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Iowa Football: Hawkeyes in the NFL, Week 9 Results

Fant joins Hockenson as rookie tight ends to earn the coveted POTW.

Cleveland Browns v Denver Broncos
Noah Fant finishing off his 75 yard touchdown against the Browns.
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Through nine weeks, only the 49ers remain undefeated and only the Bengals remain winless.

  • Kickers continue to miss field goals and extra points at alarming rates. For every Harrison Butker going 4-4 and hitting a game winner, there is a Ryan Succop going 0-3 or an Adam Vinatieri shacking an attempted game winner because the laces weren’t out.
  • Three guys with the last name of Allen quarterbacked winning football teams this weekend. Josh (Buffalo), Kyle (Carolina), and Brandon (Denver) all were on the winning side of the ledger. A not very extensive attempt at research showed that the Anderson name was the last to have three starters and they never won in the same week.

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, the same as last week.

Star of the Week

TE Noah Fant (Denver Broncos, 1st season): Fant and the Broncos defeated Cleveland 24-19. Fant had three catches for 115 yards including a 75 yard touchdown. POTW =1.

Cleveland Browns v Denver Broncos
Fant matched up against a linebacker seems like a good bet.
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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 snuck by the Cardinals 28-25 to remain undefeated on the season. Beathard made it through the trade deadline and will remain a 49er.

OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams, 4th season): Blythe and the Rams are 5-3 and had the week off as they traveled back from London. The Rams travel to Pittsburgh next week.

OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills, 2nd season): Boettger and the Bills improved to 6-2 as they defeated Washington 24-9. Boettger was inactive for the game.

OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers, 10th season): Bulaga and the Packers lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 29-11 to fall to 7-2. Bulaga went up against Joey Bosa much of the day and Bosa ended up with 1.5 sacks. The Packers host the Panthers next week.

RB James Butler (Oakland Raiders, 2nd season): Butler is on the Raiders practice squad.

DE Adrian Clayborn (Atlanta Falcons, 9th season): Clayborn and the Falcons were on their bye week and are 1-7 on the season. Atlanta travels to New Orleans next week.

DT Mike Daniels (Detroit Lions, 8th season): Daniels was inactive again this week with a foot injury. The Lions lost to the Raiders 31-24 to fall to 3-4-1 on the season.

C James Daniels (Chicago Bears, 2nd season): Daniels and the Bears fell to 3-5 as they lost to the Eagles 22-14. The Bears offense is pretty anemic and this looks like a lost season.

DL Carl Davis (Indianapolis Colts, 5th season): Davis was inactive in the Colts 26-24 loss to the Steelers. The Colts are 5-3 on the season.

OL Andrew Donnal (Miami Dolphins, 5th season): Donnal and the Dolphins WON their first game of the season and improved to 1-7 as they beat the Jets 26-18. Donnal was active for the game after being inactive most of the season.

WR Nick Easley (Buffalo Bills, 1st season): Easley is on the Buffalo practice squad.

C James Ferentz (New England Patriots, 4th season): Ferentz and the Patriots fell to 8-1 on the season as they were dispatched by the Raven by a score of 37-20. Ferentz was back to a reserve role on Sunday after getting the start the week before. POTW = 1.

S Jake Gervase (Los Angeles Rams, 1st season): Gervase and the 5-3 Rams were on their bye week and travel to Pittsburgh next Sunday.

TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.

LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs, 6th season): Hitchens had six tackles in the Chiefs 26-23 victory over the Vikings. The Chiefs improve to 6-3 as they head into their bye week and look to get quarterback Patrick Mahomes healthy.

The Minnesota Vikings played the Kansas City Chiefs
Perhaps Dalvin Cook should have tucked in his jersey better to avoid the tackle from Hitchens?
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TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Hockenson had three catches for 57 yards in the Lions loss to the Raiders. The Lions travel to Chicago next week. POTW honors = 1.

S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hooker didn’t record any stats in the Titans 30-20 loss to Carolina. The Titans fall to 4-5 on the season.

S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills, 7th season): Hyde and the Bills defeated Washington 24-9. Hyde led the Bills with nine tackles. POTW Honors =1.

Washington Redskins v Buffalo Bills
Micah Hyde was close to earning his second POTW but they only played the Redskins.
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CB Josh Jackson (Green Bay Packers, 2nd season): Jackson was inactive in the Packers loss to the Chargers.

LB Josey Jewell (Denver Broncos, 2nd season): Jewell didn’t record any stats in the Broncos victory over the Browns. POTW honors = 1.

DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings, 3rd season): Johnson had three tackles including a half a sack in the loss to the Chiefs. The Vikings fall to 6-3 on the season and travel to Dallas on Sunday night.

CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers, 3rd season): King had five tackles, including one for loss, in the Chargers 29-11 victory over the Packers. King returned two kicks for 34 total yards. POTW honors = 1.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers
Ok, let me hear what you think King is saying to former Cyclone Allen Lazard in the comment section.
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LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland Browns, 6th season): Kirksey was placed on the IR earlier this season and is most likely out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The Browns lost to Denver 24-19 to fall to 2-6.

TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle had six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown in the victory over the Cardinals. Kittle injured his knee early in the game but came back to contribute to the win. POTW honors = 2.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Kittle goes airborne looking for another touchdown. Maybe he is Superman?
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LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos, 4th season): Kreiter snapped for three extra points and a field goal as well four punts in the 24-19 victory over Cleveland.

DB Greg Mabin (Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd season): Mabin was added to the Cincinnati active roster on the Bengals bye week. The 0-8 Bengals host Baltimore next week as they look for their first victory.

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 lost 40-34 in overtime to Seattle. Nelson didn’t record any stats in the loss. Nelson left the game early with a leg injury and did not return to action. Tampa hosts Arizona next week.

LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season): Niemann didn’t see much action in the Chiefs victory over the Vikings. POTW honors = 1.

OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings, 8th season): Reiff and the Vikings fell to 6-3 after losing to the Chiefs.

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 Buffalo 24-9. The Redskins are now 1-8.

OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda and the Ravens improved to 6-2 as they defeated New England 37-20 on Sunday night. They travel to Cincinnati next week. Yanda was getting some props from announcer Cris Collinsworth during the game and there is always this picture.

This picture is from 2012 but I still love it so much. Yanda knocks over Brandon Spikes after a Spikes cheap shot on an illegal procedure call.
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