NFL's Biggest Bonehead Plays so Far

Justine BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 26, 2011

NFL's Biggest Bonehead Plays so Far

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    With as many highlights as the NFL season brings, there also comes a slew of lowlights. Without boneheaded plays, there often times would be no highlight.

    For anyone who watches football, running back Ronnie Brown is the obvious pick for bonehead play of the year thus far this season, but here are 14 other plays which have earned a spot on the list.

Ronnie Brown's Backward Pass on the Goal Line

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    Perhaps the most boneheaded play of this season came during Week 4 in the Philadelphia Eagles game against the San Francisco 49ers.  

    With Philadelphia facing 3rd-and-goal with seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, Eagles running back Ronnie Brown was stuffed at the goal line and headed to the ground when he apparently decided to try his hand at quarterback.

    In a flurry, Brown attempted to make a pass which went not forwards, but backwards, and resulted in a fumble recovered by San Francisco.  

    With the final score of the game being 24-23 in favor of San Francisco, this may have been the play that cost the Eagles the victory.

Danieal Manning's Double Block

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    Another boneheaded play that came during Week 4 was from Texans safety Danieal Manning.

    On the final play of the half, with his team up 10-0 over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Manning had a beautiful field goal block which was recovered by the Texans Jonathan Joseph and returned for for a touchdown as the clock expired.  

    Unfortunately though, Manning had two blocks on that play, blocking Steelers holder Daniel Sepulveda on the return and negating Joseph's touchdown.

    The play didn't prove as costly as it could have with the Texans winning 17-10, but was still a dumb play nonetheless. 

Greg Jennings Left Wide Open for a 79 Yard Touchdown Against the Vikings

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    The Minnesota Vikings went into halftime of their Week 7 game against the 6-0 Green Bay Packers with an impressive 17-13 lead and things going quite well.

    Unfortunately, less than one minute into the third quarter that lead disappeared when busted coverage by Vikings cornerback Asher Allen and safety Husain Abdullah lead to a wide open 79 yard touchdown by Green Bay's Greg Jennings.

    The touchdown from Rodgers to Jennings was a game changer as Green Bay took the lead and never lost it again, pulling off a close victory 33-27 to advance to 7-0.

Aqib Talib's Costly Personal Foul on Roy Williams

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    Aqib Talib isn't exactly known as the smartest player in the league and he continues to prove why.  

    In the Week 7 matchup, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trailing Chicago 21-18 with 3:44 seconds to go in the game and the Bears on the goal line in scoring position, Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber picked up a huge sack on third down which would have forced a field goal.

    Unfortunately for the Bucs though, Talib was busy picking up a stupid and untimely unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for sticking his fingers in the face mask of Bears wide receiver Roy Williams, giving them an automatic first down.

    Fortunately for Talib, his defensive counterparts still managed to hold of the Bears for three downs to force a field goal, but the penalty was still costly.

    Knocking two minutes off the clock, the Bucs had just 1:50 seconds to try and score on their final drive attempt, forcing a hurry up offense which certainly didn't help quarterback Josh Freeman.

Browns Defense Gets Caught in a Scramble

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    During Week 1, the Cleveland Browns held a 17-13 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals with 4:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. 

    With the Bengals facing a 3rd-and-12, the offense hustled to the line to get a play off while the Browns defense lingered in the huddle and approached the play in a scramble.

    As Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski dropped back to pass, he was shocked to see rookie wide receiver A.J. Green wide open, as they connected for the touchdown.

    Browns cornerback Joe Haden was caught off guard and was unable to catch Green before he reached the end zone.

    The touchdown put the Bengals ahead and lead them to the eventual 27-17 win.

Michael Vick's Kick

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    During Week 6 of the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Washington Redskins, quarterback Michael Vick had a nice scramble which turned into a huge 31 yard gain after he ran out of bounds.

    Vick's whoopsie came after the play, when out of excitement and against his better judgement, he decided to kick a ball on the sidelines which went sailing towards the cheerleaders, nearly hitting one in the face.

    Vick later apologized for the mistake.

Rex Grossman Throws Interception After Interception

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    The Redskins boneheaded play of Week 6, was not one play, but rather four.  In the Redskins 20-13 loss to the Eagles, Washington quarterback Rex Grossman threw not one, not two, not three, but four interceptions in route to their defeat.

    Not only did Grossman have four interceptions, but three were by Eagles safety Kurt Coleman.  

    Following Grossman's fourth pick, Redskins fans called for quarterback John Beck via "we want Beck" chants.

Couple of Dumb Penalties Cost Ravens the Game

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    In a dismal Week 7 Monday night matchup, the Ravens committed two stupid penalties which would later prove to cost them the game in a 12-7 loss against the Jaguars.

    The first penalty came early on when the Jaguars failed to convert on a 3rd-and-8 situation as quarterback Blaine Gabbert was sacked.  

    Forced to punt, the Ravens Paul Krueger picked up a roughing the kicker penalty which set up a successful field goal situation, giving the Jaguars a 6-0 lead.

    Then, during the third quarter, Baltimore linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo followed up a Ravens stuff on a third down play with a punch to the facemask of Jaguars Guy Whimper.  The penalty not only put the Jaguars on the 5-yard line to set up another Scobee field goal, but Ayanbadejo was ejected from the game.

Pierre Garcon's Week 6 Fumble a La Ronnie Brown

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    During Week 6, near the final minutes of an otherwise close Indianapolis Colts-Cincinnati Bengals game, Pierre Garcon had his Ronnie Brown-esque moment.

    Down 20-17 with 2:22 to play, after having a field goal attempt blocked which would have tied the game, the Colts Pierre Garcon exposed the ball after a catch and had it knocked out of his hands as he reached out.  The mistake resulted in a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by the Bengals Carlos Dunlap.

    The fumble sealed the deal on the game for the Colts.

Hester's Wish Is the Vikings Command

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    During Week 6, with the Vikings down 26-3 against the Bears early in the third quarter, Minnesota finally put a touchdown on the board when Adrian Peterson rushed four yards into the end zone making the score 26-10.

    With a chance to gain a little bit of momentum, the Vikings instantly ruined that opportunity by turning around and sending the kickoff directly at the leagues' top return man, Devin Hester.  Hester, proceeded to return the kick 98 yards for a touchdown, destroying all hope.

    Even Bears quarterback Jay Cutler admitted he was shocked the Vikings kicked to him.  With the Bears being a conference opponent, and the Vikings having been victim to Hester's assault before, you'd think they, of all teams, would know.

Donovan McNabb Throws for 39 Yards...Total

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    This lowlight does not feature just one play, but an entire games worth.

    When the Minnesota Vikings acquired veteran Donovan McNabb in the offseason they thought they had found their temporary solution at quarterback.

    They could not have been proven more wrong when in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers, McNabb managed to throw for just 39 passing yards in the Vikings 24-17 loss. 

    Of those 32 yards just two of them came in the second half.

Matt Hasselbeck's Week 1 Late Seconds Interception

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    During Week 1, the Tennessee Titans were in tight game with the Jacksonville Jaguars, facing an opportunity to pull off the win.

    With 23 seconds left in the game, the Titans had the ball, trailing 14-16l.  However, that opportunity went out the window when on 2nd-and-10, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck dropped back and completed a deep bomb to Dwight Lowery, but the bad news was Lowery plays for the Jaguars.  

    The Jaguars came out victorious 16-14.

Ben Roethlisberger Apparently Forgets Who Ed Reed Is

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    Expected to be one of the biggest matchups of Week 1, the Pittsburgh Steelers went to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.

    In what was expected to be a close game, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made a couple of boneheaded plays en route to a three interception performance and a 35-7 routing by the Ravens.

    Two of Roethlisberger's interceptions appeared to be right into the hands of Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed.  Roethlisberger, of all quarterbacks, should know that Reed is the guy to avoid.

Dunta Robinson's Week 2 Hit on Jeremy Maclin

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    A player somewhat known for dirty plays, Atlanta Falcons Dunta Robinson once again lived up to the billing when in Week 2 he hit Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin with a dirty helmet to helmet tackle following a reception.

    In an effort to protect head and neck injuries, the NFL has gotten quite strict on this policy and Robinson was fined $40,000 for the penalty.  The fine has since been reduced to $25,000 but Robinson is lucky Maclin wasn't more seriously hurt.

Ndamukong Suh's Facemask Followed by Rumored Taunting

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    Detroit Lions sophomore defensive standout, Ndamukong Suh, has slowly been building on what is now becoming a dirty player reputation.

    In a Week 7 game against the Falcons, Suh nearly ripped off quarterback Matt Ryan's head on a dangerous and questionable face mask penalty.

    Later in the game, following the face mask, Suh was rumored to be taunting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback as he lied on the ground with an injured ankle. 

    Suh's dirty plays, particularly on the opposing teams quarterbacks, are really beginning to become a hot topic.