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Crosby Cracks Top 20 For Career Scoring In Week 3

Sep 29, 2020

BOULDER--Mason Crosby continues to be the benefactor of a powerful Green Bay offense, whose line is anchored by David Bahktiari.  With 13 points in the Packers' 37-30 win over New Orleans, Crosby moved past Lou Groza into 20th place on the NFL's all-time scoring chart.  

Aside from Crosby and Bakhtiari, Daniel Munyer was in for two offensive plays for the Titans and both were touchdowns, Laviska Shenault continues to show flashes of brilliance in Jacksonville, Isaiah Oliver made some solid plays for the Falcons, and early this week Ken Crawley found his way back into the black and gold after being signed to New Orleans' practice squad. 

It wasn't all highs for former Buffs this week.  On Saturday, Chidobe Awuzie was put on injured reserve for Dallas, joining Kabion Ento (Green Bay).  Awuzie is expected to miss multiple weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered last week in the team's 40-39 win over the Falcons.  Phillip Lindsay (Denver) is still sidelined with a toe injury, although he hasn't been placed on the injured list.  Ahkello Witherspoon (49ers) was listed as inactive for the first time, joining Arlington Hambright (Chicago).  

Crawley is one of five Buffs on practice squads along with Delrick Abrams (Atlanta), Tony Brown (Washington), Steven Montez (Washington), and Devin Ross (New England).  Crawley rejoins New Orleans, where he played for three years and started 23 games before being released last October.  He finished the season with Miami and has since had stints with the Las Vegas Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.  Crawley makes it 18 Buffs on NFL rosters in 2020 and with Nate Solder and Josh Topou both opting out of the 2020 season, 20 total Buffs in the NFL. 

Of those, eight Buffs saw action in games in Week 3: 

Bakhtiari (Green Bay)-Bakhtiari started his 109th career game at left tackle for the Packers, playing all 62 snaps on offense as Green Bay continues to roll.  While the offense racked up 381 yards of offense, which was actually under it's average for the first two weeks by over 100 yards, the scoring output remained high for the Packers, beating New Orleans 37-30.  The Packers have scored 122 points through three weeks, a new club record. 

Crosby (Green Bay)-Crosby remained perfect on the season, hitting on all three field goals from 52-, 33- and 49-yards out, and connecting on all four PAT attempts.  On the season, he's 7-of-7 on field goals and 13-of-13 on PATs for 34 points.  He's scored 10-plus points in each of the first three games.   He's long been the Packers' all-time leading scorer, setting that mark on Sept. 20, 2015, with 1,054 points.  He now has 1,609 career points and passed NFL Hall of Famer  Lou Groza for 20th place in NFL history.  Of the 20 leading scorers in NFL history, Crosby is just one of two (Jason Hanson, Detroit, 1992-2012) that has only played for one team in his career.   Crosby ranks fifth for active scoring behind Adam Vinatieri (first overall, 2,673 points), Steve Gostkowski (12th, 1,807), Matt Bryant (13th, 1,758) and Robbie Gould (19th, 1,665). 

Munyer (Tennessee)-Munyer saw action on two offensive plays for the Titans, both within minutes of each other and both touchdowns.  Munyer reported as eligible, a sixth offensive lineman, on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line with about four minutes left in the third quarter and Derrick Henry punched in it to bring the Titans within 24-19.  After forcing a three-and-out, Ryan Tannehill hit Kalif Raymond for 61-yards to the Vikings 4-yard line.  After Henry got to the 1-yard line on first down, Munyer again reported and Henry again scored a 1-yard touchdown, giving the Titans a 25-24 lead (two-point try failed).  Minnesota scored early in the fourth quarter but two field goals (54 and 55 yards) by the aforementioned Gostkowski gave the Titans a 31-30 win.  Munyer also saw action on special teams on seven plays. 

Oliver (Atlanta)-Oliver started his third game at cornerback for the Falcons and had seven tackles, second-most on the team, with two pass deflections and one tackle for loss.  His TFL came in the third quarter and forced Chicago into a third-and-long situation.  The Falcons were able to intercept the pass on the next play and turned that turnover into a field goal and a 26-10 lead.  Unfortunately for a second straight week, the Falcons lost in a heartbreaker, as the Bears rattled off 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 30-26.  It wasn't for lack of effort on Oliver's part, both of this PBU's came in the fourth quarter and both on third downs.   Oliver was the only Falcon to play all 82 defensive snaps. 

Shenault (Jacksonville)-Shenault started his second game of the season and caught five passes for 33 yards and had one rush for a yard (which was enough for a first down).  His best catch was at the end of the first quarter, where he caught a pass over the middle on third-and-four with three defenders draped over him, broke free, and picked up 16 yards, a drive that Jacksonville would end up scoring on early in the second quarter.  In all, Viska was out there for 45 of 66 offensive plays in the Jags 31-13 loss to Miami.

Jimmy Smith (Baltimore)-Smith got his first start of the season on Monday Night Football and was credited with five tackles in the Ravens' 34-20 loss to Kansas City.  Smith played in 66 of 75 (88%) of the Ravens defensive snaps.  In his five tackles, he only gave up one first down. 

Davion Taylor (Philadelphia)-Taylor saw action for the third straight week on special teams to open his career, a total of 12 snaps.  He was part of the first tie of the 2020 NFL season as the Eagles tied Cincinnati, 23-23. 

Tedric Thompson (Kansas City)-Thompson was credited with three tackles on defense and one more on special teams in the Chiefs' 34-20 win over Baltimore.  In all, he played on 20 defensive snaps and six on special teams as the Chiefs improved to 3-0 on the young season. 

TRANSACTIONS: Chidobe Awuzie (Dallas) added to the reserved list (injured) on Sept. 25.  Ken Crawley signed to New Orleans practice squad on Sept. 28.