On Monday, Oct.13, 2014, the San Francisco 49ers fell behind 14-0 before storming back to beat the St.Louis Rams 31-17. This officially ended the sixth week of NFL football. As has been the case most weeks, the bigger story may have been the impact of injuries to key players on contending teams. Five starting players had season-ending injuries.
Here is a look at the partial injury list, as of Tuesday, Oct 14: 1) C Alex Mack – Cleveland Browns (broken leg): Out for season. 2) RB Stevan Ridley – NE Patriots (torn ACL/MCL): Out for season. 3) LB Jerod Mayo – NE Patriots (leg injury): Out for season. 4) WR Victor Cruz – NY Giants (torn patellar tendon): Out for season. 5) RB Knowshon Moreno – Miami Dolphins (ACL): Out for season. 6) RB Darren Sproles – Philadelphia Eagles (sprained MCL): Out 2-3 weeks. 7) LB Danny Trevathan – Denver Broncos (leg fracture): Out 4-5 weeks.
Here are this week’s Ten keen observations:
1) Cincinnati LB Vontaze Burfict will show the problem with the codependent operation known as the NFL Players Association. Burfict is actually tackling, and then twisting the ankles of star players, while said player is on the ground – Yes, it is documented. A Union which is supposed to have ALL the players’ best interests at heart, should be willing to support heavily fining, and/or suspending Burfict. Instead, they will probably wind up trying to lessen whatever punishment the NFL hands down. 2) Perhaps the Miami Dolphins are cursed. On the same day RB Knowshon Moreno returns from a dislocated elbow, he goes down with a season-ending knee injury. This on the same day the Dolphins suffered a heartbreaking loss. 3) The New England Patriots lost both their starting running back, and a starting linebacker, for the season. Perhaps the football Gods are conspiring to hand the AFC East division, to the Buffalo Bills. I wonder if the Bills would even accept such a gift. 4) That the Dallas Cowboys are playing as well as they are, but so few are willing to call them the “best team in the NFL”, shows just how traumatizing their past collapses have been. Taking an unbiased look at how the team has played thus far, calling Dallas the “best team in the NFL”, should just fall right off your tongue, but somehow, it just doesn’t. 5) When RB Ryan Mathews returns to the San Diego Chargers’ lineup, the team should be pretty close to unstoppable.
6) It was hard not to feel sorry for the city of St. Louis, while watching the Rams vs 49ers, on Monday Night Football. That team is so gone after this season. This Rams’ season should be sponsored by Mayflower. 7) Were Dan Marino, or Dan Fouts playing in today’s NFL, they would both be throwing for 6000 yards every season. 8) The 1000 yard rushing stat needs to go away. It was a standard established when there were only 12 games played in a season, and back then it meant something, for very obvious mathematical reasons. Nobody thinks anything of a running back having a 65-yard game, but everyone praises a running back who gains 1000 yards in a season; which is basically sixteen 65 yard games. RB Jim Brown gained all his yardage, in just nine 12-game seasons. That’s why he is still the best ever. 9) The NFL fining Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing “Beats” headphones, is absolutely ridiculous. The league may have an exclusive deal with Bose, but did they players all agree to it as well ? Greed, greed, greed. 10) Speaking of greed, where is Roger Goodell ?