Hawks in the NFL: Week 11

November 20, 2018

Written by Sean Neugent

Rest is best. Several former Iowa players were able to take a breather and watch the Hawkeyes destroy Illinois on Saturday. For guys like TE George Kittle, the bye week came at a good time as he has been banged up the last few weeks.

Statistically speaking, week 11 was flat. But, there was some controversy stirred up by former Hawkeye offensive lineman Marshal Yanda of the Ravens and James Daniels of the Bears.

All this and more in Hawks in the NFL: Week 11.

Let’s span the NFL:

Los Angeles 54, Kansas City 51: The highest scoring game in the history of Monday Night Football means the defenses did not exactly do their jobs. However, the Chiefs turned the ball over five times so a big part of that is on the offense too. LB Anthony Hitchens had six total tackles and a forced fumble, while rookie LB Ben Niemann added a tackle.

Seattle 27, Green Bay 24: DE Mike Daniels injured his foot during Thursday Night Football and is reportedly out for a few weeks. It comes as a major blow to an already beat up Packers team. Daniels did not record any stats prior to the injury.

CB Josh Jackson finished with two tackles for Green Bay. The rookie also allowed a six-yard touchdown by WR Doug Baldwin, who beat Jackson on a corner route.

Baltimore 24, Cincinnati 21: OL Marshal Yanda may have spit on a guy. Yes, you read that correctly. But, the Ravens have denied Yanda did this. There are mixed reactions to this, so you be the judge:

The incident was reminiscent of the Seinfeld episode “The magic loogie”.

Chicago 25, Minnesota 20: After a stellar 2017, LT Riley Reiff has had his fair share of struggles this season. On Sunday Night Football, he had a tough test to block Defensive Player of the Year favorite DE Khalil Mack in a crucial game with divisional ramifications. Reiff was beaten repeatedly throughout.

“I think it’s easy to throw blame on one group when there was a lot of things that happened in the course of that ballgame,” says Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. “Our offensive line is fighting their rear ends off, so I’m not going to place blame on them.”

Down 14-3 in the fourth, Vikings DT Jaleel Johnson stripped RB Tarik Cohen for his first career forced fumble. Harrison Smith recovered it and the Vikings would push the game closer with a field goal.

For Chicago, OL James Daniels did not make Iowa fans very pleased. When the starters introduced themselves to NBC viewers, Daniels said Warren G. Harding High School rather than the University of Iowa. Hawkeye fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure. Personally, I doubt he meant any disrespect to Iowa and I wouldn’t think or worry too much about it.

Brother and former Hawk RB LeShun Daniels enjoyed it though:

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Denver 23, Los Angeles 22: This was a tough loss for the Chargers who are chasing Kansas City to win the division. Fortunately, the Chiefs lost, so they remain a game back with six remaining.

The Desmond King-led defense, which has been stout all season, faltered late against division-rival Broncos. The Chargers were up 19-7 in the third quarter before allowing a few scores and ultimately losing on a last second Brandon McManus field goal. King had two tackles. He also returned three kicks for 70 yards.

For the Broncos, rookie LB Josey Jewell made five tackles and defended one pass, but also gave up a touchdown to TE Antonio Gates.

Houston 23, Washington 21: After a promising start to the season, the Redskins are spiraling. One thing is for sure: they deeply miss RG Brandon Scherff, who has been one of the best offensive lineman in 2018. He was lost for the season a few weeks ago and Washington hasn’t been the same since. Sunday was even darker. Starting QB Alex Smith was carted off and will join Scherff on the sidelines for the rest of the year.

Byes: 49ers (C.J. Beathard, George Kittle, Greg Mabin), Bills (Micah Hyde, Ike Boettger), Browns (Christian Kirksey, Carl Davis), Patriots (Adrian Clayborn, James Ferentz, Matt Tobin)

HawkeyeNation.com’s Week 11 Game Ball:

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With several Hawks on a bye, we will take a break from awarding any individual the game ball for week 11.

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

Week 11: Bye Week

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