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Former Alabama players continue to excel on both sides of the football

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The 11th week of the 2019 season in the National Football League wrapped up on Monday. Below is a look at some of the highlights from former Crimson Tide players currently in the NFL.

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley posted big numbers on Sunday, as he hauled in a team-high eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. Joining him was teammate Julio Jones, who also contributed to the Falcons’ big win, posting six grabs for 91 yards. The receiving duo helped Atlanta down the division rival Carolina Panthers in a 29-3 routing.

 

Another pair of teammates excelled, this tandem on the defensive side of the ball for Chicago. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Eddie Jackson put together a strong performance in the Bears’ secondary on Sunday night. Clinton-Dix recorded seven total tackles with Jackson right behind him, totaling six stops. The highlight of the night for Chicago occurred when Jackson forced a fumble which Clinton-Dix then recovered for the turnover. Despite their efforts, the Bears fell to the Los Angeles Rams, 17-7.

 

The Crimson Tide’s former running backs in the NFL posted big numbers once again. Josh Jacobs, Mark Ingram and newly-activated Bo Scarbrough all stood out for their respective teams this past weekend. Jacobs continued his Offensive Rookie of the Year push by posting 112 yards on 23 carries while adding three catches for 12 yards. His efforts propelled the Oakland Raiders to a 17-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

Ingram found the end zone twice in the passing game, part of his three total catches for 37 yards. The former Heisman Trophy winner also rushed 13 times for 48 yards in the Baltimore Ravens’ blowout win over the Houston Texans, 41-7. Just signed less than two weeks ago, Scarbrough proved his worth in Detroit’s matchup. The Tuscaloosa native carried the ball 14 times for 55 yards and reached the end zone from five yards out in the Lions’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Irv Smith reached the end zone for the first time in his NFL career. The rookie tight end hauled in three passes for 20 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown for the Vikings first score of the day. Thanks in part to his efforts, the Vikings were able to overcome an early deficit and defeat the Denver Broncos by a score of 27-23.