Suh can be dominant, but that’s overwhelmed by his reputation as a dirty player, and he has his own anthology of dirty plays. That includes kicking Green Bay’s Even Dietrich-Smith, stepping on Aaron Rodgers’ leg or flat-out body-slamming Jake Delhomme. He has paid a ton of fines and has shown no willingness to change. Suh hasn’t helped his image much in Miami.
The Bills’ season has been a wild one. They got off to a 5-2 start and then slumped before winning three of their past five games, with the two losses in that stretch coming to the Patriots.
If it doesn’t work out Sunday and the Bills don’t make it to next weekend, they will continue in the longest active postseason drought among the four major North American professional sports leagues — a dubious distinction indeed.
But Le’Veon Bell is Secretariat, and the Steel Curtain is coming down hard on offenses. And five of Mike Tomlin’s last seven games will be at home. And the 4-4 Ravens are offensively challenged with a dearth of weapons, and the 2-4 Bengals of embattled Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton can only hope that injury-plagued first-round WR John Ross can help return them to the playoffs — which they missed a year ago after five straight appearances, before they would probably lose in the wild-card round again.
Out in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are the talk of the town, but Sean McVay — hired as the youngest coach in NFL history at 30 — has been such a quarterback whisperer that QB Jared Goff looks more like a righthanded Clayton Kershaw than a deer in headlights, RB Todd Gurley is running to daylight again and the Rams are 5-2 and atop the NFC West, looking down upon … the 4-2 Seahawks, who have Russell Wilson, the Legion of Boom, the 12th Man and a winning culture. The offensive line remains their Achilles’ heel. But six of last 10 games are at home.
In case you’re wondering about the running game, free-agent signing Latavius Murray ran for 6 yards on two carries against the 49ers while second-round pick Dalvin Cook managed 17 yards on five carries. The duo also combined for 16 yards on four receptions.
While transient big-shot Keith Olbermann, back with ESPN, continues to regard himself as far above the fray, he’s right down there in the slop. He’s another sucker-shot, insult artist who can’t take the slightest poke in return. A bully.
Drafting NFL players is not a precise science. Some teams seemingly never get it right; others have a history of draft success. But every so often, there’s a draft that just defies everyone’s efforts to do their job — and gives GMs a good argument for trading away their picks.