In what was in some ways a down week for production for former Ohio State players at the professional, there were still a few highlight performances to be found during Week 3 of the NFL season.
- Joe Burrow continued to put up impressive numbers for the Cincinnati Bengals in his rookie season, even after getting rocked by a hit earlier in the contest. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Burrow connected on 31 of 44 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-23 tie. Through three games, Burrow has thrown for 821 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception.
- Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver K.J. Hill got on the board for his first catch late in the game against the Carolina Panthers. The play went for 15 yards, and Hill ended the game with 25 all-purpose yards after a total of 10 yards gained on two punt returns.
- Burrow got help from on the other side of the ball from Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard, who finished with eight tackles, 2 TFL and a sack, Hubbard’s first sack of the 2020 season.
- The New Orleans Saints got some major contributions from a pair of Buckeyes in their defensive secondary, with Malcolm Jenkins (nine tackles) and Marshon Lattimore (six tackles) making a handful of plays throughout the Sunday Night Football matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Still, the Saints fell 37-30.
- Washington Football Team wide out Terry McLaurin shined once again, this time back in the state of Ohio against the Cleveland Browns. While quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a day to forget, throwing two touchdowns to three interceptions and one fumble lost, McLaurin paced the team with four catches for 83 yards.
- Jeff Okudah made a splash in his second game at cornerback for the Detroit Lions, racking up six tackles, two TFL and, most importantly, his first NFL interception, perfectly cutting in front of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and returning the pick for 36 yards. The Lions would secure their first win, 26-23, which also gave the Cardinals their first loss.
- It wasn’t all positive for the Buckeyes in the NFL, and there were more injury scares for some Ohio State rookies. Los Angeles Rams safety Jordan Fuller left the game against the Buffalo Bills with the shoulder injury and Washington defensive end Chase Young left with a groin injury. The good news is that Fuller is already considered day to day, while Young’s injury “is not believed to be serious.”
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