Sour Rankings: Cousins tells us what we like, Liuget plays dirty in Week 7
The updated Power Rankings arrive on Wednesday. But first, the Sour Rankings take a spin through the worst of the past week in the NFL …
10. Cole Beasley’s header
Really tough Sunday for Beasley. He failed to record a catch in Dallas’s loss to the Giants, muffed a punt late to end any chance of a Cowboys comeback and his girlfriend then went berserk on a handful of Twitter trolls.
Also, this happened:
9. Motor City sadness
The Lions entered Week 7 sitting on a 1–5 record, but they had won the prior Sunday. A little optimism never hurt anyone.
Super Bowl! Believe! It's all turning around!
Let’s check back in on the Detroit fans later in the game annnnnnd oh no:
8. Coming through
NFL officials catch a lot of flak (and they often deserve it), but to be fair, it is an extremely difficult job. As if the rule book was not enough to keep them busy, they also have to dodge big, fast, fully-padded athletes for hours at a time.
They do not always succeed.
That's the Giants’ Cullen Jenkins sending Dallas RB Darren McFadden flying during an interception return. The official, who was racing to keep up with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, never saw it coming.
Time to play “You Make the Call.” Watch this clip from the Raiders’ destruction of San Diego and come up with a ruling:
(GIF via SBNation)
Got it? Good. Don't want to assume everyone reached the same conclusion, but at a bare minimum this has to be a flag on San Diego’s Corey Liuget for unnecessary roughness, right? If that was your answer, try again. Liuget was not penalized for kicking Oakland’s Donald Penn, but Penn was flagged for retaliating. Later, FOX officiating expert Mike Pereira said that Liuget should have been ejected for his action.
6. Adrian Peterson gets sick
The Vikings’ running back suddenly landed on the injury report Friday, listed as questionable because of an undisclosed “illness.” FOX's broadcast revealed the alleged cause of Peterson’s ailment before Minnesota and Detroit played Sunday:
Per FOX broadcast, Adrian Peterson swallowed his chew on a bumpy team flight Saturday. Vomited upon arrival. Hence, injury report downgrade.— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) October 25, 2015
Yuck. Peterson denied the report and claimed instead that he believed he had eaten some bad shrimp. Either way, it sounds like a miserable flight for Peterson ... and probably for whoever sat next to him.
5. Marcus Gilchrist vs. Gronk
4. “Has anyone seen Ryan Mallett?”
The Texans QB drew criticism a few weeks back—Mallett briefly pulled himself from a key Thursday night game against Indianapolis after a big hit, then sulked for two-plus quarters as coach Bill O'Brien stuck with Brian Hoyer.
Hoyer started again Sunday in a blowout loss at Miami. But O'Brien would have had a hard time switching back to Mallett, even if he wanted to.
Texans QB Ryan Mallett missed team charter and had to fly commercial to Dolphins game. I can imagine Bill OBrien reaction.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 25, 2015
Mallett did not even see the field once his team fell behind 41–0.
Ryan Mallett on missing flight 'I got caught in traffic it's not the leadership role I need to exhibit'— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 25, 2015
3. Marshawn Lynch also gets sick
Tough weekend for running back tummies.
2. Josh McCown hits the wall
Cleveland’s quarterback had been playing well of late. This, however, pretty much sums up how Sunday went for the Browns:
McCown wanted a late hit on the play (there was no call), then his cleats appeared to slide once he hit the concrete well past the out-of-bounds line. He also managed to smack his elbow on the wall in the process, which left him in pain for a bit.
Later, McCown exited the game with a shoulder injury, sustained when his arm was hit while he attempted a pass.
1. Kirk Cousins responds to his critics
This is why Vines were created. As of early Monday morning, this six-second clip of Cousins screaming at a local reporter had 10 million loops and counting.