Week 11 is done and we had a couple of big Hawkeye reunions this week. Let’s see how they did!
Hawkeye Reunion Part I - George Kittle, Tristan Wirfs, Kaevon Merriweather, and Anthony Nelson
We had a big reunion in
San Francisco Santa Clara Sunday afternoon as the 49ers took on the Bucs. The Niners won this game, 27-14, and took a one-game lead in the NFC West over Seattle. We’ll get to the Seahawks in a few paragraphs.
Kittle was the headliner in this game, snagging 8 passes on 9 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Kittle is now at 43 receptions for 648 yards and 5 touchdowns on the year. Not bad after a somewhat slow start that didn’t see Kittle find the end zone until Week 5.
It was a tough afternoon on the other sideline. After a 3-1 start, the Bucs now sit at 4-6. They had no answers for the 49ers offense, who amassed 420 yards and saw Brock Purdy have a perfect passer rating, the first 49er quarterback to post a perfect rating with more than 15 attempts in a game since Joe Freaking Montana.
Merriweather finished the game with 5 tackles (2 solo) while Nelson had 3 and 1 solo. As for Wirfs, his streak is now broken, as he allowed his first sack of the year to newly-acquired end Chase Young.
No picks this week for Stone, as Baltimore improved to 8-3 and vaulted into the top seed in the AFC following their 34-20 win over the Joe Burrow-less Bengals. Stone finished last Thursday’s win with 3 tackles (1 solo). His 6 interceptions are still tied for the league lead with DaRon Bland.
This is starting to feel redundant - it was another quiet week for Fant as the Seahawks dropped a shocking game to the Los Angeles Rams, 17-16. The Seahawks had a late field goal to win, but Jason Myers’s 55-yarder for the win was wide of the mark.
Fant was again an after-thought, finishing with just 1 reception for 4 yards. He’s now at 17 receptions for 236 yards and no touchdowns on the year. The Seahawks are now a game behind the aforementioned 49ers in the NFC West. Those two teams square off on Thanksgiving night in Seattle.
AJ Epenesa and Micah Hyde
After a disaster of a Monday Night loss to Denver, it was imperative that the Bills get a win over the New York Jets by any means necessary. It was mission accomplished as the Bills steamrolled the Jets, 32-6. It was a quiet day for Iowa’s Buffalo contingent, as both Epenesa and Hyde recorded a tackle apiece in the win.
Kind of a quiet week for Big Sam too, as he finished Detroit’s frantic 31-26 come-from-behind win over Chicago with just 3 receptions for 18 yards. He did, however, have a crucial catch late in the game, a 2-point conversion to give Detroit a 3-point cushion in the dying embers of the game.
LaPorta now sits at 50 receptions for 492 yards and 4 touchdowns as Detroit improved to 8-2. They are 8-2 for the first time since 1962. Read that again! The Lions will also feature on Thanksgiving, hosting Green Bay in the early game.
Hawkeye Reunion Part II/Broncos Corner - TJ Hockenson, Josey Jewell, and Riley Moss
Your boy got to attend this reunion thanks to a friend having a spare ticket. It was my first game at Mile High since early in the 2011 season against Cincinnati (Kyle Orton vs. Andy Dalton; quarterback royalty! Tim Tebow would finish the season for Denver). The atmosphere was fantastic - a lot of Vikings fans made their way into the stadium so it was loud on virtually every snap. Denver trailed for most of the game but played this a lot like how Iowa would have played it - field goals, defense, risk averse football - and it was enough as a late Russell Wilson-to-Courtland Sutton touchdown gave the Broncos a 21-20 win. I’m not sure how Denver won, honestly - that felt more like Minnesota blew the game. The Vikings running game had Denver’s defense guessing all night and Josh Dobbs, while taking a couple of big hits - his fumble early in the game was a crunching hit, so much so that Kareem Jackson is now facing another 4-game ban; the play didn’t draw a flag in real time, but yesterday he got dinged with another suspension - was steady again. But Denver’s finding ways right now and they’re now 5-5 while the Vikings fall to 6-5.
Hockenson finished the game with 4 receptions for 55 yards. Dobbs threw a touchdown in the game to Josh Oliver, who had tight end duties on that drive (I don’t recall seeing Hock in there for that drive at all; TD vultures stink). He’s now at 75 (!) receptions for 736 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season.
On the other sideline, the Outlaw finished with 6 tackles (5 solo) and a fumble recovery that Denver converted into a field goal. Lastly, Riley Moss was on special teams duty and we heard his name called! He finished the game with a tackle.
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