Utes in the NFL: Week 8 Review, Week 9 Preview
SALT LAKE CITY – As the NFL heads into week nine of the regular season, 30 former Utah football standouts are signed to squads, including 22 who are on active rosters.
The storyline of the 2020 season has been Utah's defensive presence in the league with three defensive backs ranked in the top-25 in the NFL in passes defended through eight weeks. Jaylon Johnson (Chicago) is currently tied for fourth with 10 while Eric Rowe (Miami) has jumped into the top-10 sitting in a tie for sixth with nine.
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) November 2, 2020
Julian Blackmon is tied for 21st in the league in passes defended (6), with two of his coming from key interceptions for the Indianapolis Colts. His two interceptions is tied for eighth in the NFL this season.
|Date||Game||Time (MT)||TV||Utes to Watch|
|Nov. 5||Green Bay at San Francisco||6:20 p.m.||FOX/NFL||Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco)|
|Nov. 8||Denver at Atlanta||11 a.m.||CBS||Garett Bolles (Denver)|
|Tim Patrick (Denver)|
|Nov. 8||Seattle at Buffalo||11 a.m.||FOX||Cody Barton (Seattle)|
|Zack Moss (Buffalo)|
|Nov. 8||Chicago at Tennessee||11 a.m.||FOX||Jaylon Johnson (Chicago)|
|Nov. 8||Baltimore at Indianapolis||11 a.m.||CBS||Julian Blackmon (Indianapolis)|
|Nov. 8||Detroit at Minnesota||11 a.m.||CBS||John Penisini (Detroit)|
|Nov. 8||NY Giants at Washington||11 a.m.||FOX||Jackson Barton (NY Giants)|
|Jared Norris (Washington)|
|Nate Orchard (Washington)|
|Alex Smith (Washington)|
|Nov. 8||Las Vegas at L.A. Chargers||2:05 p.m.||FOX||Devontae Booker (Las Vegas)|
|Sam Tevi (L.A. Chargers)|
|Nov. 8||Pittsburgh at Dallas||2:25 p.m.||CBS||Bradlee Anae (Dallas)|
|Francis Bernard (Dallas)|
|Nov. 8||Miami at Arizona||2:25 p.m.||CBS||Eric Rowe (Miami)|
|Kylie Fitts (Arizona)|
|Leki Fotu (Arizona)|
|Nov. 8||New Orleans at Tampa Bay||6:20 p.m.||NBC||Marcus Williams (New Orleans)|
|Nov. 9||New England at NY Jets||6:15 p.m.||ESPN||Javelin Guidry (NY Jets)|
Week eight had another strong showing from the Pro Utes, including a career day for Zack Moss after he recorded a career-high 81 yards and two touchdowns for Buffalo on Sunday. He got the Bills on the board first, breaking free for a 21-yard gain on a second-and-10 to the New England 8-yard line, scoring an eight-yard rushing touchdown on the next play.
Moss also scored the first points of the second half, beginning the third quarter with a tackle breaking six-yard rush for a first down on a second-and-four, scoring on a four-yard touchdown three plays later to give Buffalo a 14-6 lead.
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) November 1, 2020
On the defensive side of the ball, Eric Rowe put together an outstanding performance for Miami on Sunday, finishing the game with seven tackles and five passes defended that included an interception. Rowe's five passes defended is a career-high with his pick being the fourth of his career and second with Miami.
"Nah." - @TheEricRowe
5 passes defensed is a career high for Eric! pic.twitter.com/cYca8w7UoF
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 2, 2020
Cody Barton also continues to be integral to Seattle's strong special teams, coming away with another forced fumble for the Seahawks. Barton's forced fumble came on a kickoff return with Seattle recovering the ball to then score on back-to-back drives in the third quarter.
NFL Week 8 Recap:
|Bradlee Anae, Dallas||at Philadelphia||L, 23-9||Played on ST|
|Cody Barton, Seattle||vs. San Francisco||W, 37-27||Sub at LB/ST; 2 tackles, 1 FF|
|Francis Bernard, Dallas||at Philadelphia||L, 23-9||Played on ST; 1 tackle|
|Julian Blackmon, Indianapolis||at Detroit||W, 41-21||Started at FS; 4 tackles|
|Garett Bolles, Denver||at L.A. Chargers||W, 31-30||Started at LT|
|Devontae Booker, Las Vegas||at Cleveland||W, 16-6||Sub at RB; 5 rush, 29 yds (5.8 ypc); 1 rec, 17 yds|
|Javelin Guidry, NY Jets||at Kansas City||L, 35-9||Played on ST|
|Jaylon Johnson, Chicago||vs. New Orleans||L, 26-23||Started at CB; 3 tackles|
|Zack Moss, Buffalo||vs. New England||W, 24-21||Sub at RB; 14 rush, 81 yds (5.8 ypc), 2 TD|
|John Penisini, Detroit||vs. Indianapolis||L, 41-21||Started on DL; 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL|
|Eric Rowe, Miami||vs. L.A. Rams||W, 28-17||Started at S; 7 tackles, 5 PD, 1 INT|
|Sam Tevi, L.A. Chargers||at Denver||L, 31-30||Started at LT|
|Marcus Williams, New Orleans||at Chicago||W, 26-23||Started at FS; 4 tackles|
|Mitch Wishnowsky, San Francisco||at Seattle||L, 37-27||4 punts, 202 yds (50.5), 1 IN20, 56 LG|