From No Good To Very Bad: The Worst Of Week 6 In The NFL
Every week the NFL blesses us with some hilarious ineptitude that we can meme-ify and replay on vine and laugh at with our friends on social media. So far we've seen such classics as the Josh McCown helicopter spin, the Jay Cutler end zone fumble and the Colin Kaepernick pick-six fest.
Yet none of their embarrassments compared to what may be the greatest football fail since the butt fumble. Once again the Patriots exposed the flaws in their opposition's choice to prepare for a regular season game like it's the Super Bowl, and this time their victims were the Colts and the ill-fated play call that is now known as the "Snapfu."
That is a real play that was called in A REAL NFL GAME. If that doesn't scream "we're completely desperate at this point," then I don't know what does.
Colts punter Pat McAfee tried to explain that the play went wrong because the player who was supposed to act as the center got hurt, and was replaced by someone who had not idea what the contingency plan was.
“The gunner who became the center all week was Clayton Geathers. Clayton Geathers gets injured in the second quarter,” McAfee told the hosts of the Bob and Tom radio show. “Insert Griff Whalen who had never done it before. So Griff Whalen is now the new center in a play he’s never practiced before.”
McAfee went on to explain what the original point of the play was, and it's basically what we all figured.
“The point of the play is a deception play. So, you’re trying to manipulate the (receiving team) into thinking they have to sub their defense back on,”McAfee said. “We are sprinting to the sideline in hopes to make the other team think we are subbing our offense back onto the field. So, when they think the offense is coming back on the field, your hope is that they think their defense has to come back on the field.”
The fact of the matter is that it was a high-risk decision that was made with the feeble hope that a Bill Belichick coached team would get rattled and make a mistake. It happens sure, but not often; and certainly not often enough to stake the game on it. If it's true that Whalen had to fill in on a play that he was completely unfamiliar with, then the play never should have been called. As soon as Geathers came out of the game, it should have been ripped from the playbook for the evening.
Now not only have the Colts lost yet another game to the Patriots but they will have to endure the ridicule of the Snapfu for years to come. Between that and a whole host of Colts banner parodies, it really was not a great week for the folks over in Indy.
That's rough. Let's hope all those DeflateCakes they baked before the game didn't go to waste.
And on a brighter note...here's the rest of the worst from Week 6!
Worst Week 6 Completion Percentage
Josh McCown (CLE): 51.3 %
Lowest Passer Rating
Peyton Manning (DEN): 53.3
Most Sack Yards Lost
Marcus Mariota (37): 37 yards
Fewest Rushing Yards (Min. 10 attempts)
Alfred Morris (WAS): 21 yards on 11 attempts (1.9 yards per carry)
Fewest Receiving Yards (Min. 10 targets)
Chris Thompson (NYJ): 6 receptions for 26 yards on 10 targets
Fewest Total First Downs
Steelers/Seahawks/Redskins: tied - 14 total first downs each
Eagles/Titans: 4 turnovers each
Most Penalty Yards
Arizona Cardinals: 111 penalty yards
Lowest Time of Possession
Green Bay Packers: 22 minutes, 00 seconds
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