No quarterback has ever rushed for more rushing yards in an NFL regular-season game than Justin Fields did on Sunday.
Fields was the leading rusher among all NFL players in Week 9 of the 2022 season as he ran for 178 yards, breaking the previous single-game record for quarterback rushing yards of 173 set by Michael Vick in 2002. The former Ohio State quarterback also threw three touchdown passes for the first time in his pro career on Sunday, making him the clear-cut choice to lead off this week’s edition of Across The Shield, our weekly roundup of how former Buckeyes are faring throughout the NFL.
Pro Buck of the Week: Fields breaks NFL QB rushing record
The highlights came early and often for Fields in Week 9. On the Chicago Bears’ second drive of the game against the Miami Dolphins, Fields turned a 3rd-and-8 into a first down with an elusive 12-yard scramble on which he made multiple defenders miss. He followed that up later in the drive by throwing his first touchdown pass of the day to Cole Kmet, who scored from 18 yards out off of play action.
Fields threw his second touchdown pass of the game late in the first half on a perfect pass to the left side of the end zone which Darnell Mooney caught for a 16-yard score.
Fields’ pursuit of the quarterback rushing record became a reality on the Bears’ opening drive of the third quarter when he raced through the Dolphins defense for a 61-yard touchdown, his longest run since he was in high school.
He threw his career-best third touchdown when he completed a 4-yard scoring pass to Cole Kmet early in the fourth quarter.
Fields gained at least 10 yards on eight of his 15 carries against the Dolphins, breaking Vick’s record on his final run of the day, a 12-yard gain.
Fields didn’t get much help from the Bears’ defense or special teams, which relinquished five touchdowns to the Dolphins. Fields’ spectacular performance nevertheless gave the Bears a chance to win, as he accounted for 301 of the Bears’ 368 yards for the game with his legs and arm, but Chicago ultimately lost 35-32 after a fourth-down pass by Fields went through the hands of Bears receiver Equanimeous St. Brown.
4th & 10 with a 1:29 left. Fields steps up buys time and puts one on the numbers of Equanimeous St. Brown for a should be 1st down.— Clay Harbor (@clayharbs82) November 7, 2022
People still have the audacity to say He DiDnT MaKe ThE ThrOwS dOwN the STreTCh.Wow. #DaBears #Bears pic.twitter.com/glXgJeSZh0
With his record-breaking performance this week, Fields now ranks 11th among all NFL players and second among quarterbacks (behind only Lamar Jackson) this season with 602 rushing yards.
|WEEK 1||Saints WR Michael Thomas||5 catches, 57 yards, 2 TD|
|WEEK 2||Jets WR Garrett Wilson||8 catches, 102 yards, 2 TD|
|WEEK 3||Saints WR Chris Olave||9 catches, 147 yards|
|WEEK 4||Bengals S Vonn Bell||4 tackles, 2 INT|
|WEEK 5||Broncos LB Baron Browning||5 tackles, 1.5 sacks (13.5 yards), 2 TFL, 6 QB hits|
|WEEK 6||Broncos LB Baron Browning||3 tackles, 1 sack (7 yards), 2 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PD, 1 FR|
|WEEK 7||Bears QB Justin Fields||13/21 passing, 179 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 14 carries, 82 yards, 1 TD|
|WEEK 8||Commanders WR Terry McLaurin||6 catches, 113 yards|
|WEEK 9||Bears QB Justin Fields||17/28 passing, 123 yards, 3 TD; 15 carries, 178 yards, 1 TD|
Wilson helps lead Jets to big win
The New York Jets had one of the biggest upset wins of Week 9 when they defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-17, and former Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson played a big role in making that happen.
Fresh off earning NFL Rookie of the Week honors for a six-catch, 115-yard performance in Week 8 against the New England Patriots, Wilson followed that up by leading the Jets with eight catches for 92 yards against Buffalo. The No. 10 overall pick put his vast array of skills on display as he made Bills defenders miss with shifty moves in the open field, gained seven yards on his lone carry of the game and also made a spectacular one-handed catch, though that one didn’t count as he was out of bounds.
Garrett Wilson is on pace for:— NYJ MIKE (@NyjMike) November 7, 2022
This move makes no sense pic.twitter.com/92SfPjBKIa
#Jets WR Garrett Wilson is first among rookies in catches (42) & second in yards (521).— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 7, 2022
Three clips from Sunday:
1) Watch his release off the line.
2) Makes defender miss to get the 1st down.
3) He was out, but a slick one-handed grab.
A stud. pic.twitter.com/ZtGdUUBcW9
Nine games into his rookie season, Wilson has caught 42 passes for 521 yards, ranking second among all rookie receivers behind only his former Ohio State teammate Chris Olave.
Samuel catches a touchdown in triple coverage
Curtis Samuel made one of the NFL’s catches of the week when he skied to catch a Taylor Heinicke deep ball over three defenders in the Washington Commanders’ game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He then rolled into the end zone without being touched to score a 49-yard touchdown and give the Commanders a 10-7 lead early in the third quarter.
While Samuel had some unintended help on the play from the back judge running into Vikings safety Camryn Bynum and knocking him down, the play nonetheless went into the books as the second-longest catch of Samuel’s NFL career.
Samuel finished the game, which the Vikings won 20-17, with three catches for a team-high 65 yards as well as one run for 16 yards. He and former Ohio State teammate Terry McLaurin accounted for all but 28 of Heinicke’s passing yards against the Vikings as McLaurin caught five passes for 56 yards in the loss.
Okudah forces first fumble, apologizes for friendly fire
The Detroit Lions earned their second win of the season with a 15-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and Jeff Okudah played a part in the Lions’ best defensive performance of the season.
During the Packers’ final drive of the game, Okudah forced the first fumble of his NFL career after giving up a 32-yard catch to Packers receiver Samori Toure. He nearly recovered the loose ball himself for what would have been a game-sealing takeaway, but it ended up going out of bounds before he could secure possession.
Nevertheless, Aaron Rodgers would not complete another pass after that play, allowing the Lions to hold on for the six-point victory.
It was an up-and-down day for Okudah, who knocked two different teammates out of the game – defensive end Julian Okwara and safety Kerby Joseph – after accidentally hitting them while attempting to make tackles. They were able to share a laugh about it after the game, though, since both of them avoided serious injuries and the Lions won.
Werner joins list of injured New Orleans Buckeyes
While the New Orleans Saints have more former Ohio State players on their roster than any other team in the NFL, only one of them actually played a full game for the Saints on Monday night.
Michael Thomas and Bradley Roby are both on injured reserve, with Thomas expected to miss the remainder of the season with a toe injury after he was placed on IR last week. Marshon Lattimore missed his fourth straight game with an abdominal injury while Nick Vannett and Wyatt Davis (who was later cut by the Saints on Tuesday) were both healthy scratches for Monday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Saints then lost another one of their Buckeyes when Pete Werner, their leading tackler this season, went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter. The injury was significant enough that Werner was carted back to the locker room, and he did not return to the game after being designated as questionable.
Olave, the lone Buckeyes who did play four quarters for the Saints on Monday, caught six passes for 71 yards against the Ravens, highlighted by a 16-yard catch on which he demonstrated his route-running skill and ability to make toe-tapping grabs.
Victor makes NFL debut
The Ravens had two Buckeyes on their own active roster on Monday night, including Binjimen Victor, who played in the first regular-season game of his NFL career after being elevated from the practice squad for Monday’s game.
We have activated WRs DeSean Jackson and Binjimen Victor from the practice squad for tonights game. pic.twitter.com/AbxFrZjmXV— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 7, 2022
Victor, who has been on the Ravens’ practice squad since last year but had never played in an NFL regular-season game before this week, did not catch any passes but recorded a tackle on kickoff coverage in his NFL debut.
Malik Harrison also recorded two tackles for the Ravens in their 27-13 win over the Saints.
- Raekwon McMillan recorded his first career sack in the New England Patriots’ 26-3 win over the Indianapolis Colts. It was the ninth sack of the game for the Patriots, which tied a franchise record for the most sacks in a single game.
- Eleven former Ohio State players had the week off as the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers were all on byes in Week 9.
- Chase Young returned to practice for the Commanders last week. The former Ohio State defensive end has yet to play this season after tearing his ACL last November, but had a “very good week” of practice last week according to Commanders coach Ron Rivera, which could enable him to make his season debut in Week 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.
HE'S BACK pic.twitter.com/QvzQrdxOgb— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) November 2, 2022
Full stats for every Buckeye who played in Week 9 and has played in at least one game this season can be found in the table below compiled by Eleven Warriors data analyst Matt Gutridge.
|PLAYER||POSITION||TEAM||WEEK 9 STATS||SEASON STATS|
|ELI APPLE||CB||BENGALS||2 tackles, 1 PBU||21 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBU|
|JEROME BAKER||LB||DOLPHINS||7 tackles||49 tackles, 1.5 sacks (6.5 yards), 2 TFL, 2 QB hits, 2 PBU|
|VONN BELL||S||BENGALS||2 tackles||41 tackles, 0.5 sack (5 yards), 4 TFL, 2 QB hits, 4 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF|
|JOEY BOSA||DE||CHARGERS||Injured reserve (groin)||7 tackles, 1.5 sacks (12.5 yards), 2 TFL, 4 QB hits, 1 FF|
|NICK BOSA||DE||49ERS||Bye||22 tackles, 8 sacks (58 yards), 7 TFL, 19 QB hits|
|NOAH BROWN||WR||COWBOYS||Bye||25 catches, 339 yards, 1 TD|
|BARON BROWNING||OLB||BRONCOS||Bye||11 tackles, 2.5 sacks (20.5 yards), 5 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PD, 1 FR, 7 QB hits|
|PARRIS CAMPBELL||WR||COLTS||2 catches, 15 yards||32 catches, 297 yards, 2 TD; 1 carry, 28 yards|
|JONATHON COOPER||OLB||BRONCOS||Bye||8 tackles, 2 QB hits|
|WYATT DAVIS||OG||SAINTS||Inactive||1 game played|
|TAYLOR DECKER||OT||LIONS||Started at LT||8 starts at LT|
|J.K. DOBBINS||RB||RAVENS||Injured reserve (knee)||35 carries, 123 yards, 1 TD; 6 catches, 58 yards, 1 TD|
|PAT ELFLEIN||C||PANTHERS||Injured reserve (hip)||6 starts at C|
|EZEKIEL ELLIOTT||RB||COWBOYS||Bye||109 carries, 443 yards, 4 TD; 6 catches, 32 yards|
|LUKE FARRELL||TE||JAGUARS||1 catch, 15 yards||2 catches, 26 yards|
|JUSTIN FIELDS||QB||BEARS||17/28 passing, 123 yards, 3 TD; 15 carries, 178 yards, 1 TD||110/187 passing, 1,322 yards, 10 TD, 6 INT; 91 carries, 553 yards, 4 TD|
|JORDAN FULLER||S||RAMS||Injured reserve (hamstring)||10 tackles, 1 FF|
|DaVON HAMILTON||DT||JAGUARS||3 tackles, 1 TFL||29 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 QB hit|
|JOHNATHAN HANKINS||DT||COWBOYS||Bye||13 tackles, 1 QB hit, 1 PBU|
|MALIK HARRISON||LB||RAVENS||2 tackles||23 tackles, 1 TFL|
|CAMERON HEYWARD||DT||STEELERS||Bye||32 tackles, 3 sacks (15 yards), 5 TFL, 4 QB hits, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR|
|MALIK HOOKER||S||COWBOYS||Bye||36 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU|
|SAM HUBBARD||DE||BENGALS||2 tackles||34 tackles, 3.5 sacks (21.5 yards), 6 TFL, 1 FF, 13 QB hits, 3 PBU|
|JONAH JACKSON||OG||LIONS||Started at LG||5 starts at G|
|CAMERON JOHNSTON||P||TEXANS||4 punts, 52.0 average, 1 inside 20||39 punts, 49.1 average, 19 inside 20|
|DRE’MONT JONES||DE||BRONCOS||Bye||31 tackles, 5.5 sacks (44 yards), 8 TFL, 5 QB hits, 1 FF|
|JAMARCO JONES||OG||TITANS||Injured reserve (triceps)||Has not played|
|MICHAEL JORDAN||OG||PANTHERS||Played on special teams||9 games played|
|MARSHON LATTIMORE||CB||SAINTS||Inactive||15 tackles, 2 PBU|
|TYQUAN LEWIS||DE||COLTS||Injured reserve (knee)||14 tackles, 1 sack (8 yards), 1 TFL, 4 QB hits, 2 PBU, 1 FF|
|COREY LINSLEY||C||CHARGERS||Started at C||6 starts at C|
|LIAM McCULLOUGH||LS||FALCONS||Played at LS||9 games played|
|TERRY McLAURIN||WR||COMMANDERS||5 catches, 56 yards||38 catches, 609 yards, 2 TD; 4 carries, 11 yards|
|RAEKWON McMILLAN||LB||PATRIOTS||2 tackles, 1 sack (9 yards), 1 TFL, 1 QB hit||16 tackles, 1 sack (9 yards), 2 TFL, 1 QB hit|
|JAKE McQUAIDE||LS||COWBOYS||Injured reserve (triceps)||4 games played|
|THAYER MUNFORD||OT||RAIDERS||Played at RT||2 starts, 7 games played|
|JOSH MYERS||C||PACKERS||Started at C||9 starts at C|
|ANDREW NORWELL||OG||COMMANDERS||Started at LG||9 starts at LG|
|JEFF OKUDAH||CB||LIONS||5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF||49 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 PBU, 1 FF|
|CHRIS OLAVE||WR||SAINTS||6 catches, 71 yards||43 catches, 618 yards, 2 TD; 2-point conversion|
|NICHOLAS PETIT-FRERE||OT||TITANS||Started at RT||8 starts at RT|
|BILLY PRICE||OL||CARDINALS||Started at C||3 starts at C|
|BRADLEY ROBY||CB||SAINTS||Injured reserve (ankle)||20 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 FR|
|JEREMY RUCKERT||TE||JETS||Inactive||5 games played|
|CURTIS SAMUEL||WR||COMMANDERS||3 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD; 1 carry, 16 yards||45 catches, 455 yards, 3 TD; 15 carries, 109 yards|
|TREY SERMON||RB||EAGLES||Inactive||2 carries, 19 yards|
|MICHAEL THOMAS||WR||SAINTS||Injured reserve (toe)||16 catches, 171 yards, 3 TD|
|TOMMY TOGIAI||DT||BROWNS||Bye||6 tackles, 0.5 sack (4.5 yards), 1 FR, 1 PBU, 2 QB hits|
|NICK VANNETT||TE||SAINTS||Inactive||2 catches, 13 yards|
|BINJIMEN VICTOR||WR||RAVENS||1 tackle||1 tackle|
|SHAUN WADE||CB||PATRIOTS||Inactive||1 tackle|
|DENZEL WARD||CB||BROWNS||Bye||20 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 1 TD|
|PETE WERNER||LB||SAINTS||3 tackles||75 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 FF|
|GARRETT WILSON||WR||JETS||8 catches, 92 yards||42 catches, 519 yards, 2 TD; 1 rush, -2 yards|