Alabama in the Pros

Former Alabama LB C.J. Mosley keeps Ravens in driver’s seat for AFC playoffs

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After seeing his brother, Jamey Mosley, not placed on the field for Alabama’s biggest game of the season, C.J. Mosley took his anger out on the Houston Texans in Monday Night Football. 

As the Baltimore Ravens look to stay alive in the American Football Conference playoff picture, Mosley not only stifled the Texans’ rushing attack (25 carries, 66 yards) and helped force three turnovers – but he also anchored a defense that created two sacks and eight quarterback hurries. 

During its 23-16 win, the former Crimson Tide linebacker and 2013 Butkus Award winner accounted for his fourth game in which he collected double-digit tackles.  

Mosley led the team with 12 stops, including five solo tackles. He limited running back Lamar Miller to 51 yards on 17 attempts, and behind the two-time Pro Bowl selection, Baltimore recorded seven tackles for loss and intercepted quarterback Tom Savage twice in the matchup. 

It will not catch the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC North title; however, Mosley and the Ravens hold the sixth and final spot as a squad pushing for position in the playoffs. A chance at revenge is in play for Baltimore as it will travel to Heinz Field on Sunday, Dec. 10 to face Pittsburgh. 

Mosley is well on his way to a third Pro Bowl appearance, seeing how he’s leading the squad in tackles (95) and has eight tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one sack and a defensive touchdown.

While he was a leader on two BCS national championship teams (2011, 2012), Mosley wants the Ravens in the playoffs for the first time since 2014.  

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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