NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Thirteen

JED COLLINS

WHILE WASHINGTON STATE'S football squad awaits their postseason fate, most of the NFL Cougars are in a similar situation with their pro league playoff fortunes still in question.

Barring an act of God, Buffalo (4-8) and Tampa Bay (3-7) will be enjoying the NFL postseason as spectators, meaning Bills backup quarterback Jeff Tuel and Bucs kicker Rian Lindell will be heading home when the regular season wraps up.

Conversely, Jed Collins and his New Orleans Saints—despite the Monday night ass-waxing administered on them by Seattle—are in pole-position for a playoff spot at 9-3. Although on a three game freefall, it looks like Husain Abdullah's Kansas City Chiefs are in good shape for postseason play, also at 9-3.

Bubble teams include Tennessee (Ropati Pitoitua) and the New York Jets (Chris Ivory), both at 5-7 and contenders still thanks to a weak AFC. Chicago (Marquess Wilson) is playing .500 ball at 6-6, but still in arms-length of the division title in the NFC's down-trodden North.

Here's how the NFL Cougs performed in week 13:

Husain Abdullah, CB, Kansas City, 5th season: No recorded stats from the Chiefs' 35-28 loss to Denver.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 5th season: Carried the ball once for 12 yards and caught a pass for another 3 in the Saints' 34-7 fall to Seattle.

Brandon Gibson, WR, Miami, 5th season: Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve due to a torn patella suffered in week 8.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets, 4th season: Rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries, despite nursing a bum ankle. Also caught one pass for 12 yards—just his second reception of the season—in the Jets' 23-3 loss to Miami.

Rian Lindell, K, Tampa Bay, 14th season: The Vancouver native connected on two of 3 field goal attempts (long of 53 yards) in the Bucs' 27-6 loss to Carolina.

Travis Long, LB, Philadelphia, 1st year: Did not play; assigned to the Eagles' practice squad.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Tennessee, 5th season: The Tacoma native posted two solo stops, including one tackle for a loss, in the Titans' 22-14 fall to the Counterfeit Colts.

Jeff Tuel, QB, Buffalo, Rookie: No recorded stats from the Bills' 34-31 overtime loss to Atlanta.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago, Rookie: No recorded stats from the Bears'23-20 loss to Minnesota in overtime.

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