Sour Rankings: Eagles-'Skins brawl, Mark Wahlberg snubs Robert Kraft
The Week 4 Power Rankings arrive on Wednesday. But first, the Sour Rankings take a spin through the worst of the past week in the NFL …
10. Chris Baker's brawl-inciting hit
The NFL tends to overdo it when it comes to protecting quarterbacks, so they certainly should not be off-limits from taking a hit or two if they're trying to make a tackle following a turnover. Chris Baker still went over the line when he laid out Philadelphia QB Nick Foles on Sunday, peeling back to drill an unsuspecting Foles in the chest.
"I was doing what I was taught, and that’s to go get a block," Baker told the Washington Post. "I did not look to see if it was the quarterback. All I saw was someone going towards the ball, and I got my head in front and lowered my shoulder, which is a legal football move."
From the NFL rulebook: "It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture." The list of players considered "in a defenseless posture" include: "a quarterback at any time after a change of possession, and a player who receives a 'blindside' block when the blocker is moving toward his own endline and approaches the opponent from behind or from the side."
9. Steven Hauschka's yoga warmup
One of two top-10 spots devoted to Seattle's win against Denver. We've all seen the usual kicker warmup routine -- endlessly booting balls into a net on the sideline.
8. Mark Wahlberg leaves Robert Kraft hanging
Look, Mark, if you are going to enjoy a game from the owner's box, your No. 1 priority should be making sure you high-five said owner when he wants to celebrate. But Marky Mark left Robert Kraft hanging after Rob Gronkowski's touchdown. (Vine via Isaac, UPROXX.com)
7. Ray Lewis on the Ray Rice incident
It's hard to figure exactly what ESPN believes is the best-case scenario in having Lewis continue to wax philosophic on Ray Rice's domestic violence case. Lest anyone need a reminder, Lewis was a member of the Ravens when he pleaded guilty to an obstruction of justice charge in a 2000 double-murder case.
Whatever ESPN was hoping to get out of Lewis on the Rice matter, it probably was not this:
"We're here for one reason and one reason only. We're here for domestic violence. We're here because we saw a friend of mine brutally hit his wife in an elevator," Lewis said on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. "There's some things you can cover up and then there's some things you can't."
It sounded as if Lewis was trying to say that the Ravens had no choice but to release Rice in light of the videos we all saw. His choice of words, however, was at best confusing and at worst a complete lack of self-awareness.
6. Dion Jordan's suspension
The No. 3 overall pick last year, Miami's Dion Jordan is on a path toward becoming an all-time bust if he cannot get his NFL career sorted out soon. What happened Friday does him no favors.
In what might be an unprecedented press release, the Dolphins announced in one fell swoop that Jordan's standing four-game suspension had been wiped clean under the NFL's altered performance-enhancing drug policy and that Jordan had earned himself a separate four-game suspension for violating the new policy.
So, Jordan has to sit an additional four games (Sunday marked game No. 1) on top of the two he missed previously.
5. Marshawn Lynch's dreadlock
What do you do when one of your dreadlocks gets ripped out during an NFL game? Well, if you're Marshawn Lynch, you finish the play and then casually pick up the lost lock before trotting back to your own sideline.
Just for the record, it is legal to pull someone's hair when attempting a tackle. Consider it one of the dangers of not sporting the Johnny Unitas cut.
4. Jared Cook vs. Austin Davis
Shortly after that, Cook and QB Austin Davis engaged in a brief dust-up on the sideline. (GIF via @CorkGaines)
Cook later apologized, according to ESPN.com: "I was heated, like anybody else. I feel like I let this game slip through my hands and that's my fault as a man."
3. Be more careful with Matt Ryan, please
About the only thing that went wrong for the Falcons on Thursday night actually occurred a few moments before their 56-14 romp of the Buccaneers. Pyrotechnics greeted the Falcons as they ran out of the tunnel onto the field, but one of them nearly took out Matt Ryan.
Fortunately, a couple of eye drops fixed Ryan's issue.
2. Stephen Tulloch injury
Sack of Aaron Rodgers? Great. Mocking Rodgers' title belt/"discount double check" celebration? OK, sure. Injuring yourself while doing so? Oops.
Stephen Tulloch had every reason to be excited after dropping Rodgers for a sack on Sunday, as part of an impressive performance by the Lions defense Sunday. His next sack may be a bit off, though, after Tulloch landed wrong while launching himself into that "discount double check" motion. The Lions' linebacker immediately tumbled to the ground, then left the game for good after trying to return for Green Bay's next series.
On Monday, the Lions announced that Tulloch tore his ACL and will be placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
1. Cyrus Gray's touchdown dance
The Chiefs' running back had never scored a regular-season NFL touchdown before he crossed the goal line late Sunday against Miami. So perhaps we can cut him slack for ... whatever this was ... (via Kansas City Star)