Happy Halloween…And Happy End of Bye Week
1. The Raiders set a record for the most penalty yards in a game, losing 200 of them, as well as additional declined penalties. And they still won. Derek Carr set a franchise record with over 500 yards, 4 touchdowns, no interceptions, tying him with one Ben Roethlisberger…
2. The Bengals were part of the second tie in the span of slightly under a week. This particular tie took place in London, so perhaps it doesn’t fully count, but considering how rare ties are, that’s kind of weird. Their record is now 3-4-1.
3. The Browns are still winless. I would hate to be Hue Jackson right now, although at this point probably his best strategy is to lose out. It’s far more interesting and notable than going, say, 5-11 or 3-13, and maybe this time they will have the sense to keep the top pick and take a quarterback. Perhaps they should take several. They seem to run through them like used Kleenex.
4. Cam Newton is planning to talk to the head of officiating about the non-calls he gets for non-legal hits (or at least ones he doesn’t think are legal.) Perhaps he and Ben could start a class-action suit?
5. And speaking of the NFL (No Fun League,) they apparently are plenty busy with their flags elsewhere, as an official gave Earl Thomas of the Seahawks a 15-yard Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty. Thomas’ transgression? Hugging the official after he recovered a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown. Thank heavens the official bravely protected us from such an unseemly sight. Or perhaps he was just wondering what Thomas was smoking?
6. My official Kicker Watch has begun, as per Saturday’s article. There were no field goal attempts in Arizona’s 20-30 lost to Carolina, but kicker Chandler Catanzaro was perfect on his two extra point attempts. Meanwhile, in Seattle, Steven Hauschka made both field goal attempts and both extra point attempts. Stay tuned…