Then there were two. The 1972 Dolphins have only the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers to worry about this year before they can pop the champagne on another season of no one finishing undefeated. Conversely there are still four teams without a victory and in search of the number one draft pick.
In other news around the NFL:
- The Redskins fired coach Jay Gruden on Monday. Not surprising as they were 0-5 with no hint of a chance. The surprising part was that they summoned Gruden to a meeting to tell him he was being fired at 5am. Stay classy Dan Snyder. Who would want to work for this dumpster fire?
- The Titans lost to the Bills 14-7 and on Monday waived kicker Cairo Santos after he missed not one, not two, not three, but FOUR kicks on Sunday. Veteran Cody Parker, the former Bear, is expected to sign. Is this an upgrade?
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 32 players on rosters and practice squads, up one from last week (though that number went back to 31 on Monday).
Star of the Week
LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season): Niemann recorded ten tackles in the loss to the Colts. As fellow former Hawkeye Anthony Hitchens misses time with a groin injury, Niemann benefits with the additional playing time. Niemann was in on over 85% of the defensive snaps on Sunday and recorded six solo and four assisted tackles.
The Rest of the Hawkeyes
OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams, 4th season): Blythe was able to play every offensive snap this week after missing the game in week three with injuries. Unfortunately the Rams fell to 3-2 as they lost on the road to Seattle 30-29.
OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills, 2nd season): Boettger was on the inactive list for Buffalo this week after making the active list for the first time last week. The Bills defeated Tennessee 14-7 on the road to improve to 4-1 on the season.
OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers, 10th season): Bulaga was able to play this week after leaving the game last week with an injury. The Packers improved to 4-1 as they defeated Dallas 34-24.
DE Adrian Clayborn (Atlanta Falcons, 9th season): Clayborn had three tackles and a forced fumble but the Falcons got whipped by Houston 53-32.
DT Mike Daniels (Detroit Lions, 8th season): Daniels and the Lions had a bye this week. The 2-1-1 Lions travel to Green Bay on Monday night.
C James Daniels (Chicago Bears, 2nd season): Daniels and the Bears fell to 3-2 as they lost to Oakland 24-21. The game was played in London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
OL Andrew Donnal (Miami Dolphins, 5th season): Donnal and the Dolphins also had a bye during week five. The 0-4 Dolphins host the Redskins this week.
WR Nick Easley (Buffalo Bills, 1st season): Easley was added to the Bills practice squad this week after being released by them during the preseason.
TE Noah Fant (Denver Broncos, 1st season): Fant had one catch for six yards as the Broncos picked up their first win of the season defeating the Chargers 20-13.
C James Ferentz (New England Patriots, 4th season): Ferentz only got in six plays for the special teams in New England’s 33-7 victory over Washington. The Patriots improved to 5-0 on the season.
TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.
LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs, 6th season): Hitchens had just one tackle as Kansas City suffered their first loss of the season 19-13 against Indianapolis on Sunday night. He was only able to play on 11 snaps giving more time to teammate Ben Niemann.
TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Hockenson had a bye this week and his status for this week is still in doubt as he went through concussion protocol after a week four injury. Hockenson was in Ann Arbor watching Iowa drop a tough one to Michigan on Saturday.
S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hooker didn’t have any stats in the Titan’s 14-7 loss to Buffalo. Hooker played in 14 snaps for the Titans.
S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills, 7th season): Hyde had three tackles in the Bills victory over the Titans.
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 with a leg injury as the Broncos picked up their first win of the season.
DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings, 3rd season): Johnson didn’t record any tackles in the Viking’s 28-10 victory over the Giants.
CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers, 3rd season): King had four tackles in the loss to the Broncos. King did return a punt for a 68 yard touchdown.
LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland Browns, 6th season): Kirksey was placed on the IR earlier this season and is out for at least six more weeks. The Browns were undressed by San Francisco on Monday night 31-3.
TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle had six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in the 31-3 victory over the Browns. He was runner-up for the Hawkeye player of the week.
LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos, 4th season): Kreiter long-snapped his way to the Broncos first victory of the season.
DB Greg Mabin (Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd season): Mabin was on the inactive list as the Bengals lost again, this time to the previously winless Cardinals 26-23. To make matters worse, Mabin was waived by the club on Monday.
OL Matt Nelson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Nelson is on the Lion’s practice squad.
LB Anthony Nelson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1st season): Nelson had one tackle in the Bucs 31-24 loss to the Saints. Tampa is now 2-3 on the season.
OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings, 8th season): Reiff and the Vikings improved to 3-2 after defeating the Giants.
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 fell to 0-5 as they were steamrolled by the Patriots 33-7. Get out of there Brandon, get out!
OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda and the Ravens improved to 3-2 as they defeated the Steelers 26-23 in overtime.