I won my fifth straight game and I am now 5-1 on the season. I thought I was doomed last night when Vince Young went down early in the first quarter. He is my backup QB and my regular starter was on a bye week. I thought for sure I was done. Fortunately, the Titans D came up big and ended up being my high scorer for the week.
One comment on this week's games. The helmet-to-helmet collisions. There were quite a few scary ones this week. I was glad to see Rodney Harrison on the NBC telecast say the only way to stop this is to eject and suspend players. I was disappointed to hear them, and the announcers for the Falcons/Eagles game to say that they weren't sure how a player was supposed to hold up. I have one simple rule to determine if a hit is legal or not.
Here is an image just after the impact. This alone is not sufficient to determine if this was a helmet to helmet hit or not. It also doesn't show if Robinson was leading with his shoulder. What it does show you is the position of Robinson's arms. They were at his side when he hit Jackson. Now, I have not played football at any level, but I do know that if your intent is to actually tackle someone, you usually have your arms in a position to wrap them around the player to bring them down. In this case, regardless of whether the hit was legal by NFL rules, the point is that it was still a hit and not a tackle. I think any attempt to take down a ball carrier without any attempt to wrap your arms around them should be flagged as a penalty. When you have your arms extended with the intent of tackling a player, even in mid-air, then your head is up and you are more likely to lead with your shoulder and not helmet. Otherwise, the sole intent is to inflict pain and injury, and that should be illegal.