Cougars in the Pros -- Week 11

Reno Mahe continues to rack up yards for head coach Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles. Mahe led the Eagles with 149 all purpose yards in a 31-13 loss to Tennessee in week eleven of the NFL season.

One year after leading the NFL in punt return average, all-purpose back Reno Mahe continues to rack up yards for head coach Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles. Mahe led the Eagles with 149 all purpose yards in a 31-13 loss to Tennessee in week eleven of the NFL season. Mahe totaled 37 yards on three punt returns, 108 yards on four kick off returns, and also ran the ball once for 4 yards. Offensive lineman Scott Young also played in the loss. Titans linebacker Colby Bockwoldt had two solo take downs in the victory and, coincidentally, Mahe was the ball carrier for both of his former BYU teammate's tackles. The Titans offense, led by second year offensive coordinator Norm Chow, rushed for over 200 yards against Philadelphia.

Second year safety Aaron Francisco continued his stellar play as the Arizona Cardinals defeated Detroit 17-10 for their second win of the season. Francisco registered two solo tackles, one pass deflection, and intercepted his second pass of the year in the victory. Francisco, who returned his first interception 44 yards under the bright lights of Monday Night Football in week six, returned his second interception 17 yards. Francisco is tied for second on the Cardinals with two interceptions on the season. Rookie wide receiver Todd Watkins is on the Cardinals' practice squad.

Former Cougar Brady Poppinga also continued to produce despite Green Bay's 35-0 loss to New England. Poppinga racked up five more tackles, three solo, one forced fumble, and a quarterback hurry in the Packers' loss. Former Cougar teammate Doug Jolley and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers faired better in week eleven, as they held off Washington 21-17. Jolley, a tight end, played in the Bucs' victory.

Head coach Brian Billick and his Baltimore Ravens padded their AFC North lead by beating Atlanta 24-10. Fellow head coach and former Cougar Mike Holmgren's Seattle Seahawks also remained in first place in the NFC West despite a 20-14 loss to San Francisco. Seattle tight end Itula Mili played in the loss. Seattle tight ends coach Jim Lind coached at BYU with Holmgren.

Meanwhile, former Cougar Brett Keisel is doing his part to keep the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers' playoff hopes alive. Keisel started and registered four tackles, including two solo takedowns, and also added half a sack in the Steelers' 24-20 win over Cleveland. Fellow former Cougar and current Pittsburgh defensive lineman Chris Hoke also played in the victory. Defensive lineman Shaun Nua is on the Steelers' practice squad.

Both Denney brothers were victorious in week eleven as older brother Ryan and the Buffalo Bills edged the Houston Texans 24-21. Denney had two solo tackles in the victory. Offensive lineman Scott Jackson, recently picked up by the Texans, was inactive for the game. Younger brother John's Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota 24-20 for their third straight victory. Denney is the Dolphins' first-string long snapper on special teams.

The Chicago Bears continued their winning ways by shutting out the New York Jets 10-0 in week eleven. Offensive tackle John Tait started and tight end Gabe Reid played in the Bears' victory. The Cincinnati Bengals beat the first place New Orleans Saints 31-16. Rookie fullback Fahu Tahi is on the Bengals' practice squad, while former Cougar offensive lineman Ben Archibald is on the Saints' practice squad.

The Dallas Cowboys handed the Indianapolis Colts their first loss of the year by a narrow 21-14 margin. Former Cougar linebacker Rob Morris, for his part, started and racked up nine tackles, including six solo takedowns, in the Colts' loss. Morris, dubbed the Freight Train while at BYU, has rebounded from an injury earlier in the season. He has started the last two games for the 9-1 Colts and has registered 17 tackles, including 12 solo takedowns, in those two games.

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