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Utes in the NFL: Week 8 Review, Week 9 Preview

Nov 3, 2020

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.
 

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.

How To Watch The Utes In Week 9:

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.
 

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.
 

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:

Player, Team Game Result Highlights
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