It’s The Dime time, again, where we give you a ten-piece coming from Week 7 action.
Football Fans Being Football Fans: Let’s set things off with some fans bringing the ruckus.
Don’t Sweat The Technique: Are you wondering what the deal is with Osi Umenyiora’s constant Robert Griffin III-praise? Me, too. First he started calling the kid Sir Robert Griffin III and said he earned the nickname. Then, after RGIII’s near-heroics on Sunday, Osi said this:
“I’m not even going to lie: That’s the best quarterback we’ve played this year, for sure. It’s just unfortunate that he’s a rookie because he’s going to be around here forever doing stuff like that. That’s just crazy.”
I have a problem with vets sweating rooks.
Ndamukong Suh Doesn’t Dig QBs: Violent aggression – that’s what the man channeled when he sacked the Bears Jay Cutler. Remember slap-boxing? Getting open-palm slapped in the face is violent, too, but it was still a game. That is, however, until two cats that didn’t really like each other went at it – there was animosity in those slaps. That’s Suh and quarterbacks. This is not a bad thing. I dig that Suh doesn’t dig QBs.
Brandon Marshall’s Finger-Wagging: Don’t be self-righteous, fam.
A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn't cool. Great players don't have to do that.— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012
A Suh. Something I've learned and now passing down to you. Succeed with character— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012
The Buffalo Bills Defense Loves Its Opponents: As a Buffalonian, I wish we had a monster, like Suh. Our defense spends four quarters tossing rose petals at the feet of running backs and QBs. Stop carrying your opponents over the threshold, please. Pulling out chairs, giving up their seats on the train, opening doors – this Bills defense is downright chivalrous. Chris Johnson couldn’t stay upright for five yards all season, but then the Bills defense steps on the field to give the dude a police escort to the end zone. They’re the most accommodating defense in league, allowing 424 ypg. Rust Belt-hospitality. Keep it up, fellas.
A Wide Receiver Makes A Miracle Play And The QB Is Still The Messiah: Watch this video of the bonkers play Saints receiver Joseph Morgan makes…and then listen to the announcers slurp Drew Brees.
An FYI For Gamedays: Follow Mike Pereira on Twitter. He’s a former vice president of officiating for the NFL, but, these days, he’s a rules analyst for FOX Sports. When no one could figure out why Mike Williams’ late-game TD (that, with an extra point, could have tied the game) was nullified, it was Pereira’s Twitter-feed – not the game telecast – that cleared up the illegal contact rule.
No More Pro Bowl?: NFL Commish’ Roger Goodell hinted at it. He was Michael Strahan’s guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio's "Town Hall" and said this:
If we cannot accomplish that kind of standard (of high play), I am inclined to not play it. It is really tough to force competition, and after a long season, to ask those guys to go out and play at the same level they played is really tough.
What you’re hearing is a couple hundred million football fans yawning.
No Leaders In Charlotte: According to the Charlotte Observer’s Tom Sorensen, fired Panthers Marty Hurney alluded to a leadership void in the Charlotte locker room. Uh, no doy. This is, however, a very public indictment of Steve Smith, Ron Rivera, Cam Newton and everyone else. There’s no doubt that Panthers owner Jerry Richardson needs to scrub this franchise at the end of the season. Otherwise, before Richardson knows it, Cam will start asking for a change of scenery. This is not to suggest placating a young quarterback, but you have to protect your investment.
Fantasy Fail Week 7: Megatron, you’re disappointing us.