Cowboys in the NFL: Week 9
LARAMIE -- Just five of 13 former Wyoming Cowboys played this weekend for their respective NFL teams.
Carl Granderson (Saints) and Jacob Hollister (Jaguars) were both inactive Sunday and Eddie Yarbrough was cut by the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 2. Washington was off this week, but will host the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers next weekend without starting center Chase Roullier, who was lost for the season with a fractured left fibula he sustained in Denver on Oct. 31.
Denver nose tackle Mike Purcell missed his second straight game with a hand injury, and Tanner Gentry (Bills), Austin Fort (Titans), Tyler Hall (Rams) and Rico Gafford (Broncos) are all on the practice squad.
Here's how the Pokes in the pros did this weekend:
Logan Wilson -- Linebacker -- Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals were the talk of the AFC through the first seven weeks of the season, knocking off division foes Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Logan Wilson was a big reason for that success, picking off four passes and leading the team in tackling. What happened? Cincinnati dropped its second consecutive game Sunday, falling to in-state rival Cleveland, 41-16. That came on the heels of a 34-31 setback in the Meadowlands against the lowly Jets. Wilson wrapped up six tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in that loss to the Browns. The Casper product now has 78 tackles, a sack, 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and those four interceptions after nine weeks.
Josh Allen -- Quarterback -- Buffalo Bills
Speaking off AFC contenders who have fallen on tough times. Former UW signal caller Josh Allen had a rough outing Sunday, completing just 31-of-47 passes for 267 yards and a pair of interceptions in a stunning 9-6 loss in Jacksonville against the one-win Jaguars. Allen was sacked four times and lost a fumble. He finished with a quarterback rating of just 26. Allen now has 17 touchdowns to go along with five interceptions this season. He has also thrown for 2,236 yards on the season.
Andrew Wingard -- Safety -- Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen's former Wyoming teammate, Andrew Wingard, was on the other side of that upset win in Duval County. Wingard registered two tackles in the 9-6 victory over Buffalo. The Denver native now has 30 tackles, a pass breakup and an interception through eight games. And as you can see by that graphic above, Wingard has been one of the best safeties in the NFL in pass coverage.
Marcus Epps -- Safety -- Philadelphia Eagles
Andrew Wingard' former running mate in the Wyoming secondary, Marcus Epps, finished with just three tackles in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chargers, but one came on the hit you can see in the video above and the other two were big stops on LA's star receiver, Keenan Allen. Epps now has 27 tackles and a pair of pass breakups this season out of the Eagles secondary.
Tashaun Gipson -- Safety -- Chicago Bears
Two weeks removed from a hip injury that sidelined the former Cowboy, Tashaun Gipson registered four tackles Monday night in a 29-27 loss to the Steelers inside Heinz Field in downtown Pittsburgh. Gipson had a big third-down stop late in regulation, but the Bears couldn't answer on the scoreboard. Gipson now has 16 tackles and a pass breakup through six games.
Carl Granderson -- Defensive end -- New Orleans Saints (Inactive)
Jacob Hollister -- Tight end -- Jacksonville Jaguars (Inactive)
Chase Roullier -- Center -- Washington Football Team (Out for season)
Mike Purcell -- Defensive tackle -- Denver Broncos (Out with hand injury)
Tanner Gentry -- Wide receiver -- Buffalo Bills (Currently on the practice squad)
Austin Fort -- Tight end -- Tennessee Titans (Currently on the practice squad)
* Eddie Yarbrough -- Defensive end -- San Francisco 49ers (Cut by team Nov. 2)
Tyler Hall -- Defensive back -- Los Angeles Rams (Currently on the practice squad)
Rico Gafford -- Wide receiver -- Denver Broncos (Currently on the practice squad)