Nineteen former Buckeyes made it to the first round of the NFL playoffs, but only nine made it out alive. The Bills, Patriots, Saints and Eagles were all eliminated from the playoffs during the 2020 NFL playoffs’ Wild Card Weekend, bringing ten former Buckeyes down with them.
Next up: the Divisional Round, where those nine survivors will continue their chase for the Super Bowl LIV title.
It’s more than likely that your team didn’t make it past Wild Card Weekend, or maybe they didn’t even make it to Wild Card Weekend (maybe next year, Browns fans!), so we took it upon ourselves to pinpoint exactly who you should be cheering for this weekend, based on science, math, and bias. Okay fine... mostly just bias.
Here’s who we chose:
Saturday, Jan. 11
Former Buckeyes Pat Elflein and Jalyn Holmes and the Minnesota Vikings took down the New Orleans Saints 26-20 in overtime. It was exciting, controversial, and probably a big bummer for most Ohio State fans, as the Saints have a whopping total of five former Buckeyes on their team.
Now, Elflein and Holmes head to San Fran to take on the big and mighty No. 1 San Francisco 49ers and their one former Buckeye (who should honestly count for 5 former Buckeyes) Nick Bosa.
Considering this is Bosa’s post season debut, and his time at Ohio State—a time that was supposed to be prolific— was cut short due to injury, we’ve gotta go with the 49ers here. Bosa has had an incredible rookie season and it would be awesome to see that turn into a Super Bowl victory. Not to mention, they have the best chance of beating the Baltimore Ravens, who have zero former Buckeyes.
No. 6 Titans at No. 1 Ravens, 8:15 p.m. ET (CBS, CBS All Access)
Now, if you read our Wild Card Weekend rooting guide, you would know that we told you to root for the Patriots to beat the Titans. And of course, the one year we need Tom Brady to come through, he doesn’t. The Titans beat the former Super Bowl champs 20-13, and now go on to face Lamar Jackson and the No. 1 Baltimore Ravens.
Neither the Titans or the Ravens have former Buckeyes on the roster, however, the Titans are led by former Buckeye defensive lineman Mike Vrabel, as well as former cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, who leads the Titans’ secondary.
Which brings us to why you’re rooting for Baltimore this weekend: We. Need. Kerry. Coombs. In. Columbus. There’s a reason why Ohio State still has yet to hire a new secondary coach and defensive coordinator after Jeff Hafley left for Boston College, and that’s because the No. 1 prospect is still chasing a Super Bowl title.
Coombs is rumored to be Ryan Day’s top choice for the secondary coaching position, and he can’t act on it until Coombs and the Titan’s season is finished. So, if you’d like someone in the Woody Hayes facility ASAP turning Shaun Wade & Co into an offense’s worst nightmare...its time to go buy a Lamar Jackson jersey. (Honestly, even if it weren’t for our own selfish reasons, I’d still buy a Lamar Jackson jersey).
Sunday, Jan. 12
Former Bucks Carlos Hyde, Gareon Conley, and Bradley Roby and the Texans beat the Buffalo Bills and former Buckeye Kurt Coleman 22-19 in overtime last Sunday. Now, they head to Kansas City to take on former Buckeye linebacker Darron Lee and the Kansas City Chiefs.
While, let’s be honest, the Chiefs technically have a better chance at beating their next opponent who will more than likely be the Ravens. But, anything is possible, and the Texans are a dang good team themselves. So, let’s just root for the team with the most Buckeyes in this matchup— Go Texans!
We couldn’t be happier for former Buckeye and current Seattle Seahawk, Jamarco Jones, who after a slow start to his NFL career due to injury, had an incredible game against the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend. The Seahawks beat the Eagles 17-9 and Jones was credited by his head coach, specifically for his impact on pass protection.
Now, the Seahawks head to GreenBay to take on the No. 2 Packers, in what will likely be a pretty close game. GreenBay also has one former Buckeye— center Corey Linsley.
Here’s why we’re rooting for the Seahawks— they have to travel across the country to play in 20 degree temps, the day after a snowstorm is supposed to dump 10 inches of snow on Lambeau Field. If the Packers lose, the team and their fans get to drive home to their nice warm beds in a matter of minutes. We’re rooting for the Seahawks so that their fans and players don’t have a post-loss miserable trip home after sitting for three hours in the freezing cold. If that’s not an unbiased reason to root for a team, I don’t know what is!