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.
DALLAS COWBOYS vs. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran in quicksand on Sunday afternoon, carrying the football nine times for just 16 yards against the Cardinals. He also added on reception for 14 yards in the 25-22 loss to Arizona.
Once again, Tony Pollard looked like the more dynamic and explosive out of the Dallas backfield, which is not a positive development for the former Buckeye. Elliott will have a chance to get himself back on track against the Eagles in Week 18 before the Cowboys head to the playoffs as champions of the NFC East division.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM vs. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin’s seven-catch, 61-yard performance wasn’t enough to stop Philadelphia from claiming a 20-16 win in the nation’s capital Sunday afternoon.
McLaurin has had a frustrating season with the Football Team. The third-year wideout can’t seem to find chemistry with quarterback Taylor Heinicke, catching only 73 of 124 targets (58.9 catch percentage) for 960 yards and five touchdowns. He will likely finish 2021-22 with fewer receptions and yards than last year. However, McLaurin has found the end zone more this season, which is encouraging as he heads into his fourth year with Washington.
CINCINNATI BENGALS vs. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The 2021-22 Bengals became AFC North Champs after defeating the Chiefs 34-31 on Sunday afternoon, with more than a few Buckeyes contributing to the victory.
Defensive end Sam Hubbard and safety Vonn Bell recorded five tackles, and cornerback Eli Apple added three more. The former Buckeyes helped lead the Bengals defense to several crucial stops at the end, setting up kicker Eric McPherson with a game-winning field as time expired.
Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow torched the Chiefs secondary for 446 yards and four touchdowns on 30-of-39 passing. His performance came after throwing for 525 yards and four scores against the Ravens in Week 16.