Oct. 6, 2006
Once again, Washington State University was well represented throughout the NFL, playing a big role for several teams. Defensively, several former Cougars had a hand in stopping their opponent while the offense was full of playmakers, who once donned a WSU football uniform.
As Indianapolis battled the New York Jets, it was a Cougar defensive back reunion as Jason David, now with the Colts, and the Jets' Erik Coleman met at the Meadowlands. Both athletes played for WSU from 2000-2003. David, who started at right cornerback for the Colts, made three primary tackles, recorded two pass defenses and recovered a fumble. Coleman appeared as safety for the Jets, recording three assisted tackles, one pass defense and one primary tackle as a member of special teams. David and the Colts held onto a narrow 31-28 win to remain undefeated.
In an AFC-NFC showdown, the Tennessee Titans lost their fourth straight game as they hosted the Dallas Cowboys who posted a convincing 45-14 win. Dallas quarterback Drew Bledsoe, a Cougar in the early 1990s, completed 13 of 20 passes for 179 yard and two touchdowns. More impressive, however, was the defensive work of former WSU standout Lamont Thompson, who started at free safety for Tennessee. Thompson notched seven tackles, including five primary.
In what many considered to be the biggest upset of the week, the Chicago Bears hosted the Seattle Seahawks as both teams vied to keep their undefeated record. For Seattle, representing the Cougars are Robbie Tobeck, a center for WSU in the early 1990s, and Marcus Trufant, Cougar cornerback from 1999-2002. Tobeck started for the Seahawks as did Trufant who made two primary tackles and added a pass defense in an effort to stifle the Bears' offense. Their efforts were unsuccessful as the Bears took a convincing 37-6 victory, improving their record to 4-0.
It was a big week for former Cougar kickers; both Rian Lindell and Jason Hanson turned in successful performances for their respective NFL teams. Lindell, a Cougar kicker in the late 1990s, connected on a 28-yard field goal and made both PAT attempts for the Buffalo Bills. Lindell is now 7-of-8 in field goals and 6-of-6 in PAT attempts and Buffalo defeated the Minnesota Vikings 17-12.
Jason Hanson, a kicker for the Detroit Lions, connected all day long as he went 2-of-2 in field goals and 4-of-4 in PAT attempts. Hanson is now 8-of-8 in PAT attempts on the season. The Lions, however, were not as successful as their kicker, and suffered a 41-34 loss at the hands of St. Louis.
Looking ahead to week five, the Colts and the Bears will look to continue their unbeaten record as Indianapolis hosts Tennessee and Chicago hosts the Buffalo Bills. Highlighting Monday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens also look to hold on to their 4-0 record as they travel to Denver to take on the Broncos.