Sour Rankings: Talib poked Allen's eye, Tannehill botched another snap
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. Miami's snap woes
The Dan Campbell experience apparently ran out of steam after two weeks. After starting 2–0 under their interim coach, the Dolphins have lost back-to-back games. In each game, they've taken a safety due to center Mike Pouncey and QB Ryan Tannehill botching a snap near the end zone.
The latest miscue:
9. The Jaguars vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick
With his 28–23 win over the Jaguars on Sunday, Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a bit of unusual history.
Fitzpatrick now has beaten Jacksonville as a member of the Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans and Jets. Those last four have come in four successive seasons, quite the nod to Fitzpatrick's journeyman career.
8. Pat McAfee's hit
The Colts' punter never has been one to shy away from contact, so when Denver's Omar Bolden broke loose on a return just before halftime Sunday, McAfee wanted to make a play. One problem: There was a blocker between him and Bolden.
McAfee's solution: Try the ol' bank shot ...
It didn't work—Bolden stayed on his feet and took it to the house—but props for ingenuity. Bonus points for being a punter capable of blowing guys up.
7. Delanie Walker's touchdown
This is not how you play defense, New Orleans.
The Titans trailed 14–3 when this happened, then rallied to win in overtime. Who knows how things go down if either Jairus Byrd or Keenan Lewis manages to intercept this pass, thrown right to them by Marcus Mariota.
6. Ndamukong Suh disagrees with a call
Kind of easy to side against Suh during any in-game arguments, but he had a point on this one. With Buffalo facing a third-and-four from the Miami 34, Suh got to QB Tyrod Taylor and had him wrapped up for a potential sack. Rather than finish the tackle and risk an unnecessary roughness call, though, Suh merely spun Taylor around.
In the process, Taylor managed to throw the football out of bounds, resulting in an incomplete pass. Suh's response to the decision was R-rated: “You've got to blow that dead or I'm gonna slam the f*** out of him next time.”
The sack gone, Miami accepted a holding penalty, giving Buffalo another third-down chance. And Taylor promptly fired a touchdown to Sammy Watkins.
5. DeAngelo Williams vs. Aldon Smith
4. Mike Zimmer vs. Jeff Fisher
The Vikings lost starting QB Teddy Bridgewater to a concussion Sunday, brought on when St. Louis's Lamarcus Joyner hit Bridgewater high as the quarterback was sliding. Understandably, the Vikings were none too pleased.
Zimmer barely slowed down to shake Fisher's hand once the game ended (Minnesota won in OT), then later the Vikings' coach added this: "I would say if we were in the street, we probably would have had a fight."
3. Rob Riggle's Adele parody
I'm almost positive that Riggle has yet to land one of his FOX pregame show skits on the Sour Rankings list, but credit where it's due. This mockery of the NFC East, set to Adele's “Hello,” is pretty terrific.
2. Cam Newton vs. Packers fans
Because we can't go a week without someone getting mad at Cam Newton about something ridiculous ... Before his team moved to 8–0 with a win over the Packers, Newton took it upon himself to rip down a "North Carolina Cheesehead" sign hung by some Green Bay fans at Bank of America Stadium.
The man who owned the sign, Mike Dobs, reported to police that it had been stolen. He says he's giving the Panthers 48 hours to make it up to him before taking “further action,” the Fayetteville Observer reported. Dobs says the sign cost him $500.
Also happening in the stands during the Panthers-Packers game: This.
Everybody calm down.
Talib can expect to hear from the league office for this idiotic, dirty move he pulled late in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis.
He'll probably hear from his teammates, too, because without the penalty that resulted from Talib's intervention on the Dwayne Allen-Von Miller disagreement, the Broncos likely would have gotten the ball back late, down by six. Instead, Indianapolis (with the help of another call on Denver) ran out the clock.