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Monday, November 5, 2012

BYU in NFL, Week 9: Keisel continues to carry the torch

Once again, the Pittsburgh Steelers' Brett Keisel carried the torch for former Brigham Young Cougars in the NFL this weekend. Dennis Pitta had a few good plays as the Baltimore Ravens were back in action. Next weekend is a former Cougars face-off weekend. Four of the six former Cougars will play in two games as their teams go head-to-head: Ravens-Raiders, Steelers-Chiefs.   

Note: A special update on Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie who injured his knee early this season is scheduled for later this week. 

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens, Tight End

Pitta didn’t start at tight end, but he outplayed Ed Dickson who did. Pitta did had 2 reception for 33 yards. Neither one of Pitta’s receptions came on one of Baltimore’s scoring drives. The Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns, 25-15.

Stats
This week: 2 receptions, 33 yards
Season: 32 receptions, 309 yards, 2 touchdowns

Baltimore Ravens: 6-2
Next: Oakland Raiders

Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive End

Keisel is playing better and better each week. He followed up his 3 tackles (1 solo) performance last week with 4 tackles (2 solo) this week in a 24-20 win over the New York Giants. On the opening drive of the game, Keisel helped force a punt. On 2nd and 6, he tackled the Giants ball carrier a yard short of the first down. Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw an incomplete pass on third down. Later, in the fourth quarter, when the Steelers were trailing 20-17, Keisel helped get the ball back for the Steelers offense. On 1st and 10, Keisel teamed with James Harrison to make a 2-yard stop. The Giants were only able to gain one more yard on the next two plays. On the ensuing drive, the Steelers offense scored the go-ahead touchdown.

Stats
This week: 4 tackles (2 solo)
Season: 18 tackles (8 solo)

Pittsburgh Steelers: 5-3
Next: Kansas City Chiefs

John Denney, Miami Dolphins, Long Snapper

Denney snapped perfectly on two field goals, two extra points and four punts. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Dolphins lost to the Indianapolis Colts, 23-20.

Stats
This week: None.
Season: 1 tackle (1 solo), 1 forced fumble

Miami Dolphins: 4-4
Next: Tennessee Titans

Dallas Reynolds, Philadelphia Eagles, Center

Reynolds is expected to start his sixth consecutive game tonight on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints.

Philadelphia Eagles: 3-4
Next: Dallas

Vic So’oto, Oakland Raiders, Linebacker

So’oto did not play in the Raiders’ 42-32 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   

Stats
This week: no stats/did not play
Season: 1 tackle

Oakland Raiders: 3-5
Next: at Baltimore Ravens

Bryan Kehl, Kansas City Chiefs, Linebacker

Kehl did not play in the Chiefs’ 31-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers.   

Stats
No stats recorded yet.

Kansas City Chiefs: 1-7
Next: at Pittsburgh

The Editor appreciates all feedback. He can be reached via email at bluecougarfootball@gmail.com

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