Sept. 16, 2013
A pair of former Alabama All-Americans turned in career performances Sunday, while a handful of former Crimson Tide defenders helped their teams to victory in the second week of the NFL regular season.
Wide receiver Julio Jones matched the best performance of his career with 11 receptions, 182 yards and a touchdown in the Atlanta Falcons' 31-24 win over Barrett Jones and the St. Louis Rams. In the first quarter, the third-year veteran caught an 81-yard touchdown pass, the longest catch of his NFL career. Jones also had 11 catches and 182 yards in last season's NFC Championship game.
Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron recorded a career-best 13 tackles in a 16-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints. In addition to being the game's leading tackler, Barron also had a tackle for loss, a pass deflection and added a sack. On the opposing sideline former Alabama safety Roman Harper led the Saints with six tackles.
Buffalo defensive tackle Marcell Dareus had four tackles and half of a sack for the Bills in a 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson notched six tackles and two pass deflections in an overtime victory over Tennessee.
New England linebacker Dont'a Hightower led the Patriots with eight tackles in a 13-10 win over the New York Jets Thursday, while Jacksonville defensive end Brandon Deaderick racked up a sack and forced a fumble in the Jaguars' 19-9 loss to Oakland.
Wallace Gilberry and Dre Kirkpatrick, two former Crimson Tide defenders who are now teammates for the Cincinnati Bengals, will take the field in the Monday Night Football matchup against the Steelers.