2020 Alabama Crimson Tide Players In the NFL: Week 2 Tracker
Kristi F. Patick
The National Football League will mark its centennial birthday this Thursday, with a match up featuring the two nearest franchise to where it all began.
On Sept. 17, 1920, an organizational meeting was held at the Jordan and Hupmobile auto showroom in Canton, Ohio. The birthplace of the league is now the home of the Pro Football of Fame.
Approximately 60 miles north of that location the 15,771st game in league history will feature the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. Paul Brown was instrumental in the formation of both franchises, one of which bares his name.
Week 2 will also see the Giants at the Bears, the Lions at the Packers, the Rams at the Eagles, and Washington at the Cardinals. All of those franchises date back 83 years or longer. Combined, they account for 48 of the NFL’s 100 championships and 159 Pro Football Hall of Famers.
Matchup of the Week
It's not very often that three of the best wide receivers in Alabama history will all be playing on the same field together, but that's exactly what will happen when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Dallas Cowboys. Amari Copper of the Cowboys is the Crimson Tide's all-time leading receiver in yards, while the Falcons' Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones are third and fifth, respectively. Ridley is second in receptions.
Last week, Cooper had 10 catches for 81 yards, while Ridley caught nine balls for 130 yards and Jones had nine for 157 yards.
• For Cooper it was his eighth career game with 10-plus catches. In 13 home games with the Cowboys he has 87 receptions fro 1,420 yards (109.2 average) and 11 touchdowns.
• Ridley's nine catches were a career-best, and it was the third time he had two touchdowns in a game.
• Jones reached the 800-reception milestone, making him the second-fastest to do so in NFL history (127 games). It was also his 16th time topping 150 receiving yards, the fourth most all-time.
Incidentally, Jones seems to love playing the Cowboys. In four previous meetings he's collected 468 yards (117 per game) and three touchdowns.
NFL Schedule: Week 2
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 7:20 p.m., NFL network
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, noon, CBS
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. noon, Fox
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers, noon, CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, noon, Fox
San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets, noon, Fox
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, noon, CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts, noon, Fox
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, noon, ,Fox
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys, noon on Fox
New York Giants at Chicago Bears, noon on CBS
The Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals, 3:05 p.m., Fox
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans, 3:25 p.m., CBS
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks, 7:20 p.m., NBC
New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders, 7:15 p.m., ESPN
Week 2 Notes
• The Broncos at Steelers is another interesting matchup between former Crimson Tide players this week. Broncos safety Kareem Jackson had six tackles and a pass defended last week. He has five passes defended and an interception over his last three road games. Meanwhile, Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has four interceptions during his past five games at home. One player he may see a lot of out of the slot is rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.
• Tom Brady's first pass attempt with the Buccaneers was to tight end O.J. Howard, who later had his 13th career touchdown.
• Derrick Henry ran for 116 yards last week, for his seventh 100-yard game since 2019. That's tied with Nick Chubb and Ezekiel Elliott for the most in the NFL. The last time he faced the Jaguars, Henry rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns, and he's had seven total TDs during his last three meetings.
• Washington safety Landon Collins had five tackles, including two for a loss last week. Since 2015, he leads all defensive backs with 33 tackles for a loss.
• NFL teams combined to score 87 offensive touchdowns (passing and rushing combined) on Kickoff Weekend, the most Week 1 offensive touchdowns in NFL history.
• Seven teams came back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter on Kickoff Weekend – Arizona, Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee and Washington – the most fourth-quarter comeback victories on Kickoff Weekend since 2016 (nine teams) and tied for the third-most in Week 1 in NFL history. Five of those teams this past weekend came back to win on the road.
• Eleven of the 16 season-opening games were within one score in the fourth quarter.
This report will be continually updated through Monday's game