Bengals in the NFL: Koetter, Bucs earn first home win over Bears
Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after the 10th week of the regular season.
Evan Smith (2004-08) and Dirk Koetter (1977, 79-81)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers picked up their first home win of the season Sunday by beating the Chicago Bears, 36-10.
The Bucs outgained Chicago 360-283 and forced four turnovers. Tampa Bay never trailed and outscored the Bears 19-0 in the second half.
Former Idaho State lineman Evan Smith started at center but suffered a knee injury in the first quarter. Reports say Smith will miss three weeks with an MCL sprain.
The Buccaneers (4-5) and first-year head coach Dirk Koetter are 1 1/2 games behind Atlanta for first place in the NFC South Division and play Sunday at Kansas City.
Josh Hill (2009-12)
New Orleans Saints
Former Idaho State tight end Josh Hill was held without a catch Sunday in New Orleans’ dramatic 25-23 home loss to the Denver Broncos.
After the Saints scored the game-tying touchdown with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, the ensuing extra-point kick was blocked by Denver and returned to the end zone for two points by Will Parks. The Saints were unable to score again before time expired.
This season, Hill has eight receptions for 72 yards with one touchdown. The Saints (4-5) are tied for second place in the NFC South Division and play Thursday at division foe Carolina.
Marvin Lewis (1978-80)
Cincinnati suffered its fourth one-possession loss of the season Monday, falling 21-20 to the New York Giants on the road.
The Bengals’ last lead was 20-14 with 8:52 to play in the third quarter. The Giants scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Eli Manning to Sterling Shepard with 14:05 left in the fourth quarter.
Cincinnati (3-5-1) is in third place in the AFC North Division, two games behind Baltimore for the division lead. The Bengals host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.