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While Brett Favre was the talk of the Minnesota Vikings second loss of the season, former Ute, Koa Misi of the Miami Dolphins was the deciding factor in the Dolphins 14-10 win. Misi recovered a Favre fumble in the endzone for a touchdown to give the Dolphins a 14-0 lead in the third quarter. Misi also had two tackles, helping the Dolphins to go 2-0 on the season.
The Carolina Panthers struggled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losing 20-7. However, Steve Smith of the Panthers had three receptions for 66 total yards and the Panthers' only touchdown. Early in the second quarter, Matt Moore found Smith for a 37-yard touchdown, giving the Panthers their only score for the afternoon. Smith is the only player to score both touchdowns for the Panthers this year.
Late in the game, Smith took a hit to his wrist. Following the game he told the Gaston Gazette: "It was a good shot. His face mask went right into my wrist. I was pretty nervous and it brought back some bad memories. But it's feeling pretty good and the X-ray shows no break."
In a lopsided showdown of the Manning brothers, Austin Collie of the Indianapolis Colts contributed to the Colts' decisive win. Late in the second quarter, Peyton Manning found Collie for a 3-yard pass, giving the Colts another touchdown. This was Collie's ninth career touchdown. Collie had four receptions for a total of 25 yards as the Colts went on to win 38-14.
In a hard fought battle Sunday evening, the Houston Texans edged ahead of the Washington Redskins in overtime to overcome a 17-point deficit. Donavan Mcnabb of the Redskins found former Aggie, Chris Cooley, late in the third quarter for a 22-yard touchdown, putting the Redskins up 17. In the losing effort, Cooley had three receptions for 66 yards as the Texans beat the Redskins 30-27.
Utah native, Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens had a strong game against the Cincinnati Bengals with eight tackles, two of which were for a loss of yards. The Ravens lost to the Bengals 15-10. Last Monday, Ngata had four tackles and a sack as the Ravens beat the New York Jets 10-9 on Monday Night Football.
Former Ute, Sione Pouha of the New York Jets had a great game against the New England Patriots. Pouha had six tackles as the Jets beat the Patriots 28-14. On opening night of Monday Night Football, the Jets hosted the Baltimore Ravens, with Pouha recovering two fumbles and seven tackles. The Ravens went on to win 10-9.
Other notable locals in play:
- Dennis Pitta (BYU), TE, Baltimore Ravens: Recovered teammate's fumble on special teams
- Eric Weddle (Utah), S, San Diego Chargers: Assisted in a sack of David Garrard and had five total tackles
- C.J. Ah You (Lone Peak HS), DE, Rams: Had one tackle and deflected a pass
- Max Hall (BYU), QB, Arizona Cardinals: Was 1-2 passing for three yards and an interception
- Sean Smith (Utah), CB, Miami Dolphins: Had three tackles and was a strong defensive presence for Miami
- Brett Keisel (BYU), DE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Sacked Kerry Collins, forced a fumble, and had two tackles
- Chris Hoke (BYU), DT, Pittsburgh Steelers: Recovered a Pittsburgh fumble and had two tackles
- Stevenson Sylvester (Utah), LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Forced a fumble and had three tackles
- Ma'ake Kemoeatu (Utah), DT, Redskins: Had two tackles
- Brady Poppinga (BYU), LB, Green Bay Packers: Had three tackles
Former Ute, Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, looks to rebound from last week's bad showing against the Seattle Seahawks to face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in Monday Night Football.
Stewart Bradley of the Philadelphia Eagles did not play Sunday after suffering a concussion on week one against the Green Bay Packers. Bradley failed a concussion test and is not scheduled to play next week against the Detroit Lions. CLICK HERE for more local players in the NFL.