Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Across the Shield follows those who once wore Scarlet and Gray on their journeys through the NFL.
BUCKEYE ON BUCKEYE CRIME
Vonn Bell's best play of the night, unfortunately, came at the expense of another Buckeye. In the Saints' 12-10 win over Dallas, Bell stripped former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot on a critical 4th and 1 play before the end of the half.
FUMBLE— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) September 30, 2019
Saints Vonn Bell strips the ball from Zeke on a Dallas 4th and 1 attempt
New Orleans force their 2nd turnover of the 2nd Q
Causing the fumble is a new trick for the fourth-year safety. If you remember last week, Bell took back a fumble caused by Eli Apple all the way back for six against the Seahawks. And it Sunday's win against the Cowboys, Bell recovered Jason Witten's fumble midway through the second quarter.
Bell wasn't the only Buckeye who stood out for the Saints, though.
Lattimore Locks it Down
It's been a rough season so far for Marshon Lattimore.
Entering week four, Lattimore had allowed 214 yards against him, most among corners in the league.
Still, the former defensive rookie of the year was tasked with guarding the Cowboys' number-one receiver Amari Cooper, a receiver regarded as one of the best route runners in the league.
Lattimore made him a nonfactor.
Cooper, who had found the end zone in each of Dallas' first three games, was held to a mere five catches for 48 yards and zero touchdowns. All in part to the daunting coverage by Lattimore.
Marshon Lattimore had struggled some this season, but he had two big pass break-ups tonight on third down targets to Amari Cooper.— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) September 30, 2019
The second break-up in the fourth quarter was also a good play by Cam Jordan to take away the scramble from Dak. pic.twitter.com/ug7RI2Aw8r
The Saints beat the undefeated Cowboys without even scoring a touchdown, and Lattimore was a big reason why.
John Simon makes his presence known
The Patriots defense is scary and John Simon was a boogeyman on Sunday.
The seventh-year player finished with six tackles, five quarterback pressures and a sack in New England's 16-10 win over Buffalo.
Great play by Michael Bennett & John Simon here (play before the clinching Collins INT). Simon gets loose on the edge and goes untouched on his way to Barkley and Bennett does a great job tipping this pass down. Looks like Zay Jones had some open field ahead of him too #Patriots pic.twitter.com/sCCbaHJJLX— Ryan Spagnoli (@Ryan_Spags) September 30, 2019
Simon's bounced around the league since being drafted by Baltimore in 2013. After stops in Houston and Indianapolis, he may have found a home with the Patriots.
Keep your head up, Dwayne
Not every Buckeye had a good game on Sunday.
After an abysmal start to its season, Washington finally looked to the future on Sunday when it put in first-round pick Dwayne Haskins against the Giants.
Haskins was drafted 15th overall with the hopes that he would turn things around in the Capitol, but these things take time.
The rookie was 9/17 with 107 yards but had three interceptions on the day. It's not like anyone on the roster would have done much better, but you have to wonder what is Washington's plan for developing the young quarterback.
The good thing is Dwayne's keeping his head up.
Dwayne Haskins is confident better days are ahead for himself and the Redskins. pic.twitter.com/IM7Ngauwnc— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 29, 2019
He'll have many, many more chances in the spotlight.
|SAM HUBBARD||BENGALS||DL||MONDAY NIGHT|
|MICHAEL JORDAN||BENGALS||OL||MONDAY NIGHT|
|BILLY PRICE||BENGALS||OL||MONDAY NIGHT|
|JOEY BOSA||CHARGERS||DL||3 TACKLES, 0.5 SACKS|
|DARRON LEE||CHIEFS||LB||1 TACKLE|
|MALIK HOOKER||COLTS||S||OUT 4-6 WEEKS|
|PARRIS CAMPBELL||COLTS||WR||5 CATCHES, 25 YARDS|
|EZEKIEL ELLIOTT||COWBOYS||RB||18 CARRIES, 35 YARDS, 1 TOUCHDOWN|
|RAEKWON MCMILLAN||DOLPHINS||LB||8 TACKLES, 4 SOLO|
|JEROME BAKER||DOLPHINS||LB||6 TACKLES|
|CAMERON JOHNSTON||EAGLES||P||4 PUNTS, 167 YARDS, 3 INSIDE 20|
|MALCOLM JENKINS||EAGLES||S||4 TACKLES, 3 SOLO|
|KENDALL SHEFFIELD||FALCONS||CB||1 TACKLE|
|CURTIS SAMUEL||PANTHERS||WR||3 RECEPTIONS, 32 YARDS|
|JOHN SIMON||PATRIOTS||DL||6 TACKLES, 5 TACKLES, 1 SACK|
|GAREON CONLEY||RAIDERS||CB||5 TACKLES, 1 PASS DEFLECTION|
|DWAYNE HASKINS||REDSKINS||QB||9/17, 107 YARDS, 3 INT|
|ELI APPLE||SAINTS||CB||3 SOLO TACKLES|
|VONN BELL||SAINTS||S||10 TACKLES, 7 SOLO, 1 FORCED FUMBLE, 1 PASS DEFLECTION|
|TED GINN JR.||SAINTS||WR||3 RECEPTIONS, 19 YARDS|
|MICHAEL THOMAS||SAINTS||WR||9 RECEPTIONS FOR 95 YARDS|
|MARSHON LATTIMORE||SAINTS||CB||4 TACKLES, 2 PASS DEFENSES|
|NICK VANNETT||STEELERS||TE||MONDAY NIGHT|
|CAMERON HEYWARD||STEELERS||DL||MONDAY NIGHT|
|BRADLEY ROBY||TEXANS||CB||2 TACKLES, 1 PASS DEFENDED|
|CARLOS HYDE||TEXANS||RB||12 CARRIES, 58 YARDS|
|NICK BOSA||49ERS||DL||BYE WEEK|