Sour Rankings: ‘Manning Bowl’ a bust, Tom Brady as Miley and more Week 2′s worst
You’ve seen (and likely disagreed with) the Week 2 Power Rankings. Now the Sour Rankings take a spin through the worst of the past week in the NFL …
10. Steven Jackson vs. St. Louis: This was one of the more interesting storylines of Week 2 — Jackson up against the Rams team he played for from 2004-12. It turned out to be a pretty big bust. Jackson caught a short touchdown pass, carried the ball three times for no yards and then suffered a thigh injury that could sideline him for several weeks.
9. Whoever sewed on Shea McClellin’s nameplate: Missed one.
(Photo via @PhilHecken of uni-watch.com)
8. Brandon Meriweather’s tackling form: First, Meriweather hurt Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy. Then, he knocked himself out trying to bring down James Starks. Meriweather, who has thrice been fined by the league for plays on the field, reportedly will avoid a suspension this time around. But his flying, head-first approach to tackling on Sunday was extremely dangerous and is exactly the type of form the league wants to outlaw.
7. Tom Brady as Miley Cyrus: You’ve gone too far, internet.
6. Prince Amukamara’s nickname: Amukamara, from an interview in Muscle and Fitness magazine: “Yeah, some people call me the black Tim Tebow. Yeah, I am a virgin. I’m not ashamed to say that.”
Hey, more power to Amukamara, the Giants’ cornerback, for being confident enough to discuss that issue. Can we just leave it at that, though, and not use that nickname anymore? We have more than enough of the original Tebow without a spin-off.
5. Kenny Britt’s early farewell: Often, when athletes write surprising or questionable things on Twitter, they quickly delete those tweets — “I was hacked” has become a pretty universal excuse. So credit to Britt for letting this one stand:
Looks like the Titans pullin that Jared Cook card .. Looking like this the last year ill be sayin #TitanUp .. So lets make it a Great year
— Kenny Britt (@KennyBritt_18) September 17, 2013
The “Jared Cook card” would be a reference to the Titans’ decision to let Cook walk as a free agent, rather than franchise tag him or pony up a lot of dough. Britt had four catches for 28 yards in Tennessee’s OT loss to Houston, though he was briefly benched after committing a holding penalty.
4. Brandon Lloyd’s movie career: A guy’s gotta work, right? Still without a team this season, ex-Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd apparently is attempting to go the football star-to-actor path — one previously paved by such names as Alex Karras, Howie Long and Bob Golic (Saved by the Bell 4evr!).
Lloyd plays Sgt. Chuck Lloyd in After Effects, a direct-to-DVD flick starring Daniel Baldwin (who also has Zero Dark Dirty on his 2013 credits). The plot, according to IMDB: When college students sign up for what seems a simple paid research study, they soon realize their lives are in danger. Unfortunately they’ve unknowingly volunteered their bodies as human collateral in an ongoing U.S. Military experiment.
Not all that different from playing for Bill Belichick.
4. A suspiciously timed “weather delay”: Maybe Ray Lewis was on to something with his conspiracy theory about the Super Bowl blackout. Sunday’s San Francisco-Seattle game featured the third weather-related delay of the NFL season … and this one lasted just long enough for people on the East Coast to watch the entire Breaking Bad episode, which was airing at the same time. We’re watching you, NFL.
3. Spinning the football (and/or swearing): The NFL wants to do away with hits like Meriweather’s from Sunday. But it really, really does not want players taunting opponents.
Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice was flagged 15 yards for spinning the football after a catch Sunday night, part of a new NFL rule to discourage such blatant, outrageous displays of actual emotion. “You can spin the ball but not at the feet of the opponent,” FOX rules expert Mike Pereira explained on Twitter. “Have to turn away from any opponent.”
Seems like a totally necessary rule. Just like the NFL’s crackdown on potty mouths league-wide. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Saturday “that officials want to curtail ‘actions [verbal or otherwise] directed at an opponent.’” Seattle was hit with this punishment, too, when K.J. Wright shouted an obscenity at a Carolina Panther in Week 1.
2. The “Manning Bowl”: When you really think about it, it’s downright amazing to have two Super Bowl-winning brothers playing against each other as quarterbacks of opposing teams. But Sunday’s Denver-New York Giants game got an extraordinary amount of hype for what turned out to be mostly a dud of a game.
Peyton’s now 3-0 against his little brother, by the way. As the Steelers’ Ryan Clark said of Baltimore in 2011: “For something to be a rivalry, I think both teams have to win equally.”
1. The Bills’ Twitter account: We’ll give the Bills a pass for being overjoyed on Sunday. After all, watching EJ Manuel lead a dramatic comeback, highlighted by a last-second TD pass and an emotional moment with his dad, was as good as it got in Week 2.
Double-check that scoreboard next time, though:
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) September 15, 2013
That extra point actually was the game-winner for the Bills.