Alabama NFL roundup: Jalen Hurts, Eagles run over Lions

Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for only 103 yards on Sunday. But that didn’t prevent the Eagles from steamrolling the winless Detroit Lions 44-6.

Hurts completed 9-of-14 passes for 103 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for a team-high 71 yards on seven carries. Philadelphia rolled up 236 rushing yards on Detroit, and Hurts had the Eagles’ three longest runs with gains of 21, 20 and 14 yards.





“First and foremost, coming out today and getting a win, something we’ve been striving for,” Hurts said. “We had a great week of preparation, came together this week, came out here and got the win. Ran the ball extremely well. Really kind of dominated the line of scrimmage for most of the game.”

With Philadelphia leading 38-0 after three quarters, Hurts did not play in the fourth quarter. Backup Gardner Minshew had 11 passing yards on two completions in the final period. An NFL team had not scored 44 points with as few as 114 passing yards since Dec. 10, 2006, when the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 44-17. The only other game in this century that meets those circumstances is the Kansas City Chiefs’ 49-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 8, 2002.

Philadelphia had its highest-scoring game since beating the Denver Broncos 51-23 on Nov. 5, 2017, as the Eagles improved to 3-5 this season.

“I thought Jalen did a good job of checking us in and out of some plays and in and out of some looks,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “We did what we needed to do to win this football game, and it was great to see us be able to run the football like that. …

“I think Jalen has big shoulders and he’s able to handle a lot. I really do. But we know you can say he’s essentially still in his rookie year as far as starts go, so that’s going to be able to help him out. When we’re able to run it like that, it’s going to create space for him and the offensive line in the play-action game. Again, we’re evolving every week on offense.”

Hurts was among the 41 former Alabama players who got on the field on the eighth Sunday of the NFL’s 102nd season.

Five other former Alabama players were involved in the Philadelphia-Detroit game:

· Landon Dickerson started at left guard for the Eagles.

· Lions linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (Carver-Montgomery) is on injured reserve.

· Lions defensive end Da’Shawn Hand knocked down a pass. Hand made his 2021 debut on Sunday after a groin injury had sidelined him for the first seven games of the season.

· Eagles safety Jared Mayden is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

· DeVonta Smith started at wide receiver for the Eagles. Smith had a 15-yard reception.

In the other Sunday games:

Carolina Panthers 19, Atlanta Falcons 13

· Panthers guard Deonte Brown (Austin) is on injured reserve.

· Panthers long snapper Thomas Fletcher is on injured reserve.

· Falcons quarterback AJ McCarron (St. Paul’s Episcopal) is on injured reserve.

· Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was designated as a game-day inactive. Ridley missed the game for personal reasons. He also missed the Oct. 10 game for a personal matter.

Buffalo Bills 26, Miami Dolphins 11

· Raekwon Davis started at left defensive tackle for the Dolphins. Davis made three tackles.

· Tua Tagovailoa started at quarterback for the Dolphins. Tagovailoa completed 21-of-39 passes for 205 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and ran for 10 yards and one touchdown on four carries. Tagovailoa scored Miami’s only touchdown on a 1-yard plunge with 9:39 left to play.

· Jaylen Waddle started at wide receiver for the Dolphins. Waddle caught four passes for 29 yards and returned two kickoffs for 25 yards.

· Levi Wallace started at left cornerback for the Bills. Wallace made three tackles and broke up a pass.

San Francisco 49ers 33, Chicago Bears 22

· Eddie Jackson started at safety for the Bears. Jackson left the game with a hamstring injury before recording any stats.

· Forty-Niners cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (Gadsden City) made a special-teams tackle.

Pittsburgh Steelers 15, Cleveland Browns 10

· Isaiah Buggs started at nose tackle for the Steelers. Buggs made one tackle.

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

· Najee Harris started at running back for the Steelers. Harris ran for 91 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries and caught three passes for 29 yards. Harris scored on an 8-yard run with 3:39 left in the third quarter as Pittsburgh cut Cleveland’s lead to 10-9.

· Ronnie Harrison started at strong safety for the Browns. Harrison made six tackles.

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

· Jedrick Wills Jr. started at left offensive tackle for the Browns.

· Browns linebacker Mack Wilson (Carver-Montgomery) made a season-high seven tackles.

Los Angeles Rams 38, Houston Texans 22

· Terrell Lewis started at outside linebacker for the Rams. Lewis made two tackles and broke up a pass.

· A’Shawn Robinson started at defensive end for the Rams. Robinson made four tackles.

Tennessee Titans 34, Indianapolis Colts 31 (OT)

· Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans (Auburn High) was designated as a game-day inactive. An ankle injury prevented Evans from practicing last week.

· Derrick Henry started at running back for the Titans. Henry ran for 68 yards on 28 carries. That output broke a streak of seven 100-yard rushing games against AFC South opponents and a four-game 100-yard streak against Indianapolis. Henry appeared to experience a foot problem during the game, and the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner did not talk to reports after the game, as has been customary, because he was receiving treatment.

· Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (Foley) was designated as a game-day inactive. A hamstring injury prevented Jones from practicing last week.

New York Jets 34, Cincinnati Bengals 31

· C.J. Mosley (Theodore) started at linebacker for the Jets. Mosley led New York with 10 tackles, twice as many as any of his teammates, and registered a tackle for loss.

· Jets center Ross Pierschbacher is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

· Jonah Williams started at left offensive tackle for the Bengals.

· Quinnen Williams (Wenonah) started at defensive tackle for the Jets. Williams made two tackles and recorded a sack. Williams has 4.5 sacks this season.

New England Patriots 27, Los Angeles Chargers 24

· Patriots defensive tackle Christian Barmore made four tackles and shared a sack, his first in the NFL.

· Damien Harris started at running back for the Patriots. Harris ran for 80 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. Harris scored New England’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run with 6:26 left in the first quarter. In the third quarter, Harris lost a 28-yard touchdown run and a 23-yard run to offensive-holding penalties.

· Dont’a Hightower started at linebacker for the Patriots. Hightower made three tackles.

· Mac Jones started at quarterback for the Patriots. Jones completed 18-of-35 passes for 218 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions and ran four times for 10 yards.

· Patriots linebacker Anfernee Jennings (Dadeville) is on injured reserve.

Seattle Seahawks 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 7

· Cam Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Jaguars.

· Jaguars linebacker Dylan Moses is on the non-football injury list and not eligible to play.

Denver Broncos 17, Washington Football Team 10

· Jonathan Allen started at defensive tackle for Washington. Allen made three tackles and recorded a sack. Allen has six sacks this season.

· Landon Collins started at strong safety for Washington. Collins made eight tackles, recorded one sack and registered two tackles for loss. The sack was the first of the season for Collins.

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

· Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy caught four passes for 39 yards and had a rushing attempt that went for no gain. Jeudy had not played since the first game of the season because of an ankle injury.

· Daron Payne (Shades Valley) started at defensive tackle for Washington. Payne made four tackles and recorded one sack. The sack was the second of the season for Payne.

· Washington wide receiver Cam Sims caught a 20-yard pass. Sims had missed the previous three games because of a hamstring injury.

· Patrick Surtain II started at cornerback for the Broncos. Surtain made two tackles and broke up a pass.

New Orleans Saints 36, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

· Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (Autauga Academy) caught two passes for 16 yards.

· Saints running back Mark Ingram ran for 27 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 25 yards in his return to New Orleans. Ingram played for the Saints from 2011 through 2018, and New Orleans re-acquired him last week in a trade with the Houston Texans.

· Buccaneers long snapper Carson Tinker handled the snaps for three punts and three extra points.

Dallas Cowboys 20, Minnesota Vikings 16

· Amari Cooper started at wide receiver for the Cowboys. Cooper caught eight passes for 122 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown reception with 51 seconds to play. On Dallas’ eight-play, 75-yard drive for the winning touchdown, Cooper caught three passes for 56 yards. Cooper had 100 receiving yards for the 25th time in the regular season. He also has had a playoff game with 100 receiving yards.

· Trevon Diggs started at right cornerback for the Cowboys. Diggs had one tackle, but for the first time this season, he did not have an interception. Diggs is the second player to intercept a pass in each of his team’s first six games of a season in the Super Bowl Era but did not become the first to do so in the first seven. Diggs sprained his ankle during the game.

· Cowboys wide receiver Robert Foster is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

· Dalvin Tomlinson started at defensive tackle for the Vikings. Tomlinson made three tackles.

· Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. is on injured reserve.

Week 8 kicked off with the Green Bay Packers beating the Arizona Cardinals 24-21 on Thursday night.

Week 8 concludes with the New York Giants-Kansas City Chiefs game at 7:15 p.m. CDT Monday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise the game.

Alabama NFL roundup: Jalen Hurts, Eagles run over Lions

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris carries the football during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.AP Photo/Jae C. Hong


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