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Utes in the NFL: Week 13 Review, Week 14 Preview

Dec 10, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Twenty-two former Utah football players will be suiting up in week 14 of the 2020 NFL regular season as multiple teams are battling for the top position in their divisions.

Zack Moss and the Buffalo Bills are sitting at the top of the AFC East with Julian Blackmon and the Indianapolis Colts tied for the lead in the AFC South with Tennessee. The New York Giants (Jackson Barton) and the Washington Football Team (Alex Smith, Jared Norris) are tied for the lead in the NFC East with Washington on a three-game winning streak with Smith starting at quarterback.

Marcus Williams and the New Orleans Saints are currently on a nine-game winning streak with the lead in the NFC South with the Los Angeles Rams (Matt Gay) and Seattle Seahawks (Cody Barton) battling for the lead in the NFC West with records of 8-4 overall.

How to Watch Your Utes in Week 14:
Tim Patrick (Denver)

Date Game  Time (MT)  TV Utes to Watch
Dec. 10 New England at L.A. Rams 6:20 p.m. FOX Matt Gay (L.A. Rams)
Dec. 13 Houston at Chicago 11 a.m. CBS  Nate Orchard (Houston)
Jaylon Johnson (Chicago)
Dec. 13 Dallas at Cincinnati 11 a.m. FOX Bradlee Anae (Dallas)
Francis Bernard (Dallas)
Dec. 13 Kansas City at Miami 11 a.m. CBS  Eric Rowe (Miami)
Dec. 13 Arizona at NY Giants   11 a.m. FOX Kylie Fitts (Arizona)
Leki Fotu (Arizona)
Jackson Barton (NY Giants)
Dec. 13  Denver at Carolina  11 a.m. CBS Garett Bolles (Denver)
Dec. 13  Indianapolis at Las Vegas 2:05 p.m. CBS Julian Blackmon (Indianapolis)
Devontae Booker (Las Vegas)
Dec. 13  NY Jets at Seattle 2:05 p.m. CBS Javelin Guidry (NY Jets)
Cody Barton (Seattle)
Dec. 13  Green Bay at Detroit 2:25 p.m. FOX John Penisini (Detroit)
Dec. 13 New Orleans at Philadelphia  2:25 p.m. FOX  Marcus Williams (New Orleans)
Dec. 13 Atlanta at L.A. Chargers  2:25 p.m. FOX  Sam Tevi (L.A. Chargers)
Dec. 13 Washington at San Francisco 2:25 p.m. FOX  Jared Norris (Washington)
Alex Smith (Washington)
Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco)
Dec. 13 Pittsburgh at Buffalo 6:20 p.m. NBC Zack Moss (Buffalo)

Week 13 of the regular season saw another undefeated team go down, in particular at the hands of Alex Smith and the Washington Football team. Smith led Washington to a 23-17 win over undefeated Pittsburgh on the road, finishing the game 31-of-46 passing for 296 yards and a touchdown.

Smith's 15-yard passing touchdown with 9:09 left in the fourth quarter tied the game 17-17 with Washington punching in two field goals for the win. Smith's 92.3 passing rating in the game was a season-high for the former Ute.

In the Denver vs. Kansas City game, former Ute Tim Patrick scored two touchdowns for the Broncos but unfortunately the team couldn't come away with the win. Patrick caught a five-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Denver a 10-3 lead and a 10-yard receiving score in the third to put them up 16-12, but Kansas City would rally and win 22-16.

On the defensive side of the ball, John Penisini was key in Detroit beating the Chicago Bears this past week, racking up three tackles and a key fumble recovery. Penisini's fumble recovery came on the Chicago seven-yard line with less than two minutes to go in the game with Detroit scoring on the next drive to take the 34-30 lead that would win the game.

Javelin Guidry had a career day in the New York Jets' game against Las Vegas, recording a career-high six tackles with two forced fumbles. It was his second-straight game with a forced fumble, also forcing one against the Dolphins the week before.

NFL Week 13 Recap:



Player, Team   Game    Result  Highlights
Cody Barton, Seattle vs. NY Giants L, 17-12  Played on ST; 1 tackle
Francis Bernard, Dallas    at Baltimore L, 34-17 Played on ST
Julian Blackmon, Indianapolis at Houston W, 26-20 Started at FS; 4 tackles
Garett Bolles, Denver  at Kansas City  L, 22-16 Started at LT
Devontae Booker, Las Vegas at NY Jets  W, 31-28  Started at RB; 16 rush, 50 yds; 1 rec, 1 yd
Matt Gay, L.A. Rams  at Arizona W, 38-28 5-5 PATs, 39-yd FG
Kylie Fitts, Arizona  vs. L.A. Rams  L, 38-28 Sub at LB/ST
Leki Fotu, Arizona vs. L.A. Rams  L, 38-28 Sub on DL; 2 tackles (2.0 TFL)
Javelin Guidry, NY Jets  vs. Las Vegas L, 31-28 Sub at CB; 6 tackles, 2 FF
Jaylon Johnson, Chicago vs. Detroit   L, 34-30 Started at CB; 4 tackles, 1 PD
Zack Moss, Buffalo at San Francisco W, 34-24 Sub at RB; 3 rush, 9 yds; 1 rec, 5 yds
Jared Norris, Washington  at Pittsburgh  W, 23-17   Played on ST; 1 tackle
Tim Patrick, Denver    at Kansas City  L, 22-16 Started at WR; 4 rec, 44 yds, 2 TD
John Penisini, Detroit   at Chicago W, 34-30 Started at DT; 3 tackles, 1 FR
Eric Rowe, Miami  vs. Cincinnati   W, 19-7 Started at S; 4 tackles
Alex Smith, Washington at Pittsburgh W, 23-17 Started at QB; 31-of-46, 296 yds, 1 TD
Marcus Williams, New Orleans at Atlanta W, 21-16  Started at FS; 7 tackles, 1 PD
Mitch Wishnowsky, San Francisco vs. Buffalo L, 34-24 2 punts, 90 yds (45.0), 1 IN20, LG 54