After each week, Buckeye Sports Bulletin will look at how former Ohio State football players performed in their NFL games over the previous weekend. From Justin Fields to Malcolm Jenkins, there are quite a few Buckeyes around the league. We offer updates on all of them.
CINCINNATI BENGALS vs. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Sam Hubbard continues to be a defensive playmaker for the Cincinnati Bengals. The former Ohio State defensive end brings a new level of competitive spirit to his franchise, and this week got more of the same.
On Sunday, Hubbard led the Bengals’ defense with five total tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a recovered fumble in a 32-13 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Late in the fourth quarter, Hubbard picked up a fumble from Derek Carr and returned it 43 yards into enemy territory. He was happy to make the play but disappointed he couldn’t take the fumble for a touchdown.
“If I just stayed on the sideline, I would have made it, but after a two-minute drive and sack celebration, I’ve never been more tired, so credit to my guys, D.J. (Reader), Larry Ogunjobi, they were out there blocking for me,” Hubbard said. “I’ve just got to stick to the sideline next time.”
Hubbard has started in all 10 games for the Bengals this season and has 45 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, six sacks and 11 quarterback hits.
Safety Vonn Bell had six tackles and cornerback Eli Apple recorded three tackles, one interception and one fumble.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM vs. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Terry McLaurin had a big day. The former Buckeye wide receiver hadn’t reached 100 receiving yards or scored a touchdown in a game in almost a month, collecting seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in Washington’s 27-21 win over Carolina.
The Football Team relied on McLaurin to be a game-wrecker against the Panthers, and the third-year wideout delivered. After scoring his touchdown, McLaurin paid homage to Ohio State and Washington teammate Chase Young — who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL — with his dance in the end zone.
It was a touching tribute from McLaurin to Young and proof that the NFL is more than a business for its players each week and shows Ohio State fans just how far the “Brotherhood” reaches.
CHICAGO BEARS vs. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Justin Fields is in the middle of a strange season. After becoming a first-round pick to the Chicago Bears, he did not start at quarterback for the franchise in its season-opening game. Instead, the honor went to NFL veteran Andy Dalton. Fields made his first career start against the Browns on Sept. 26 and didn’t look back, leading the team for the next seven weeks.
Fields was coming off some of his best performances as a Bear heading into a Week 11 game with the Ravens, but he suffered a rib injury that forced him to leave Chicago’s 16-13 loss to Baltimore. The quarterback was 4-of-11 passing for 79 yards and was sacked twice.
According to reports, the X-rays on his ribs came back negative for fractures, but with a Thanksgiving game against the Lions on tap, the organization expects Dalton to start. Ohio State fans know how tough Fields is and can be, given the hits he took as a Buckeye, so they will expect to see him get back on the field soon.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
CB Denzel Ward: 1 INT, 1 PD
DL Cameron Heyward: 2 tackles, 1 PD
P Cameron Johnston: 7 punts, 43.9 yards per punt
DT DaVon Hamilton: 2 tackles
TE Luke Farrell: N/A
RB Carlos Hyde: 1 target
Las Vegas Raiders
DT Johnathan Hankins: 2 tackles
Los Angeles Chargers
DE Joey Bosa: 4 tackles, 1 sack
WR K.J. Hill: N/A
RB Ezekiel Elliott: 9 car, 32 yards; 6 rec, 36 yards
S Malik Hooker: 5 tackles
WR Noah Brown: 2 targets
New Orleans Saints
S Malcolm Jenkins: 4 tackles
CB Marshon Lattimore: 4 tackles, 1 TFL
TE Nick Vannett: 1 rec, 20 yards
LB Pete Werner: 1 tackle
San Franciso 49ers
DE Nick Bosa: 3 tackles, 1 sack
RB Trey Sermon: 10 car, 32 yards; 1 rec, 23 yards