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Iowa Hawkeyes in the NFL: Christian Kirksey Shines On

Another fairly quiet week for your favorite former Hawkeyes.

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Jacksonville Jaguars v Cleveland Browns Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

It was a bit of a quiet week in terms of production at the NFL level from our favorite former Hawkeyes. The San Francisco 49ers had the week off, so that took C.J. Beathard and George Kittle out of the mix immediately.

One man, however, stood above the rest with his performance on Sunday -- albeit in a losing effort. He leads off our weekly coverage.

Christian Kirksey, Linebacker, Cleveland Browns

Kirksey had a monster performance in a pretty good all-around defensive effort for the Browns. Unfortunately, Cleveland caught the short end of the stick in the matchup, dropping the game by a score of 19-7. Kirksey did his part by getting in on 13 total tackles, sacking the quarterback once and forcing a fumble. He’s currently No. 2 in the NFL in total tackles on the year with 87.

Do your part to get this guy into the Pro Bowl.

Karl Klug, Defensive Lineman, Tennessee Titans

Klug got into the box score against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. He logged one sack and one tackle in a 40-17 loss.

Mike Daniels, Defensive Lineman, Green Bay Packers

Daniels was held in check for the most part in Green Bay’s 23-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He recorded two total tackles.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tight End, Houston Texans

C.J. found his way onto the stat sheet for the second consecutive week sionce returning from injury. He caught two passes for 18 yards in Houston’s 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Micah Hyde, Defensive Back, Buffalo Bills

Suffice to say, the second half of the 2017 campaign has not gone as well as the first half did for both Hyde and the Bills. Micah logged four tackles in Buffalo’s 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Desmond King, Defensive Back, Los Angeles Chargers

King continued his solid rookie campaign, logging three tackles and defending a pass in L.A.’s 54-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. He also contributed on special teams, returning a kick for 16 yards and field one punt for two yards.

Heading into Week 11, Pro Football Focus had King as the 5th-best rookie so far in 2017. That’s a hell of an honor for a guy who wasn’t drafted until the fifth round.

Adrian Clayborn, Defensive Lineman, Atlanta Falcons

Clayborn wasn’t able to repeat the success he had a week ago. He was only able to log a single tackle, but did return a fumble for a score in Atlanta’s 34-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. That proved to be the difference in the ballgame.


Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings

Another week, another game where Reiff and the Viking o-line didn’t allow a single sack. Minnesota beat the Los Angeles Rams, 24-7.