Cougars In The Pros -- Week Four

Former Cougar John Tait and the Chicago Bears offensive line turned in another dominating performance, leading the Bears to a 37-6 victory over Mike Holmgren's Seattle Seahawks in week four of the NFL season.

Former Cougar John Tait and the Chicago Bears offensive line turned in another dominating performance, leading the Bears to a 37-6 victory over Mike Holmgren's Seattle Seahawks in week four of the NFL season. The Bears' offense gained 143 yards rushing and 232 yards passing as the Bears remained unbeaten and handed the Seahawks their first loss of the season. Tait's teammate on the offensive side of the ball, tight end Gabe Reid, had one catch for 19 yards in the win. Seattle tight ends coach Jim Lind saw fellow former Cougar TE Itula Mili make one grab for 15 yards in the loss. Both the Bears and Seahawks remain in first place in their respective divisions.

The Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles also find themselves in first place in their respective divisions. The Ravens, led by head coach and former Cougar Brian Billick, edged the San Diego Chargers 16-13 in another battle of unbeatens. Head coach Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, routed the Green Bay Packers 31-9 on Monday Night Football. Eagles running back Reno Mahe, recently returned from an injury, started and racked up over 30 all-purpose yards. Mahe had three catches for 19 yards to go with one punt return for 14 yards and one fair catch. The Eagles' Scott Young saw action on the offensive line in the Eagles' victory. On the other side of the ball, Packers linebacker Brady Poppinga collected three more solo tackles in a losing effort. On the season, Poppinga ranks second on the Packers in solo tackles and fifth in total tackles.

Arizona safety Aaron Francisco had one solo tackle as the Cardinals were downed by the Atlanta Falcons 32-10. Former Cougar wide receiver standout Todd Watkins is on the Cardinals' practice squad. The Bengals' Fahu Tahi and New Orleans' Ben Archibald also are on their respective team's practice squad. The Bengals lost their first game of the season 38-13 at the hands of the New England Patriots, while the Saints were downed by Carolina 21-18.

Buffalo defensive end Ryan Denney continued to frustrate opposing offenses in the Bills' 17-12 victory over Minnesota. Denney recorded two tackles, one solo, one quarterback hurry, and two pass deflections, one of which resulted in an interception, in the Bills' victory. Denney currently is tied for the team lead in sacks and ranks sixth in total tackles. Denney's three sacks on the season rank him seventh in the AFC and in the top fifteen of the NFL.

Younger brother John Denney's Miami Dolphins were narrowly defeated by Houston, 17-15. Denney, the Dolphins' first string long snapper, helped Miami's special teams unit connect on 3 of 3 field goals and average 43.2 yards per punt in the contest.

Linebacker Rob Morris and the Indianapolis Colts edged the New York Jets 31-28 to remain undefeated. Morris had one tackle in the Colts' victory. Fellow former Cougar linebacker Colby Bockwoldt saw action for Tennessee in its 45-14 loss to Dallas. Tennessee coach Norm Chow is in his second season as the Titans' offensive coordinator.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and their trio of former BYU defensive linemen -- Brett Keisel, Chris Hoke, and Shaun Nua -- were idle in week four. Tampa Bay and its former Cougars, tight end Doug Jolley and offensive lineman Scott Jackson, also had a bye in week four.

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