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Defense and Special Teams Highlight #NFLBuffs Week 17

Jan 5, 2022

BOULDER– Sunday night saw temperatures drop to 10 degrees in Green Bay, but that did not stop former Colorado Buffaloes kicker Mason Crosby from being flawless on the night. Crosby was tasked with kicking in the "Frozen Tundra" of Lambeau Field. He went 3-of-3 on field goals and 4-of-4 on extra points in the Green Bay Packers 37-10 Sunday Night Football rout of the Minnesota Vikings.

The following night on Monday Night Football, former Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon came up clutch in Ben Roethlisberger's final game in Pittsburgh. Witherspoon had an interception on three passes defended, and helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 24-16 win over the Cleveland Browns to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Here is what happened with all other former Buffs across the NFL in Week 17.

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Cincinnati Bengals
Had a team-leading 10 tackles in the Bengals 34-31 thriller win over the Kansas City Chiefs that clinched the Bengals the AFC North. 

Ken Crawley, CB, New Orleans Saints
Appeared in three special teams snaps in the Saints 18-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Miami Dolphins
Had two carries in the Dolphins 34-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Jacksonville Jaguars
Hauled in two catches for 13 yards in the Jaguars 50-10 loss to the New England Patriots.

Jimmy Smith, CB, Baltimore Ravens 
Recorded four tackles including a tackle for a loss in the Ravens 20-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Nate Solder, OT, New York Giants 
Played in 100% of offensive snaps in the Giants 29-3 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Josh Tupou, DL, Cincinnati Bengals 
Appeared in 28% of defensive snaps in the Bengals win over the Chiefs.

Juwann Winfree, WR, Green Bay Packers 
Had one catch for 12 yards and appeared in 19% of offensive snaps in the Packers win over the Vikings.

David Bakhtiari (Packers) did not play this week. Isaiah Oliver (Falcons) is out for the season with a knee injury. Davion Taylor (Eagles) is still on injured reserve.

Kabion Ento (Packers), Arlington Hambright (Bears), Steven Montez (Lions) and Daniel Munyer  (Titans) all remain on their team's practice squads.  Will Sherman (Patriots) was placed on the practice squad/COVID-19 list. Delrick Abrams was signed and released from the Los Angeles Rams practice squad. Alex Tchangam was signed and released from the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.