The Houndie: Week 10

By Jason Priestas on November 16, 2010 at 2:00p

The Houndie is an award formerly known as the Buckeye NFLer of the Week.  After two years of existence, we searched for a catchier name, so with the help of a well placed typo and the ensuing 11W comments, the current title came to be.

This was the last weekend for byes in the NFL and through nine games, we're starting to find out which teams will be making a run into the playoff and which teams will be playing things out for a top draft pick.  The Jets, Falcons and Patriots appear to belong to the former group, while the Browns at 3-6 and the Bengals at 2-7 (including a fresh six-game losing streak) are slotted in the latter.

Fresh off a season-ender for the Colts' Anthony Gonzalez, kicker Mike Nugent was lost for the season after tearing his ACL in a 23-17 Bengals loss to the Colts in Indy.  Prior to the injury, Nuge hit a 27-yard field goal and was 2/2 on extra points, but you can't not feel for a guy who was just starting to emerge as a kicker in the NFL. In other injury news, Arizona running back Beanie Wells was inactive, but you're probably not too surprised by that.

Last night, the Buckeye Twitterverse was alive with commentary on Kurt Coleman's first career start as a Philadelphia Eagle. The former OSU captain turned in a strong performance, finishing with 4 solo tackles and a huge early interception that helped spark the Eagles to a 59-28 stomping of the Washington Redskins.  Can someone tell me again how this kid slid to the 7th round?  On the other side of the ball, Joey Galloway, 17 years Coleman's senior, was held without a catch on the evening.

In Buffalo, the Bills held off the lowly Lions for their first win of the season. Donte Whitner had six solo tackles to help spur Buffalo's defense, while Bobby Carpenter recorded one tackle and one assist for the Lions in the loss.

Unable to capture any Penn State-related mojo this weekend, former two-way stud Chris Gamble finished with a tackle and an assist in a 31-16 Carolina loss at the hands of Tampa Bay.  It's been a rather quiet year for Gamble, who is stil in search of his first interception of the season.  Meanwhile, Antoine Winfield, another former OSU defensive back, recorded five tackles in a loss to Chicago. Like fine wine, Winfield seems to coming on with age.  Rounding out the former members of Ohio State's secondary, Donald Washington continued to prove he belongs in the NFL with a two tackle performance in Kansas City's blowout loss at the hands of Denver.

Former Buckeye receivers had a nice weekend with Brian Hartline catching five balls for 98 yards in Miami's 29-17 win over Tennessee and Santonio Holmes chipping in five receptions for 76 yards, including the game-winning touchdown over the Browns.  The receptions and yardage numbers were both season highs for Hartline, who continues to prove many of us wrong by putting up numbers in the NFL.

The biggest game in the NFL over the weekend from a Buckeye perspective was unquestionably the 49ers overtime victory over the Rams in San Francisco.  Featuring a combined eight former Ohio State players on the two rosters, the Rams got defensive contributions from Na'il Diggs (three solo tackles) and James Laurinaitis (three solo tackles, two assists and a sack), while the 49ers got six tackles out of defensive back Nate Clements (Clements also had an early interception return negated by penalty) and three kick returns for 42 yards from Ted Ginn Jr.  The star of the game, however, was San Francisco quarterback Troy Smith.

Earning his second win for the 49ers in as many starts, Smith went 17/28 for 356 yards and a touchdown strike to Michael Crabtree to put the Niners up with just over two minutes to play.  The pass was vintage Smith as he was pressured and rolling to his left before finding Crabtree between two defenders in the endzone.  Prior to that, Smith completed passes to Frank Gore to convert both a 3rd-and-32 and a 4th-and-18.  Later, when the Rams tied the game with a late field goal, Smith hung in the pocket with a pass rusher on his back to deliver a throw to Delanie Walker which drew a pass interference call, moving the Niners into position for Joe Nedney to kick the game-winner.  He was making plays, having fun and inspiring his teammates for the first time since November of 2006 and Bay area fans finally have something to look forward to on Sundays.

With incumbent Alex Smith set to return, San Francisco coach Mike Singletary has yet to name a starter for next weekend's game but if he knows what's best for his team, he'll tab this week's Houndie winner to lead the 49ers again.


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Matt's picture

Ozzie Newsome, general manager of Baltimore Ravens, told Coach Tressel that Troy Smith was the best natural leader he's ever encountered.  Somehow, that's not surprising.  Congrats to T-Smith on his second straight houndie.

RoweTrain's picture

If I'm not mistaken, I do believe he was named the starter for this week's game against Tampa Bay.

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

"As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football." ~ B. Miller

Colin's picture

Just heard on 97.1 the fan that Cinci signed Aaron Pettrey to replace Nugent...they like Ohio State's kickers

iball's picture

Thats just d-bag Mike Browns ploy to help put butts in seats for the rest of the Bungles losing season. No offense to Pettrey. Next thing you know he'll sign Ray Small or something. I hate the NFL.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

DarthSweaterVest's picture

Yes, Troy officially named starter against Tampa Bay.  Singletary would have to be an epic moron to even think about anyone else after the last two games.

costinjr's picture

With Coleman now starting after a late round draft pick, Washington actually playing, and players like Tebow (even though it makes me want to vomit), McCoy and now Smith being given opportunities, and delivering, I would love to read a piece about 1st round busters (Harrington), and those who were absolute passionate winners in college being completely overlooked in the pros.   It seems like technique, size, and vertical speed always come before natural ability, and competitive  nature to win. 

DarthSweaterVest's picture

I don't know why people get caught up so much in measurables instead of football ability.  If the dude can play in college, why not give him a shot in the pros, even if he isn't tall enough and doesn't run a 4.3 40 on a track, without pads, in a sprinter stance.  How often does that happen on a field.

RBuck's picture

Pre-Presser report from Tim May:

Long live the southend.

dirty6's picture

I have to disagree on Donald Washington. I watched that game (I live in exile in Kansas) and d-wash got burned early and often. I was excited to hear he was going to get the start due to 2 KC safeties being injured, but it was only a few series into the game that he had been benched for the emergency reserve placement the chiefs signed just this week (some dude who started two games for them last year when their defense was even worse than this year). I really hope he gets it all put together but I don't think this week's game earned him any more playing time.