The first Sunday of the NFL season is always exciting. All teams start with the same 0-0 record and winning that first game is always a good way to gain momentum for the rest of the season. Adrenalin is high, both in the stands and on the field. We expect teams to be a bit more aggressive, but the amount of dirty hits on Sunday had us shaking our heads.
First up: Ndamukong Suh. His low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan (which cost the Lions a touchdown) was typical for this repeat offender. Now, according to Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice-president of football operations, he could be suspended.
“All options are on the table with a repeat offender,” Anderson said by phone this morning. “You can honestly say it’s being reviewed for either a fine and/or a suspension, given his repeat-offender status.”
Suh, has a history of unnecessary violence on the field. According to Yahoo!Sports the NFL fined Suh $30,000 last year for unnecessary roughness because he kicked Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. He was suspended for two games in 2011 after he stomped on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith. Given his history, a suspension may be in order.
Next up, is Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. We know he’s a beast on the field, but he doesn’t usually get flagged for nasty hits. Yesterday he did. His hit on San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick when the QB was out of bounds is still the talk of the NFL because the referees failed to give the right call and assess additional penalties from the small scuffle that followed.
Next up: Lavonte David
This Tampa Bay linebacker hit NY Jets QB Geno Smith. This late hit, which caused a personal foul penalty set the Jets up to win the game.
This seemed to be the order of the day, but I think much of it had to do with the excitement of the first game of the season. Still, cooler heads will prevail –along with a little self-control.
Keep it clean guys.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,