Hopefully you all had a good Thanksgiving Day with the family. If you are like my family, it involved a big feast and watching the three Thanksgiving day games followed by the huge Buckeye win over Michigan in The Game. With an early start to the NFL week, here is how our favorite former Buckeyes in the NFL performed during Week 12 of the season.
- Rod Smith: Once again, the Cowboys were faced without having their star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, in the backfield in a 28-6 loss to the Chargers during the second Thanksgiving game day. Although the Cowboys offense struggled, Smith had a successful game, carrying the ball nine times for 41 yards and a touchdown. Still without Zeke for the next few games, look for Smith to continue to get carries as the Cowboys are looking for any kind of offense they can get.
- Darron Lee: Lee had another solid game for the Jets defense, accounting for six tackles and a sack in a 35-27 loss to high octane Panthers offense. The sack is Lee’s second on the season as he continues to be one of the rising stars on this young Jets defense.
- Malcolm Jenkins: Jenkins was a major part of the Eagles defensive success in a dominating 31-3 win over the Bears. Jenkins had two tackles and recorded an interception, his first on the season. Jenkins has to be kicking himself that he ended up fumbling the ball on the interception, but this was another game that he and his defense was dominant as they seem to be the class of the NFL this season.
- Nick Vannett: Vannett had a big game for the Seahawks, scoring his first ever NFL touchdown in a game where he caught two passes for 29 yards, which is highlighted by the touchdown catch. Jimmy Graham continues to be the main receiving tight end in Seattle, but it has to feel great for Vannett to find the endzone.
- Vonn Bell: Bell had another huge game for the Saints as he accounted for 11 tackles and a sack in a losing effort against the Rams. In a game where the Saints were missing two of defensive backs, Bell stepped up in a big way despite the loss. This marks the second straight game with a sack for Bell and gives him 2.5 on the season.
- Ted Ginn Jr: Ginn had another successful game for the potent Saints offense as he hauled in seven passes for 71 yards in a 26-20 loss to the Rams. The Saints struggled to move the ball on the Rams defense, but Ginn was once again able to be a major threat for the defensive backs all game.
- Michael Thomas: Thomas had a relatively quiet game for the Saints, but still managed to haul in five passes for 52 yards in a losing effort against the Rams. The Rams have one of the better defenses in the NFL, and their defensive backs were all over Thomas and Ginn all game.
- Cameron Heyward: Heyward was once again an absolute beast for the Steelers, as he added six tackles and two sacks against the Packers. The two sacks gives Heyward nine of the season, and four in the last two games. Once again, I believe Heyward is one of the most underrated stars in the NFL.
- Ryan Shazier: Shazier was all over the field for the Steelers, collecting eight tackles and one pass defended to his name in a 31-28 win over the Packers on Sunday Night Football. It was another big game for Shazier, as he showed once again why his top end speed makes him one of the best linebackers in the game for the 9-2 Steelers.
- Braxton Miller: Miller hauled in five passes for 43 yards in a 23-16 loss to the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Although the yardage was not much, five catches from Brax was the most involved we’ve seen him in the passing game this season. Hopefully these five receptions spark it off for Miller as has a strong finish to this season.
- Curtis Grant: Grant was carted off the field for the Giants with an injured right knee during the first quarter of the third and final Thanksgiving game. Before the injury, Grant had collected two tackles for the Giants. In what looked like a serious injury, we wish Curtis nothing but a healthy, and quick recovery as he recovers for next season.
With byes officially over, it was nice to see all of our former Buckeyes in action. Congratulations to Nick Vannett on his first career NFL touchdown, and as the season winds down, look for our Buckeyes to help lead their teams towards a playoff push.
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