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Sustainable Excellence Initiative
Week 7: Buffs Helping NFL Teams to Wins
Release: October 24, 2012
By: Anthony Lepine, Student Assistant SID
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Several former University of Colorado football players made their way into the stat line with impressive performances for their respective NFL teams over the weekend. There were four squads that featured former Buffs that were able to pick up victories on Sunday.

The Cowboys, who feature Lawrence Vickers as their starting fullback, avenged last week's heartbreaking loss by defeating the Carolina Panthers 19-14. In the game, Vickers made a reception for a gain of seven yards while also picking up several key blocks in the contest. In three of the last four games, Vickers has made a reception and is developing as a target for Tony Romo in the passing game.

Playing in St. Louis, the Green Bay Packers were able to advance to 4-3 on the season with the help of two former Buffaloes. Brad Jones matched his season-high, recording two tackles, during the 30-20 victory against the Rams. Jones now has 83 career tackles over the course of four seasons with the Packers.

Mason Crosby assisted in the 10-point win for Green Bay by connecting on three field goals -the longest of which was 48 yards - and chipping in all three PATs on the day. Crosby also executed an onside kick to perfection in the first quarter, catching the Rams off guard after Green Bay's first touchdown.

Another duo of Buffs that triumphed on Sunday was Justin Drescher and Daniel Graham, who helped New Orleans edge Tampa Bay 35-28 on the road. The victory was the second in a row for a Saints team that began the season 0-4.

New England and Nate Solder defeated the New York Jets in a wild game Sunday evening that went to overtime after the Patriots tied the contest on the final play of regulation with a 43-yard field goal. The Pats would go on to win 29-26 in overtime. Solder has started all season long at left tackle for an offense that leads the league in total points scored and is the only team ranked in the top five in both passing yards and rushing yards per game.

Notable: Jimmy Smith made four tackles against Houston on Sunday and now has 21 tackles in just seven games this year, which surpasses the total he had all of last season when he made 20 as a rookie... Tyler Polumbus has started all seven games this season for the Washington Redskins at right tackle; the Redskins lead the NFL in rushing yards per game. 

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