Former Alabama Players Shine on Monday Night Football
There have been very few games that didn't involve former Alabama players playing well in the NFL this year. On Monday night, the Los Angeles Chargers faced the Denver Broncos in Los Angeles.
The Broncos have former Alabama players on both sides of the ball, with safety Kareem Jackson and Patrick Surtain II anchoring the defense. On offense, former Biletnikoff winner Jerry Jeudy is one of Russell Wilson's main targets. The Chargers do not have a former Alabama player on offense or defense, but JK Scott serves a multitude of roles on special teams for the Chargers.
The divisional matchup was rather defensive, only seeing two touchdowns in the Chargers 19-16 overtime win. Surtain II and Jackson held Justin Herbert to only 238 passing yards, despite throwing 57 passes and completing 37.
Jackson was all over the field, recording eight tackles, the third most on the Broncos Monday night. He also recorded a tackle for loss and broke up a pass in overtime.
Despite not recording a tackle, Surtain II has established himself as a lockdown corner. He guarded Chargers star wide receiver Mike Williams and didn't allow a reception in their matchup. Herbert stayed away from Surtain II, as the former Alabama cornerback was only targeted twice.
Jerry Jeudy led the Broncos in receptions and yards Monday night, recording three receptions for 54 yards. A majority of his yards came on a 37-yard reception.
Despite their solid performances, the Broncos ended on the losing side, largely due to another Alabama player. Former Alabama punter JK Scott assumed kick off, holding and punting duties.
On four punts, Scott totaled 176 yards, averaging 44 yards per punt. On his final punt in overtime, Scott punted the ball 48 yards, which was muffed by the Broncos returner, to set up a game-winning field goal for the Chargers. He was the holder on all four kicks converted by Dustin Hopkins, including the game-winner.