Many former Buckeyes had an impact across the NFL Sunday, with many making their professional football debuts.
Below are recaps of each of the games where a former Ohio State player marked the stat sheet.
Eagles 32, Redskins 27
Former Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety for the Eagles, recorded three solo stops in their victory against divisional-rival Washington.
Cameron Johnston, a former Ohio State punter, averaged 51.3 yards on three punts for Philadelphia, with a long of 54.
Former Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin had a memorable NFL debut, snagging five of seven targets for 125 yards and a 70-yard touchdown.
Chargers 30, Colts 24 (OT)
Joey Bosa, former standout defensive end at Ohio State, disrupted the Colts offense all game, recording eight tackles, including five solo stops and one sack, with two quarterback hits.
Malik Hooker made one of the biggest plays of the NFL’s opening weekend. With the Chargers leading 24-16 and threatening to score again, Phillip Rivers thought he had Keenan Allen in the end zone. But Hooker closed from out of Rivers’ vision, cut in front of Allen and made a one-handed interception for the Colts, who drove down the field after the pick and sent the game to overtime.
Parris Campbell made his NFL debut for Indianapolis, taking an end around for seven yards and catching his only target for one yard.
49ers 31, Buccaneers 17
Nick Bosa, a former Ohio State standout defensive end, made his NFL debut against Tampa Bay. The No. 2 overall pick notched three tackles (two solo), including one sack and three quarterback hits, pressuring Jameis Winston throughout the contest.
Cowboys 35, Giants 17
Following a preseason holdout, former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot ran the ball 13 times for 53 yards and one touchdown. The national champion tailback also caught one of his two targets for 10 yards.
Patriots 33, Steelers 3
John Simon, a former Ohio State defensive lineman, notched two assists in New England’s trouncing of Pittsburgh.
Cameron Heyward, another former Buckeye D-lineman, made eight tackles (three solo) for the Steelers.
Rams 30, Panthers 27
Former Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel hauled in three of his four targets for the Panthers for 32 yards in their season-opening loss to the defending NFC champion Rams.
Former Buckeye long snapper Jake McQuaide, a Pro Bowler, effectively snapped on three field goal makes and three extra points.
Seahawks 21, Bengals 20
Former Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett caught both of his two targets for 16 yards in Seattle’s narrow, comeback victory against Cincinnati.
Ravens 59, Dolphins 10
Jerome Baker, a former Buckeye linebacker, recorded eight tackles (two solo) in Miami’s deflating, blowout loss to Baltimore.
Chiefs 40, Jaguars 26
Darron Lee, a former Buckeye linebacker who was traded to Kansas City in the offseason, recorded one assist against Jacksonville.
The Texans take on the Saints on Monday Night Football in a matchup featuring six former Buckeyes. Cornerback Bradley Roby will represent the Buckeyes on Houston. Wideouts Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. and defensive backs Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell and Eli Apple will rep the Scarlet and Gray on New Orleans.
In the second MNF game, the Raiders face off against the Broncos. Former Buckeye corner Gareon Conley and former defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins are Oakland’s Ohio State representatives, while former tight end Jeff Heuerman and former defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones play for Denver.
Tuesday we will recap how the former Ohio State players on the Raiders, Broncos, Texans and New Orleans Buckeyes/Saints perform on MNF.