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Utes in the NFL: Week 11 Review, Week 12 Preview

Nov 25, 2020

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.
 

Where to Watch Your Utes In Week 12:

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Week 11 Recap:

Player, Team  Game Result Highlights
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)