Across The Shield: Justin Fields is Hurt, Joey Bosa and Cameron Heyward Battle in Primetime and Eli Apple, Sam Hubbard Get Key Takeaways for Bengals

By Matt Gutridge on November 23, 2021 at 9:20 am
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NBC's Sunday Night Football aired another wild game as the Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers combined for 51 second-half points.

Joey Bosa and Cameron Heyward represented Ohio State with strong performances for their respective teams. In a high-scoring affair, Bosa and Heyward both held their own on the defensive front.

With under five minutes to play in the game, Heyward and the Steelers trailed the Los Angeles Chargers, 34-27. The Chargers were facing 2nd-and-10 on their own 25-yard line when Heyward made his play of the game. 

Justin Herbert tried to connect with Keenan Allen for a short pass to the left, but Heyward deflected the ball high into the air. Cam Sutton made the interception and returned the ball to the Chargers' 11-yard line. Three plays later, the game was tied 34-34.

The momentum was fully on the side of the Steelers after Heyward and the defense stopped the Chargers on a fourth-and-1 run at the L.A. 34-yard line. Pittsburgh took advantage of the field position as Chris Boswell booted a 45-yard field goal to give the Steelers a 37-34 lead with 3:29 remaining in the game.

However, the Chargers answered with a three-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with Mike Williams' 53-yard touchdown reception.  

With Los Angeles up four points with just over two minutes to play, Bosa and the Chargers knew the immobile Ben Roethlisberger was likely in pass mode. Following a sack on first down, the Steelers were facing 2nd-and-18 when Bosa pinned his ears back and brought Roethlisberger down for an 11-yard sack. 

Bosa's big play put the ball at the Pittsburgh six-yard line and essentially put the win on ice for the Chargers.

Fields hurt

The Chicago Bears lost for the fifth straight time and making matters worse, Justin Fields was knocked out of the game with a rib injury. Fields was hurt on a six-yard run during the Bears' opening drive of the second half. Linebacker Tyus Bowser of the Baltimore Ravens delivered the tackle that knocked him out of the game.

Before the injury, Fields completed four of 11 passing attempts for 79 yards in the 16-13 loss to the Ravens. When asked if Fields would play against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, Bears' coach Matt Nagy said, “I don't know any of that right now. I've got to see exactly what type of injury he has.”

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Fields is not believed to have suffered a major injury but is unlikely to play against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving due to the quick turnaround.

Scary Terry touchdown

Heading into the battle between the Washington Football Team and the Carolina Panthers, much of the talk centered around the reunion of Ron Rivera and Cam Newton. The talk after the game was about the play of Terry McLaurin.

Scary Terry truly was that for the secondary of the Panthers. McLaurin had an incredible 12-yard touchdown catch and added receptions of 39 and 30 yards against Carolina's best defensive back, Donte Jackson.

McLaurin's touchdown catch came with nine seconds left in the first half. He finished the day with five catches for 103 yards and the impressive score, and could have finished with more yards and another touchdown had Taylor Heinicke thrown a better ball in the fourth quarter. The Washington Football Team improved to 4–6 to remain alive for a playoff spot with the win.

Bosa sets personal sack record

Nick Bosa recorded two of the San Francisco 49ers’ three sacks against Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars. A year removed from tearing his ACL, Bosa already has a career-high 10 sacks for the season.

Bosa was able to fight through a chokehold by Jawaan Taylor to record his fifth multi-sack game of his career.

Bosa and the 49ers’ defense held the Jaguars to 54 rushing yards and 158 passing yards in their 30-10 win.

Trey Sermon had his first action at running back since he had one carry against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 10. He responded with 32 yards on 10 carries and also had a 23-yard catch.

After the loss, Urban Meyer said, “You get your (butt) kicked and there's going to be a day where we don't get our (butt) kicked here. That's coming, and I know that guy's (Trevor Lawrence) going to be part of it.”

The Jaguars have lost 14 straight games to NFC opponents and will try to end that streak against Atlanta on Sunday.

Denzel Ward with a pick

Points were at a premium in a game that ended in a 13-10 victory for the Cleveland Browns. Denzel Ward's second interception was a key factor in the Browns getting a win over a team from the state up north to start rivalry week.

Ward's interception came in the third quarter when Tim Boyle of the Detroit Lions attempted to hit Josh Reynolds with a deep pass. Ward manipulated his body to shield off Reynolds and made a great play on the ball.

Detroit (0–9–1), the Nebraska of the NFL, will face the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving. 

The Browns (6–5) will have a chance to move up in the AFC North standings as they face the Baltimore Ravens twice in the next three weeks.

Buckeye Bengals win big in Vegas, baby

Eli Apple and Sam Hubbard collected two late takeaways to propel Cincinnati past the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 11.

Apple's play has been scrutinized and criticized for the majority of the season, but his performance against the Raiders on Sunday will keep the critics at bay for at least a week. Apple had a solid game by allowing only two catches for 27 yards and recording three tackles.

His signature play of the contest was a fourth-quarter interception, which led to a 20-yard Joe Mixon score two plays later that pushed Cincinnati's lead to 29-13.

Hubbard made a fumble recovery later in the fourth quarter to secure the Bengals win.

Vonn Bell and Hubbard led the Bengals in tackles against the Raiders. Bell made six stops and Hubbard produced five, including a sack and two tackles for loss. Joe Burrow competed 20 passes for 148 yards and threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Ja'Marr Chase in a solid performance to improve Cincinnati's record to 6–4. 

With the release of Damon Arnette a couple of weeks ago, Johnathan Hankins is the only remaining Buckeye with the Raiders. Hankins tallied two tackles in the loss, which dropped Las Vegas' record to 5–5.

Chiefs crush Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott tweaked his ankle and Noah Brown couldn't find his way as the Kansas City Chiefs held the Dallas Cowboys to three field goals in a 19-9 victory. With a banged-up Elliott and two of the team's best receivers on the sideline, Dallas was held without a touchdown for the first time this season.

Brown received a rare start for the Cowboys as the team was without Amari Cooper due to COVID-19. Brown's potential to contribute increased after CeeDee Lamb left the game in the first half after a hard hit to his head. However, Brown did not take advantage of the increased playing time as he dropped both of the two passes thrown his way.

Elliott fought through ankle and knee injuries to give a gutsy performance that didn't translate in the stat book. He finished the day with just nine carries for 32 yards, though he added a team-high six catches for 36 yards.

Malik Hooker entered Sunday with a total of 13 tackles for the season. Against the Chiefs, Hooker recorded five tackles. Jake McQuaide was the long snapper for the three field goals and six punts for the Cowboys.

Harrison returning to practice

It will take more than a stray bullet to keep Malik Harrison on the shelf. The second-year linebacker from Ohio State had played in the first seven games of the season for the Baltimore Ravens before getting shot in the calf while visiting Cleveland during the bye week.

After spending three weeks on the reserve/non-football injury list, Harrison has been designated for return to practice, the team announced Monday.

Highlight show

Need more Buckeye action from Week 11? The clips below share some of the highs and lows.

Buckeyes Around The NFL
ELI APPLE CB BENGALS 3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FR 32 tackles, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 2 TFL, 1 FR
DAMON ARNETTE CB RAIDERS Released 4 tackles, 1 PBU
JEROME BAKER LB DOLPHINS 6 tackles, 1 QBH 61 tackles, 1 sack (10 yards), 1 TFL, 8 QBH, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF
VONN BELL S BENGALS 6 tackles 62 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 FF, 1 FR
JOEY BOSA DE CHARGERS 4 tackles, 1 sack (11yards), 1 TFL, 3 QBH 32 tackles, 6.5 sacks (50 yards), 4 TFL, 14 QBH, 1 FF
NICK BOSA DE 49ERS 3 tackles, 2 sacks (6 yards), 2 TFL, 3 QBH 30 tackles, 9 sacks (73 yards), 13 TFL, 19 QBH, 1 PBU, 1 FF
NOAH BROWN WR COWBOYS Played at WR 6 catches, 90 yards
PARRIS CAMPBELL WR COLTS IR (foot) 10 catches, 162 yards, 1 TD
JONATHON COOPER LB BRONCOS Bye 20 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 TFL, 5 QBH
WYATT DAVIS OG VIKINGS Inactive 5 games played
TAYLOR DECKER OT LIONS Started at LT 2 starts
NATE EBNER DB GIANTS Inactive 2 tackles
PAT ELFLEIN C PANTHERS Started at C 4 starts
EZEKIEL ELLIOTT RB COWBOYS 9 rushes, 32 yards; 6 catches, 36 yards 151 rushes, 695 yards, 7 TD; 32 catches, 204 yards
LUKE FARRELL TE JAGUARS Played 6 catches, 49 yards
JUSTIN FIELDS QB BEARS 4/11, 79 yards; 4 rushes, 23 yards 115/198 passing, 1,361 yards, 4 TD, 8 INT; 56 rushes, 311 yards, 1 TD
JORDAN FULLER S RAMS Bye 73 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 PBU
DaVON HAMILTON DT JAGUARS 2 tackles 23 tackles, 1 sack (12 yards), 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 PBU
JOHNATHAN HANKINS DT RAIDERS 2 tackles 25 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH
MALIK HARRISON LB RAVENS IR (leg) 19.5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH
CAMERON HEYWARD DT STEELERS 2 tackles, 1 PBU 49 tackles, 4.5 sacks (34.5 yards), 4 TFL, 8 QBH, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR
JUSTIN HILLIARD LB GIANTS IR (ankle) 2 games played
JALYN HOLMES DE SAINTS 3 tackles, 1 TFL 4 tackles, 1 TFL
MALIK HOOKER S COWBOYS 5 tackles 18 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PD
SAM HUBBARD DE BENGALS 5 tackles, 1 sack (4 yards), 2 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FR 44 tackles, 6.0 sacks (25.0 yards), 9 TFL, 10 QBH, 3 PBU, 1 FR
CARLOS HYDE RB JAGUARS Played 56 rushes, 211 yards; 10 catches, 60 yards
JONAH JACKSON OG LIONS Started at LG 10 starts
MALCOLM JENKINS S SAINTS 4 tackles 52 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 TD
CAMERON JOHNSTON P TEXANS 7 punts, 43.9 avg, 5 inside 20 55 punts, 46.4 avg, 25 inside 20
DRE'MONT JONES DT BRONCOS Bye 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks (14.5 yards), 5 TFL, 5 QBH, 1 PBU, 2 FF
JAMARCO JONES OT SEAHAWKS Inactive 1 start, 7 games played
MICHAEL JORDAN OG PANTHERS Started at LG 5 starts, 6 games played
MARSHON LATTIMORE CB SAINTS 4 tackles 35 tackles, 1 INT, 9 PBU
TYQUAN LEWIS DT COLTS IR (knee) 15 tackles, 2.5 sacks (3.5 yards), 3 TFL, 6 QBH, 1 INT, 2 PBU
COREY LINSLEY C CHARGERS Started at C 10 starts
TERRY McLAURIN WR WFT 5 catches, 103 yards, 1 TD 54 catches, 735 yards, 5 TD
JAKE McQUAIDE LS COWBOYS Played at LS 1 tackle
JOSH MYERS C PACKERS IR (knee) 5 starts
JEFF OKUDAH CB LIONS IR (leg) 4 tackles, 1 PBU
BILLY PRICE C GIANTS Started at C 9 starts
ISAIAH PRINCE OT BENGALS Played 9 games played
BRADLEY ROBY CB SAINTS 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH 8 tackles, 1 sack (7 yards), 2 TFL, 3 QBH, 1 PBU
CURTIS SAMUEL WR WFT Inactive 4 catches, 19 yards
TREY SERMON RB 49ERS 10 rushes, 32 yards, 1 catch 23 yards 31 rushes, 136 yards; 1 catch, 23 yards; 1 FC, 2 tackles
KENDALL SHEFFIELD CB FALCONS Inactive 3 games played
NICK VANNETT TE SAINTS 1 catch, 20 yards 1 catch, 20 yards
SHAUN WADE CB PATRIOTS Played 1 game played
DENZEL WARD CB BROWNS 1 interception, 1 PBU 28 tackles, 0.5 sack (2 yards), 2 QBH,1 INT, 7 PBU, 1 TD
PETE WERNER LB SAINTS 1 tackle 35 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 QBH
CHASE YOUNG DE WFT IR (knee) 26 tackles, 2 sacks (7 yards), 4 TFL, 4 QBH, 1 PBU, 2 FF
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