Former Alabama players make an impact in Week 3 of NFL season
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The National Football League concluded Week 3 of the regular season Monday evening. Below is a look at how former Alabama players performed on the gridiron last week.
Tua Tagovailoa was efficient in Miami’s historical 70-20 win over the Denver Broncos last Sunday. Tagovailoa completed 23-of-26 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns, as he helped the Dolphins set a franchise record for points scored, total touchdowns (10) and total yards (726) in the lopsided affair. Tagovailoa opened the game with 17 consecutive completions and finished his day with more touchdowns than incompletions.
Two former Alabama wide receivers excelled for their respective teams this past week. Jerry Jeudy recorded 81 yards on five catches for the Broncos in their matchup with Tagovailoa and the Dolphins. Joining Jeudy at wideout was Amari Cooper. The veteran caught seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown to lead the Browns to a dominant 27-3 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Cooper paced Cleveland in receiving yards and set a new season-high total for himself.
Rounding out the offensive group was rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who shined in the Lions’ 20-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Gibbs took advantage of his first career start, rushing 17 times for 80 yards while hauling in one pass to help Detroit improve to 2-1 on the young season.
Highlighting the defensive effort was Levi Wallace. The Steelers corner shined in a primetime matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football. Wallace totaled six tackles, four pass breakups and picked off two passes – one to stall a Raider drive and the other to seal the victory for Pittsburgh. Fellow defensive back Brain Branch made his first career start for the Lions. Branch totaled a team-high 11 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and added two pass breakups to help Detroit to a home-win over the Falcons.
A pair of former Tide linebackers also stood out in Week 3. C.J. Mosley totaled 10 tackles to lead a talented New York Jets defense against the New England Patriots. Rookie Will Anderson Jr. played his best game to date, posting four tackles, two quarterback hits and a blocked field goal. Thanks in part to Anderson Jr.’s efforts, the Houston Texans were able to get their first win of the season and give DeMeco Ryans his first victory as an NFL head coach.
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