Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 10: O-Linemen Paving Way for Top Teams
The Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings continued rolling along on Sunday. They’ve been three of the more impressive teams in the NFL this season.
While the skill players receive many of the headlines, those franchises benefit from solid offensive lines. And a trio of Hawkeyes are heavily involved.
Starting guard Marshal Yanda is playing his 13th season in Baltimore. The Ravens are 8-2 and the only team to defeat defending Super Bowl champion New England this fall.
Yanda allowed a sack earlier this season for the first time since 2015. He’s been named to seven Pro Bowls and appears likely headed for the hall of fame.
Baltimore blew out Cincinnati, 49-13, Sunday. Second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson has emerged this season behind Yanda and the rest of the offensive front.
"It's ridiculous. He's obviously changing the game for us."
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 10, 2019
With Sunday’s big lead, Yanda logged just 36 snaps before calling it an afternoon. Baltimore won for the fifth time in a row.
NFC North Division leading Green Bay held off visiting Carolina, 24-16, in the snow at Lambeau Field. Tenth-year pro Bryan Bulaga saw 68 snaps at right tackle. The Packers rushed for 163 yards in improving to 8-2.
Bulaga has started 105 of a possible 109 games with Green Bay, which selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft.
Re-watched every #Packers offensive snap vs. Bears and kept an eye on Khalil Mack, who killed them twice last year. Counted 16 snaps where he matched up with Bryan Bulaga. Not once in those 16 snaps did Mack influence the play. Full story coming later. pic.twitter.com/keb0EQf8zX
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 7, 2019
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“He’s been on my right side for so many years now,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said recently. “People forget that he was in there in 2010, one of the few who’s got a ring left in this locker room. Just a guy they love playing with.
“He’s tough, he’s smart. He understands his strengths really well. he understands the offense exceptionally. He’s just a heady player who’s so smart and tough and reliable when he’s out there playing tackle for us.”
Minnesota kept pace with the Packers in the North on Sunday night by upsetting the Cowboys in Dallas. The Vikings improved to 7-3 with a 28-24 victory in which left tackle Riley Reiff helped them rush for 153 yards against a tough Dallas defense. He saw 76 snaps, the fourth game in a row that he’s exceeded 70.
“It’s a battle when you’re going against a front like that. Give them credit, they got a few [pressures],” Reiff told Vikings.com. “But Kirk did a heck of a job getting the ball out of his hands, guys getting open. The backs blocking, too. Team effort.”
Since week 5, Riley Reiff is the 6th highest graded OL (at any position) in the NFL.
90.2 Quenton Nelson
85.6 Zack Martin
85.4 Brandon Brooks
83.7 Ryan Ramczyk
83.6 Terron Armstead
83.4 Riley Reiff
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Other notes about Hawkeyes in the NFL for Week 10:
-Veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn made the most of his snaps in the Atlanta Falcons’ 26-9 upset at New Orleans. The St. Louis native registered a sack and a quarterback hurry on Drew Brees.
-After missing most of the season with a foot injury, defensive tackle Mike Daniels returned to Detroit’s starting lineup in a 20-13 loss at Chicago. The veteran accumulated a sack and a quarterback hurry before limping off the field. It appeared he would be OK.
Rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson caught three of six targets for 47 yards for the Lions.
For the Bears, James Daniels switched from center to guard and played 57 offensive snaps. He saw three more on special teams.
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-Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson played 14 snaps in the Vikings’ win. The Illinois product produced two solo tackles.
-Kansas City linebacker Anthony Hitchens totaled five stops in the Chiefs’ 35-32 loss at Tennessee. He was credited with a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry. Teammate and fellow linebacker, Ben Niemann, had one tackle.
Rookie defensive back Amani Hooker chipped in with three tackles (two solo) for Tennessee.
-Safety Micah Hyde had four tackles (three solo) during Buffalo’s 19-16 loss at Cleveland.
-Defensive back Desmond King also registered four tackles (three solo) in the Chargers’ 26-20 loss Thursday night in Oakland. He had one tackle for loss and averaged 6.3 yards on three punt returns.
-Guard Austin Blythe played 77 offensive snaps and three more on special teams during the Los Angeles Rams’ 17-12 loss at Pittsburgh.
-Rookie linebacker Anthony Nelson played but did not record any statistics in Tampa Bay’s 30-27 victory against visiting Arizona.
-Offensive lineman Andrew Donnal played four special teams’ snaps during Miami’s 16-12 win at Indianapolis.
-Cornerback Greg Mabin played two snaps for Cincinnati.
-Packer defensive back Josh Jackson did not see any action for a second week in a row. He’s played just five snaps in the last three games.
-Tight end George Kittle missed San Francisco’s 27-24, overtime loss to Seattle Monday night with knee and ankle injuries.