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Buckeye Clips: NFL Week 11 highlights

Curtis Samuel scores again, and Denzel Ward continues to be one of the league’s top corners

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Can you believe we are already through 11 weeks of the NFL? Regardless of where the NFL team you root for currently sits in the standings, at the end of the day at least we all still have our favorite Buckeyes across the league to watch and enjoy on Sundays. It was another great week for Ohio State alum in the pros, so let’s jump right into all of the standout performances.

The Rookies

J.K. Dobbins has been awesome for the Baltimore Ravens in his very limited snaps this season. On Sunday, he finally got to see a bulk of the workload at running back, and he made the most of it. The rookie finished with 15 carries for a team-high 70 rushing yards and a touchdown, while also catching a pass for a two-point conversion.

Chase Young hasn’t been filling up the stat sheet this year thus far for the Washington Football Team (he does have 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles), but he has done something similar to what he did at Ohio State: make the rest of his defensive line better. When he hasn’t been drawing extra attention from opposing offensive lines, he’s been doing stuff like this:

Unfortunately, there was some really bad news in that game, as former Buckeye Joe Burrow went down with a serious injury in the third quarter. The initial diagnosis is a torn ACL and maybe even further damage to his knee, but regardless he will miss the rest of his rookie season. Burrow was well on track to win Rookie of the Year, passing for nearly 2,700 yards and 13 TDs for an otherwise lackluster Cincinnati Bengals team.

The Ohio State-Michigan game this season may have lost a little luster with the Wolverines’ struggles, but the rivalry is alive and well in the NFL. Jordan Fuller picked off Tom Brady on Monday Night Football as he continued the storied tradition of OSU beating up on TTUN.

Not only did Fuller record his first career interception in last night’s game, he picked off Brady TWICE — this one to seal the win for the Los Angeles Rams.

Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye rookies:

  • Malik Harrison registered seven tackles including a TFL for the Ravens
  • Jeff Okudah finished second on the Detroit Lions with seven total tackles
  • Damon Arnette had four tackles and a pass breakup for the Las Vegas Raiders
  • Jonah Jackson has started every game for the Lions at left guard

The Veterans

It has been one heck of a run for Curtis Samuel. Even with Teddy Bridgewater out on Sunday for the Carolina Panthers, Samuel managed to haul in the first career TD pass for backup QB P.J. Walker, finishing the day with eight catches for 80 yards. The Swiss army knife receiver has scored five touchdowns in his last five games.

They don't call him The Warden for nothing — Denzel Ward continue to lock it down. Ward has been one of the top cover corners in the league all season long, and he had one of his best performances of the year on Sunday with four pass breakups and an interception for the Cleveland Browns. He also had a QB hit on Carson Wentz that led directly to a pick-six.

Ezekiel Elliott found his way back into the end zone on Sunday for the struggling Dallas Cowboys. He helped lead his team to a rare victory as he ran for 103 yards on 21 carries and also caught a touchdown pass.

Michael Thomas is now fully back from his injury-plagued first half of the season, and even after missing so much time continues to break NFL records. After hauling in a team-high nine catches for 104 yards for the New Orleans Saints this weekend, Thomas now has the most receptions through five seasons of any player in NFL history.

That Terry McLaurin fella is still pretty good at this whole football thing. As he usually does, he led Washington on the day with five catches for 84 yards, including this spectacular contested grab in the first quarter.

The Seattle Seahawks running back room has been really beat up this season, but Carlos Hyde has looked really good for them when healthy. Hyde led the team with 14 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown, and he was bullying Cardinals defenders all night long as he finished his runs as he always has: with authority.

Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye veterans:

  • Vonn Bell led the Bengals with 13 tackles as well as a TFL and a pass breakup
  • Joey Bosa had two tackles and five QB hits for the Los Angeles Chargers
  • Cam Heyward tied for a team-high five tackles for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Jalyn Holmes put up six tackles for the Minnesota Vikings
  • Sam Hubbard had four tackles including a TFL for the Bengals
  • Dre’Mont Jones registered three tackles and a sack for the Denver Broncos
  • Bradley Roby had five tackles, a TFL and a PBU for the Houston Texans
  • Taylor Decker, Michael Jordan, Corey Linsley and Andrew Norwell all started along their respective offensive lines