Nov. 2, 2006
As Halloween approached, the NFL's week eight of regular season play provided fans everywhere with both trick and treats disguised as touchdowns, sacks, interceptions and fumble recoveries. And all over the country, former Cougars played a major role in the big plays of the NFL.
The Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears gave their fans the nicest Halloween treat of all when they reached both NFL and franchise milestones with their week eight victories. The Colts became only the second team in NFL history to begin their season with seven straight victories in consecutive years. Curly Lambeau's Packers are the only other team with such an achievement, having done so from 1929-31.
Indianapolis clinched their history-making win on a last minute Adam Vinatieri field goal to finish 34-31 over Denver. For the Colts, former Cougar Jason Davis posted one tackle at right cornerback to contribute to the win. Karl Paymah, a WSU cornerback from 2001-04, did his part to preserve Denver's win with two assisted tackles as a member of special teams.
The Jets' Erik Coleman turned in another impressive defensive performance in New York's 13-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Coleman played defensive back for the Cougars from 2000-03. For the Jets, he has started at safety in every game thus far and turned in nine tackles, including five primary, and one pass defense Sunday.
Jacksonville improved to 4-3-0 on the season with a win over Philadelphia. Rob Meier, a Cougar defensive end in the late 1990s, started at right tackle for the Jaguars. Meier improved significantly on last week's performance as he posted four tackles and recorded a half sack for five yards. He also added one quarterback hurry to his weekend stats.
Coming off a bye week, the Tennessee Titans pulled off a win against Houston to move to a 2-5-0 overall record. Lamont Thompson has started at free safety every week for the Titans and played the same position for WSU in the late 1990s. Thompson turned in two primary tackles for Tennessee and recovered a fumble early in the third quarter which he returned for five yards.
Seattle's Marcus Trufant recorded five tackles at right cornerback for the Seahawks in their 35-28 loss at Kansas City.