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Buckeye Clips: NFL Week 8 highlights

If I were John Harbaugh, I would simply give the ball to J.K. Dobbins more often.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports

While the list of former Buckeyes playing on Sundays is beginning to dwindle— whether that be due to injuries or bye weeks— the one’s who are left continue to make big time impacts for their respective teams. This week, Curtis Samuel and J.K. Dobbins showed why they deserve more carries, Billy Price was awarded the game ball due to not only his performance but who he is off the field, and Marshon Lattimore and Tyquon Lewis showed out on defense.

The Rookies

Heading into Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins hadn’t carried the ball more than nine times in any game, with Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram doing the majority of the heaving lifting. But now that Ingram’s out, Dobbins is hearing his name called more often, and he’s taking advantage of every second spent on the field.

On Sunday, Dobbins had 15 carries for 113 yards, and one reception for eight yards. He also recorded one reception for eight yards. Additionally, out of the 52 backs who have at least 50 touches this season, Dobbins leads all in missed tackle rate per touch at 32.7%, while Ingram is last at 5.7%.

Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye rookies

  • It was another quiet week for the rookies, as many find themselves either on the injured reserve (Damon Arnette, Jordan Fuller) or on a bye week (DaVon Hamilton, Chase Young).
  • Ravens linebacker Malik Harrison recorded three tackles and Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah recorded five.
  • Jonah Jackson started at left guard for the Lions.

The Veterans

Urban Meyer’s favorite player Curtis Samuel had himself a day for the Carolina Panthers. With running back Christian McCaffrey out with an injury, head coach Matt Rhule has used Samuel in the backfield more often, and like Dobbins, he took full advantage of the opportunity.

In Sunday’s 25-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Samuel scored a 14-yard rushing touchdown early in the game. On the following possession, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater found Samuel for a 29-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker play.

He finished the game with four receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown, and three carries for 32 yards and a touchdown.

During the (surprising) Cincinnati Bengals victory over the 5-1 Tennessee Titans, quarterback Joe Burrow was not sacked— a first for the team.

Center Billy Price was awarded the game ball for his efforts, with head coach Zac Taylor praising the way he plays, encourages and works saying “he’s about everything we want our players to be about.”

On the other side of the ball for Cincinnati, cornerback Vonn Bell recorded five tackles, one pass deflection and one QB hit.

In their win against the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore had a big game with eight total tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception (although it should have been two if he hadn’t dropped another one).

Another impressive defensive performance came at the hands of Colts defensive tackle Tyquan Lewis, who recorded three tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks, two QB hits and one pass deflect in Indianapolis’ win against the Lions.

Other miscellaneous news and notes for Buckeye veterans

  • Another surprising win this weekend, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Los Angeles Rams 28-17, during which linebacker Jerome Baker recorded a career high 13 total tackles, along with one pass defended.
  • Browns Cornerback Denzel Ward had four tackles and one forced fumble in Cleveland’s loss to the Raiders.
  • Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had 19 carries for 63 yards and one reception for 10 yards.
  • Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins had eight tackles and a sack
  • Corey Linsley started at center for the Packers.
  • Taylor Decker started at left tackle for the Lions.
  • Jake McQuaide started at long snapper for the Rams.