Cowboys in the NFL: Week 13
LARAMIE – Currently, 11 former Wyoming Cowboys are on active NFL rosters.
Each week, we’ll look at how these former Pokes are producing in the pros.
JOSH ALLEN — Buffalo Bills
World, meet Josh Allen. Josh, meet world. The Former Wyoming gunslinger torched the Dallas Cowboys through the air on on the ground on Thanksgiving Day, leading the streaking Bills to an impressive 26-15 victory in front of a very disgruntled Jerry Jones and a television record, 32.54 million viewers. Not since the Super Bowl have numbers like those been reached. Allen completed 19-of-24 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards and a score. Buffalo is now 9-3 overall and in command of the AFC's top Wild Card spot. Allen now has 16 touchdown passes on the season to go along with 2,591 yards passing.
ANDREW WINGARD – Jacksonville Jaguars
A first NFL start couldn't go much better than this. Andrew Wingard, the Jags' undrafted rookie free agent safety, landed a sack-fumble and seven tackles during his first start Sunday against Tampa Bay. Jacksonville came up short on the scoreboard, 28-11, but the guy in the No. 42 jersey with the flowing blonde hair was all over the field. Wingard now has 16 tackles on the season.
BRIAN HILL — Atlanta Falcons
Brian Hill's carries took a big hit this week with the return of Devonta Freeman to the Falcons lineup. Wyoming's all-time leading rusher toted the rock just four times for 13 yards. He also caught three passes for 24 yards in Atlanta's 26-18 setback at home to division rival New Orleans. Hill now has 56 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown this season. He also has 10 receptions for 69 yards.
MIKE PURCELL — Denver Broncos
Was anyone more excited about the Broncos 23-20 last-second win than Mike Purcell? OK, maybe Drew Lock was a little more pumped up, but as you can see in this video above, victories haven't been easy to come by this season in Denver. The former Wyoming defensive tackle is fired up. And he should be. Purcell was once again a beast in the middle of the Broncos defensive front, racking up three tackles on the afternoon against the Chargers. Purcell now has 29 tackles during his comeback season in the NFL. Celebrate, Mike!
JACOB HOLLISTER – Seattle Seahawks
Former Wyoming tight end, Jacob Hollister, and the Seattle Seahawks host the Vikings on Monday Night Football. We'll fill you in when that one goes final.
MARCUS EPPS – Philadelphia Eagles
Wyoming’s former walk-on safety, Marcus Epps, didn't record any stats in the Eagles 37-31 setback Sunday afternoon in Miami. Yes, you read that right. The Dolphins beat Philly. Epps has one tackle on the season and has yet to record any stats through three games as a member of the Eagles.
RICO GAFFORD -- Oakland Raiders
Raiders fans are ready to see Rico Gafford and his 4.3 speed on display, especially after Jon Gruden released Trevor Davis after an embarrassing 40-9 loss Sunday at Arrowhead. Gafford was activated for the Kansas City game but did not see the field. Who wants to bet that changes Sunday at home against the Titans? You might remember how impressive Josh Allen was at Wyoming's Pro Day back in 2018. Gafford turned heads, too.
CARL GRANDERSON – New Orleans Saints
Former Wyoming defensive end, Carl Granderson, was inactive again Sunday in New Orleans’ 26-18 road win in Atlanta. Granderson has three tackles and a sack in just two games for the Saints this season. We will always remember "The Worm."
CHASE ROULLIER – Washington Redskins
Don't look now, but the Washington Redskins have won two straight. We like to call that a winning streak. They did it the ol' fashion way Sunday -- they unleashed the Hogs. Chase Roullier and the 'Skins hammered the Panthers, 29-21, behind a season-high 248 rushing yards on just 30 carries. Derrius Guice rushed for 129 yards and Adrian Peterson went for 99 in the win.
TASHAUN GIPSON – Houston Texans
Former Wyoming safety, Tashaun Gipson, was a thorn in Tom Brady's side all night Sunday in Houston. He finished with six tackles and broke up a pass in the Texans 28-22 upset win over the Patriots. Gipson now has 38 tackles and two picks for the surging Texans.
MARK NZEOCHA – San Francisco 49ers
Mark Nzeocha finally got in on some action Sunday in the Niners 20-17 loss in Baltimore. The former Cowboy linebacker picked up two tackles in San Francisco's second setback of the season. He know has seven tackles and an interception in a limited role. Oh, and if you happen to speak German, enjoy the interview above. Let me know if it's good or not.