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Ezekiel Elliott made his MVP case as Ohio State alums went off in the NFL in Week 10

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There was a lot of Buckeye-on-Buckeye crime in Week 10 of the NFL with several former teammates faced off in one-score matchups. Several injured former Ohio State players made their return to the gridiron after missing considerable time due to injury, and one former player signed a new five year deal.

Returning from injuries

Carlos Hyde missed several games for the Niners with a shoulder injury, but was back in Week 10 with 13 carries for only 14 yards. Darron Lee returned for the Giants with a tackle and half a sack. Alex Boone was back for the Vikings following a concussion in late-October.

Career season in Houston

John Simon has been having a great season as someone who was needed to step up with so many injuries affecting the Texans’ defense. He recorded another sack Sunday against the Jaguars, leading to a career season for the linebacker.

Jack Mewhort re-signs

The Indianapolis Colts decided they wanted to keep their left guard for long time, re-signing the Buckeye to a 5-year, 41.5 million dollar contract. Mewhort was the Colts’ second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and decided to stick with him long term.

Plays of the week

Buckeye vs Buckeye

When the Saints hosted the Broncos in Week 10, Bradley Roby was often in charge of covering Michael Thomas. Roby finished the day with two tackles, two passes defended and forced fumble, with Thomas claiming 40 receiving yards despite two fumbles.

Ezekiel Elliott

The rookie is used to leaving everyone in his dust, and nothing has changed in his transition to the NFL. Elliott has breakaway speed and uses it play after play, eventually resulting in an 83 yard rush for the Cowboys first touchdown of the day.

The Buckeye wasn’t done after his first trip the endzone, following it up with two more scores on the day. Elliott and Ryan Shazier went head-to-head most of the game, but the running back still managed 114 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, with an additional 95 receiving yards and touchdown.

His last of his three (!) touchdowns was with two minutes left in the Cowboys’ late-game win.

Other notes

  • This week’s ‘Monday Night Football’ matchup includes three Buckeyes as the New York Giants (Eli Apple, Johnathan Hankins) host the Cincinnati Bengals (Mike Nugent).
  • Several teams are on bye in Week 10, including the Detroit Lions (Taylor Decker), Buffalo Bills (Cardale Jones, Adolphus Washington) and Indianapolis Colts (Jack Mewhort).
  • Chimdi Chekwa, who was picked up by the Miami Dolphins in mid-October, was waived due to a hamstring injury earlier this week.
  • Nick Mangold (Jets) is still out with an ankle injury, and Tyvis Powell (Seahawks) was inactive Sunday against the Patriots.