Opposing quarterbacks completed 55.8 percent of passes (58 of 104 attempts) when targeting Amerson for a 62.7 passer rating, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). Amerson regressed in 2016. PFF had 64.5 percent of passes (60 of 93 attempts) completed against him for a 101.1 passer rating.
He was one of the NFL’s best blocking receivers, but that led to some cheap shots, like the time he broke Cincinnati linebacker Keith Rivers’ jaw on a crack-back block. Ward was voted the NFL’s dirtiest player by his peers in his 2009. As far as AFC North opponents go, Ward is at or near the top of their most-hated lists.
Tatum was a hard-hitting safety known as “The Assassin,” and he became the poster child for the villainous Raiders teams of the 1970s. He was involved in two unforgettable big hits — one on the “Immaculate Reception,” and the other in a preseason game that left Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley paralyzed. Those are two plays that overshadow everything else Tatum did on those nasty defenses.
“By the reaction of our sideline I know a lot of guys felt it was a dirty hit,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
“I think it was an unnecessary hit,” Rodgers said. “It’s unfortunate. If I throw a better ball that situation doesn’t happen. He’s a repeat offender, so I’m sure the league will deal with him according to that.”
The Raiders, 4-5 and struggling to stay alive in the AFC playoff chase, stayed home in Oakland to prepare and didn’t fly to Mexico until Saturday. But Oakland players, for weeks, have been riding stationary bikes while wearing an elevation masks in an effort to acclimate to the thin air conditions.
It’s impossible to know if the Bills are actually any good since they only beat the Jets, but one thing’s for sure. They know who their bread and butter player is on offense: LeSean McCoy.
Not only did McCoy rush for 110 yards, but he also tacked on 49 receiving yards, a total that includes an impressive conversion second-and-20 that you can see below.
Even though he picked up his first career win, new Bills coach Sean McDermott has probably already forgotten about this game because he had an even bigger game next week. The Bills will be traveling to Carolina, which is where McDermott spent the past six seasons before being hired by Buffalo this year.
Where is everyone going? They don’t know by now that nothing’s going to happen, that punts are followed by TV timeouts?
Ever debrief someone who just attended his or her first NFL game in years? Primary impressions include how often both teams have to loiter on the field — just standing around — awaiting the ends of commercial breaks before the game resumes.