In the first week of the 2020 NFL season, there were plenty of strong performances to be found from the 50 former Ohio State players that are on active rosters.
Here are the eight that stood out as the most notable, with the list including some strong rookie debuts, a major comeback win and an impressive statistical output on the defensive side of the ball.
- Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker finished with 16 tackles (nine solo) and one sack in a 21-11 loss to the New England Patriots. Baker’s 16 tackles was the most by any player during the first week of games.
- Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow debuted with a solid outing, completing 23 of 36 passes for 193 yards, while also rushing eight times for 46 yards and a touchdown in a 16-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The rush score came from 23 yards out, and while Burrow did throw an interception, he also drove the Bengals down the field, setting up a 31-yard field goal attempt to force overtime, but kicker Randy Bullock missed it wide right.
- Running back J.K. Dobbins was the beneficiary of a dominant 38-6 win by the Baltimore Ravens over the Cleveland Browns, rushing seven times for 22 yards, scoring on two separate occasions in his debut game. He is one of seven players in the NFL with multiple rushing touchdowns after Week 1.
- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran 22 times for 96 yards and a score, while also catching three passes for 31 yards and another touchdown in a 20-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
- Safety Jordan Fuller was on the flip side in Elliott’s game, earning eight tackles (five solo) in the Rams’ 20-17 win. Fuller, who was drafted in the sixth round, earned a starting role and made some pivotal stops, including a crucial fourth down tackle to give Los Angeles the ball back in the fourth quarter.
Clutch tackle on fourth down by Jordan Fuller 💪 @J_Fuller4 #RamsHouse
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- Quarterback Dwayne Haskins led Washington Football Club back from a 17-0 deficit with 178 passing yards and a touchdown as Washington defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17. Haskins completed 17 of 31 passes on the day.
- Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard finished with nine tackles (three solo) in the three-point defeat to the Chargers.
- While Haskins helped lead the offense, Washington defensive end Chase Young was a big factor on the defensive side in his rookie debut, finishing with four tackles (two solo) and 1 1/2 sacks in the 10-point win. One of those sacks was a strip sack of quarterback Carson Wentz, though the Eagles did recover it.
Chase Young grabs his first NFL sack.
The first of many 💪
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