The AFC is kind of a mess. The playoff teams as of today are the Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs, and the other 3 division leaders. Next behind them are 6 teams with 4 wins each. The Raiders, Broncos, and Chiefs still have 4 to play between themselves, so those 4-win teams probably have a chance if they can put together a few wins.
Last year’s weekly NFL threads were going 2 pages, easy. Interest definitely seems to be in decline. We all know TV ratings are down for the NFL. There are many reasons, and yes, part of it is probably election year.
The officiating in this Monday night game is atrocious. Sherman blatantly roughed the kicker after an offsides call but doesn’t get called for that, and since the kicker was injured naturally they make Buffalo have him sit a play, then after a spike the officals give the ball back to Buffalo after eating up all but 5 seconds on the play clock. What the F? This was comically bad.
I cheer the Seahawks. They’re the home team. But I agree with what you said.
And then the Bills got called for taunting and lost 15 yards. I am very, very far from being an expert at football. I don’t think I really started watching until this century, as opposed to being raised with it. But it didn’t look like much of a taunt to me.
He didn’t rough the kicker. He was definitely offside (and received a penalty for it), but the refs failed to blow the whistle to stop the play before Sherman dove to block the ball with his hand. Contact with the kicker is not a penalty if the person who contacted the kicker also blocked the kick, which he did and it is clearly what his intention was when he reached out his hand to touch the ball. I believe the non-call for roughing or running into the kicker was correct.
Players are taught from a young age to continue play until the whistle is blown. You can certainly make the case that the whistle should have been blown much sooner, but it wasn’t, and that’s not Sherman’s fault.
Regarding the taunt, that type of thing is correctly called all the time. It’s stupid that players still allow themselves to lose discipline like that, but you still see it every week.