Cougars In The Pros -- Week Five

Former BYU defensive standout Brett Keisel ranks third on the Steelers with two sacks on the season.

Former BYU defensive standouts Brett Keisel and Brady Poppinga continue to impress in their first season as full-time starters in the NFL. Keisel racked up four solo tackles, one sack, and a quarterback hurry in the Steelers' 23-13 loss to San Diego. Keisel ranks third on the team with two sacks on the season. Poppinga, for his part, registered seven total and five solo tackles in Green Bay's narrow 23-20 loss to St. Louis. Poppinga ranked third on the team in solo tackles and fourth on the team in total tackles on the day. On the season, the second-year linebacker ranks third on the team in solo tackles and fifth in total tackles.

Chris Hoke also saw action on the Steelers' defensive line in week five and recorded one solo tackle in the loss. Yet another Pittsburgh defense lineman, Shaun Nua, is on the Steelers' practice squad.

Offensive lineman John Tait started and helped the Chicago Bears remain unbeaten by routing the Buffalo Bills 40-7. Tait has started at left tackle in all five of the Bears' victories this season. Tight end Gabe Reid also saw action in the Bears' victory. On the other side of the ball, Buffalo defensive end Ryan Denney continued his stellar season. He recorded three solo tackles in the Bills' loss. Denney is tied for the team lead with three sacks on the season. He also leads all Buffalo defensive linemen with twenty-one total and sixteen solo tackles this year.

Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid got the better of the matchup in T.O.'s much ballyhooed return to Philadelphia. The Eagles beat NFC East rival Dallas 38-24 to improve to 4-1 on the season and maintain their hold on first place. All purpose back Reno Mahe played and recorded one tackle on special teams for the Eagles. Fellow former Cougar and current Philadelphia offensive lineman Scott Young also saw action in the Eagles' victory.

The Tennessee Titans led late in the game but were outlasted by the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts 14-13 in week five. The Norm Chow led Titans' offense gained over two hundred yards on the ground in rookie quarterback Vince Young's second career start. Tennessee linebacker Colby Bockwoldt played in the Titans' loss. Another former BYU linebacker on the other sideline, Rob Morris, registered one solo tackle in the Colts' victory.

The first place New Orleans Saints edged Tampa Bay 24-21 on a late Reggie Bush punt return for a touchdown. Offensive lineman Ben Archibald is on the Saints' practice squad after appearing in five games for New Orleans last season. Tampa Bay tight end Doug Jolley saw action for the Buccaneers in the loss. Offensive lineman Scott Jackson is on the Bucs' practice squad.

Former BYU standout Aaron Francisco recorded two solo tackles in Arizona's 23-20 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. Rookie wide receiver Todd Watkins is on the Cardinals' practice squad. Meanwhile, Miami long snapper John Denney saw action in the Dolphins' 20-10 loss to New England.

Former BYU player and coach Brian Billick saw his Baltimore Ravens lose their first game of the season on Monday Night Football. The Ravens remain in first place in the AFC North despite the 13-3 loss to Denver. Head coach Mike Holmgren's Seattle Seahawks were idle in week five. Holmgren and his current tight ends coach, Jim Lind, coached together at BYU. Tight end Itula Mili is in his ninth season with the Seahawks. The Cincinnati Bengals also were idle in week five. Full back Fahu Tahi is on the Bengals' practice squad.

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