Cougars in the Pros -- Week 14

Former BYU Cougar Ryan Denney spent most of week 14 of the NFL season in the opposing team's backfield.

Former BYU Cougar Ryan Denney spent most of week 14 of the NFL season in the opposing team's backfield and fellow former Cougar Aaron Francisco got his first ever NFL start. Denney helped Buffalo rout the New York Jets 31-13 by racking up three solo tackles, one sack for a loss of eight yards, one quarterback hurry, one pass deflection, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Francisco, a second-year safety, registered five solo tackles in his first start to help Arizona defeat NFC West rival Seattle 27-21. Rookie wide receiver Todd Watkins is on the Cardinals' practice squad. Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren coached at BYU and, despite the loss, his Seahawks still occupy first place in the NFC West with an 8-5 record. Seattle tight ends coach Jim Lind coached at BYU with Holmgren. Seahawk tight end Itula Mili was inactive in week 14.

Offensive coordinator Norm Chow helped Tennessee win its fourth game in a row as the Titans edged Houston 26-20. The Titans' offense gained over 400 total yards in the victory. Tennessee linebacker Colby Bockwoldt added one tackle. Houston offensive lineman Scott Jackson was inactive for the game.

The Chicago Bears beat St. Louis 42-27 and have clinched the NFC North. Former BYU standout and current NFL standout John Tait started at offensive tackle for the Bears. Tait has started every game for the first place Bears this season. Tight end Gabe Reid also saw action in the Bears' victory. Another former BYU standout and current NFL veteran, first-round NFL draft pick Rob Morris, recorded two solo tackles in Indianapolis' 44-17 loss to Jacksonville.

Head coach Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles edged division rival Washington 21-19. The Eagles, despite the loss of Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb (Syracuse University), are in second place and only one game out of first place. Eagles all purpose back and special teams standout Reno Mahe returned six kickoffs for 114 yards, including a long of 27 yards in the Eagles' victory. Mahe also returned two punts. Eagles offensive lineman Scott Young also played in the victory.

Head coach Brian Billick, who played and coached at BYU, guided Baltimore to a 20-10 victory over Kansas City. Billick's Ravens are 10-3 on the season and stand atop the AFC North.

Defensive end Brett Keisel started and registered one tackle as Pittsburgh beat Cleveland 27-7. Fellow former Cougar and current Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke also saw action in the victory. Shaun Nua, a third Pittsburgh defensive lineman with BYU ties, is on the Steelers' practice squad. Former BYU star Brady Poppinga started and recorded one pass deflection as Green Bay defeated San Francisco 30-19.

John Denney, the younger brother of Ryan, played in Miami's 21-0 upset of New England. Denney is the Dolphins' first-string long snapper. Tampa Bay tight end Doug Jolley was inactive in the Bucs' 17-6 week 14 loss to Atlanta. Rookie fullback Fahu Tahi also was inactive in Minnesota's 30-20 victory over NFC North rival Detroit. Offensive lineman Ben Archibald is on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad. The Saints defeated Dallas 42-17 in week 14. Archibald appeared in five games for the Saints last season.

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