A couple of former Colorado Buffaloes could say they are very thankful this week.
For instance, Jordon Dizon and Mason Crosby were on national TV while people were grubbing on their Thanksgiving Day meal. For Dizon, he might be really thankful since his best play came before folks had a chance to grab the remote and change the channel.
Tyler Brayton and Chris Brown could be thankful for playing time after setting personal records. Justin Bannan and his Baltimore Ravens teammates might feel blessed to be in the playoff chase.
Check out what these five former Buffaloes did in week 12 of the NFL:
Tyler Brayton, Carolina Panthers defensive end: Brayton had a monster game as he tied career-highs with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Panthers’ 17-6 defeat to the New York Jets on Sunday. Brayton previously recorded 1.5 sacks in a game on Sept. 19, 2004 against the Buffalo Bills and previously had nine tackles in a contest during his rookie season in 2003 against the Denver Broncos. Both previous career-highs were set as a member of the Oakland Raiders.
Chris Brown, Houston Texans running back: Brown ran for a season-high 56 yards, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Indianapolis Colts from rallying to beat the Texans 35-27 to move to 11-0. Brown added three receptions for 20 yards and his 5-yard touchdown run with 2:10 left in the first quarter pushed Houston’s lead to 14-0.
Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers placekicker: Crosby drilled two of three field goals and knocked in four extra points in the Packers’ 34-12 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Crosby also recorded a tackle, his third of the season.
Jordon Dizon, Detroit Lions linebacker: Dizon notched a season-high four tackles for the third time this season in the Lions’ loss to the Packers. The second-year pro also recovered a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff.
Justin Bannan, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle: Bannan’s three tackles contributed to the Ravens’ thrilling 20-17 victory over division-rival Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football.
What to watch for on Monday Night Football: It will be a doozy on MNF as New England Patriots cornerback Terrence Wheatley could make his fourth consecutive appearance when they head to the Bayou to challenge the perfect (10-0) New Orleans Saints at 6:30 p.m. MST on ESPN.
Contact CU Independent Sports Editor Cheng Sio at Cheng.firstname.lastname@example.org.