Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 13: Iowa Well Represented in League

December 3, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Week 13 of the NFL wrapped up with 28 former Iowa players occupying roster spots. Eight of those guys played on the offensive line and six performed in the secondary, those positions accounting for half of the former Hawkeyes in the league. Running back and wide receiver were the only non-specialist spots at which they did not have representation.

If you were wondering how some of Iowa’s rivals are doing in putting players in the pros, here’s a look at the teams against which the Hawkeyes compete for a trophy (source – ESPN):

-Iowa State (8)

-Wisconsin (32)

-Minnesota (10)

-Nebraska (27)

And here are the other teams in the Big Ten West Division:

-Northwestern (15)

-Illinois (16)

-Purdue (16)

So, among the eight programs, the Hawkeyes rank second, four behind Wisconsin and one ahead of Nebraska.

Here’s how some of the Hawkeyes performed in the NFL for Week 13:

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-The Chiefs improved to 25-3 against AFC West opponents with a 40-9 drubbing of Oakland Sunday in Kansas City. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens recorded five tackles in 48 snaps for the winners. Fellow linebacker Ben Niemann added three stops.

-Defensive back Micah Hyde delivered a memorable performance in Buffalo’s 26-15 victory at Dallas on Thanksgiving. He totaled 10 tackles, forced a fumble and was credited with a quarterback hurry. He logged 77 snaps on defense and four more on special teams.

-It was a quiet day by George Kittle standards Sunday when the all-pro tight end was held to two catches for 16 yards on four targets during San Francisco’s 20-17 loss at Baltimore. It was only the 49ers second loss in 12 games.

Offensive guard Marshal Yanda saw 65 snaps as the Ravens improved to 10-2.

-After a 1-9 start, Washington won for a second week in a row. Guard Brandon Scherff logged 64 snaps on offense and six more on special teams as the Redskins downed the Panthers in Carolina, 29-21.

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-The Broncos held off the Chargers Sunday in Denver, 23-20. Rookie tight end Noah Fant caught one of three targets for five yards in the win. Teammate Josey Jewell, a linebacker, recovered a fumble for the second time this season.

For Los Angeles, defensive back Desmond King accumulated five tackles (four solo). He played 27 defensive snaps and 21 on special teams.

-The Bears registered a 24-20 Thanksgiving Day victory in Detroit. Guard James Daniels saw 65 offensive snaps and five more on special teams for Chicago.

For the Lions, tight end TJ Hockenson caught six of 11 targets for 18 yards. On Monday, the team place the rookie on injured reserve (ankle), ending his season. He finished it with 32 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns.

Against the Bears, tackle Mike Daniels played 14 snaps on defense and five more on special teams.

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-Despite a knee injury knocking him out of last week’s game, right offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga played 64 snaps Sunday during the Packers’ 31-13 victory at the New York Giants. Defensive back Josh Jackson saw eight snaps on defense and 13 more on special teams, recording two solo tackles.

-Guard Austin Blythe logged 72 snaps on offense and eight more on special teams during the Rams’ 34-7 win at Arizona. Rookie safety Jake Gervase saw his first action of the season for Los Angeles, playing 12 snaps on defense and 12 more on special teams. He didn’t have any statistics.

-In Jacksonville’s 28-11 loss to Tampa Bay, Carl Davis played seven snaps at defensive tackle without any stats.

-During Atlanta’s 26-18 Thanksgiving loss at New Orleans, defensive end Adrian Clayborn posted a half tackle for loss. He played 29 snaps.

-Tennessee picked up a 31-17 win at Indianapolis Sunday with rookie defensive back Amani Hooker recording two tackles, playing 19 snaps on defense and 24 more on special teams.

-Cincinnati won for the first time this season, beating the Jets, 22-6. Greg Mabin logged six special teams snaps for the victors.

-Minnesota fell, 37-30, on Monday night in an exciting game at Seattle. Left tackle Riley Reiff played well before leaving the contest for good in the second half due to a concussion. Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson was credited with two tackles.

HawkeyeNation.com’s Rob Howe has covered Iowa Hawkeye sports for 23 years and began working at HawkeyeNation.com in 2003. Please follow @RobHoweHN and @HawkeyeNationHQ on Twitter.

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