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The Jalen Ramsey vs. A.J. Green rivalry and 5 more things we loved about the NFL in Week 9

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Fights, bad speeches, and the “Hill Mary” dominated Sunday’s NFL action.

Cincinnati Bengals v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images

The extra hour of sleep NFL players got apparently resulted in many of them getting up Sunday on the wrong side of the bed — because everybody was fighting.

There were three separate incidents on Sunday.

Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Green got into it after Ramsey shoved Green. Later, Jameis Winston instigated a fight by poking Marshon Lattimore in the helmet, then Mike Evans came out of nowhere to drill Lattimore. The final fight was between the Cardinals and 49ers, where three players were ejected.

But the best bout was between Ramsey and Green. It eventually got to a point where Ramsey shoved Green to his limit (quite literally), and Green did his best Andre Johnson impression in throwing haymakers after pulling him down by the neck.

Both players were ejected from the game, though it doesn’t quite make sense why Ramsey was. Green took him down twice by the neck and got a couple of punches in. Ramsey did instigate it but should have probably just received a personal foul.

Violence isn’t good, but it is refreshing to see anything resembling a rivalry or bad blood in the NFL. We got small doses of it with Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. in 2015 and Norman and Dez Bryant in 2016.

Most players in the NFL are competitive and passionate about the game; it’s how they got there. If that comes out to the highest degree, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to accept it at certain intervals. It’s not like anybody got hurt on Sunday.

Ramsey is one of the best young corners in the NFL today, and next time the Jaguars play the Bengals, that’s going to be a matchup to watch with Green. You can’t say that about many other teams or players in the league when it comes down to wanting to destroy the opposition.

Jameis Winston eating his fingers

I don’t know if Winston did this because he knew there was a camera in the huddle or what, but buddy...

I don’t believe I find this nearly as weird as everybody else does, only because I am too busy finding it incredibly hilarious that a human being could have conceived an idea like this.

Winston really had to wake up one day, think of this, and say to himself, “This is what’s going to get us over the hump this week!”

And I mean, who knows where his hands have been prior to the game? Surely at that point he had been throwing around the football, which had plenty of other hands on it as well. It’s not like he was kissing his fingertips, either. He was putting entire digits up in his mouth like sausages.

As it turns out, the Bucs weren’t hungry enough for that W because they got mollywhopped, 30-10. I’m here for another wacky Winston pump-up effort, though.

More like Ben McAdon’tSpeak to your team

For all of the press conference rants — good or bad — that coaches have gone on throughout the years, this might be the worst thing I’ve ever seen:

McAdoo couldn’t even come up with anything fake that he told his team at halftime. He didn’t even try to deflect with “Oh uh, well, that’s between me and the guys, yanno?” This man really had nothing to say to his team.

After getting smoked by the Rams, the Giants are now 1-7 on the season. If McAdoo keeps this up, there’s no question his biggest L won’t be on the field. It’ll be on “Black Monday” when John Mara picks up the phone, or passes him a pink slip, whatever.

He’s totally getting fired.

The ceiling is the roof for Cam Newton

This pains me as a Falcons fan, but Cam Newton really brought the hammer down on Desmond Trufant on Sunday:

Newton had that extension that Blake Griffin had the first time he turned Timofey Mozgov into a poster where he basically threw the ball in.

The dunk touchdown was appropriate with the Panthers playing in Charlotte, where Michael Jordan (you may have heard of him) owns the Hornets. He also played a little college ball at North Carolina.

If the NFL ever wants a silhouette-type logo like MLB or NBA has, it could take this one into consideration:

Of course, it would obviously be some Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, or some other quarterback’s silhouette. Though it should totally be Marshawn Lynch grabbing his crotch.

Anyway ...

The “Hill Mary” is the play you didn’t know you needed in your life

The Chiefs offense has been one of the most fun to watch this season. Between Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce, and Alex Smith throwing passes longer than 5 yards, it’s been electric.

With two seconds left in the first half, the Chiefs ran what was basically a long screen pass to Hill, who picked up a couple of blocks and used his world-class speed to find the end zone:

There were at least seven Cowboys back there, y’all, against four Chiefs. I’m not great at math, but those odds seem to be in the Cowboys’ favor.

The Chiefs didn’t win this game, but they did show that if you aren’t a Hail Mary expert like The Great Aaron Rodgers, you have other options.

That is of course, you have a wide receiver faster than a cheetah.


Are we sure the Chiefs actually lost this game? Because they had the two best moments from it.

After a Kelce touchdown in the second half to give the Chiefs a 17-14 lead, he along with Hill and Demarcus Robinson had a pretend potato sack race:

Hill and Robinson both pretended to fall down, making Kelce the appropriate winner. I mean, he did score the touchdown after all.

After a slow start to the season, group celebrations are starting to become more common.

The Steelers were off this week and had an entire week to come up with new stuff. Please believe we’ll have something from the black-and-gold up in here next week. For now, we’ll be more than happy with this work of art.


Sunday scores

Colts 20, Texans 14

Washington 17, Seahawks 14

Titans 23, Ravens 20

Saints 30, Buccaneers 10

Rams 51, Giants 17

Eagles 51, Broncos 23

Panthers 20, Falcons 17

Jaguars 23, Bengals 7

Cardinals 20, 49ers 10

Cowboys 28, Chiefs 17

Raiders 27, Dolphins 24

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