For veteran NFL players with Utah ties Alex Smith and Bobby Wagner, Week 6 provided the stage for a strong individual performance in key victories for their respective teams.
Smith completed 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards for a 109.1 QB rating as Kansas City beat Oakland 26-10. His 86.36 completion percentage is the best single-game mark for a Chiefs quarterback in franchise history.
At one point, running from midway through the first quarter to midway through the third, Smith completed 15 straight passes. Smith averaged 10.2 yards per pass attempt and behind his leadership, Kansas City went 3-for-7 on third down.
After punting on its first drive, the Chiefs scored 23 points over their next five drives, including three touchdowns. In the second half, Kansas City dominated ball control and held the ball for 21:41, compared with 8:19 for Oakland.
Wagner, meanwhile, had a season-high 14 tackles as Seattle rallied past Atlanta 26-24. The tackle total matched his career high.
The fifth-year linebacker also had a tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries and helped the Seahawks hold Atlanta to 3 of 11 on third downs.
In the second quarter, Wagner had a tackle for no gain on a third-and-1 play. After Atlanta converted a fourth-down play, he had a third-down QB hurry later in that drive to force a field goal.
Here’s a look at how the other Utah ties performed in the NFL in Week 6:
CHARGERS 21, BRONCOS 13
Tenny Palepoi, DT, Utah, Snow College and Skyline High: Had two quarterback hurries on 44 defensive plays and eight special teams snaps.
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Snow College: Played 20 special teams snaps.
Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
Booker rushed for a team-high 46 yards on five carries (9.2 yards per carry). He also had two catches for 7 yards. On a third-quarter drive, Booker ran for 17 yards, caught a 5-yard pass and ran for 16 yards on back-to-back-to-back plays. Booker played 15 offensive snaps.
On injured reserve: Sam Brenner, C, Utah
BILLS 45, 49ERS 16
Zane Beadles, OL, Utah and Hillcrest High: Started at left guard and played all 61 offensive snaps for the 49ers and four on special teams.
On practice squad: Dres Anderson, WR, Utah
JAGUARS 17, BEARS 16
On practice squad: Jeremiah Poutasi, G/T, Utah
Paul Lasike, RB/FB, BYU: Had one carry for 1 yard on 10 offensive snaps.
Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Played 10 special teams snaps.
LIONS 31, RAMS 28
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Started at defensive end and had a solo tackle, a tackle for a loss, on 32 defensive snaps.
Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah: Played six defensive snaps and 19 special teams snaps.
Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Started at cornerback and had two solo tackles on 39 defensive snaps and eight special teams snaps.
Haloti Ngata, DT, Highland High: Not active for game with shoulder injury.
Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Started at linebacker and had five solo tackles on 49 defensive snaps and eight on special teams. He has 15 tackles over the past three weeks.
Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State: Started at free safety and had one solo tackle on 61 defensive snaps and five special teams snaps.
DOLPHINS 30, STEELERS 15
John Denney, LS, BYU: Played 10 special teams snaps.
On injured reserve: Koa Misi, LB, Utah
On reserve/non-football injury list: Zach Vigil, LB, Utah State and Clearfield High
PATRIOTS 35, BENGALS 17
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: Had one solo tackle and a pass deflection on 26 defensive snaps in his first action for the Patriots this season.
Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State and Fremont High: Had a special teams tackle on four defensive snaps and 19 special teams snaps.
SAINTS 41, PANTHERS 38
Paul Kruger, DE, Utah and Timpanogos High: Not active for game with back injury.
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, Snow College and Bingham High: Started at defensive tackle and played 39 defensive snaps and eight on special teams.
Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Played 24 special teams snaps.
Paul Soliai, DT, Utah: Not active for game with foot injury.
On practice squad: Brian Blechen, LB, Utah; Tyler Larsen, G, Utah State and Jordan High
GIANTS 27, RAVENS 23
On injured reserve: Uani ‘Unga, MLB, BYU
Will Davis, SS, Utah State
Davis had four tackles, including one solo, a pass deflection and his first career interception while playing 49 defensive snaps and nine on special teams. He intercepted an Eli Manning pass at the Baltimore 30 on the final play of the first half.
Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU: Had six receptions for 36 yards on a team-high 10 targets on 64 offensive snaps. Pitta had a team-high four receptions for 21 yards in the first half.
Steve Smith Sr., WR, Utah: Not active for game with ankle injury.
Eric Weddle, SS, Utah: Weddle started at strong safety and had seven tackles, including four solo, and forced a fumble while playing all 67 defensive snaps for the Ravens. He caused Odell Beckham Jr. to fumble on the Giants’ first play of the game and Baltimore recovered, scoring a touchdown off the turnover.
On injured reserve: Kaelin Clay, WR, Utah; Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU and Timpview High; De’Ondre Wesley, OT, BYU
On practice squad: Robertson Daniel, CB, BYU
TITANS 28, BROWNS 26
Brice McCain, CB, Utah: Had two tackles, including one solo, on 47 defensive snaps and 13 special teams snaps.
LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah: Played 22 special teams snaps.
Stephen Paea, DT, Snow College and Timpview High: Had two tackles, including one solo, on 23 defensive snaps and five special teams snaps.
On injured reserve: Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah and Highland High
On practice squad: Mitch Mathews, WR, BYU
REDSKINS 27, EAGLES 20
On practice squad: Kendal Thompson, WR, Utah
On practice squad: Anthony Denham, TE, Utah
CHIEFS 26, RAIDERS 10
Jordan Devey, OL, American Fork High and Snow College: Not active for game.
Alex Smith, QB, Utah: See above.
Daniel Sorensen, DB, BYU
Sorensen had a season-high six tackles, including five solo tackles and a special teams tackle, while playing 36 defensive snaps and 17 special teams snaps. He has 16 tackles on the season.
Keith McGill, DB, Utah: Had one tackle while playing two defensive snaps and 14 special teams snaps.
Donald Penn, T, Utah State: Started at left tackle and played all 55 offensive snaps for the Raiders and three on special teams.
Sean Smith, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had three tackles, including two solo, on 63 defensive snaps.
On practice squad: James Cowser, LB/DE, Southern Utah and Davis High
COWBOYS 30, PACKERS 16
Marwin Evans, S, Utah State: Played 14 special teams snaps.
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State: Had a special teams tackle on seven defensive snaps and 15 special teams snaps.
SEAHAWKS 26, FALCONS 24
Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: See above.
Derrick Shelby, DE, Utah: Started at defensive end and had a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry on 29 defensive snaps and eight special teams snaps before leaving with a calf injury.
On practice squad: D.J. Tialavea, TE, Utah State and West Jordan High
TEXANS 26, COLTS 23
Tony Bergstrom, C, Utah and Skyline High: Played five special teams snaps.
Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, Timpview High: Started at left guard and played all 71 offensive snaps for the Texans.
Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State: Had three carries for 2 yards and four receptions for 22 yards on 18 offensive snaps and 12 special teams snaps.
CARDINALS 28, JETS 3
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State: Not active for game.
On injured reserve: Alani Fua, ILB, BYU
Comings and goings
On Tuesday, wide receiver Jordan Leslie (BYU) signed to the Browns' practice squad while wide receiver Dres Anderson (Utah) was released from the 49ers' practice squad. 3 comments on this story
Also, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (Utah, Copper Hills High) re-signed to the Seahawks' active roster after signing an injury settlement with the team in early September, while defensive end Derrick Shelby (Utah) went on injured reserve for the Falcons.
On Thursday, defensive back Robertson Daniel (BYU) signed to the Ravens’ practice squad, while tight end Anthony Denham (Utah) signed to the Eagles’ practice squad.
Total locals on rosters (as of Tuesday, Oct. 18): 61, 41 on active rosters, 10 on practice squads, nine on injured reserve and one on reserve/non-football injury list.
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