Several local ties had standout days during Week 13 of the NFL season, but a few stood out from the crowd. Who had the best performance?
Here's the top contenders:
— Dennis Pitta, the former BYU tight end, broke a three-year scoreless drought (which included missing the better part of two seasons with injuries) by scoring two touchdowns for Baltimore in the Ravens' 38-6 victory over Miami. Pitta first scored on a 13-yard pass in the first quarter, then added a 9-yard TD grab late in the second quarter. He had a team-leading nine catches for 90 yards while playing 34 offensive snaps and one on special teams.
— Miles Killebrew, the former Southern Utah safety, recorded his first interception as a pro in Detroit's 28-13 win over New Orleans. Killebrew picked off Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the final play of the game and returned the interception 7 yards. Killebrew also had two solo tackles, a special teams tackle and a pass deflection while playing 21 defensive snaps and 19 special teams snaps.
https://twitter.com/LLamorandier/status/805815994803318784— Alex Smith, the former Utah quarterback, had one of his most efficient days of the year in leading the Chiefs to a 29-28 win over Atlanta in a game full of playoff implications. Smith was efficient, completing 21 of 25 passes for 270 yards and a 3-yard touchdown to helping lead the Chiefs to the victory. He had a QB rating of 125.0 and completed three passes of 25-plus yards.
— Kyle Van Noy, the former BYU linebacker, also had his first career interception for New England in a 26-10 victory over Los Angeles. After Rams quarterback Jared Goff's arm was hit as he attempted a third-quarter pass, Van Noy made the diving interception at the Los Angeles 40. The turnover set up a Patriots field goal. Van Noy also had four tackles, a special teams tackle and a pass deflection in his third game for the Patriots.
— James Cowser, the former Southern Utah and Davis High defensive end, earned his first pro sack in just his second NFL game. A little over a week after being activated from Oakland's practice squad, the undrafted rookie dragged down Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor for a 10-yard loss in the second quarter of the Raiders' 38-24 victory.
https://twitter.com/blackhanside/status/805583063069528064Here’s a look at how the other players with Utah ties performed in the NFL in Week 13:
COWBOYS 17, VIKINGS 15
Matt Asiata, RB, Utah, Snow College and Hunter High: Started at halfback and had six carries for 30 yards and one reception for minus-3 yards while playing 21 offensive snaps and seven special teams snaps.
CHIEFS 29, FALCONS 28
Alex Smith, QB, Utah: See above.
Daniel Sorensen, DB, BYU: Started at safety, his first NFL start, and had five tackles, including four solo stops, and a pass deflection while playing 34 defensive snaps and 20 special teams snaps.
On practice squad: Jordan Devey, OL, American Fork High and Snow College
On injured reserve: Derrick Shelby, DE, Utah
On practice squad: D.J. Tialavea, TE, Utah State and West Jordan High
RAVENS 38, DOLPHINS 6
Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU: See above.
Steve Smith Sr., WR, Utah: Started at wide receiver and had six receptions for 53 yards on 10 targets while also being credited with a forced fumble and tackle on a Baltimore fumble. He played 49 offensive snaps.
Eric Weddle, SS, Utah: Weddle started at strong safety and had an interception he returned 53 yards in the third quarter. He also had three tackles, including two solo stops, and two pass deflections while playing 59 defensive snaps.
On practice squad: Robertson Daniel, CB, BYU
On injured reserve: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU and Timpview High; De’Ondre Wesley, OT, BYU
John Denney, LS, BYU: Played seven special teams snaps.
Zach Vigil, LB, Utah State and Clearfield High: Played 12 special teams snaps.
On injured reserve: Koa Misi, LB, Utah
BEARS 26, 49ERS 6
Paul Lasike, RB/FB, BYU: Started at fullback and had one kickoff return for 5 yards while playing 12 offensive snaps and 11 special teams snaps.
Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Played 10 special teams snaps.
On practice squad: Dres Anderson, WR, Utah
Zane Beadles, OL, Utah and Hillcrest High: Started at left guard and played all 58 49ers offensive snaps and two on special teams.
BENGALS 32, EAGLES 14
Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State and Fremont High: Played six defensive snaps and 14 on special teams.
PACKERS 21, TEXANS 13
Marwin Evans, S, Utah State: Had a punt return for 0 yards while playing 12 special teams snaps.
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State: Not active for game with a hamstring injury.
Tony Bergstrom, C, Utah and Skyline High: Played two special teams snaps.
Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, Timpview High: Started at left guard and played all 66 Texans offensive snaps.
BRONCOS 20, JAGUARS 10
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Snow College: Had five carries for 49 yards — including a team-best 24-yard run — on 11 offensive snaps and seven special teams snaps before injuring his ankle. He was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Started at running back and had 18 carries for 35 yards and a 6-yard touchdown — his third score of the season — and one reception for 2 yards while playing 37 offensive snaps.
On injured reserve: Sam Brenner, C, Utah
Jeremiah Poutasi, G/T, Utah: Not active for game.
PATRIOTS 26, RAMS 10
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: Started at defensive back and had two solo tackles while playing 33 defensive snaps and five on special teams.
Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: See above.
On practice squad: Trevor Reilly, LB, Utah
Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State: Started at free safety and had six tackles, including five solo, while playing 75 defensive snaps and seven special teams snaps.
LIONS 28, SAINTS 13
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Started at defensive end and had two tackles, including one solo, and a QB hurry while playing 45 defensive snaps.
Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah: See above.
Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Started at cornerback and had seven tackles, including six solo, while playing 57 defensive snaps and 12 on special teams.
Haloti Ngata, DT, Highland High: Started at defensive tackle and had a tackle and a pass deflection while playing 41 defensive snaps and four on special teams.
Paul Kruger, DE, Utah and Timpanogos High: Started at defensive end and had a solo tackle and a QB hurry while playing 38 defensive snaps and six on special teams.
RAIDERS 38, BILLS 24
James Cowser, LB/DE, Southern Utah and Davis High: See above.
Keith McGill, DB, Utah: Played 22 special teams snaps.
Donald Penn, T, Utah State: Started at left tackle and played all 71 Raiders offensive snaps and six on special teams.
Sean Smith, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had five solo tackles while playing 70 defensive snaps.
CARDINALS 31, REDSKINS 23
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State: Played one offensive snap and 13 special teams snaps.
On injured reserve: Alani Fua, ILB, BYU
On practice squad: Kendal Thompson, WR, Utah
STEELERS 24, GIANTS 14
On injured reserve: Uani ‘Unga, MLB, BYU
BUCCANEERS 28, CHARGERS 21
Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah and Copper Hills High: Played five defensive snaps.
Tenny Palepoi, DT, Utah, Snow College and Skyline High: Had a tackle on 18 defensive snaps and one special teams snap.
SEAHAWKS 40, PANTHERS 7
Will Tukuafu, FB, East High: Played three offensive snaps and two special teams snaps before suffering a concussion.
Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Wagner started at middle linebacker and had a team-high 10 tackles, including four solo stops, to go along with a QB hurry. Wagner, who played all 58 Seahawks defensive snaps and four on special teams, now has a NFL-leading 127 tackles on the season.
Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State and Jordan High: Larsen started the first game of his NFL career at center and played all 58 Panthers offensive snaps and one on special teams. He also had a tackle after a Carolina lost fumble.
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, Snow College and Bingham High: Started at defensive tackle and had two tackles while playing 46 defensive snaps and eight on special teams.
Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Played 18 special teams snaps.
Paul Soliai, DT, Utah: Not active for game.
COLTS 41, JETS 10
Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State: Had six carries for 16 yards and a 5-yard touchdown run — his fourth score of the year — and had a special teams tackle while playing 14 offensive snaps and 10 on special teams.
Comings and goings
On Monday, running back Kapri Bibbs (Snow College) was placed on injured reserve by the Broncos with an ankle injury.
On Friday, tight end Anthony Denham (Utah) was released from the Eagles’ practice squad.
Total locals on rosters (as of Tuesday, Dec. 6): 59, 44 on active rosters, seven on practice squads and nine on injured reserve.