Best Crimson Tide Performances from NFL Week 18
The final week of the NFL regular season has concluded and first round playoff matchups are set. The Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans secured the two first round bye weeks, and the rest of the playoff field will feature some extremely competitive matchups on Wild Card Weekend.
Many former Crimson Tide stars helped their teams secure playoff spots in week 18, while others continued to help their teams build for the future. Regardless of whether their team's season concluded this week, these Alabama stars were difference-makers on the field.
Here are your best Crimson Tide performances from NFL week 18!
Julio Jones, WR Tennessee Titans
Julio Jones, after battling injury all season, finally made himself felt on Sunday. The eleventh-year vet may have only hauled in five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, his first as a Titan, but the energy Jones provided was evident. Giving Tennessee another consistent option opposite A.J. Brown in the receiving game did wonders for Ryan Tannehill as he threw for four touchdowns on Sunday, tying his career high. Jones provides a whole other layer to the Titans offense that appears to be fully healthy heading into the playoffs.
C.J. Mosley, LB New York Jets
C.J. Mosley needs no introduction. The former Crimson Tide legend put up his eleventh 10-plus tackle performance of the season, finishing in a loss to the Bills with 13 tackles. Although the Jets have struggled offensively all season, the defense looks to be on the right track with the combination of Mosley and the Williams brothers up front. New York holds the fourth overall selection in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft and could look in a multitude of places. An extremely deep class in terms of edge rushers and wide receivers could mean the Jets could either bolster their promising defense or address the offensive woes. Either way, Mosley will continue to be a star for New York's defense.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB Miami Dolphins
Although Miami missed its shot to make the playoffs after losing to Tennessee in week 17, Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins came out looking to win in the final week of their season, and did just that, completing the season sweep of the Patriots. Tagovailoa was not asked to do much in the final game of the regular season, but played extremely efficient football, finishing the win 15-of-22 for 109 yards and a score. Despite an extremely hot finish to their season, winning eight of the last nine games, Miami fired Brian Flores after the week 18 win, meaning Tagovailoa will have a new coach in 2022.
Josh Jacobs, RB Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders entered the final game of their regular season in an extremely unique position, one that pitted two 9-7 teams against each other where a tie could send both of them to the playoffs. Despite this, Las Vegas turned to its bell cow back to secure the victory. Josh Jacobs torched the Chargers defense, finishing the win with over 130 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. The Raiders enter the playoffs as the five seed in the AFC and will face off against the Bengals with a chance to win the franchises first playoff game since making the move to Las Vegas.