Crimson Tide in the NFL Spotlight: Week 15
The 15th week of the 2018-19 season in the National Football League wrapped up on Monday. Below is a look at some of the highlights from week 15 by former Crimson Tide players currently playing in the NFL.
Derrick Henry came up huge once again for the Titans in Tennessee’s 17-0 shutout win over the New York Giants to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive. Henry rushed for 170 yards and two scores on a career-high 33 carries for the day. With his standout effort, the third-year back became just the fifth rusher since 2002 with 170-plus yards on the ground and two-plus touchdowns in consecutive games, joining Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson, Deuce McAllister, Clinton Portis and Ricky Williams on that list.
Also posting an impressive performance on the offensive side of the ball was rookie wideout Robert Foster of the Buffalo Bills. Foster led the Bills with 108 yards on just four catches and added a touchdown. The output on Sunday was Foster’s third 100-plus yard performance in the last five weeks. Joining Foster at wide receiver was Julio Jones, with the All-Pro catching six passes for 82 yards and a score in the Falcons’ 40-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Jones continues to lead the league in receiving yards with 1,511 and has now recorded at least one touchdown in five of his last seven games.
On the defensive side of the ball, a pair of former Crimson Tide linemen put together solid efforts for their respective teams. Jonathan Allen was a terror for the Redskins, recording five tackles, including three for loss, and added a season-high tying two sacks (-15 yards) with a pair of quarterback hurries in Washington’s 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Joining Allen up front was former Crimson Tide linemate Jarran Reed of the Seattle Seahawks. Reed spent his day in the backfield, collecting a career-high tying two sacks (-18 yards) and a pair of tackles for loss as part of his three stops, while adding four quarterback hurries.
Also, on the defense, a quartet of Alabama defensive backs shined this week. Minkah Fitzpatrick (Miami Dolphins), Marlon Humphrey (Baltimore Ravens) and Eddie Jackson (Chicago Bears) each picked off a pass in their games, with Fitzpatrick returning his interception 50 yards for a pick-six, the first of his career. Adding another strong performance in the secondary was Levi Wallace of the Bills, with the rookie matching his season-high mark for tackles at six, including one for loss.
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