The action around the NFL was pretty predictable this week. Not many big upsets and the Patriots and 49ers remain undefeated.
- Perhaps the biggest issue around the league is mediocre quarterbacks in Tampa, Dallas, Tennessee, and Denver. Compounded with rookie or backup quarterbacks in New York (Giants), Arizona, Carolina, Chicago, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, and there are some pretty boring offenses week in and week out. Luckily there are three or four draft eligible quarterbacks this year that could help going forward.
- How’s your fantasy football team doing? If you have Christian McCaffrey, there’s a good chance that you’re doing well. As an Iowa fan, this should have been predictable in 2015. Warning, the video is not safe for those with heart conditions.
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But most of you are here to see how the former boys of black and gold are doing in the NFL. This week there were 31 players on rosters and practice squads.
Star of the Week
TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle had eight catches for 103 yards in the victory over the Rams. Not a bad outing for a guy that was questionable with a groin injury. Here’s a great read on Kittle’s pregame ritual from ESPN. Kittle becomes the first player to earn two Player of the Week honors here at BHGP. POTW honors = 2.
The Rest of the Hawkeyes
OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams, 4th season): Blythe and the Rams fell to 3-3 as they lost at home to the division rival 49ers.
OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills, 2nd season): Boettger and the Bills had a bye this week.
OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers, 10th season): Bulaga and the Packers defeated the Lions on Monday Night Football 23-22 after a couple of questionable penalties on the Lions. Sadly the new NFL is becoming new unwatchable due to the officiating. The Packers improve to 5-1.
DE Adrian Clayborn (Atlanta Falcons, 9th season): Clayborn and the Falcons fell to 1-5 as they lost to the Cardinals 34-33. Clayborn had just one tackle.
DT Mike Daniels (Detroit Lions, 8th season): Daniels was inactive this week with a foot injury. The Lions faced the Packers on Monday night and came out on the short end of the stick losing 23-22.
C James Daniels (Chicago Bears, 2nd season): Daniels and the 3-2 Bears had the week off as they returned from their game in London last week. The Bears host the Saints in week seven.
OL Andrew Donnal (Miami Dolphins, 5th season): Donnal and the Dolphins dropped to 0-5 as they couldn’t convert on a two-point play to win the game. The Redskins won 17-16 helping the Dolphins chances of the top draft pick.
WR Nick Easley (Buffalo Bills, 1st season): Easley is on the Buffalo practice squad.
TE Noah Fant (Denver Broncos, 1st season): Fant and the Broncos won their second straight game as they shutout the Titans 16-0. Fant had two receptions for 16 yards.
C James Ferentz (New England Patriots, 4th season): Ferentz only got in for one play on the special teams in New England’s 35-14 victory over the Giants. The Patriots improved to 6-0 on the season and play the Jets on Monday night.
TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.
LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs, 6th season): Hitchens was inactive as Kansas City lost their second straight game falling to the Texans 31-24.
TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Hockenson cleared concussion protocol and played on Monday night. Unfortunately the Lions lost on a last second field goal to the Packers. Hockenson had four catches for 21 yards in the loss. POTW honors = 1.
S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hooker was in on 15 plays but didn’t have any stats in the Titan’s 16-0 loss to Denver. The Titans fall to 2-4.
S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills, 7th season): Hyde and the Bills had a bye this week. They look to improve to 5-1 next week as they host the winless Dolphins.
CB Josh Jackson (Green Bay Packers, 2nd season): Jackson had two tackles in the victory over the Cowboys.
LB Josey Jewell (Denver Broncos, 2nd season): Jewell was inactive for a second week in a row with a leg injury as the Broncos defeated the Titans to move to 2-4. POTW honors = 1.
DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings, 3rd season): Johnson had two tackles in the Viking’s impressive 38-20 victory over the Eagles.
CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers, 3rd season): King had six tackles in the Chargers loss to the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. King returned two kicks for a total of 49 yards and one punt for seven yards. POTW honors = 1.
LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland Browns, 6th season): Kirksey was placed on the IR earlier this season and is out for at least five more weeks. The Browns dropped a close one to Seattle 32-28 to fall to 2-4.
LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos, 4th season): Kreiter long-snapped his way to the Broncos second victory of the season.
DB Greg Mabin (FA, 3rd season): Mabin was released by the Bengals last week.
OL Matt Nelson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Nelson is on the Lion’s practice squad.
LB Anthony Nelson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1st season): Nelson didn’t have any tackles in the Bucs 37-26 loss to the Panthers in London. Tampa is now 2-4 on the season.
LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season): Niemann, last week’s player of the week, recorded six tackles in the loss to the Texans. POTW honors = 1.
OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings, 8th season): Reiff and the Vikings improved to 4-2 after defeating the Eagles 38-20 at home.
OL Ross Reynolds (San Francisco 49ers, 1st season): Reynolds is on the San Francisco practice squad.
OL Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins, 5th season): Scherff and the Redskins won their first game of the season as interim head coach Bill Callahan improves to 1-0. The Redskins defeated Miami 17-16.
OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda and the Ravens improved to 4-2 as they defeated the winless Bengals 23-17. Baltimore travels to Seattle this week.