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Former Ohio State players shine in 'Battle for Ohio', Round 2

Terrelle Pryor didn't play on Sunday, but Brian Hartline racked up over 80 yards

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Ohio State fans will have to wait until New Years Day to watch the Buckeyes take on Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, but in the meantime, there are still a lot of former wearers of the scarlet and gray still playing in the NFL. Wrapping up Week 13, there are only a few games left of the regular season; the Panthers are still undefeated, and several Buckeyes are looking at a postseason run -- maybe even a chance at the Super Bowl.

Battle for Ohio, Round 2

The Cincinnati Bengals and two former Buckeyes traveled North to face the Cleveland Browns and three former Ohio State players. The Bengals demolished the Browns, winning 37-3, but a few former Buckeyes had a pretty good showing.

For the Bengals, linebacker A.J. Hawk had two tackles, and Mike Nugent made three field goals and four extra points on Sunday, accounting for 13 of the teams 37 points. For the Browns, safety Donte Whitner recorded five tackles on the day, and wideout Brian Hartline had eight receptions for 83 yards -- his second highest yardage this season. Despite Cleveland picking up receiver/QB combo Terrelle Pryor, he didn't see any playing time his first week back and was listed as inactive for the game.

Ginn plagued by drops

The Carolina Panthers are undefeated, and Ted Ginn is second on the team in receptions so far this year -- the only problem is that he could have a shot at being first if he caught the ball. Heading into Week 13, Ginn had 30 receptions for 445 and four touchdowns, but he gave up two possible scoring opportunities against the Saints.

'Sunday Night Football'

The Steelers took on the Colts in primetime Sunday, and linebacker Ryan Shazier returned from a concussion. Shazier along with Cam Heyward, Mike Adams and Will Allen all suited up under the lights for a 45-10 win against Indianapolis.

Plays of the week

Malcolm Jenkins

PICK 6!!! Jenkins has been one of few bright spots for the Eagles the past few weeks, but he came up big with a momentum changer, that led the team to a 35-28 win over the Patriots -- seriously, who would have thought!?

Kurt Coleman

Yet again, Coleman recorded an interception, his sixth of the season. The former Silver Bullet has been a monster for the Panthers and critical in their undefeated run. If he can finish the season strong, he will likely find himself in Carolina for at least another season.

Other note

  • Just a week after his first career receiving touchdown, Jets' receiver Devin Smith failed to make a catch in Week 13.