Best Crimson Tide Performances from NFL Week 12
The NFL Playoff picture is getting clearer each week, and Crimson Tide stars across the league are helping their teams secure their spots. Mac Jones and the Patriot are just one game away from control of the AFC and Xavier McKinney continues to blossom into one of the leagues best safeties.
Here are your best Crimson Tide performances from NFL week twelve!
Ronnie Harrison, Jr., SS Cleveland Browns
Ronnie Harrison, Jr. was sensational for the Browns on Sunday. In an ugly game where both teams turned the ball over multiple times, the Browns ultimately lost, but Harrison led his team in tackles with 14 and also had a pass deflection and an interception. In all, the Browns were able to force Lamar Jackson to throw four interceptions, falling just short at the end, 16-10. Sitting at 6-6, the Browns season has not gone quite as expected, but the team is still in a position to make the playoff if they finish strong.
Jaylen Waddle, WR Miami Dolphins
While Tua may have played the best game of his career, Jaylen Waddle absolutely did. The rookie wideout recorded his first ever 100+ yard performance, hauling in nine catches for 137 yards and a score. The connection between Waddle and his former Bama quarterback looked like old times again as the pair torched the Panthers' defense to a final score of 33-10. The Bellaire, TX native even got the chance to bust out what is sure to be his signature celebration now.
Marlon Humphrey, CB Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens won on Sunday despite an abysmal offensive performance. Forced to step up for his team, Marlon Humphrey had a great game. The veteran corner finished with eight tackles and two pass deflections, but most importantly, helped hold a stout Browns offense to just 262 total yards. The Ravens are in the driver seat of the AFC, sitting at 8-3, but have a tough stretch ahead of them with matchups with the Packers and Bengals looming.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB Miami Dolphins
In a game where the Dolphins desperately needed a win, Tua Tagovailoa played possibly the best game of his career. The second year signal caller finished 27-of-31 for 230 yards and a touchdown, leading his team with confidence the entire way. Tagovailoa looked as comfortable as ever, carving up a stunned Panthers defense, and even hooking up with one of his former Bama connections for some huge gains. The Dolphins still have a lot of work to do if they want a shot at the playoffs, but things are certainly moving in the right direction.
Mac Jones, QB New England Patriots
Mac Jones and the Patriots are playing arguably the best football in the league at this point of the season. The rookie quarterback had led his team to five straight victories heading into this week, and Sunday was no different. The Patriots dominated the Titans, led by Mac Jones who finished 23-of-32 for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Despite keeping it close until halftime, the Titans defense was easily picked apart in the second half, as Jones led the Patriots on four scoring drives. The Patriots, now sitting second in the AFC at 8-4 are looking to seize control of the conference before the end of the season.
Patrick Surtain II, CB Denver Broncos
Patrick Surtain II is quickly becoming one of the NFL's most feared corners, and for good reason. In a big win over the high powered Chargers, Surtain and the Broncos were incredible. The rookie corner finished with five tackles, two pass deflections and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Sitting at 6-5, the Broncos still have a good shot at making the playoffs with a strong finish.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS Pittsburgh Steelers
Minkah Fitzpatrick, despite a tough loss to the Bengals on Sunday, played excellent. The third year safety was second on his team in tackles with eight and added a pass deflection and an interception in the 41-10 loss. The Steelers, now 5-5-1, are on the outside looking in for the AFC playoff picture and will need a late season surge to make the cut.
Quinnen Williams, DT New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, in a much needed win over the Texans, was excellent for his team. The third year defender finished with four tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure, bringing the heat on Tyrod Taylor all game long. Despite a tough season, the Jets' defensive front is playing like an elite unit with the combination of Williams, his brother Quincy and C.J. Mosley. Williams even got to channel his inner Jameson Williams on Sunday after a vicious sack.
Xavier McKinney, SS New York Giants
Xavier McKinney is quietly developing into one of the best safeties in the NFL. The second year defender is making strides in his sophomore season, and had one of his best games yet on Sunday. In a big-time division win over the Jalen Hurts led Eagles, McKinney finished with a team-high eight tackles and two pass deflections, as well as adding an interception. In his last three games, the Giants safety has three interceptions and has quickly turned into complete ballhawk.