Week 4 of the NFL season has come and gone. The Vikings are still undefeated and might somehow be the best team in the league despite losing their franchise quarterback and running back to injury. The Bears finally won a game with their backup quarterback and are still bad, sadly. And there are still plenty of Iowa alumni making noise for the league that pays them money to play football. How did those guys do? Here’s your Week 4 Edition of Hawks in the NFL.
- Good news and bad news to start! Good news, former Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz scored a touchdown for the Houston Texans this past weekend! Somehow he was able to catch a pass from the not-very-good Brock Osweiler for a pretty spectacular touchdown. For whatever reason, I’m not able to get the video embedded here, but you can take a look at it on the Texans’ website.
The bad news, though, is that Fiedorowicz sprained his MCL during the game. He left the game and ended up returning later, but he’s now listed as questionable (which means there’s a 50/50 chance he will play next week). He should be okay.
- In his final season, Chad Greenway has been one of the emotional leaders on the Vikings’ defense. Last night, he didn’t record any stats, but it’s great to see he still reps the Hawkeyes all the time even a decade after he’s left Iowa City.
- Jonathan Babineaux and Adrian Clayborn were on a defense that kept reigning NFC Champions Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers pretty limited on the scoreboard until the game was out of hand. Babineaux had one tackle and Clayborn had three on their way to a 48-33 victory.
- Anthony Hitchens continued his fine season in Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers, as he wrapped up six tackles, five of which were unassisted. It looks like his Week 1 struggles are far behind him now, as he’s on pace to get 70 tackles this season.
- If I said that Hitch was out there balling last night, Christian Kirksey was on a whole different level, as he has been all season. Kirksey recorded seven tackles, four of which were unassisted, on his team’s way to 31-20 loss to that team from Washington. Cleveland hasn’t been very good on their way to an 0-4 record, but Kirksey is on pace for over 100 tackles and has been spectacular.
- Karl Klug had a pretty good showing in his team’s 27-20 loss to C.J. Fiedorowicz’s Texans. Klug recorded five tackles, two of which were unassisted.
And lastly, as per usual, did anyone see anything great that the linemen did or is there anything that I missed? I got most of the good stuff since I now miraculously get NFL Red Zone, but I’m not perfect (jokes yeah I am).