Locals in the NFL, Week 9: 'A little crazy' Tim Patrick leads Broncos to win over Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) defends as Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) catches a touchdown pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) defends as Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) catches a touchdown pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Michael Ainsworth, Associated Press)

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AROUND THE SHIELD — There's no denying former Utah wide receiver Tim Patrick has been climbing the league ladder during a breakout season with the Broncos, where he's on pace to overtake last year as the best of his four-year career.

But is he "a little bit crazy," too?

Whether crazy, disrespected or just really good, Patrick has been among the most reliable receivers in the league.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound wide out turned in another gem Sunday, catching four passes for 85 yards with a 44-yard touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater in the Broncos' 30-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

It's the second-straight win for Denver, which improved to 5-4 on the season in an AFC West where all four teams are separated by just one-half of a game.

But what's behind the University of Utah product's rise to the top of Denver's depth chart? Sure-handedness and nose for the football are one thing, but Patrick relies on his infectious energy as one of the Broncos' leaders.

"I'm a little crazy. That's just me, honestly," Patrick told reporters Sunday afternoon. "It's nothing from the group; I'm just passionate about this game. You guys know me already; I love dominating and making plays. That's what we did, and everyone fed off it."

The Broncos were also fired up at the Cowboys, who went 0-for-4 on fourth downs that included failures on their first two possessions. Receiver Amari Cooper had his first drop of the season on one of those failed fourth downs, and the Cowboys finished with a season-low 290 yards.

Patrick called the early fourth-down tries "disrespectful," and his quarterback agreed.

"You take the field with a little anger, honestly," Bridgewater said. "They're saying our offense is not going to score. We talked about it in the huddle and we used it as a motivation."

Denver had more than 100 yards of offense than the Cowboys (6-2), putting up 407 yards on 73 plays, a 5.6 yards per gain averaged that included 217 through the air.

Patrick played a big role in that air strike, and he's going to keep playing his role.

Because he's still "a little bit crazy."

"We know what we're capable of, but we haven't seen it all put together," Patrick said. "To see a complete team win like that, it gets you excited. Now we've seen it, and we know we need to stick to the plan week in and week out."

Former Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles was among the inactives for Sunday's game.

Bingham High graduate Dalton Schultz continued his strong play in a contract year for the Cowboys, hauling in four passes for 54 yards. Dallas also activated former Herriman High, BYU and Utah linebacker Francis Bernard off injured-reserve and played 17 snaps on special teams.

Here's how other former high school and college football standouts from Utah fared in Week 9 of the NFL's 2021 season.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) defends as Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) catches a touchdown pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) defends as Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) catches a touchdown pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Photo: Michael Ainsworth, Associated Press)

Monday Night Football

Pittsburgh 29, Chicago 27

Bears (3-6)

  • Khyiris Tonga, NT, BYU/Granger: Had one assisted tackle as a reserve on defense.
  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Made five tackles as a reserve on defense.
  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State/Weber: Played 11 snaps on special teams.

Steelers (5-3)

  • Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: did not record any stats

Indianapolis 45, NY Jets 30

Colts (4-5)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Jets (2-6)

  • Javelin Guidry, DB, Utah: one tackle in nine defensive snaps, eight on special teams.
  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU/Corner Canyon: Inactive for injury (knee)

Baltimore 34, Minnesota 31

Ravens (6-2)

  • Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah: Active, but did not play.
  • Ty'Son Williams, RB, BYU: Played 18 snaps on offense.

Vikings (3-5)

  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State/Fremont: Made two tackles in 57 defensive snaps, 26 on special teams.

New England 25, Carolina 6

Patriots (5-4)

  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Starting linebacker made two tackles, two pass breakups in 41 defensive snaps.

Panthers (4-5)

  • Brady Christensen, OT, BYU/Bountiful: Played two snaps on special teams.

Cleveland 41, Cincinnati 61

Browns (5-4)

  • Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Starting linebacker made five tackles, forced fumble in 29 defensive snaps, two tackles in 16 snaps on special teams.

Bengals (5-4)

  • Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State: Played three snaps on special teams.

Denver 30, Dallas 16

Broncos (5-4)

  • Garett Bolles, OT, Utah/Westlake/Snow College: Inactive for Week 9.
  • Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Starting wide receiver had team-high 85 yards on four catches, including 44-yard touchdown in 48 offensive snaps.

Cowboys (6-2)

  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: Had four passes for 54 yards and a tackle in 59 offensive snaps.
  • Francis Bernard, LB, Utah/Herriman: Played 17 snaps on special teams.
  • Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton: Inactive for Week 9.

Jacksonville 9, Buffalo 6

Jaguars (2-6)

  • Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Made two tackles in 19 snaps on defense, one tackle in 10 snaps on special teams.

Bills (5-3)

  • Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah/Bingham/Snow College: Starting defensive tackle had four stops and a tackle for loss in 36 defensive snaps, five on special teams.
  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Ran for 6 yards with 18 receiving yards in 19 offensive snaps.
  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Starting nickel made two tackles in 11 defensive snaps.

Miami 17, Houston 9

Dolphins (2-7)

  • Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: Had six tackles and a forced fumble in 28 defensive snaps.

Texans (1-8)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Atlanta 27, New Orleans 25

Falcons (4-4)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Saints (5-3)

  • Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Ran for 4 yards, completed two passes for 33 yards and played Wildcat quarterback in 17 offensive snaps, three on special teams.
  • Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Starting free safety had team-high seven tackles while playing all 59 defensive snaps.
  • Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: Made three tackles in 11 defensive snaps, 23 on special teams.

NY Giants 23, Las Vegas 16

Giants (3-6)

  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Posted team-high 99 yards on 22 carries, 23 receiving yards in 41 offensive snaps.

Raiders (5-3)

  • Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State: Made one tackle in six defensive snaps, added a tackle and recovered a fumble in 21 snaps on special teams.
  • Andre James, OT, Herriman: Starting center played all 69 offensive snaps.
  • Jackson Barton, OT, Utah/Brighton: Inactive for Week 9.

LA Chargers 27, Philadelphia 24

Chargers (5-3)

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Inactive for Week 9.
  • Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: Played 26 snaps on defense, five on special teams.
  • Alohi Gilman, LB, Orem: Inactive for Week 9.

Eagles (3-6)

  • Sua Opeta, OL, Weber State/Stansbury: Active, but did not play.

Kansas City 13, Green Bay 7

Chiefs (5-4)

  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Had one tackle, one quarterback hurry in 22 defensive snaps, six on special teams.
  • Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton: Played three offensive snaps, 19 as gunner on special teams.

Packers (7-2)

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Completed 19-of-34 passes for 190 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown and an interception, ran for 23 yards in 63 snaps of first career start.

Arizona 31, San Francisco 17

Cardinals (8-1)

  • Leki Fotu, DT, Utah/Herriman: Played 29 snaps on defense, 12 on special teams.

49ers (3-5)

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Tallied game-high 14 tackles while playing all 70 defensive snaps.
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Had four punts for 163 yards (40.8 average) with one tackle in 11 snaps on special teams.

Tennessee 28, LA Rams 16

Titans (7-2)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Rams (7-2)

  • Matt Gay, Utah/UVU/Orem: Connected on field goals of 34, 22 and 54 yards with one PAT in nine snaps on special teams.
  • Terrell Burgess, S, Utah: Played in 20 snaps on special teams.

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