The loser, seriously, might want to start planning to be on the clock the day the season ends.
The Texans at least can hang their hats on Deshaun Watson, their first-round pick rushed into that mess. Dalton himself was the mess for the Bengals. His ineptitude made the Ravens’ defense look like the unit that won their two Super Bowls. There was no Ray Lewis or Ed Reed in sight �� Terrell Suggs, yes, but the comparisons can pretty much end there.
Again, the Ravens’ offense with Joe Flacco in charge for the first time all year was as halting and ineffective as it had been without him in the preseason. A better team would have capitalized on all of Dalton’s gifts �� four interceptions, a fumble, an awful throwaway of a pass on fourth down deep in Ravens territory when there was time to make Baltimore sweat out the end.
With six seconds left in the second quarter, Steelers kicker Chris Boswell’s 35-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Sherrick McManus, and the ball fell into the hands of Bears corner Marcus Cooper, who ran it back 73 yards. Instead of running for a touchdown, however, Cooper slowed down before the goal line, and Steelers tight end Vance McDonald forced a fumble at the 1-yard line. After a replay review, the Steelers were penalized for an illegal bat of the ball out of the back of the end zone, and Chicago used an untimed down to kick a field goal and take a 17-7 halftime lead rather than what could have been a 21-7 lead.
Social media had a field day with Cooper’s error, but after the game, he insisted he simply miscalculated his position on the field.
That was just a mistake on my part, Cooper said after the game. I thought I was in (the end zone) but obviously I wasn’t.