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Iowa Hawkeyes in the NFL: Hitchens and Hyde Have Monster Games

There were some solid defensive performances from some former Hawks on the NFL grid in Week 13.

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There is only one month of NFL regular season play left, and your favorite former Hawkeyes continue to make headlines and get their names in box scores.

Here’s how the Hawks in the NFL contributed to the respective teams causes in Week 13.

Micah Hyde, Defensive Back, Buffalo Bills

Hyde had a solid outing, logging 12 tackles and defending a pass in Buffalo’s 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. More importantly, he avoided serious injury after an unnecessary and fairly dirty hit from New England tight end Rob Gronkowski:

Anthony Hitchens, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

Hitchens was everywhere for the Cowboys in their 38-14 Thursday night win over the Washington Redskins. He got in on 15 total tackles, helping the Dallas defense limit Washington to just 56 rushing yards.

Adrian Clayborn, Defensive Tackle, Atlanta Falcons

Clayborn had a quiet outing in Atlanta’s 14-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, logging just one tackle.

George Kittle, Tight End, San Francisco 49ers

Kittle was targeting three times, catching two passes for 20 yards in San Francisco’s 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears.

Mike Daniels, Defensive Tackle, Green Bay Packers

Daniels had a solid game on Sunday. He got in on four tackles and had a half of a sack in Green Bay’s 26-20 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tight End, Houston Texans

C.J. was targeted three times, catching two passes for 16 yards in Houston’s 24-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Christian Kirksey, Linebacker, Cleveland Browns

Death, taxes and Christian Kirksey turning in solid performances for the worst franchises in professional sports. The All-Universe defender recorded eight tackles in Cleveland’s 19-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Desmond King, Defensive Back, Los Angeles Chargers

King followed up his magical Thanksgiving Day performance by turning in a gritty effort against the Cleveland Browns. He logged six total tackles and a sack in the 19-10 Charger victory. Heading into the weekend, Pro Football Focus had King rated amongst the top rookie cornerbacks in the league.