The 2023 NFL regular season is in the books and Super Wild Card weekend is here. There are some games that Virginia Tech fans should have some interest in as some former Hokies will begin their quest for the Super Bowl in February.
Here is a look at some of the Hokies who will be suiting up this weekend.
The Cleveland Browns finished in second place in the AFC North behind the Baltimore Ravens and will travel to play the surprising AFC South winner, the Houston Texans Saturday at 4:30. This is the second trip to Houston as they beat the Texans, 36-22, on Christmas Eve in one of the more bizarre games. Cleveland lost their kicker, Dustin Hopkins, during the game and was forced to go for two-point conversions following their final three touchdowns beginning late in the second quarter.
Conner is getting into the postseason in his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs when the AFC West Division winners host the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. Connor had 31 solo tackles this season and his first career interception against the Buffalo Bills when he picked off Josh Allen in a 20-17 loss at home on Dec. 10. Conner is coming off a season-high eight tackles last weekend in a win on the road over the Los Angeles Chargers and in a 21-14 KC win over Miami on Nov. 5, he had two tackles.
This season, Hoffman has been very flexible for the Dallas Cowboys, being able to fill in on the offensive line. Right guard Zack Martin was scratched before the game with an illness and Hoffman slid in at the last minute in his place and that is something that has not been lost on quarterback Dak Prescott after the Cowboys' win over the Washington Commanders last Sunday that clinched the NFC East.
“That’s B.T.B.: Big-Time Brock,” Prescott said. “So proud of that guy. He’s kind of an enforcer in that group, a guy that has a lot of attitude, huge passion for this game, wears it every day- you can see it- approaches the game the right way, understanding that he’s one sickness away from playing.”
Dallas will host the Green Bay Packers Sunday at 4:30 in the late afternoon window and whether or not Hoffman plays, one thing is for sure, he'll be ready when his number is called.
Playing for Green Bay this weekend is Yosh Nijman, an offensive lineman.
Two other Hokies will be suiting up this weekend is tight end James Mitchell for the Detroit Lions when they host the Los Angeles Rams and defensive lineman Tim Settle for the Buffalo Bills.