Hawks in the NFL: Week 5

By Courtney Baumann on October 9, 2018 at 10:10 am
Kirksey dance party!
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What a weird world we live in where the Cleveland Browns has the same or better record than the Packers, Seahawks and the entirety of the NFC East. First year Browns defenseman Carl Davis was reunited with former Baltimore teammates and a few players admitted it was weird. No hard feelings between anyone, though. 

Christian Kirksey is starting to heat up for the Browns after missing the first couple games of the season with injury. The linebacker tallied 12 tackles (seven solo) in the Browns 12-9 win last Sunday. 

Kirksey is making a difference off the field, too. He and teammate Seth Devalve have been using their free time to help people in the community with criminal histories to find jobs and try to get their lives back on track. Cheers, Christian. 


Josh Jackson took a hit in his paycheck for the first time in his career after the NFL fined him $10,026 for an unnecessary roughness penalty. Jackson grabbed the inside of Zay Jones' helmet at the end of the catch. 

Jackson finished with two tackles, and while he was burned a couple more times during the game, though he did have some pretty great coverage of Marvin Jones, Jr. on this play: 

Over in Denver, Josey Jewell is starting to get the recognition Hawkeye fans always knew he would receive. He had two tackles (one for loss) against the Jets and has gotten glowing reviews from ESPN, CBS Denver and BroncosWire just this week. 

Said Broncos head coach Vance Joseph: "He’s a great knee-bender, he’s quick and he’s smart. Sometimes with backers, their instincts make those guys play faster. I’ve been around 4.5 (40-yard dash time) linebackers who had bad instincts and they played that way. They played slow. Guys who run 4.7, 4.8 with better instincts played faster. He’s that way. He’s smart, he’s tough, he can tackle and he has great instincts for the football.”


Anthony Hitchens led the Chiefs with 10 tackles (seven solo) as they improved to 5-0 with a win over the Jaguars. Adrian Clayborn had a tackle and a QB hit in New England's win over the Colts on Thursday. Mike Daniels had two tackles (both for loss) and a QB hit in Green Bay's loss to Detroit. Desmond King had just one tackle (which went for a loss) in the Chargers' win over the Raiders, but he did make an impact on special teams, with two kick returns for 51 yards (and a long of 35) and four punt returns for 35 yards (with a long of 18). 


Austin Blythe is getting some well-deserved recognition for his play at center for the undefeated Rams. Los Angeles' incredible offensive line has played a large part in the team's success so far, and Blythe has proven his worth when he's out on the field, if you have a subscription to our friends at The Athletic, this is a great piece. 

Meanwhile, another California team has not had the same success. San Francisco starting quarterback C.J. Beathard tossed two more touchdowns to go with two more interceptions in last week's 28-18 loss to Arizona. Beathard went 34/54 for 349 yards. 

Beathard's performance has been so-so, but George Kittle's, on the other hand. has been excellent. Kittle tacked on another 83 yards on five catches on Sunday. 

Here's another Beathard-to-Kittle long gain, because we can never get enough of those. 

  • Micah Hyde - DNP - Questionable
  • Riley Reiff - Left Game - Questionable
  • George Kittle - Played - Questionable 

The Winners: Blythe (Rams, 5-0), Anthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann (Chiefs, 5-0), Adrian Clayborn, Cole Croston (Patriots, 3-2), Desmond King (Chargers, 3-2), Davis, Kirksey (Browns, 2-2-1), Jaleel Johnson, Reiff (Vikings, 2-2-1), Hyde, Ike Boettger (Bills, 2-3),

The Losers: Marshal Yanda (Ravens, 3-2), Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels, Jackson (Packers, 2-2-1), Jewell, Casey Kreiter (Broncos, 2-3), Brandon Scherff (Redskins, 2-2), Beathard, Greg Mabin, Matt Tobin, Kittle (49ers, 1-4)

Bye Week: James Daniels (Bears, 3-1)

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