Another week of NFL games without major surprises. The Patriots and 49ers remain undefeated. They host the Browns and Panthers respectively next week so should be favorites once again.
- Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman decided to try to motivate the Falcons by taking on Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald in a fight. Didn’t work out so well for him. While a top flight athlete, Freeman who could probably whip 99% of the population should probably reconsider messing with people like Donald.
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 35 players on rosters and practice squads, up four from last week.
Star of the Week
S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills, 7th season): Hyde and the Bills defeated Miami 31-21. Hyde had five tackles in the game but the big story was his touchdown after recovering an onside kick. Some interesting details in this article about Hyde and his onside kick touchdown. POTW Honors =1.
The Rest of the Hawkeyes
QB C.J. Beathard (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season in the NFL): Beathard was inactive again this week, as he has been every week this season. The 49ers shutout the Redskins 9-0 to remain undefeated on the season.
OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams, 4th season): Blythe and the Rams improved to 4-3 as they defeated Atlanta 37-10.
OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills, 2nd season): Boettger and the Bills improve to 5-1 as they defeated the hapless Miami Dolphins 31-21. Boettger was inactive for the game.
OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers, 10th season): Bulaga and the Packers defeated the Raiders 42-24 to improve to 6-1.
RB James Butler (Oakland Raiders, 2nd season): Butler was signed to the Raiders practice squad this week.
DE Adrian Clayborn (Atlanta Falcons, 9th season): Clayborn and the Falcons fell to 1-6 as they lost to the Rams 37-10. Clayborn had just one tackle in the game.
DT Mike Daniels (Detroit Lions, 8th season): Daniels was inactive again this week with a foot injury. The Lions lost to the Vikings in a conference match-up 42-30.
C James Daniels (Chicago Bears, 2nd season): Daniels and the Bears fell to 3-3 as they were defeated by New Orleans 36-25. The Bears had a total of 17 yards rushing and have a lot of problems on the offensive side of the ball.
OL Andrew Donnal (Miami Dolphins, 5th season): Donnal and the Dolphins dropped to 0-6 when they lost to the Bills on Sunday. Donnal was inactive for the game.
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 were smoked 30-6 by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. Fant had one catch for seven yards and a couple of drops as he was targeted five times.
C James Ferentz (New England Patriots, 4th season): Ferentz and the Patriots improved to 7-0 on the season as they easily dispatched the New York Jets 33-0.
TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.
LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs, 6th season): Hitchens was back in action and had six tackles which included two sacks and a forced fumble in the Chiefs 30-6 victory over Denver. He was a Micah Hyde touchdown return from winning POTW.
TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Hockenson and the Lions lost 42-30 to Minnesota. Hockenson had three catches for 32 yards in the loss. POTW honors = 1.
S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hooker had one tackle in the Titans 23-20 victory over the Chargers. The Titans improve to 3-4 on the season.
CB Josh Jackson (Green Bay Packers, 2nd season): Jackson had one tackle in the victory over the Raiders.
LB Josey Jewell (Denver Broncos, 2nd season): Jewell was active after missing two weeks with a leg injury as the Broncos. He mostly played special teams, recording one tackle, in the Broncos 30-6 loss to Kansas City. POTW honors = 1.
DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings, 3rd season): Johnson had one tackles in the Viking’s impressive 42-30 victory over the Lions.
CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers, 3rd season): King had three tackles in the Chargers loss to the Titans. King returned one punt for eight 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 four more weeks. The Browns had a bye this week.
TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle had three catches for 38 yards in the victory over the Redskins. The game was played in miserable weather conditions as it rained all game. POTW honors = 2.
LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos, 4th season): Kreiter didn’t see the field much as his long-snapping services weren’t needed in the 30-6 loss to Kansas City.
DB Greg Mabin (Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd season): Mabin is on the Cincinnati practice squad.
OL Matt Nelson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Nelson is on the practice squad for Detroit.
LB Anthony Nelson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1st season): Nelson and the Buccaneers were on a bye this week. They play at Tennessee on Sunday. Nelson and former teammate Ben Niemann were in the stands at Kinnick in the Hawkeyes win over Purdue.
LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season): Niemann had five tackles, including a tackle for loss, in the Chiefs 30-6 victory over the Broncos. POTW honors = 1.
OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings, 8th season): Reiff and the Vikings improved to 5-2 after defeating the Lions 42-30 in Detroit.
OL Keegan Render (Philadelphia Eagles, 1st season): Render is on the practice squad for Philadelphia.
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 lost to the 49ers 9-0 in a rainy affair on the east coast.
OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda and the Ravens improved to 5-2 as they defeated the Seattle 30-16 on the road.