When the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans square off in Nashville on Sunday afternoon, it won’t be the NFL’s game of the week. Most of the nation will have the Jacksonville Jaguars-Dallas Cowboys game broadcast by their local FOX affiliate at 3:25 p.m. CDT.
But it will be the Alabama Game of the Week, with an emphasis on the Crimson Tide. Baltimore and Tennessee have 14 players with state football roots on their rosters, including eight who played for Alabama.
During their time with the Crimson Tide, those eight collected 13 national-championship rings.
The oldest of the players, Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, is the only one of the eight who played on the team that won the BCS national championship for the 2011 season. But Mosley still was a teammate of five of the other players while with the Tide.
Mosley also is the only one of the eight who wasn’t a member of the Alabama team that won the CFP national championship for the 2015 season.
By then, Mosley was in his second season in Baltimore, where he’s been joined by four former teammates — cornerback Anthony Averett and center Bradley Bozeman, NFL rookies this season who were redshirts in Mosley’s final Alabama campaign; cornerback Cyrus Jones, who was a freshman wide receiver for the 2012 BCS national-championship team before converting to the secondary; and outside linebacker Tim Williams, a freshman in Mosley’s final Alabama season.
The Ravens also have cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who didn’t get to be teammates with Mosley until he joined the Ravens as a first-round draft choice last year.
Two of the Alabama players in Sunday’s game are on the Titans — rookie inside linebacker Rashaan Evans and running back Derrick Henry.
Baltimore got to six Alabama alumni — the most on one NFL team’s active roster — when it claimed Jones off waivers earlier this week. Let go by the New England Patriots at the end of the preseason, Jones joined the Ravens’ practice squad. The Patriots re-signed Jones on Sept. 19, and he played in two games before being waived on Saturday. Baltimore claimed Jones — this time for the active roster — and he’s “in the mix” to become the Ravens’ punt returner, coach John Harbaugh said.
“I’m excited to have him,” Harbaugh said. “It’s been kind of a roller coaster for Cyrus the last few weeks — New England, here, back to New England, back here. So we had some fun with that with the guys. … But he’s a Baltimore guy. I think he’s really excited to be here, and we’re excited to have him and we’ll see how he works into the game plan.”
Week 6 of the NFL’s 2018 season kicks off at 7:20 p.m. CDT Thursday, when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the New York Giants. FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video are televising the game.
In the other nationally televised games, the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots square off at 7:20 p.m. Sunday on NBC and the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday on ESPN.
Sunday’s broadcast offerings in Alabama include the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game at noon on CBS. The second half of the CBS doubleheader features the Jacksonville-Dallas game, except on WHNT, which will broadcast the Ravens-Titans game. Most of the state will be able to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Atlanta Falcons game on FOX at noon, except in southwest Alabama, where WALA has the Carolina Panthers-Washington Redskins game.
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The complete Week 6 schedule (with all times central and with point spreads from vegasinsider.com):
- Philadelphia Eagles (-3) at New York Giants, 7:20 p.m. (FOX, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video)
- Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings (-10.5), noon
- Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans (-10), noon
- Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins (-1), noon
- Chicago Bears (-3) at Miami Dolphins, noon
- Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets (-2.5), noon
- Los Angeles Chargers (-1) at Cleveland Browns, noon
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5), noon
- Seattle Seahawks (-3) vs. Oakland Raiders in London, noon
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5), noon
- Los Angeles Rams (-7) at Denver Broncos, 3:05 p.m.
- Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Tennessee Titans, 3:25 p.m.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (-3) at Dallas Cowboys, 3:25 p.m.
- Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (-3.5), 7:20 p.m. (NBC)
- San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (-9.5), 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Bye: Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.