Alabama NFL roundup: Trevon Diggs picks off Jalen Hurts – AL.com

Dallas Cowboys rookie Trevon Diggs was looking forward to playing former Alabama teammate Jalen Hurts on Sunday. The cornerback hoped to come up with an interception against his “good friend,” who would be making his third NFL start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

With Hurts trying to make something happen with the Eagles trailing by 20 points, Diggs reached his goal, picking off a deep pass with 30 seconds left in the game. One kneel-down later, the Cowboys had a 37-17 victory over Philadelphia.

A broken bone in his foot cost Diggs four games this season, but the interception off Hurts was his third of 2020. The other two came against the player that Hurts replaced in the Philadelphia lineup. Diggs intercepted two passes thrown by Carson Wentz on Nov. 1.

Diggs and Hurts entered the NFL as second-round draft choices on April 24. While Diggs has been a starter since his first game, Hurts entered the Eagles’ lineup on Dec. 13.

Against Dallas, Hurts completed 21-of-39 passes for 342 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, ran for 69 yards on nine carries and lost a fumble.

Despite the loss, Hurts continued a rare beginning to his career as an NFL starting quarterback.

Hurts became the 16th quarterback with 847 passing yards and the third quarterback with 238 rushing yards in his first three starts. But he’s the only quarterback to reach both those totals in his first three starts.

In a 33-26 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week, Hurts had 338 passing yards and 63 rushing yards. Sunday’s performance allowed Hurts to join Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and 50 rushing yards in consecutive games in NFL history.

Vick accomplished the feat in 2011, also with the Eagles. He had 416 passing yards and 75 rushing yards in a 34-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 2 and 315 passing yards and 90 rushing yards in a 31-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 9.

In his first start – a 24-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 13 – Hurts ran for 106 yards, so Sunday’s game made him the second quarterback in the NFL’s Super Bowl era to rush for at least 50 yards in each of his first three starts. The Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson in 2018 was the first.

Hurts’ TD pass covered 81 yards, allowing him to supplant Davey O’Brien from 1939 as the youngest Philadelphia player to throw an 80-or-more-yard touchdown pass.

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Dallas’ victory eliminated Philadelphia from contention in the NFC East title race while moving the Cowboys into a tie for first in the division with one Sunday left in the regular season.

Dallas and the Washington Football Team have 6-9 records after Washington lost to the Carolina Panthers 20-13 on Sunday.

If Washington defeats Philadelphia on Jan. 3 in the final game of the NFL’s regular season, it will represent the NFC East in the postseason. But Dallas could get in if Washington loses and the Cowboys close their regular season by beating the New York Giants on Jan. 3. Washington holds the tiebreaker on Dallas because it defeated the Cowboys in both their meetings this season.

Diggs and Hurts were among the 33 former Alabama players who got on the field on the 16th Sunday of the NFL’s 101st season.

Two other former Alabama players were at the Philadelphia-Dallas game:

· Amari Cooper started at wide receiver for the Cowboys. Cooper caught four passes for 121 yards, including a 69-yarder for his longest reception of the season. Cooper’s output put him past 1,000 receiving yards for the fifth time in his six NFL seasons. Cooper’s fourth 100-yard game of 2020 was his 23rd in a regular-season contest.

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· Eagles center Ross Pierschbacher played but did not record any stats.

In the other Sunday games:

Baltimore Ravens 27, New York Giants 13

· Anthony Averett started at right cornerback for the Ravens. Averett made five tackles and broke up two passes.

· Bradley Bozeman (Handley) started at left guard for the Ravens.

· D.J. Fluker (Foley) started at right offensive tackle for the Ravens.

· Marlon Humphrey (Hoover) started at left cornerback for the Ravens. Humphrey led the Ravens with six tackles and broke up three passes.

· Ravens running back Mark Ingram was designated as a game-day inactive.

· Xavier McKinney started at free safety for the Giants. McKinney made eight tackles. In his first four NFL games, McKinney had totaled nine tackles.

· Dalvin Tomlinson started at nose tackle for the Giants. Tomlinson made four tackles.

Cincinnati Bengals 37, Houston Texans 31

· Bengals cornerback Tony Brown played but did not record any stats. Brown had missed the previous three games because of a hamstring injury.

· Texans quarterback AJ McCarron (St. Paul’s Episcopal) dressed for the game but did not play.

Chicago Bears 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 17

· Eddie Jackson started at safety for the Bears. Jackson made two tackles.

· Cam Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Jaguars. Robinson sustained an ankle injury in the game.

Kansas City Chiefs 17, Atlanta Falcons 14

· Falcons guard James Carpenter was designated as a game-day inactive. Carpenter did not practice last week because of a groin injury.

· Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (Foley) was designated as a game-day inactive. A hamstring injury kept Jones sidelined for a third straight game. He’s missed six games this season.

· Calvin Ridley started at wide receiver for the Falcons. Ridley gained 130 yards on five receptions and had a rushing attempt that lost 7 yards. Ridley’s fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game boosted his 2020 stats to 1,322 yards and nine touchdowns on 82 receptions. With eight 100-yard games this season, Ridley has more than any other receiver in the NFL this season.

· Chiefs wide receiver Gehrig Dieter played but did not record any stats. Dieter was eligible to play after being elevated from the Kansas City practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement.

New York Jets 23, Cleveland Browns 16

· Browns offensive tackle Jedrick Wills was designated as a game-day inactive. Cleveland said Wills missed the game because he was sick.

· Browns linebacker Mack Wilson (Carver-Montgomery) made five tackles.

Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Indianapolis Colts 24

· Ryan Kelly started at center for the Colts.

· Steelers defensive end Isaiah Buggs was designated as a game-day inactive.

· Minkah Fitzpatrick started at free safety for the Colts. Fitzpatrick made eight tackles and broke up a pass.

· Steelers offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer played but did not record any stats.

Denver Broncos 19, Los Angeles Chargers 16

· Kareem Jackson started at strong safety for the Broncos. Jackson made two tackles.

· Jerry Jeudy started at wide receiver for the Broncos. Jeudy caught six passes for 61 yards. He was thrown to 15 times in the game.

· Chargers long snapper Cole Mazza handled the snaps for four field goals, four punts and one extra point.

· Chargers nose tackle Damion Square made two tackles and register a quarterback hit.

Carolina Panthers 20, Washington Football Team 13

· Jonathan Allen started at defensive tackle for Washington. Allen made seven tackles and registered a quarterback hit.

· Robert Foster started at wide receiver for Washington. Foster caught a 28-yard pass.

· Daron Payne (Shades Valley) started at defensive tackle for Washington. Payne made four tackles, recorded one sack and registered two tackles for loss. Payne has three sacks in 2020.

· Cam Sims started at wide receiver for Washington. Sims caught three passes for 63 yards, including a 50-yarder for the longest reception of his career.

Seattle Seahawks 20, Los Angeles Rams 9

· Rams outside linebacker Terrell Lewis made two tackles.

· Jarran Reed started at defensive tackle for the Seahawks. Reed made three tackles, including two sacks. Reed recorded both his sacks in the fourth quarter. He took down Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff for a 2-yard loss on a second-and-10 snap at the 50-yard line with 7:57 to play and a 9-yard loss on a third-and-10 snap at the Rams 23-yard line with 2:00 left.

· Rams defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson made two tackles.

Green Bay Packers 40, Tennessee Titans 14

· Packers punt JK Scott did not punt in the game.

· Rashaan Evans (Auburn High) started at inside linebacker for the Titans. Evans made five tackles and registered a quarterback hit.

· Derrick Henry started at running back for the Titans. Henry ran for 98 yards on 23 carries. He came up 2 yards short of tying Barry Sanders’ NFL record of 10 consecutive 100-yard rushing performances in road games. Henry did not play on Tennessee’s final possession against Green Bay. Sunday’s contest was the first regular-season road game for Henry without at least 100 rushing yards since he had 63 yards on 13 carries in a 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 3, 2019.

Week 16 started on Friday night with the New Orleans Saints’ 52-33 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

In Saturday’s games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Detroit Lions 47-7, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20-12 and the Miami Dolphins defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 26-25.

Week 16 concludes on Monday when the Buffalo Bills visit the New England Patriots at 7:15 p.m. ESPN will televise the game.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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