Professional athletes acknowledge perfection could be a aim, although not a practical one.
Teammates, coaches, house owners, even followers can deal with losses so long as their groups are diligent and pbadionate.
It’s when the brains cease working that issues develop into exhausting to deal with.
So if of us in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Jacksonville and Nashville are beside themselves after Sunday’s motion — and the Jaguars and Titans gained — who can blame them?
“We’ve obviously got the talent,” Bengals linebacker Carl Lawson stated after Cincinnati self-destructed —sound acquainted? — in a 24-20 defeat at Tennessee. “But talent doesn’t win games.”
That the Bengals have the talents is not as evident as Lawson says. That they cease pondering at vital junctures of video games is way too obvious.
Last week, it was A.J. Green, normally the consummate professional, getting right into a combat. This time, it was Vontaze Burfict — sure, him once more — getting ejected, and fairly probably suspended, for touching an official.
“It’s tough on him (Burfict) being one of our best players and getting thrown out of a game is not a great feeling,” Green reasoned. “You hurt your team. I did it last week, and I regret it. I’m embarrbaded with what I did last week, but you can’t lose your cool.”
It was even worse for the Chargers and, regardless of victory, the Jags. They every had a string of no-thought moments in a wacky affair gained 20-17 in time beyond regulation by Jacksonville.
Try this, all after the two-minute warning:
After Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles throws into double protection and Tre Boston intercepts a tipped go, rookie Austin Ekeler fumbles within the backfield with the Chargers attempting to run down the clock. Tashaun Gipson picks up the ball and runs for 35 yards for an obvious landing, however officers rule he was touched down after a replay badessment.
Chargers security Trevor Williams will get flagged for go interference, placing the Jaguars in field-goal vary. Bortles throws deep to Marqise Lee and a flag flies ultimately zone. Lee expects defensive go interference and does a dance that officers decide is taunting. Plus, no penalty for LA.
“I probably celebrated a little bit too much,” Lee stated.
“At the end of the day, I’m not changing any type of emotion in this game. That’s a fact.”
Then Boston picks off Bortles once more. Rather than return the ball in an open area, he steps out of bounds and, like Lee, begins celebrating.
“That was one of the dumb things,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn stated. “Never seen it before.”
LA goes three-and-out as Jacksonville makes use of its timeouts.
Downfield Jacksonville marches, nevertheless it stalls till DE Joey Bosa will get flagged for roughing the pbader with 24 seconds remaining. Josh Lambo’s 34-yard area forces OT.
In time beyond regulation, Jags cornerback A.J. Bouye wrestles a deep go away from Travis Benjamin and returns the interception to the 2-yard line, however teammate Aaron Colvin will get known as for taunting.
Eventually, Lambo nails the successful area aim anyway.
“I’m exhausted right now,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone stated. “I’m shot. I’m shot. … I’m living and dying on every single play with every call that we have. So after the game is over, I’m shot.”
Tennessee additionally survived despite the fact that first-round choose Corey Davis price it a possible landing on the finish of a 19-yard catch-and-run play. He misplaced management of the ball as he reached throughout the aim line, and whereas teammate DeMarco Murray caught the ball previous the aim line, he was out of bounds. Originally dominated a TD, it was reversed to a touchback on replay badessment.
“I shouldn’t have put my team in that position,” Davis stated.
No, he should not have.
Chicago had no excuses for drawing seven penalties within the first half, plus three extra that had been declined. The Bears had been coming off a bye and will have been loads ready.
“It seems uncharacteristic for us,” stated QB Mitchell Trubisky, who as a rookie most likely would not know fairly but what Chicago’s traits are. “We were locked in, ready to go, but I guess we weren’t just focused at that moment. So we’re going to badyze that. We know that’s one of our weaknesses right now. I mean, we’re only hurting ourselves.”
They are additionally hurting within the Jersey Meadowlands. The Giants now have as many wins because the 49ers — one — after falling at San Francisco in one more debacle underneath beleaguered coach Ben McAdoo.
No must chronicle all the things that went flawed but once more for New York. Let cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s feedback suffice.
“We got schooled,” stated Rodgers-Cromartie, who has been suspended as soon as this season by the principal, uh, the coach, for breaking crew guidelines. “I did not see enough relentless play, attitude. You name it, I did not see it. Everything we should have done, I felt we did not do it.”
Actually, they did loads — loads flawed.
Same for his or her roommates at MetLife Stadium, the Jets. They had been so unhealthy that the Buccaneers, who entered Sunday with a league-low eight sacks, obtained six of Josh McCown
“You’ve got to show up every week in this league or you’ll get it handed to you,” coach Todd Bowles famous. “We didn’t show up today.”
Mentally or bodily.
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