Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 5: George Kittle Comes Alive on Monday Night

October 8, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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It took until Week 5, but when George Kittle finally found the end zone, he made the wait worth it.

The former Iowa tight end contributed plenty of big catches and blocks for undefeated San Francisco before scoring a touchdown during Monday night’s 31-3 blowout of Cleveland. His latest performance featured what he adds in the passing game.

Kittle caught six of eight targets for 70 yards and the score. He showed off an ability to do damage after the reception.

The Hawkeye alumnus added an 18-yard run early in the game on his lone carry of the night.

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After moving to 4-0 for the first time since, Kittle met with the media. The defending champion Patriots are the only other unbeaten team in the league right now.

“It’s awesome, you know, just proud of the team,” Kittle said. “Like coach (Kyle) Shanahan says, all we’ve guaranteed is that we can go 4-12. We have to come back on a short week and try to get 5-0. We get about 24 hours to celebrate this victory as a team. Wednesday comes around, we’ll be locked and loaded for the Rams.”

KING OF LA: A week after delivering two and a half sacks, the versatile and venerable Desmond King returned a punt for a touchdown Sunday. It turned out not to be enough as the Chargers fell, 20-13, against Denver in Los Angeles.

The former Hawkeye all-American took a punt 68 yards to the house late in the third quarter. It represented the Chargers’ first points of the day.

King totaled four tackles (two solo) in 27 defensive snaps. It represented the fewest percentage (44) of the snaps he’s seen in a game this season.

For the year, King has 15 tackles (11 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, one pass defended and a forced fumble.

Rookie tight end Noah Fant caught his only target for six yards for the winners. Linebacker Josey Jewell missed the game with a hamstring injury he suffered last week. Long snapper Casey Kreiter saw eight special teams’ snaps.

Other former Hawkeyes’ performances for Week 5:

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-Buffalo picked up a big road victory, 14-7, Sunday at Tennessee. Safety Micah Hyde registered three tackles in the win, playing 97 percent of his team’s snaps. Backup offensive lineman Ike Boettger did not see any action for the Bills this week.

Rookie safety Amani Hooker saw 13 snaps (20 percent) for the Titans. He didn’t record a statistic.

-Early in the Chiefs 19-13 loss against visiting Indianapolis Sunday night, starting linebacker Anthony Hitchens injured his groin and did not return. He was replaced by another former Hawkeye, Ben Niemann, who recorded a career-best 10 tackles and played every snap after his teammate went down.

-Right tackle Bryan Bulaga returned from injury and saw 74 snaps during Green Bay’s 34-24 victory at Dallas. Defensive back Josh Jackson played a season-high 35 snaps (49 percent) for the winners. The Texas native was credited with two solo tackles.

-The Vikings downed the Giants in New York, 28-10. Left offensive tackle Riley Reiff saw 71 snaps in the contest. Teammate Jaleel Johnson played 18 snaps at defensive tackle but did not record any statistics.

-Guard Austin Blythe logged 72 snaps during the Rams’ 30-29 loss at Seattle Thursday night.

-Center James Daniels played all of his team’s 58 offensive snaps during a 24-21 loss against Oakland in London.

-Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn was credited with three solo tackles in 15 snaps during a 53-32 loss at Houston.

-Rookie linebacker Anthony Nelson logged 18 snaps (26 percent) for the Buccaneers in a 31-24 loss at New Orleans. He contributed one solo tackle.

-Guard Brandon Scherff played 74 snaps (94 percent) on Sunday during Washington’s 33-7 home loss to New England.

-Another guard, Marshal Yanda, saw all of his team’s snaps (81) as Baltimore picked up a key division victory, 26-23, at Pittsburgh.

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