Lindsay Eclipses Century Mark, Taylor Makes Defensive Debut
BOULDER- Phillip Lindsay's huge return from injury and Davion Taylor's first career snaps on defense highlight a busy Week 6 of #NFLBuffs.
Phil's Gonna Phil
Playing in his first game since an injury suffered in Week 1, Lindsay was the featured back for the Denver Broncos with Melvin Gordon III sidelined. In a 18-12 win against New England, Lindsay carried the ball 23 times, totalling 101 yards. It was Lindsay's sixth career 100-yard rushing game and the Broncos improved to a perfect 6-0 in those games. His energy was a welcomed return to a Broncos team that had not played a game since Oct. 1. "Rock-em, Sock-em, Bop-em Phil, with the hair rolling today", said QB Drew Lock on Lindsay's return. "He was excited. It was good to finally have him back on the field. He brings an energy that's infectious."
With his sixth 100-yard game, Lindsay matches the late Rashaan Salaam's career 100-yard games for the Chicago Bears, and he pulls to within one game of Chris Brown's seven career 100-yard games. In all, eight Buffs have a combined 32 100-yard rushing games, and Lindsay is the fourth CU player to have a 100-yard game in three different seasons, joined by Brown (2004, '05, '07), Tony Reed (1977, '78, '79) and Cullen Bryant (1978, '79, '80).
Taylor Thrown Into The Fire Against Reigning MVP
Taylor appeared on defense for the first time in his rookie season for the Philadelphia Eagles as they fell to Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, 30-28. The 2020 third-round pick played 11 snaps on defense where he made two tackles, including one in the open-field on the elusive Jackson. Taylor also played an astounding 29 snaps on special teams where he was credited with an assisted tackle.
Nine Buffs Take The Field In Week 6
In all, nine Buffs took the field during Week 6 of NFL action.
David Bakhtiari (Green Bay) started and played 40 snaps for the Packers before exiting the game in the third quarter with a chest injury. The Packers went on to lose 38-10 in the highly anticipated matchup against Tampa Bay. "From a teammate standpoint, from a best friend standpoint, I definitely checked in on him", said star QB Aaron Rodgers on his LT. "He seemed to be in good spirits but I'm not sure the extent of his injury at this time." Bakhtiari, who has started 50 consecutive games, is questionable for Week 7.
Mason Crosby (Green Bay) made both of his kicks on Sunday which included a 39 yard field goal and an extra point. Crosby improves to a perfect 9-of-9 on field goals this season.
Lindsay (Denver) recorded his sixth career 100-yard rushing game in his first game since Week 1. The Broncos improved to 2-3 after beating New England 18-12.
Isaiah Oliver (Atlanta) came off the bench for the Falcons to help beat Minnesota 40-23. Oliver played 38 snaps on defense and seven on special teams. He was credited for one pass defended and four combined tackles in Atlanta's first win of the season.
Laviska Shenault Jr. (Jacksonville) recorded 3 receptions for 10 yards in a 34-16 loss to Detroit. Shenault Jr. now has 26 receptions and 280 yards in his rookie campaign.
Jimmy Smith (Baltimore) started his third game of the season and 86th of his career as a Raven as they beat Philadelphia 30-28. Smith recorded one tackle, one pass defended, and recovered a fumble from his teammate who recovered the initial fumble on the play.
Taylor (Philadelphia) had appeared in Philadelphia's previous five games on special teams, but the rookie got his first career snaps on the defensive side of the ball on Sunday where he recorded two tackles.
Tedric Thompson (Kansas City) saw the field on special teams in a 26-17 win against Buffalo in a unique Monday afternoon (3:00 PM MT) kickoff. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday Night Football but was pushed back due to COVID-19 in Week 5.
Ahkello Witherspoon (San Francisco) saw action on 15 special teams plays on Sunday Night Football in a 24-16 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Not in Action in Week 6
Inactive players for Week 6 included Arlington Hambright (Chicago) and Daniel Munyer (Tennessee).
Delrick Abrams Jr. (Atlanta), Tony Brown (Washington), Steven Montez (Washington), Devin Ross (New England), and Juwann Winfree (Green Bay) were all on their respective practice squads for Week 6.
Ken Crawley (New Orleans) was not in action with the Saints bye week.
Chidobe Awuzie (Dallas) and Kabion Ento (Green Bay) are both on the NFL's Injured Reserve list. They are each expected to return in Week 7.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Nate Solder (NY Giants) and Josh Tupou (Cincinnati) both opted out of the 2020 NFL season.