With Anthony Gonzalez on a bye this week, Ted Ginn a bust (but also on a bye) and Santonio Holmes facing off against the NFL's best defense, it was a bad week for offensive Buckeye NFLer's.
However, the defensive side of the Buckeyes stepped up and staged a battle for 11W NFLer of the week. Chris Gamble recorded 7 tackles to help Carolina pull off a victory and keep pace with Tampa Bay for first place in the NFC South. Ashton Youboty and Donte Whitner combined for 8 tackles and a sack in a victory over St. Louis, to help improve Buffalo to 4-0.
Shawn Springs helped Washington improve to 3-1 by holding Terrel Owens to 7 catches for 71 yards and The Gun Show quadrupled his season total with 4 tackles in a 56-35 home win against Arizona. But the biggest defensive performance was turned in by Will "Summertime" Smith, earning him this week's prestigious award.
Smith was credited with only 2 tackles, but his sack and forced fumble on 49er's QB J.T. O'Sullivan early in the second quarter kick started New Orleans en route to their 31-17 victory. With the Saints trailing 3-0, Smith broke loose for the sack and forced fumble, resulting in a Jonathan Vilma recovery. Six plays later, Westerville South's Lance Moore caught his first of two touchdowns on the day, putting N.O. up for good.
Smith's agent A voice in my head released the following statement on behalf of Smith:
"It is an honor to win this 11W award. I thought I was overlooked a couple of times last year and this is a huge pride factor amongst the Buckeye NFLer's, but I was also happy our team got the victory."