's time in the NFL has been a roller coaster, but he reached another peak on Sunday, when he started for the Browns at wide receiver. The former quarterback spent most of the regular season staying in shape, and waiting for his chance to get back on an active roster. This moment came just weeks ago, on the heals of several injuries -- including Brian Hartline -- the team needed added depth at both receiver and quarterback.
He dropped the first pass that came his way via Johnny Manziel, and the second look was off target. There was some excitement when Pryor lined up in the Wildcat, but he was tackled for a one-yard loss -- but, for a second he was back under center, like the good ol' days.
Yessssss Terrelle Pryor Wildcat with Johnny Football out wide— TY Fighter (@tyschalter) December 20, 2015
Doug Worthington makes instant impact
The Thursday Night Football game may have looked like ketchup vs mustard, but just days after being signed from the practice squad, Worthington played a big role.
DT Doug Worthington played a lot in his Rams debut: 35 snaps (or 44% of total).That was 7 more plays than Nick Fairley in D-line rotation.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) December 18, 2015
The Broncos and Steelers played an exciting four quarters of football Sunday afternoon, when Pittsburgh almost gave up a late-game comeback with an interception at the two-minute mark. It was the Steelers defense -- loaded with Buckeyes -- that were able to force a punt and walk away with the win.
It wasn't just a reunion for the players -- Bradley Roby, Ryan Shazier, Cam Heyward, Will Allen, Mike Adams -- it was a chance for some former Buckeye moms to reconnect.
Players of the week
The linebacker had a career week, in what could be the Rams last game played in St. Louis. Having played for the city since his rookie season, it was a big achievement for the strongman.
Ted Ginn Jr.
Still undefeated, Ginn had another strong day on the receiving end of Cam Newton passes on Sunday. He snagged the first touchdown of the day, and proceeded to earn another score totaling 85 yards for the day.
Ted Ginn Jr.'s streak of 3 games with at least 2 receiving touchdowns is the longest streak in Panthers franchise history— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 20, 2015
John Simon may be overlooked lining up with J.J. Watt, but he's a valuable asset to the Texans' defense.