Oct. 28, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Rashad Johnson
forced a pair of turnovers for the Arizona Cardinals and Eddie Lacy
eclipsed 100 total yards to highlight the list of former Alabama players' performances in week 8 of the NFL.
Just over a month after losing part of a finger in a game against New Orleans, Johnson came up with two key interceptions to lead the Cardinals to a 27-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Both of Johnson's interceptions occurred in the second half. His second interception came late in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Arizona. Johnson also had a tackle and three pass deflections in the win.
For the third consecutive game, Packers running back Eddie Lacy surpassed the 100-yard mark. On Sunday night against the Vikings, the rookie was the game's leading rusher with 94 yards. He added four catches for 18 yards and scored the only touchdown of the third quarter on a one-yard run to give Green Bay a 31-17 lead. Lacy has now rushed for 395 yards over his last four games.
New England linebacker Dont'a Hightower was disruptive all afternoon in a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins Sunday. Hightower led the Patriots in tackles with 10 and also notched two tackles for loss and a sack. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans notched six tackles and a pass deflection in a 15-7 loss to the New York Giants.
Robert Lester and Mark Barron, former All-American safeties that started side-by-side for the Crimson Tide in 2010 and 2011, squared off against each other in Thursday's matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panters. Barron (seven tackles) finished with more tackles than Lester (five), but the Panthers prevailed 31-13.
James Carpenter's Seattle Seahawks face off against Barrett Jones and the St. Louis Rams in the Monday Night Football game at 7:30 p.m. (CST).