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Continuing the Legacy: Mark Ingram continues hot streak

Sam MacDonald

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Several Alabama alumni in the NFL reached career milestones or personal bests – or even set league records – in Week 11. Here are the top six performances from former Crimson Tide players: 

-Former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram just keeps churning out some of the best games of his career. The New Orleans Saints running back had 11 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. His yardage total was a season high and the sixth-highest of his career, and it marked the first time in his career that he had back-to-back 130-yard games.  

Ingram currently ranks fourth in the NFL with 806 yards and is tied with the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley for the league lead in touchdowns (8). All eight of his rushing touchdowns have come in the last six games. 

-Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick intercepted a pass from Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler two yards into the end zone and returned it 101 yards… to the Denver Broncos’ one-yard line. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest interception return in NFL history that did not result in a touchdown.

It was Kirkpatrick’s first interception in 364 days and his first game with three passes defended in nearly two years. 

-New York Giants safety Landon Collins made 15 tackles against the Kansas City Chiefs, surpassing his previous career high of 12. Only two players have more total tackles in November than Collins’ 28. He also intercepted Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, just Smith’s third interception of the season. 

-Baltimore Ravens rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey, a first-team All-American for Alabama last year, hauled in his first career interception against the Green Bay Packers, returning it 15 yards to inside the Packers’ five-yard line. He had multiple passes defended for the second time in his 10-game career. 

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie tight end O.J. Howard caught his fourth career touchdown on his 23rd birthday. He totaled 52 yards on three catches against the Miami Dolphins. Only six tight ends in the NFL have more touchdowns than Howard, but five of those six have more than twice as many catches as he does. Twelve of Howard’s 17 catches this year have been for first downs. 

-Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland made nine tackles, eight of which were solo and one of which was for loss, against the Giants. It was a new career high for Ragland, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL. 

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