The Houndie: Week 12

By Corey Carpenter on November 30, 2010 at 8:00a

The Houndie is an award formerly known as the Buckeye NFLer of the Week.  After 2 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 was created.

With just 5 games left in the regular season, 12 teams in both leagues still have a shot at a post season spot, but the elite teams are starting to rise to the top. The Patriots, Jets, Ravens and Steelers are clearly the 4 best teams in the AFC and all of them happen to face off against each other in the night games of week 13. Sunday will see Pittsburgh travel to Baltimore and Monday has New York going to New England. While in the NFC, my Bears took a step towards legitimacy and still sit a game behind the Falcons for home field.

Turkey Day saw Buckeyes all over the field in the two later games, with the Saints, Jets and Bengals all playing. The Jets came into Cincinnati and handed the Bengals their 8th straight loss, 26-10. Santonio Holmes continued his hot streak, catching 5 balls for 44 yards and a 13 yard TD in the third quarter, marking the third straight game in which he has found pay dirt. The Jets used their ground game, behind Mangold and Hartstock to the tune of 170 yards and over 33 minutes with the ball. Unfortunately, Vernon Gholston was left out of the box score once again, but was seen running around the field.

I failed to mention the pro debut of Aaron Pettrey last week for the Bungels, as he went 1 of 2, with 4 XP’s in their loss to Buffalo. This week he fared the same in the FG department, making from 28 and missing a chip shot from 27, which would have tied it at 10 early in the third.

In perhaps the best game of the day, Atlanta held off Green Bay, 20-17, nailing a 47 yard FG with 9 seconds left, after the Pack tied it up with just under a minute left. Michael Jenkins had a quiet day with 3 catches for 23 yards, while A.J. Hawk had 4 solo stops and 2 assists, with Ryan Pickett chipping in with an assist for the Packers.


In other receiver news, Brian Robiskie had his best game as a pro, snagging 7 catches for 50 yards in the Browns 24-23 win over Carolina. On the other side, Chris Gamble is making waves in the Panther organization and not in a good way. He was demoted earlier on Tuesday for a guy named Captain Munnerlyn and didn’t show up to practice Wednesday. He saw about 30 snaps Sunday and failed to make a tackle or pick off a pass, which marks the 14th straight game he hasn’t had one. His contract balloons to over 6.75 million next year, so this might be a situation to keep an eye on the next few weeks.

Staying with defense, Antoine Winfield had 4 solos and an assist in Minnesota’s crucial 17-13 win over Washington, while Mike Vrabel chipped in with 2 total tackles in KC’s 42-24 win over Seattle. For St. Louis, the Buckeye linebackers combined for 7 total tackles in the Rams’ huge 36-33 win in Denver. The win put St. Louis in a first place tie with Seattle.

I have to give special mention to Donte Whitner in the Bills narrow 19-16 OT loss to the Steelers. Whitner was credited with 8 solo tackles and 10 assists, as the Bills played their third overtime game of the season. He now has 104 tackles on the year (tying his career high) and currently sits 4th in the league for total tackles, 17 ahead of the nearest DB.    

In Monday night's action, the field was littered with Buckeyes, as 11W favorite Chucky loved pointing out all night. The game started off with a bang, Teddy getting a good return, Beanie fumbling and Troy throwing a TD strike on the next play, but the 49ers turned to their running game and Arizona has no offense what soever, so it lagged in the second half. On the night, Troy ended up 11/23 for 129, a TD and a pick (though probably not his fault, Crabtree doesn't like running over the middle). Ginn looked good on his returns, averaging 31 yards on 2 kickoffs and 27 on 2 punts, while also catching 1 ball for 11 yards. The 49ers use a ton of zone coverage on defense, so even though Nate Clements numbers are down, he is still an effective tackler, ending the night with 3 solo stops. Then there's Beanie, who looked healthy when he held on to the ball, but just doesn't get enough touches. As mentioned, he fumbled his first attempt (given to Derek Anderson though), then caught a 43 yard bomb over Takeo Spikes and only had 5 rushing attempts the rest of the evening, for 13 yards.

This week's Houndie though is a first. The second game on Thanksgiving was the Saints at the Cowboys and if you weren't comatose from your dinner, then you saw a sweet performance from Will Smith and Malcolm Jenkins. Smith got it going with a pick on the Cowboys first possession, setting up a FG and a 10-0 lead. Then on the first play of the 4th quarter, Smith sacked and forced a fumble on Jon Kitna. Smith was also credited with 3 solo tackles on the day, as was Jenkins, who also added an assist, but it was Malcolm's last tackle that was the highlight of the weekend in my mind. With Dallas up 27-23, Roy Williams was streaking towards a long TD catch, but Jenkins tracked him down and stripped the ball from him at the NO 11. The Saints would need just 4 plays to take it 89 yards for the winnng TD and crush the minimal hopes of Cowboy Nation. I think Sean Payton said it best: 

"The play that Malcolm Jenkins makes late is an effort play, a heart play, and it's one of those plays that really inspires everyone on the team," Payton said. "It was a gut-check win."

Though we almost gave it to Malcolm flat out after Smith's weekend disgression, this marks the first time a pair of teammates have won the award.


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Buckeye Black's picture

What did Will Smith do this past weekend?

btalbert25's picture

I believe he was arrested for a domestic violence incident that involved him pulling his wife down the road by her hair.  That is the story I heard on the radio the other morning.

Corey Carpenter's picture

Will Smith and his wife got into an argument outside a night club at 2am. She says is was a misunderstanding and no charges will be filed.

OHIOST1087's picture

I wish there was some kinda of stat that indicates that the QB did not throw this int, rather it was tipped or deflected off an opposing defender and/or a receivers hand. Such was the case last night with Troy's Int. It deflected right off of Crabtree's hands and into the arms of the defensive back, thus crediting Troy with an Int. when clearly it was not Troys fault. We see this all the time in football (in both NCAA and NFL). I feel bad for Smith b/c now his haters/critics will say he's thrown 2 Ints when he's only thrown one and this may affect his TD to Int ratio down the road. At least Crabtree, one of the best hands in the league, usually doesn't let those mistakes happen so hopefully next time and throughout he'll complete the catch.

btalbert25's picture

Crabtree was totally to blame for that.  Gruden pretty much called him out on that play and said you have to make that catch.  Crabtree dropped another one earlier in the game too.  That 38 yard TD pass though, wow there just aren't many QB's who can pull that one off.

tampa buckeye's picture

The only stat im worried about for troy is 3-1. He's playing well enough to win ball games and thats what its all about making a play when you need one.

BigRedBuckeye's picture

Troy looked good last night, the INT was in no way his fault, and his receivers seem to have been watching game film of 2010 Devier Posey. Lots of drops.

And I know everyone here and elsewhere has termed Ted Ginn a flop, and while that may be true at WR, the dude can return kicks and I think he will stay in the League a long time in that role. 

Nate Clements also looked fantastic every time the play came to him, and he had the announcers singing his praises repeatedly. 

And though the MNF team isn't my favorite, I did enjoy how much homage they paid to Ohio State throughout the first half, thanks to those 3 plus Beanie all playing in the game. Too bad Beanie couldn't have a better night, though that was a nice catch he made for 43 yards. 

And we'll drink to old Ohio, 'Til we wobble in our shoes! 

Corey Carpenter's picture

I was thinking last night that this Monday Night crew is probably my favorite of all-time. I love how Gruden and Jaws break things down in a manner even I can understand.

I think Troy has gone a long way in securing this starting role and he looks comfortable with his teammates. He'll learn the system and let's hope his limited knowledge doesn't prohibit him from winning more games once teams figure him out. The crazy thing is they are only 1 game out of first and still play Seattle, St. Louis and Arizona again. If he leads them back to a playoff spot, he is on his way to becoming a cult hero out there.

I hear you on Ted Ginn, but being drafted 9th overall, you better be more than a kick returner.

blazers34's picture

my only issue is that Gruden constantly sings EVERYONES praises.  Everyone is the best or the greatest.....

JakeBuckeye's picture


Buckeye_Mafia's picture

That was a bitter-swet loss for me last night. I am a Cardinals fan through and through, but I loved seeing Troy, Teddy, and Clements all have great games for the 49ers. And as that interception shouldn't be credited to Troy, the fumble on Arizona's first drive should not have been credited to Beanie. Derek Anderson did a piss poor job handing that ball off to Beanie on that play. It should be credited to Anderson. And it was nice to hear analysts give credit where credit is due in that tOSU gets great players and turns them into extraordinary men on and off the field. Minus a few, of course.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

RBuck's picture

Speaking of Derek Anderson, he kind of lost it in a post game interview.

Long live the southend.

Dean's picture


Reporter:"Why were you laughing?"



I don't think he's bright enough to understand the question.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Dude. Anderson is garbage. As tenured as he is, one would think he would handle a lot of things better. Including his actual play on the the field. A lot of Cardinal fans were pissed during and after the game when we saw that. No one on that team should have been laughing or smiling after they were humbled, yet again.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama