Earlier this week, blogger Mitch Smith asked which one of the former Iowa Hawkeye football players would have the best performance in this year’s NFL playoffs. Well, playoffs kicked off with wild card games today in Seattle and Indianapolis with three former Hawkeyes taking the fields.
First up was defensive tackle Colin Cole of the Seattle Seahawks. Cole has had a good season tallying 44 tackles and today he added two to that total. He also had one pass deflection but didn’t have a huge impact otherwise. The Seahawks will advance to the second round after upsetting the New Orleans Saints 41-36, and this means Cole will have more chances to compete with the other former players in future games.
Following the victory in Seattle, our eyes moved to running back Shonn Greene and the New York Jets who faced linebacker Pat Angerer and the Idianapolis Colts. Greene has had a good second year, splitting carries with LaDanian Tomlinson. He has rushed for 766 yards with two touchdowns. Tonight Greene had 19 carries for 70 yards and averaged 3.7 yards per carry. Rookie Pat Angerer has had a great season. His 88 tackles on the season make him second on the team in total tackles. Tonight, Angerer finished with five tackles. Unfortunately, his run at best performer in the playoffs ended tonight. The Jets kicked a field goal as time expired and defeated the Colts 17-16. So, after this unexpected day it looks like Greene is in the lead of the former Hawkeyes but the competition will continue tomorrow.
Opening up the day at 12 p.m. CST will be former Hawkeyes tight end Tony Moeaki and center Casey Wiegmann of the Kansas City Chiefs going up against offensive lineman Marshal Yanda of the Baltimore Ravens. Then at 3:30 p.m. CST we will see how rookie offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga of the Green Bay Packers performs in Philadelphia.