The Pittsburgh Steelers went into Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a 2-6 record and without three members of their secondary school. Cornerbacks William Jackson III and Ahkello Witherspoon were injured, with Jackson going on injured reserve, and All-Star safetyman Minkah Fitzpatrick was sidelined Saturday with a bout of appendicitis.
But Pittsburgh came away with a 20-10 win, with cornerback Levi Wallace taking a big step down in the Steelers’ secondary.
With Pittsburgh leading 13-10, Wallace blocked a pass to wide receiver Jarvis Landry, with safety Damontae Kazee intercepting the pass.
“It was good concentration from him to intercept it from up front,” Wallace said, noting Kazee was “one on one” with an interception in his first game with the Steelers.
The turnover gave Pittsburgh possession at the New Orleans 44 to play 12:16, and the Steelers scored a touchdown to take a 10-point lead with 8:38.
After the Steelers’ defense stopped the Saints on downs, New Orleans’ last possession ended when Wallace picked up quarterback Andy Dalton 35 yards downfield with a throw to wide receiver Kevin White.
Wallace finished 4:23 at the Pittsburgh 26-yard line with his second interception of the season and eighth of his career, and the Steelers managed to complete the remaining time with a win at Acrisure Stadium.
“That felt good,” Wallace said. “Two to the year now. This is probably my favorite so far.
“I’ve been practicing getting my head around and locating the ball. I took a risk pressing it. It was late in the game. Somehow they knew they would try to throw the deep ball. But I don’t shy away from these opportunities. And so I wanted it, and I took it from him.”
Wallace also had five tackles in the game.
Wallace was among 32 former Alabama players who took to the field on the 10th Sunday of the NFL’s 103rd season.
Five other former Alabama players were involved in the New Orleans-Pittsburgh game:
· Saints running back Derrick Gore is on the practice team and not eligible to play.
· Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was called game day inactive. Appendicitis kept Fitzpatrick off the field.
· Najee Harris started running back for the Steelers. Harris hit season highs with 99 yards on 20 rush attempts.
· Steelers center JC Hassenauer played but didn’t record any stats.
· Saints running back Mark Ingram was named game day inactive. A knee injury kept Ingram off the field for the second straight game.
In the other Sunday games:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21st, Seattle Seahawks 16th
· Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones (Foley) had three receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown. Jones sprinted into the end zone after catching a pass from quarterback Tom Brady to score the first points of the game from 31 yards. With Tampa Bay and Seattle in Munich, Jones scored the NFL’s first touchdown in Germany.
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· Seahawks long snapper Carson Tinker handled the snaps for five punts, a field goal and an extra point.
Minnesota Vikings 33, Buffalo Bills 30 (OT)
· Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. is on injured reserve and ineligible to play.
· Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was ruled game day inactive. A calf injury kept Tomlinson off the field for a second straight game.
Detroit Lions 31 Chicago Bears 30
· Isaiah Buggs started defensive tackle for the Lions. Buggs made four tackles and registered a quarterback hit.
· Eddie Jackson started safe for the bears. Jackson made five tackles.
· Bears offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood dressed for the game but did not play.
· Lions center Ross Pierschbacher is in the training squad and not eligible to play.
· Lions cornerback Saivion Smith is on practice team injured reserve and ineligible to play.
· Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams is on reserve/not football injured and ineligible to play.
Kansas City Chiefs 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
· Jaguar wide receiver Calvin Ridley is suspended by the commissioner and ineligible to play.
· Cam Robinson started in left offensive tackle for the Jaguars.
· Jaguar safety Deionte Thompson is on the practice team and not eligible to play.
Miami Dolphins 39, Cleveland Browns 17
· Amari Cooper started at wide receiver for the Browns. Cooper caught three passes for 32 yards.
· Raekwon Davis started at nose tackle for the Dolphins.
· Browns running back Jerome Ford returned three kickoffs for 95 yards. In his first action since October 2, Ford returned the opening kickoff 48 yards. An ankle injury caused the rookie to miss four games.
· Browns tight end Miller Forristall played but didn’t record stats. Cleveland lifted Forristall off their practice team to make him eligible to play.
· Ronnie Harrison started safely for the Browns. Harrison made two tackles.
· Tua Tagovailoa started as quarterback for the Dolphins. Tagovailoa completed 25 of 32 passes for 285 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Tagovailoa threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to fullback Alex Ingold as Miami tied the game 7-7 and 6-13 in the first quarter, a 14-yard TD pass to wide receiver Trent Sherfield as the Dolphins with 17-7 in the lead with 32 seconds left in the first half and a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill to take the lead to 30-10 with 37 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Tagovailoa recorded his third straight game with three TD passes and no interceptions.
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· Jaylen Waddle started at wide receiver for the Dolphins. Waddle caught four passes for 66 yards.
· Jedrick Wills Jr. started in left offensive tackle for the Browns.
New York Giants 24, Houston Texans 16
· Giants safety Landon Collins is on the practice team and not eligible to play.
· Giants wide receiver Robert Foster is on the practice team and not eligible to play.
· Christian Harris started out as a linebacker for the Texans. Harris made nine tackles and broke up a pass.
· OJ Howard (Autauga Academy) started tight for the Texans. Howard was attacked once but had no signal.
· Giants safety Xavier McKinney is on reserve/not football injured and ineligible to play.
· Texas wide receiver John Metchie III is on reserve/sick and ineligible.
· Giants offensive tackle Evan Neal was called game day inactive. A knee injury kept Neal out of the lineup for the second game in a row.
· Giants cornerback Aaron Robinson is on injured reserve and ineligible to play.
Tennessee Titans 17, Denver Broncos 10
· Broncos linebacker Christopher Allen is on injured reserve and ineligible to play.
· Titans defensive lineman Shyheim Carter is on the practice team and ineligible to play.
· Titan’s defensive end Da’Shawn Hand is on injured reserve and ineligible to play.
· Derrick Henry began running back for the Titans. Henry went into the game with a streak of five 100-yard rushing plays, rushed for 53 yards for 19 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards.
· Kareem Jackson started with strong safety for the Broncos. Jackson made five tackles and broke up a pass.
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· Jerry Jeudy started at wide receiver for the Broncos. Jeudy suffered an ankle injury on Denver’s first offensive snap and did not return.
· Patrick Surtain II started at left cornerback for the Broncos. Surtain made three tackles and broke up a pass.
Indianapolis Colts 25, Las Vegas Raiders 20
· Anthony Averett started at clear safety for the Raiders.
· Colts cornerback Tony Brown made a tackle against special teams.
· Raiders guard Lester Cotton (Central-Tuscaloosa) played but didn’t record any stats.
· Josh Jacobs started running back for the Raiders. Jacobs rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and caught six passes for 28 yards. Jacobs hit a one-yard run as Las Vegas cut Indianapolis’ 1:31 lead to 14-13 in the third quarter.
· Ryan Kelly started at center for the Colts.
· Raiders linebacker Reggie Ragland (Bob Jones, Alabama) is on the practice team and not eligible to play.
Green Bay Packers 31, Dallas Cowboys 28 (OT)
· Trevon Diggs started at cornerback for the Cowboys. Diggs made five tackles.
· Jarran Reed started on the defensive end for the Packers. Reed made two tackles and registered three quarterback hits.
Arizona Cardinals 27, Los Angeles Rams 17
· Terrell Lewis started as an outside linebacker for the Rams. Lewis recorded a quarterback hit in his first start of the season.
· A’Shawn Robinson started on the defensive end for the Rams. Robinson made two tackles and registered two quarterback hits.
San Francisco 49ers 22, Los Angeles Chargers 16
· Chargers punter JK Scott averaged 40.0 yards on five punts with a 36.0 yard net. Scott had a 32-yarder punt for a fair catch at the San Francisco 17-yard line, a 42-yarder down at the San Francisco 24, a 44-yarder for a touchback, a 40-yarder for a fair Catch on the San Francisco 23 and a 42-yarder for a fair catch on the San Francisco 30.
Week 10 began Thursday night when the Carolina Panthers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 25-15. Falcons linebacker Rashaan Evans (Auburn High) made 10 tackles, including two from behind the line of scrimmage.
Week 10 concludes Monday when the Washington Commanders and Philadelphia Eagles meet at 7:15 p.m. CDT at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the game.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.