Buckeyes in the NFL, Week 11: Herron Recovery Shifts Momentum, Pryor in Danger of Losing Job?

By Mike Young on November 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

The Indianapolis Colts were coming off a horrible loss to the Rams. Doubling down on their woes, they fell behind to the Titans. A former Buckeye running back put them in a position to complete a comeback. 

An ex-teammate of his might not get a chance to reclaim a starting job, after injuring his knee. Bears receiver Brandon Marshall added insult to the city of Detroit's injuries. One brave Buckeye stood up for the city, despite the inherent contempt for that state. 

Plus, Eleven Warriors has stats from all former Buckeyes in the NFL.

herron jumps on fumble in colts comeback 

The Colts buried themselves again. Leave it up to Daniel "Boom" Herron to help dig them out. 

In the first quarter of their last three games, Indianapolis has been outscored 35-0. They trailed Tennessee, 14-0, before starting a rally. A 6:27 drive to open the second half resulted in a touchdown that pulled them back within four. The ensuing kickoff was Herron's time to shine. 

Herron jumped on a Devon Wylie fumble, setting up the Colts on the Titans 20-yard line. The wild swing in momentum caused Tennessee's win probability to drop by twenty percent

That was before Andrew Luck struck with a quick completion and an 11-yard touchdown run. Indianapolis went on to win, 30-27, and now leads the AFC South by three games. 

Mcgloin steps in, creates potential QB controversy

He fell victim to the "Pick Six University" curse in their only matchup, but Matt McGloin is now getting the better of Raiders teammate Terrelle Pryor.

McGloin started in place of the injured Pryor and led Oakland to a 28-23 victory over Houston. Pryor was inactive after suffering an MCL sprain in last week's lost to the Giants.

The ex-Penn State quarterback threw three touchdown passes, while failing to turn the ball over. In his last four games, Pryor has thrown four interceptions.

Not only has Pryor struggled to hold on to the ball, but he hasn't done much through the air. McGloin threw as many TDs Sunday as Pryor did in his last 5 games. 

The one thing working in Pryor's favor is his running ability, which has certainly translated well to the professional level. He currently leads the NFL – by a wide margin – with a 7.4 yards per carry average. Still, the Raiders didn't seem like they missed his legs, as Rashad Jennings ran for 150 yards.

After the game, Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported the team was "extremely impressed" by McGloin. He also told us not to be surprised if McGloin starts next week – even over a healthy Pryor. 

A.J. Hawk has a lovely face, but he needs to keep his lid on

Sims steps up for detroit

Apparently our pervasive "We Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan" notion does not apply to one former Buckeye. 

Lions offensive lineman Rob Sims took on Brandon Marshall, after the Bears wide receiver went after the city of Detroit with some bankruptcy smack

"It's the little brother that, big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying, [saying], 'Hey, can I go?'" Marshall told ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "No, you can't go, Detroit Lions. Sit back. Sit in your little city. Fix your financial problems and all of that, you know. You can't come with us right now."

Sims proudly defended the city. He even avoided the "scoreboard" retort, despite the Lions victory, last Sunday. 

"If you want to go after somebody, we standing right here," Sims said. "We ain't running from nobody. The city and what it's going through, there's no reason to attack that. That's a different situation. A lot of people are hurting off that, so there's no reason for him to come at that."

Highlight of the week

Will Allen interceptions always make us emotional. Even though he's now helping out the most obnoxious and obnoxiously spoiled fan base in the NFL, he sill gets credit for making big plays at the next level. In addition to Sunday's pick, he led Pittsburgh with nine tackles in their win over Detroit. 

How ex-Buckeyes Fared During Week 10 

Player team position stats/Notes
Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers OT Lining up at Tight End in short yardage situations 
Will Allen Pittsburgh Steelers S "Frenchie" with 9 tackles and 1 interception in win
Jake Ballard Arizona Cardinals TE 1 rec, 29 yds in win over Jaguars
Alex Boone San Francisco 49ers OG Team held under 200 yds of total offense in loss
Michael Brewster Jacksonville Jaguars OL Started second straight game at left guard in loss
Chimdi Chekwa Oakland Raiders CB 2 tackles and reunited with DeVier Posey in win
Kurt Coleman Philadelphia Eagles DB Universally praised for forcing a fumble in win
Jim Cordle New York Giants C Giants o-line still struggling but team is rolling 
Nate Ebner New England Patriots DB Suit game = strong in preparation for Panthers
Reid Fragel Cleveland Browns OT Inactive in loss to Bengals
Ted Ginn Jr. Carolina Panthers WR Panthers play tonight vs Patriots 
Johnathan Hankins New York Giants DT 1 tackle, 1 QB hit in win over Packers
Brian Hartline Miami Dolphins WR 5 rec, 65 yds, a couple "disappointing" drops
Ben Hartsock Carolina Panthers TE Panthers play tonight vs Patriots 
A.J. Hawk Green Bay Packers LB 6 tackles, 1 sack in loss to Giants, lost his helmet
Boom Herron  Indianapolis Colts RB Key fumble recovery in win over Titans  
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers DE 6 tackles, 2 pass deflections in win over Lions 
Santonio Holmes New York Jets WR Active for first time since week four, 2 rec, 71 yds
Malcolm Jenkins New Orleans Saints S Returns from knee injury, 2 tackles
James Laurinaitis St. Louis Rams LB Rams on bye week 
Nick Mangold New York Jets C Jets ran the ball well, surrendered four sacks in loss
Jake McQuaide St. Louis Rams LS Rams on bye week 
Mike Nugent Cincinnati Bengals K 2 FGs, 5 XPs in drubbing of poor Browns 
Ryan Pickett Green Bay Packers DT Limited in practice all week, active in game
DeVier Posey Houston Texans WR 1 rec, 5 yds in loss to Raiders
Terrelle Pryor Oakland Raiders QB Inactive due to MCL sprain. McGloin throws 3 TDs
Brian Robiskie Atlanta Falcons WR Inactive again in loss to Buccaneers 
Dane Sanzenbacher Cincinnati Bengals WR No stats, but offers thoughts on NCAA
John Simon Baltimore Ravens LB Inactive in loss to Bears
Rob Sims Detroit Lions OG Verbal spar with Brandon Marshall before loss to PIT
Jake Stoneburner Green Bay Packers TE Active in loss to Giants
Donte Whitner San Francisco 49ers S 3 tackles, 2 pass deflections, 1 TFL in loss to Saints 

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