The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the New York Jets to get their first win of the season and become the last NFL team to get their first victory. There were some other surprising results as the Eagles lost to the Dolphins (are the Cowboys really going to make the playoffs?), and the Redskins beat the Panthers.
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 34 players on rosters and practice squads, up one from last week.
Player of the Week
S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills, 7th season): Hyde and the Bills improved to 9-3 as they defeated Dallas 26-15 on Thanksgiving. Hyde had ten tackles including a forced fumble in the victory. Buffalo hosts the Ravens on Sunday in a big AFC matchup. POTW honors =2.
On the season, Hyde now has 56 tackles, an interception, and two forced fumbles. He is looking to get a spot in the Pro Bowl and you can help him get there by voting (and don’t forget Kittle, Yanda, Schreff).
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 fell 20-17 to Baltimore in a tight game that could be a preview of the Super Bowl.
OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams, 4th season): Blythe and the Rams improved to 7-5 as they defeated Arizona 34-7. The Rams try to remain in the playoff chase when they host Seattle on Sunday night.
OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills, 2nd season): Boettger and the Bills improved to 9-3 as they defeated Dallas 26-15. Boettger was inactive for the game.
OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers, 10th season): Bulaga and the Packers defeated the Giants 31-13 to improve to 9-3. Bulaga played this week after being limited in practice all week due to an injury last 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 lost 26-18 to New Orleans to fall to 3-9 on the season. Clayborn had one tackle in the loss. The Falcons host the Panthers on Sunday.
C James Daniels (Chicago Bears, 2nd season): Daniels and the Bears improved to 6-6 as they beat the Lions 24-20 on Thanksgiving. Chicago will try to stay in the playoff race as they host the Cowboys on Thursday night.
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 improved to 4-8 as they defeated the Chargers 23-20. Fant had one catch for five yards in the victory. Drew Lock made his debut as the Denver quarterback and obviously Fant isn’t his comfort blanket yet. POTW =1.
C James Ferentz (New England Patriots, 4th season): Ferentz and the Patriots lost 28-22 to the Texans to fall to 10-2. The Patriots host the Chiefs on Sunday. Ferentz played most of the second half after starting center Ted Karras was injured and may continue to get some run in the upcoming weeks as Karras may have a strained MCL. POTW = 1.
TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.
LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs, 6th season): Hitchens and the Chiefs whipped the Raiders 40-9. Hitchens had five tackles in the victory. The Chiefs travel to New England on Sunday.
TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Hockenson had six catches for just 18 yards in the loss to the Bears. Unfortunately Hockenson was injured in the second half of the game and it was announced on Monday that he would miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. The Lions travel to Minnesota on Sunday. POTW honors = 1.
S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hooker and the Titans improved to 7-5 as they defeated the Colts 31-17 on Sunday. Hooker had one tackle in the victory. The Titans travel to Oakland on Sunday.
CB Josh Jackson (Green Bay Packers, 2nd season): Jackson and the Packers defeated the Giants. Jackson was active for the game and recorded one tackle.
LB Josey Jewell (Denver Broncos, 2nd season): Jewell and the Broncos defeated the Chargers. Jewell is playing a lot less as of late and didn’t record any tackles in the game though he did recover a fumble. POTW honors = 1.
DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings, 3rd season): Johnson and the Vikings lost to the Seahawks 37-30 on Monday night to fall to 8-4. Johnson had two tackles in the loss. The Vikings host the Lions on Sunday. POTW honors = 1.
CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers, 3rd season): King and the Chargers lost to Denver to fall to 4-8 on the season. King had four tackles in the loss. The Chargers travel to Jacksonville on Sunday. POTW honors = 1.
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 Pittsburgh 20-13 to fall to 5-7.
TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle was held to just two receptions for 17 yards in a rainy loss to the Ravens. POTW honors = 3.
LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos, 4th season): Kreiter and the Broncos are a disappointing 4-8. Maybe they’ll continue to “snap” out of it on Sunday when they travel to play the Texans.
DB Greg Mabin (Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd season): Mabin was active but didn’t record any stats in the Bengals 22-6 victory over the Jets. The Bengals improve to 1-11 and the Jets became the first team to ever lose to two teams in the same season that were at least 0-7 at the time of the loss.
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 defeated Jacksonville 28-11 to improve to 5-7. Nelson was inactive for the game as he is dealing with a hamstring injury.
LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season): Niemann and the Chiefs defeated the Raiders on Sunday. Niemann had three tackles in the victory. POTW honors = 1.
OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings, 8th season): Reiff and the Vikings lost to Seattle and host Detroit on Sunday.
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 improved to 3-9 after defeating the Panthers 29-21. They travel to Green Bay on Sunday.
OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda and the Ravens improved to 10-2 as they defeated the 49ers 20-17. Baltimore travels to Buffalo on Sunday. POTW honors = 1.