Pitoitua got the starting nod for the Chiefs when regular starter Glenn Dorsey was declared a game-time scratch due to a calf injury. It was Ropati's first career start. Despite his punishment of Rivers, the Chiefs lost 37-20.
MEANWHILE, KICKER Jason Hanson continues his assault on the NFL record book. His seven points on Sunday moved him past John Carney on the all-time scoring list. He has now tallied 2,063 points in his career, third-most in league history behind Morten Andersen and Gary Anderson.
Here's how all the NFL Cougs performed in week four:
Erik Coleman, S, Detroit, 9th season: The Spokane native tallied seven tackles (5 solo) in the Lions' 20-13 loss to Minnesota.
Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 4th season: Caught one pass for 12 yards in the Saints' 28-27 loss to Green Bay.
Eric Frampton, S, Dallas, 6th season: A free-agent signee by the Cowboys just last Tuesday, Frampton looks to see extensive special teams action when Dallas takes on Chicago in Monday night action.
Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 4th season: The Puyallup native caught two passes for 28 yards in the Rams' 19-13 win against Seattle.
Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 21st season: The Spokane native connected on two field goal attempts (long of 40) and one extra-point in the Lions' fall to the Vikings.
Jerome Harrison, RB, Detroit, 7th season: Did not play; officially listed on the Lions' reserve/non-football injury list.
Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, 3rd season: Did not play; declared inactive for the fourth straight week.
Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 13th season: The Vancouver native did not attempt a field goal, but was true on four extra-point tries in the Bills' 52-28 loss to New England.
Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Kansas City, 4th season: The Tacoma native recorded six solo tackles, including two sacks, in the Chiefs' 37-20 loss to San Diego.
Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 10th season: The Tacoma native posted one solo tackle in the Seahawks' fall to St. Louis and made a TD-saving deflection at the goal line.
Zack Williams, G, Carolina, 2nd season: Did not play; assigned to Panthers' practice squad.
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