Alabama Football: Offense shows growth in home victory

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After a first half that was eerily reminiscent of last week, the offense for Alabama Football showed signs of life in the second half en route to a 24-10 victory over Ole Miss.

Early on, penalties, sacks, and self-inflicted errors prevented the Tide offense from sustaining drives. With Jalen Milroe at quarterback, this unit is not built to convert 3rd and long situations on the regular. Sure enough, negative plays proved to be drive-killers throughout the first half.

Once the offense got in gear in the second half, it really began to look like a product that Alabama Football can win with. It finished the game with just 24 points, a mark it has now failed to surpass in three straight games, but the final score wasn’t truly indicative of the offense’s ability to move the football.

Instead, Alabama’s inability to capitalize on red zone opportunities in the first half was the primary cause of the low scoring total, as its three red zone possessions netted just six total points.

Alabama amassed 356 yards of total offense for the game, and it did so in a very balanced manner that was reminiscent of pre-Tua Saban teams. With the exemption of four Ole Miss sacks and one errant snap, The Tide ran for nearly 200 yards in addition to its 225 passing yards.