Cowboys in the NFL: Week 13
LARAMIE -- Nothing like seeing a former Wyoming Cowboy snag an interception from a BYU Cougar, huh?
That's exactly what Marcus Epps did to New York's Zach Wilson Sunday afternoon in the Meadowlands.
Trailing 30-18 early in the fourth quarter, the Jets' first-round draft pick overshot his intended target on a 3rd and 10, sailing a pass right into the chest of an awaiting Epps. The former UW walk-on -- along with all of his buddies on the Eagles defense -- made their way to the end zone to celebrate his third-career pick.
You can watch it right here:
Epps also registered five tackles and broke up a pass in Philadelphia's 33-18 win.
One of those stops saved a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the game. The former sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings drug the NFL's leading kickoff returner, Braxton Barrios, down at the 20-yard line.
Epps now has 54 tackles, four pass breakups and that interception on his resume this season.
Let's see how the other Pokes in the pros fared last weekend:
Carl Granderson -- Defensive end -- New Orleans Saints
If you translate that Tweet above, it says Carl Granderson applied the pressure that forced Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott to toss an interception to Marshon Lattimore. He did do that. The former Wyoming defensive end also tallied a tackle in the 27-17 setback against the Cowboys. Granderson now has 17 tackles, a pair of sacks, four tackles for loss and a blocked kick this season.
Josh Allen -- Quarterback -- Buffalo Bills
Wind? What wind? OK, it was windy in Orchard Park Monday night. There was sideways snow and some rain, too. No problem for Josh Allen, right? After all, he did play his college ball in Laramie. Allen didn't have many issues with the Western New York weather, but his pass catchers sure seemed to. Allen, who was on the money most of the night, completed just 15-of-30 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 39 yards on six attempts in the Bills 14-10 loss to division-rival New England. While Allen's receivers did him few favors, Patriots' QB Mac Jones wasn't asked to do much through the air. The Alabama kid threw just three passes. Two were caught.
Tashaun Gipson -- Safety -- Chicago Bears
The longest-tenured Poke in the pros tallied five tackles in Chicago's 33-22 loss to Arizona Sunday afternoon in windy Chicago. The 10-year NFL vet now has 34 tackles, a sack and an interception this season. He's also batted down a couple of passes. Up next: Aaron Rodgers and the rival Green Bay Packers. When asked if he knows the Packers' QB, Gipson smiled and said, "Oh no, man. We live two different worlds, man... I’ve talked to him during the games, just minor here and there." Those two worlds will collide again Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
Logan Wilson -- Linebacker -- Cincinnati Bengals
Why on earth is that guy playing special teams? Bengals Twitter wondered aloud after Logan Wilson suffered a dislocated shoulder on punt coverage, of all things. The Bengals leading tackler and quarterback of the defense will miss at least this week's game against San Francisco. That's being optimistic. Wilson has 92 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a team-leading four interceptions through 12 games. He finished Sunday's 41-22 loss to the visiting Chargers with three tackles.
Andrew Wingard -- Safety -- Jacksonville Jaguars
Andrew Wingard's assignment this week was to slow down Cooper Kupp and the Rams' high-flying offense. It didn't go well. The former Wyoming safety did rack up eight tackles, including one for loss, but Kupp snagged eight passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in LA's 37-7 rout of the Jaguars. Wingard now has 67 tackles, a sack and an interception this season. I'm sure Wingard hoped his 25th birthday would go a tad differently.
Mike Purcell -- Nose tackle -- Denver Broncos (Inactive since Oct. 21)
Jacob Hollister -- Tight end -- Jacksonville Jaguars (Inactive since Oct. 17)
* Eddie Yarbrough -- Defensive end -- Minnesota Vikings (Waived)
Chase Roullier -- Center -- Washington Football Team (Injured reserve)
Austin Fort -- Tight end -- Tennessee Titans (Practice squad)
Tyler Hall -- Defensive back -- Los Angeles Rams (Practice squad)
Rico Gafford -- Wide receiver -- Denver Broncos (Practice squad)
Tanner Gentry -- Wide receiver -- Buffalo Bills (Practice squad)
Brian Hill -- Running back -- San Francisco 49ers (Practice squad)
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