NFL 2018 Week 12: The Good, the Bad, and the Fugly…Is this what is meant by Orange Crush?

photo courtsey aaron ontiveroz @ denverpost.com

NFL 2018 week 12 is in the books and we, as always, have a lot to be thankful for.  There were miracle finishes, swagger galore and fist-a-cuffs, still needing to be explained.

The Good

Nose tackle Shelby Harris had a very…very good week.  In 48 hours his wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl, welcome Evelyn Rochelle Harris, and he sealed a “must win” game for his Denver Broncos.

How?

The Pittsburgh Steelers were marching down the field with an opportunity to take the game into overtime, or win it outright (with a successful two point conversion).  So in the shadow of their end zone, with the ball in Big Ben Roethlisberger’s hands, the Steelers had the game where they wanted it.  Or so nose tackle Harris let them believe.

Running a run-pass option, Roethlisberger decided on the pass option.  The only problem, is the pass went into the hands of nose tackle…let that sink in for a minute…nose tackle Shelby Harris.

Harris’ stat line: 3 tackles, 3 quarterback hits, .5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 healthy wife and baby girl.

Orange crushed it.

That’s a real good Sunday.

The Bad

To be a real bad man you have to have swagger.  Today we define swagger as Damarious Randall.  

Randall, to be sure had predicted a win for his team, and not just a win but a blowout.  And let’s be honest, when your team is the Cleveland Browns, that takes swagger.

Solidifying swagger bad man status, one has to produce on the field.  Randall didn’t disappoint.

How?

In the second quarter, Randall picked of Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton.  Running down the sideline it appeared he had a clear path to a pick-6.  Instead he ran out of bounds handing the ball to ex-Cleveland Browns head coach, current Cincinnati Bengals defensive administrative assistant to the head coach, Hue Jackson.

Was Randall trolling his former head coach?  Or was he paying respect to a man who was fired and just happened to be on the opposing sideline of in state rival Bengals?  Does it matter?

The man gave up a pick six to go out of bounds and hand the ball to an opposing coach.  And oh yeah, he made good on his pregame prediction.

That’s some mad bad man swagger.

The Fugly

Shaw Lawson v Leonard Fournette, it was not the match-up we were expecting.  In the third quarter both players were tossed from the game for throwing punches at one another.

Admittedly, the ejection was more problematic for the Jacksonville Jaguars losing the services of Fournette, than for the Bills losing the services of Lawson for the remainder of the game.  But a fight is a fight, and whether Lawson was “defending himself” or the instigator, he still is an integral part of the fugly in the NFL this week.

Two men fighting on the sideline is fugly, no matter how you justify it.

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