NFL 2014 Week 12 Thursday Night Pick & Analysis – FootballThursday, November 20, 2014 2:00
Roger Goodell’s fumbling of the Adrian Peterson issue and picks and analysis for the Thursday night game of Week 12 of the 2014 NFL season.
NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – WEEK 12
Roger Goodell: The NFL’s Court Jester
Is it possible Roger Goodell is mentally challenged?
I realize asking the question may be an egregious insult to the vast majority of those who are, indeed, mentally challenged—but the decisions Goodell makes are unintelligent, unsound, and often unbelievable.
Let’s look at the most recent issue Goodell has managed:
Adrian Peterson…According to Peterson, he has been suspended with pay for nine games for unintentionally injuring his child while disciplining him. To most reasonable people it looks like wanton child abuse.
Consequences: Nine weeks off work, huge hit to Peterson’s reputation and status, permanent loss of four million in endorsement income, and loss of future income, (see below).
Final Punishment: Suspended without pay for the remaining 2014 season…Status to be reviewed April 15th 2015.
Consequences: Continuing, intensified tension between the union and owner, diminishing respect for the NFL shield, and the Commissioner.
If Peterson must wait until April 15th 2015 as the NFL dictates, teams will have already spent their free agent budgets and it’s a safe bet Peterson’s negotiating power will be seriously diminished. In any case, when he signs a new contract, it will be considerably lower than he would get if his case had never come to light.
The intelligent decision is glaringly simple. Fine Peterson the game checks he was paid for the 2014 season, (6.2 million.) His case has been adjudicated; he was convicted of a misdemeanor. He has lost millions. He will have paid a heavy price. The nine game suspension without a weekly check would be unprecedented and no one can complain Peterson didn’t pay the Piper.
If the league imposed the “time served” punishment, they could compel Peterson to stipulate any further arrest, accusations, or evidence of any abuse will result in permanent banishment from the NFL.
To extend Peterson’s punishment until next year only darkens the cloud hanging over the league for the next five moths.
Where are the NFL’s PR people? What are they telling Goodell? Is he listening?
Whatever the answers to those queries, the decision by Goodell to punish a first time offender more than he needs too, screams stupidity, short sightedness, and an astounding lack of basic public relations and brand status acumen.
OVER/UNDER OF THE WEEK
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders +7 43 [U]
This used to be one of the NFL’s most bitter rivalries. Given Oakland’s recent ineptness, the game has lost a little luster.
Kansas City is playing superb football, but don’t expect much if they get to the post-season. Alex Smith has yet to hit a wide receiver for a touchdown and his offense ranks in the bottom third of the NFL.
Fortunately for Andy Reid, the Raiders are dead last on offense, gaining under 280 yards per game—and the Chiefs defense is one of the league’s best..
Raidas rookie QB, Derek Carr, may indeed be the future face of the franchise. But this is now–and it doesn’t look promising for the Silver & Black…
Before we start thinking KC blowout…these two teams have gone under the number well over 70% of the time. That and the short week Thursday Night Football dictates, makes this an easy choice as our Over/Under of the Week.
Raiders fans have taken out ads calling for the rehiring of Hue Jackson. Seemingly they haven’t noticed the improvement in Oakland’s play since Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach.
You gotta feel for Sparano. He won the AFC East with an historic turn around as the Dolphin’s head coach—doing so without a quarterback and with a team lacking top shelf talent. He followed that with 7-9 seasons in ’09 and ’10 and was fired in the middle of the 2011 campaign.
He never had much talent—but his players played hard every game.
Sparano’s Raidas are doing the same—they’ll keep this close, but if the Chiefs want people to take them seriously as a playoff team, they need to win convincingly in Oakland.
I think they’ll fall short of that mandate, but will cover Under the Number…
Chiefs 20 Raiders 3
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