Auburn NFL roundup: Jack Driscoll settling in for Eagles





Auburn NFL roundup: Jack Driscoll settling in for Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles entered Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints having given up 53 sacks, nine more than any other team in the NFL in 2020. The Saints entered the contest fourth in the league in sacks.

That didn’t bode well for the home team, especially with the Eagles on a four-game losing streak and New Orleans on a nine-game roll.

But Philadelphia beat the Saints 24-21 without giving up a sack. And against a team that hadn’t allowed a player to run for 100 yards in 50 straight games, the Eagles had two 100-yard rushers.

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was one of the 100-yard rushers in the first start of his NFL career.

Philadelphia’s offensive line has been a revolving door because of injuries this season, but Eagles coach Doug Pederson said the Saints’ lack of sacks was due to “great protection and the ability of Jalen to escape the pocket.”

Former Auburn right offensive tackle Jack Driscoll manned that position for Philadelphia on Sunday. He made his second straight start there since three-time Pro Bowler Lane Johnson went on injured reserve for ankle surgery.

Driscoll also started two previous games and got extended playing time in two more when Johnson was hurt, and if the rookie can say healthy, he’ll likely get three more games of starting experience as the Eagles chase Washington in the NFC East.

On Sunday, Driscoll had to keep Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan, among others, off Hurts. Driscoll figures his crash course in NFL offensive-line play will only make him stronger.

“I get to go play against guys like Za’Darius Smith on Green Bay and guys like Cam Jordan on New Orleans,” Driscoll said. “It’s hard because any time you screw up, as a competitor, you’re frustrated and whatnot. But I’m trying to take that and say, ‘Where can I grow? How can I take that experience against guys like that and help me?’”

Driscoll was among the 15 former Auburn players who got on the field on the 14th Sunday of the NFL’s 101st season.

One other former Auburn player was at the New Orleans-Philadelphia game:

· Eagles safety Rudy Ford (New Hope) was designated as a game-day inactive. A hamstring injury has cost Ford the past three games.

In the other Sunday games:

Denver Broncos 32, Carolina Panthers 27

· Panthers defensive tackle Derrick Brown made two tackles and registered a quarterback hit. A starter in the first 12 games this season, Brown came off the bench on Sunday after spending the week on reserve/COVID-19.

Dallas Cowboys 30, Cincinnati Bengals 7

· Josh Bynes started at linebacker for the Bengals. Bynes led Cincinnati with seven tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

· Carl Lawson started at right defensive end for the Bengals. Lawson made one tackle and registered one quarterback hit.

Tennessee Titans 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 10

· Titans linebacker Daren Bates made a tackle on special teams.

Kansas City Chiefs 33, Miami Dolphins 27

· Dolphins fullback Chandler Cox was designated as a game-day inactive.

· Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene (Hewitt-Trussville) played but did not record any stats.

Arizona Cardinals 26, New York Giants 7

· Angelo Blackson started at defensive tackle for the Cardinals. Blackson did not record any stats.

· Darius Slayton started at wide receiver for the Giants. Slayton caught three passes for 31 yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26, Minnesota Vikings 14

· Carlton Davis started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Davis made six tackles and broke up a pass. Davis entered the game with 16 passes defended, the most in the NFL. Davis broke up a pass to wide receiver Justin Jefferson on a third-and-15 snap from the Tampa Bay 36-yard line with 4:42 left in the first half on Sunday. When Dan Bailey missed a 54-yard field-goal attempt on the next snap, the Bucs retained their 7-6 lead, which they stretched to 17-6 by halftime.

· Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean was designated as a game-day inactive. A concussion kept Dean sidelined for the second game in a row.

Indianapolis Colts 44, Las Vegas Raiders 27

· Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson made all his kicks, connecting for field goals of 23 and 25 yards and making three extra-points.

· Braden Smith started at right offensive tackle for the Colts.

Green Bay Packers 31, Detroit Lions 24

· Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (Madison Academy) had two carries for 3 yards and a touchdown and caught a 10-yard pass. Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with 6:30 left to play to cut Green Bay’s lead to 28-21. Johnson hadn’t had a rushing touchdown since the second game of the season.

Los Angeles Chargers 20, Atlanta Falcons 17

· Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson (Greenville) played but did not record any stats.

· Falcons long snapper Josh Harris handled the snaps for two punts, two extra-points and one field goal.

Washington Football Team 23, San Francisco 49ers 15

· Washington running back Peyton Barber ran for 37 yards on 12 carries and caught two passes for 1 yard.

Week 14 started on Thursday night with the Los Angeles Rams’ 24-3 victory over the New England Patriots.

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Week 14 concludes on Monday when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Cleveland Browns 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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