It has been a heck of a week in the NFL. The week began with the folly that was the Ray Rice suspension. Most fans thought the 2 game suspension for knocking out his then girlfriend was a joke, but apparently, the NFL needed to see the graphic footage that they claim they could not get (yet, TMZ could) before they realized that it was a round house that knocked out Janay Rice. Baltimore dropped Rice, and the league suspended him indefinitely. This is one of the things about the NFL and other leagues that I do not care for. Ray Rice was not the first, and he probably won't be the last. There have been two more incidents since that February night. My team the Chiefs have had to deal with these issues, too. There was Larry Johnson who seemed to have an inability to control his temper around women, and the worst possible case of Jovan Belcher and the murder of his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins almost two years ago. The revamp of the policy is a step forward, but there needs to be so much more done to prevent these incidents from happening.
There is one more they don't even talk about-Darren Sharper. I'll admit that I was a fan of Sharper during his time in the league, but the league fired Sharper and has barely made mention of the fact that he may have been a serial rapist while employed by the league's network.
Then, there is Adrian Peterson. For the past few years, Peterson has been one of the faces of the NFL, but after this weekend, who knows. Peterson was charged and booked on child abuse charges in Texas. Peterson claims he just gave his son a "whooping" to discipline him. Now, I'm the product of corporal punishment, but there comes a point where you cross the line. Peterson crossed the line. I've seen the pictures, and as a teacher, I would have had to report him too. He is deactivated this week. Just another crack in the NFL armor.
There are days that I regret being a fan...
Last week, I had a bad one, 7-8. Sigh, this is half-hearted right now.
Sunday, September 14
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills: Miami
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals: Cincinnati
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings: New England
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins: Washington
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns: New Orleans
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants: New York
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans: Dallas
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers: Detroit
Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers: Seattle
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos: Denver
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers: Green Bay
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders: Houston
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco
Monday, September 15
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts: Indianapolis
Thursday, September 18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta