Let’s get right to it — this wasn’t the best weekend for former Hawkeyes in the NFL. And honestly, after what went down on Saturday, that sucks. I wanted to bring good news to the masses. Instead, I bring you a boatload of “meh.” In fact, outside of a couple of decent performances, it was a downright pedestrian performance from your favorite former Hawks at the next level. Because of that, we’re just gonna go ahead and get it started with...
Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Vikings
Reiff once again bookended an offensive line that turned in another solid performance. The Minnesota offensive line bulldozed Baltimore for 357 offensive yards, including 169 on the ground. They also did not give up a single sack.
As for everyone else...
Christian Kirksey, Linebacker, Browns
Ok, so Kirksey had another nice game, but once again it came in a losing effort. He was in on 17 tackles, defended a pass and forced a fumble in Cleveland’s 12-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Karl Klug, Defensive Lineman, Titans
Klug worked his way into Tennessee’s box score by way of three tackles. He’s not producing big numbers, but he is logging stats every week.
Micah Hyde, Cornerback, Bills
Hyde continued his solid season in Buffalo, getting in on four tackles and defending two passes in a 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mike Daniels, Defensive Tackle, Packers
Daniels showed up in the box score with three tackles in Green Bay’s 26-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Anthony Hitchens, Linebacker, Cowboys
Anthony had a solid outing in Dallas’ 40-10 romp over the San Francisco 49ers, logging eight tackles.
C.J. Beathard, Quarterback, 49ers
C.J.’s first NFL start did not go as well as we all wished it would have gone, but he wasn’t terrible — nor was he the reason San Francisco got stomped out. He completed 22 of 38 pass attempts for 235 yards. He also scrambled 5 times for 30 yards, including a rushing touchdown that ended up being the lone time the 49ers crossed the goal line. He also fumbled twice. Not great, but it could’ve been a lot worse.
George Kittle, Tight End, 49ers
Kittle had another quiet afternoon. Beathard only targeted him twice. He caught one of those passes for 16 yards.
A.J. Derby, Tight End, Broncos
A.J. was one of Denver’s only bright spots in their 21-0 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He caught 6 passes for 66 yards. He did, however, lose a fumble.
Desmond King, Defensive Back, Chargers
King made his way into the box score with five solo tackles. No kick return yards for Desmond this week, as he was part of a defense that pitched a shutout.