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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Oct. 10.
Former Hawkeye Klug the man of the match
The box score isn’t always the best spot to judge how a football player plays, especially someone on the defensive line. Former Iowa defensive lineman Karl Klug, now with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, had 1 tackle and 1 assisted tackle in a 30-17 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
His impact in the game was bigger than his stat line.
Top-graded @Titans players in their win over MIA
DI Karl Klug, 88.7
T Taylor Lewan, 82.4
ED Brian Orakpo, 81.7
QB Marcus Mariota, 80.6
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 9, 2016
Tennessee is 2-3 and one game behind Houston in the AFC South race. Klug was a big reason why the Titans moved closer to a share of the division lead after the Titans lost to Minnesota on Saturday.
Hawkeyes in the NFL
It’s becoming a weekly occurrence to see Cleveland linebacker Christian Kirksey post the best stats of any former Hawkeye on a Sunday. He led the Browns with 11 tackles and 5 assisted tackles in a 33-13 loss to New England.
Atlanta defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn made 2 tackles, 1 assisted tackle and 0.5 sacks in one of the biggest upsets of the day as the Falcons beat Denver 23-16. Also, Atlanta defensive lineman Justin Babineaux added 1 assisted tackle.
Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens had 1 tackle and 3 assisted tackles as the Cowboys beat Cincinnati 28-14.
Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz led Houston with 61 receiving yards as the Texans lost 31-13 to Minnesota. Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway recorded 2 tackles in the victory. The win was just the start of the day for Greenway.
Great Vikes win and made it out to see my 9 year old play some soccer. Nice little Sunday.… https://t.co/XRmpYy7itI
— Chad Greenway (@chadgreenway52) October 9, 2016
Green Bay’s Micah Hyde recorded 3 tackles, 2 assisted tackles and a sack in a 23-16 victory over the New York Giants. Defensive lineman Mike Daniels added 1 assisted tackle.
Former Iowa tight end Brandon Myers and Tampa Bay will be facing Carolina tonight.
Red zone troubles
Iowa outplayed Minnesota on Saturday in its 14-7 victory. The Hawkeyes outgained the Golden Gophers. 321-268. They averaged more yards per play at 4.4 to 3.5.
So why did Iowa only win by seven points? Simply put, the Hawkeyes couldn’t get into the end zone. Six times Iowa crossed the 50-yard line. Twice Iowa got into the red zone and settled for field goals. It’s only touchdown came from 54 yards out.
What went wrong? It was a lot of things, but a lot centered on a lack of execution. Both red zone trips saw Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard misfire on a pass into the end zone. The first was a pass to wide receiver Riley McCarron that allowed a trailing defender to deflect the ball. The second led wide receiver Jerminic Smith out-of-bounds. Both series ended in field goals.
When a team cross the 50-yard line, it needs to be thinking a touchdown. Settling for field goals can let opponents hang around or cost a team a contest. Here is a look at what happened on each of the six possessions for Iowa.
|First||Missed 50-yard field goal (a false start penalty helped lead to the kick)|
|Second||22-yard field goal (McCarron incompletion)|
|Third||Punt (Beathard kick on fourth and four)|
|Fourth||28-yard field goal (Smith incompletion)|