The Most Boneheaded Plays, Calls and Quotes of NFL Week 6
Week 6 was another wacky weekend in the NFL.
As is usually the case in football, some teams came to play, while others seemed to have left their "A-Game" at home. Nonetheless, there were certainly some boneheaded plays this week.
Overall, the officiating across the league may have been the best it's been all season. There weren't many glaring mistakes from the officials; however, there were a plethora of head-scratching plays on Sunday.
Let's take a look at the top five boneheaded plays of week six.
5. DeVier Posey Lines Up Offsides on Punt
It was looking good for the Houston Texans.
Aaron Rodgers led a solid opening drive, but on third down, he missed a wide-open James Jones on what would have been a 46-yard touchdown. So, the Packers were forced to punt on 4th-and-3.
Green Bay punter Tim Masthay booted a great punt down inside the Texans' five-yard line, but a flag held up the action.
Offsides, No. 11 on the defense. Yes, that's Texans rookie wide receiver DeVier Posey.
Replays clearly showed Posey lined up beyond the line of scrimmage, despite only being about ten feet away from the football. Oh yeah, and on the very next play, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson on a 41-yard touchdown strike.
4. John Skelton Throws Interception in Overtime
The Arizona Cardinals needed a 61-yard field goal to force overtime at home against the Bills.
But without starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, the Cards turned to John Skelton to lead them to victory after regulation. Arizona won the toss and elected to receive.
On first down, LaRod Stephens-Howling was stuffed for no gain. Then on second down, Skelton's pass fell incomplete.
So the Cardinals faced a third-and-ten on their own 20-yard line. At this point, getting off a quality punt seems like a good idea.
But instead, Skelton tries forcing a pass across the field and is intercepted by Bills safety Jairus Byrd. He returns the interception all the way to the six-yard line, setting up the game-winning field goal for Rian Lindell.
The Cardinals lost their second consecutive game, 19-16.
3. Patriots Get Conservative, Give Seahawks the Ball Back
Tom Brady threw two interceptions, but he was on point pretty much all game, throwing for 395 yards on the day.
But with with 3:02 remaining in the game, the Patriots got conservative with their play-calling. After getting the ball back leading 23-17, New England flooded the field with offensive linemen and gained one yard via Stevan Ridley on first down.
Seattle took a quick timeout to stop the clock.
Then on second down, Ridley again gained only one yard.
Seattle, again, took a timeout.
Facing third down and eight from the their own 43-yard line, the Patriots finally decided to open it up and pass the ball. Brady threw an incomplete pass to Deion Branch, and the Pats were forced to punt.
On the ensuing drive, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a laser to Sidney Rice for a 46-yard touchdown. The Patriots were not able to pick up a first down, and Seattle won the game.
2. Danieal Manning Punches Marshall Newhouse
Facing a third-and-14 on the Texans' 15-yard line, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rifled a ball across the middle to Randall Cobb.
Cobb took the pass to Houston's four-yard line, and the Packers sent out the field goal unit.
That is, until Texans safety Danieal Manning decided to jab Green Bay left tackle Marshall Newhouse in the face mask twice. The altercation happened right in front of an official, who promptly threw a flag for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Two plays later, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson in the corner of the endzone for another touchdown, putting the Packers ahead 28-10.
It was the second time of the night that the Texans handed the Packers points. And it again raised the unanswerable question of, "Why punch someone in the face who is wearing a hard and heavy helmet?"
1. Cowboys Clock Management (or Lack Thereof)
The Cowboys trailed 31-23 late in the fourth quarter when Tony Romo hit Dez Bryant for a touchdown.
Bryant dropped the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, but the Cowboys were able to recover the onside kick.
After gaining 20 yards on a pass interference penalty, the Cowboys trailed 31-29 with 0:26 remaining in the game. Dallas faced first-and-ten just inside the Ravens' 35-yard line.
Romo completed a short pass to Dez Bryant on the left side, but the Cowboys opted not to take their final timeout, or spike the ball to stop the clock. Instead, Romo and the offense leisurely strolled around the field, wondering what to do next.
The Cowboys took a timeout with :06 remaining, and Dan Bailey missed the 51-yard field goal to end the game. There's really no legitimate explanation for the Cowboy's woeful clock management.