Hawks in the NFL: Week 10

November 13, 2018

Written by Sean Neugent

NFL teams love former Hawkeye players. But all too often their draft stock plummets. General managers are receiving high value in the late rounds.

For instance, look at rookies Josey Jewell (drafted in round four) and Ben Niemann (undrafted). Both have already cracked the starting lineup and are playing well for the Broncos and Chiefs. Those are just a couple names, but there are many more such as Austin Blythe, George Kittle, Micah Hyde and Desmond King who are all providing big time value for their respective teams.

All this and more in Hawks in the NFL: Week 10.

Let’s span the NFL:

Titans 34, Patriots 10: The Patriots signed OL Matt Tobin to the roster last Thursday, right after signing OL James Ferentz from the practice squad. Neither saw any action.

After successfully recording a sack in the last three games, DE Adrian Clayborn did not record any stats in the loss to the Titans.

Rams 36, Seahawks 31: The dreadful week for RG Austin Blythe and the Rams went above football. Losing to New Orleans quickly took a backseat. There was a mass shooting at a bar that killed 12 people just miles from the Rams’ practice facility. The community did not have much time to mourn before Southern California broke out into wildfires. The Rams decided to cancel practice as many coaches and players were evacuated from their homes.

“We just felt like the most important thing was for the guys to be with their families, their wives and their kids and be that support structure and do things the right way and not have them come in and be totally distracted like I know I would be if I was in their role,” says head coach Sean McVay.

It may have just been a win, but it was a good distraction for a reeling community.

Chiefs 26, Cardinals 14: Although active, The Chiefs decided to sideline LB Anthony Hitchens, who is battling a rib injury. Next man in: another Iowa LB in Ben Niemann. The undrafted rookie received his first start and led the team with six tackles. The Chiefs move to 9-1.

“I was still on four phases of special teams,” says Niemann. “So I got a little tired out there. But it was good. You want to play. You want to play as many snaps as possible.”

Packers 31, Dolphins 12: RT Bryan Bulaga was back after sustaining a knee injury last week and played all 57 snaps. The o-line allowed two costly sacks, but propelled RB Aaron Jones to 145 yards on just 15 carries, a 9.7-yard average.

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On defense, CB Josh Jackson had the second most tackles on the team with seven, while DE Mike Daniels added three tackles.

The Packers have a quick turnaround, playing at Seattle on Thursday Night Football. And, Bulaga is not exactly excited about it.

Bills 41, Jets 10: Buffalo ended their 18-year playoff drought last year, but have been one of the worst in 2018. It hasn’t been fun for the Bills, but they were able to smile on Sunday. S Micah Hyde had two tackles and his first interception on the season, which he returned for 16 yards.

Browns 28, Falcons 16: Cleveland won without LB Christian Kirksey, who is out for the season with a pulled hamstring. He’s still as optimistic as ever and continues to help lead the Browns.

Chargers 20, Raiders 6: CB Desmond King continues to play shut down defense as he collected three tackles against the Raiders. The Chargers have not allowed a team to score 20-plus since week four. Many believe he is the defensive MVP for Los Angeles, which is saying a lot for a 7-2 team. He is certainly on his way to Pro Bowl honors.

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Giants 27, 49ers 23: George Kittle continues to be a top tight end in the NFL and hauled in nine of 10 targets for 83 yards, both were game highs.

After being cut by the 49ers two weeks ago, San Francisco resigned CB Greg Mabin. He did not play on Monday Night Football.

Byes: Broncos (Josey Jewell), Vikings (Jaleel Johnson, Riley Reiff) and Ravens (Marshal Yanda)

HawkeyeNation.com’s Week 10 Game Ball:

His six tackles may not look like a lot in the stat book to receive the week 10 game ball, but Ben Niemann deserves it. The undrafted rookie made a huge impact for a team that is hunting for home field advantage in the playoffs. Niemann helped limit the Arizona offense to 14, playing all special teams and defensive snaps. The K.C. offense has not needed much help this year, but they did on Sunday and Niemann and the defense came through.

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HawkeyeNation.com Game Balls:

Week 1: George Kittle, 49ers

Week 2: Josh Jackson, Packers

Week 3: Christian Kirksey, Browns

Week 4: C.J. Beathard, 49ers

Week 5: Christian Kirksey, Browns

Week 6: Desmond King, Chargers

Week 7: Jaleel Johnson, Vikings

Week 8: Brandon Scherff, Redskins

Week 9: Desmond King, Chargers

Week 10: Ben Niemann, Chiefs

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