Utes in the NFL: Week 11 Review, Week 12 Preview
SALT LAKE CITY – Week 12 of the NFL regular season is set to get underway tomorrow, as 19 former Utes are ready to battle it out with their respective teams.
Five former Utes will play on Thanksgiving Day with John Penisini and the Detroit Lions taking on Jared Norris and the Houston Texans at 10:30 a.m. MT on CBS Thursday. Washington and Dallas will face off in the second game of the day (2:30 p.m. MT, FOX) with Alex Smith and Jared Norris suiting up for Washington and Bradlee Anae and Francis Bernard playing with the Cowboys.
Indianapolis Colts standout Julian Blackmon will look to help his team take the lead in the AFC South as they play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT on CBS. Both teams are sitting at 7-3 overall with the Colts on a two-game winning streak.
This isn't happening by accident. ?? pic.twitter.com/dPgBm3Og43
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 24, 2020
|Date||Game||Time (MT)||TV||Utes to Watch|
|Nov. 26||Houston at Detroit||10:30 a.m.||CBS||John Penisini (Detroit)|
|Nate Orchard (Houston)|
|Nov. 26||Washington at Dallas||2:30 p.m.||FOX||Alex Smith (Washington)|
|Jared Norris (Washington)|
|Bradlee Anae (Dallas)|
|Francis Bernard (Dallas)|
|Nov. 29||Las Vegas at Atlanta||11 a.m.||CBS||Devontae Booker (Las Vegas)|
|Nov. 29||L.A. Chargers at Buffalo||11 a.m.||CBS||Sam Tevi (L.A. Chargers)|
|Zack Moss (Buffalo)|
|Nov. 29||NY Giants at Cincinnati||11 a.m.||FOX||Jackson Barton (NY Giants)|
|Nov. 29||Tennessee at Indianapolis||11 a.m.||CBS||Julian Blackmon (Indianapolis)|
|Nov. 29||Arizona at New England||11 a.m.||FOX||Kylie Fitts (Arizona)|
|Nov. 29||Miami at NY Jets||11 a.m.||CBS||Eric Rowe (Miami)|
|Javelin Guidry (NY Jets)|
|Nov. 29||New Orleans at Denver||2:05 p.m.||FOX||Marcus Williams (New Orleans)|
|Garett Bolles (Denver)|
|Tim Patrick (Denver)|
|Nov. 29||San Francisco at L.A. Rams||2:05 p.m.||FOX||Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco)|
|Matt Gay (L.A. Rams)|
|Nov. 29||Chicago at Green Bay||6:20 p.m.||NBC||Jaylon Johnson (Chicago)|
|Nov. 30||Seattle at Philadelphia||6:15 p.m.||ESPN||Cody Barton (Seattle)|
Week 11 was another milestone for former Ute Alex Smith to cross off his list since his injury two years ago, leading the Washington Football Team to a 20-9 victory over Cincinnati. He finished the game 17-of-25 passing for 166 yards and a three-yard touchdown.
Alex Smith got his first win since suffering his devastating leg injury two years ago.
Forever inspiring ?? pic.twitter.com/soFXlbZimK
— ESPN (@espn) November 22, 2020
In Denver's game against Miami, Tim Patrick was integral in helping the Broncos to a 20-13 win, recording his third 100-yard game of the season with 119 yards on five catches. He averaged 23.8 yards per catch in the game, also notching a career-long reception of 61 yards.
Matt Gay made his return to the gridiron this past week when he suited up for the Los Angeles Rams for the first time, showing his ability to pull off clutch kicks down the stretch against his former team, Tampa Bay. Gay knocked in a 38-yard field goal at the end of the first half to give the Rams a 17-14 lead, following it up with a game-winning 40-yarder with 2:36 remaining for the 27-24 victory.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 23, 2020
On the defensive side of the ball, Julian Blackmon continued to prove why he is in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year, finishing Indianapolis's game against Green Bay with five tackles and his first-career forced fumble. The forced fumble came at a key point in overtime as Green Bay was driving for the win, but Blackmon knocked the ball loose with the Colts recovering it and winning the game on a field goal on the next drive, 34-31.
Julian Blackmon's forced fumble helps seal the Colts' OT win over the Packers ??
— The Athletic NFL (@TheAthleticNFL) November 23, 2020
Week 11 Recap:
|Cody Barton, Seattle||vs. Arizona||W, 28-21||Played on ST; 1 tackle|
|Francis Bernard, Dallas||at Minnesota||W, 31-28||Played on ST|
|Julian Blackmon, Indianapolis||vs. Green Bay||W, 34-31||Started at FS; 5 tackles, 1 FF|
|Garett Bolles, Denver||vs. Miami||W, 20-13||Started at LT|
|Devontae Booker, Las Vegas||vs. Kansas City||L, 35-31||5 rush, 16 yds; 1 rec, 3 yds|
|Kylie Fitts, Arizona||at Seattle||L, 28-21||Played on ST/Sub at LB|
|Matt Gay, L.A. Rams||at Tampa Bay||W, 27-24||3-3 PATs, 38, 40-yd FGs|
|Javelin Guidry, NY Jets||at L.A. Chargers||L, 34-28||Played on ST|
|Tim Patrick, Denver||vs. Miami||W, 20-13||Started at WR; 5 rec, 119 yds (23.8 ypc)|
|John Penisini, Detroit||at Carolina||L, 20-0||Started at DT; 4 tackles (1.0 sack)|
|Eric Rowe, Miami||at Denver||L, 20-13||Started at S; 10 tackles, 1 FR|
|Alex Smith, Washington||vs. Cincinnati||W, 20-9||Started at QB; 17-of-25, 166 yds, 1 TD|
|Sam Tevi, L.A. Chargers||vs. NY Jets||W, 34-28||Started at LT|
|Marcus Williams, New Orleans||vs. Atlanta||W, 24-9||Started at FS; 3 tackles, 1 PD (1 INT)|