Thanksgiving NFL roundup: 3 former Alabama players score touchdowns
23 Nov, 2018
23 Nov, 2018
23 Nov, 2018
Former Alabama standouts Amari Cooper, Eddie Jackson and Calvin Ridley found the end zone during the NFL’s Thanksgiving tripleheader on Thursday, with Cooper scoring two touchdowns. The Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 23-16 after Jackson returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown with six minutes left to play to break a 16-16 tie. The safety also returned an interception for a touchdown in Sunday night's victory over the Minnesota Vikings. In addition to the fifth touchdown of his NFL career, Jackson made three tackles and broke up another pass on Thursday. Watch safety Eddie Jackson score winning TD for Chicago Bears Cooper caught eight passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the Dallas Cowboys' 31-23 victory over the Washington Redskins. Cooper scored on catches good for 40 and 90 yards on consecutive third-quarter possessions as Dallas went from a three-point deficit to an 11-point lead. The 90-yarder is the longest reception of the wide receiver's NFL career. Check out Amari Cooper's 90-yard touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys Ridley caught eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown in the Atlanta Falcons' 31-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Ridley's 2-yard touchdown catch with 22 seconds left in the third quarter was the Falcons' first touchdown of the game. He set up the score with a 50-yard reception. Ridley almost scored again in the fourth quarter, but he lost a fumble after reaching the 3-yard line on a 27-yard pass play.
Ridley was one of six players from Alabama high schools and colleges on the active rosters of the Falcons and the Saints: · Falcons long snapper Josh Harris ( Auburn ) played on punts and placements for Atlanta. · Saints running back Mark Ingram (Alabama) ran for 52 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards. · Julio Jones ( Foley, Alabama) started at wide receiver for the Falcons and caught 11 passes for 147 yards to record his sixth consecutive 100-yard receiving game. Jones also had a 1-yard run, made two tackles after Atlanta turnovers and lost a fumble. Jones' fifth catch in the game was the 663rd of his career as he passed Ozzie Newsome for the most NFL receptions by a former Alabama player. Julio Jones breaks Ozzie Newsome record · Falcons running back Ito Smith ( McGill-Toolen ) netted zero yards on four carries and caught two passes for 7 yards. · Saints defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth ( Murphy ) played, but did not record any stats. New Orleans won its 10th consecutive game to improve to 10-1 atop the NFC South standings. With its third loss in a row, Atlanta dropped to 4-7. The Saints will play on Thursday next week, too, when they visit the Cowboys on Nov. 29. The Falcons return to the field on Dec. 2 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Cooper was one of seven players with state football roots on the active rosters of the Redskins and Cowboys: · Jonathan Allen (Alabama) started at defensive end for the Redskins and made a team-leading nine tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage. Allen recorded his fifth sack of the season and reached a career high in tackles. His previous best in a single game had been five. · Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Anderson ( Daphne, Alabama) made one special-teams tackle. · Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama) started at strong safety for the Redskins and made four tackles. · Redskins inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton ( Carver-Montgomery ) registered a quarterback hit. · Redskins linebacker Cassanova McKinzy ( Woodlawn, Auburn) left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. · Da’Ron Payne ( Shades Valley ) started at nose tackle for the Redskins and made four tackles, including his fourth sack of the season. He also batted down a pass. Dallas' victory left the Cowboys and Redskins tied for the lead in the NFC East with 6-5 records. Dallas plays the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 29 in the Thursday night game for Week 13. The Redskins return to the field in Week 13's Monday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 3.
Jackson was one of seven players from state high schools and colleges on the active rosters of the Bears and Lions: · Lions defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Alabama) played, but did not register any stats. · Jordan Howard ( Gardendale, UAB ) started at running back for the Bears. He ran for 13 yards on seven carries and caught a 2-yard pass. · Lions running back Kerryon Johnson ( Madison Academy, Auburn) was designated as one of Detroit’s seven inactive players. Johnson suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. · Bears place-kicker Cody Parkey (Auburn) made all three of his kicks, connecting on a 40-yard field goal and two extra points. · Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama) made one tackle and recorded two quarterback hits. · Bears defensive tackle Nick Williams ( Minor, Samford ) was designated as inactive. Defensive end Eric Lee (Daphne) had been on the Lions' active roster until Saturday, when he was waived by Detroit. Chicago strengthened its hold on the NFC North lead by improving to 8-3 while dropping Detroit farther into the division's cellar at 4-7. On Dec. 2, the Bears visit the New York Giants and the Lions host the Los Angeles Rams.
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