The Most Boneheaded Plays, Calls and Quotes of NFL Week 4
Week 4 in the NFL brought more twists and turns on the road to the Super Bowl:
Are the Arizona Cardinals really undefeated?
Why can't the New York Jets offense score a touchdown?
And can we all agree that the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers are the most complete teams in the NFL?
It's probably the last time the referees will walk into a stadium to a standing ovation, as the love they were showed wore off shortly after kickoff.
Here are the most boneheaded plays, calls and quotes of NFL Week 4:
Rex Ryan’s Post-Game Fireworks
Well, he didn’t disappoint, as Rexy gave us the recipe for a good _ _ _-kicking and declared that he’s not even considering a quarterback change after another poor performance from his starter, Mark Sanchez.
The recipe for defeat is giving up 245 rushing yards, turning the ball over four times and having a punt blocked. The Jets even gave up a Wildcat-formation touchdown, as Niners backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a direct snap and ran untouched for a seven-yard score. The game ended with chants of “Te-bow! Te-bow!” ringing all throughout a near-empty MetLife Stadium.
Remember, the Jets are only 2-2 and can still regroup to have a good season. The next 12 weeks will give us plenty of information on the character of this roster and the motivating skills of Rex Ryan.
A Blown Referee Call Almost Cost another Game for the Pack
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The honeymoon is over for the returning officials, as anarchy almost erupted inside Lambeau Field.
For the second straight week, the Packers were victimized by a blown call. Luckily, they held on to defeat the winless New Orleans Saints.
After the Packers scored a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, Saints returner Darren Sproles appeared to fumble the ensuing kickoff, but the officials ruled him down by contact. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was out of challenges, as the television replay showed the ball clearly out of Sproles hands before he hit the ground. The Saints were in position to win the game, but missed a 47-yard field goal for the victory.
Bucs Coach Schiano Forgets to Defend RGIII
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers almost completed a rousing comeback against the Washington Redskins, as they erased an 18-point lead to take a momentary 22-21 advantage after kicker Connor Barth 47-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining in the game.
Instead of placing a shadow on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to keep him in the pocket, Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano decided to stay with his standard defense. He painfully watched RGIII use his arm and legs to drive the Skins downfield for a 41-yard game-winning field goal by kicker Billy Cundiff and a 24-22 victory.
It was the second time this season that Schiano’s defense squandered a lead late in a game. He had the perfect defender for this task, as young safety Mark Barron is freakishly athletic and has the speed to neutralize Griffin III in the open field.
An Offensive Pass Interference Call Cost the Giants A Road Win
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New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a 54-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining in the game to give the Philadelphia Eagles a hard-fought 19-17 win over their divisional rival.
But, this game could have a different outcome if a questionable offensive pass interference wasn’t called on Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden. The call could have gone either way, but the Giants didn’t need to throw the football at that moment.
There was 25 seconds remaining in the game, and the Giants had the ball at the Eagles 26-yard line. All they needed to do was to call for a running play and spike the ball to stop the clock. Then, line up for a 45-yard game winning field goal, which is well in the range of Tynes.