Cougars in the NFL: Week 6
Oct. 19, 2006
Week six of the NFL provided fans with one of the most unlikely comebacks in Chicago franchise history. The Bears overcame a 20-point deficit to defeat Matt Leinart and the Arizona Cardinals 24-23 on Monday Night Football. Chicago remains undefeated at 6-0 and is off to their best start in 20 years.
It wasn't just Monday's game that provided NFL fans with entertainment over the weekend. Fans across the nation witnessed three teams earn their first wins of the season and saw several teams continue to improve. And throughout all 13 games, WSU's former football players made their impact on the field for their respective teams.
The Tennessee Titans were one of three teams to earn their first win of the season as they held on to a 25-22 victory over the Washington Redskins. Trailing by as much as 11, the Titans rallied back to take a 22-14 lead in the third quarter. The Redskins would not give up, scoring a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. A successful two-point conversion tied the score at 22. Titans kicker Rob Bironas was called in a few minutes later and converted a field goal to give Tennessee the 25-22 lead. With 1:06 left in the game, Washington set up a play, looking to move down the field, when free safety Lamont Thompson stepped up, picking off the pass and running 11 yards. The former Cougar, who played for WSU from 1997-99 and again in 2001, earned his first interception of the season and was responsible for preserving the Titans' win.
In Detroit, it was a clash of the Cougar kickers as Jason Hanson of the Lions and Rian Lindell of the Buffalo Bills met at Ford Field. Although the two wore WSU uniforms almost a decade apart, both are tied in the WSU record books for most kicking points in a single game. In 1989, Hanson scored 16 against BYU and in 1997 Lindell repeated history by scoring 16 against Boise State.
Hanson made field goals of 43 and 29 yards but missed from 56 yards Sunday. He also went 2-for-2 in PAT attempts. Lindell made one field goal from a lengthy 53 yards and also made both of his PAT attempts. Hanson's 29-yard field goal, however, would put the Lions up permanently as they earned their first win of the season.
For the Dallas Cowboys, former WSU standout Drew Bledsoe threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns against Houston. The Cowboys moved to 3-2 on the season with a 34-6 win over the Texans.
On the defensive end, Erik Coleman of the New York Jets posted six tackles against Miami. Coleman played for the Cougars from 2000-03. Seattle's Marcus Trufant made his fifth start of the season and put up three primary tackles as the Seahawks held on to a narrow 30-28 win over St. Louis, improving to 4-1 on the season.