National Fail League: The biggest flops from Week 7
Another NFL Sunday is in the books. And while plenty of teams had reason to celebrate, there were just as many people around football that would love a mulligan.
By now, you've seen the highlights. But here's where you'll find the lowlights -- one last look back at the week's biggest fails before we turn the page to Week 8.
So without further ado: Welcome to the National Fail League, Week 7 edition.
The good news for Chandler Cantanzaro is that he wasn't the only goat of Sunday night's miserable kicking performance (we'll get to that in a bit.) The bad news, though, is he cost the Cardinals a win, and did so in embarrassing fashion.
After connecting on one field goal early in the overtime period, Cantanzaro clanked a 24-yarder off the left upright, which would've sealed a victory for Arizona. Instead, thanks to another awful showing, the Cards didn't lose, but drew Seattle to a 6-6 score.
After Cantanzaro's botched game-winner, the Seahawks had their chance at a victory in the closing seconds of overtime with a chip shot of their own. Stephen Hauschka lined up from 27 yards out, but, even worse than Cantanzaro, yanked it so far left it never even had a chance.
With the game on the line in London, and his team trailing by a touchdown with less than a minute left on the clock, Case Keenum needed to make a play to keep the Rams in it. Instead, he decided to throw a perfect pass -- to the Giants.
It was Keenum's fourth pick on the day, and apparently the result of a miscommunicated audible call. Regardless, it was another less-than-stellar performance from Keenum while No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff continues to sit on the bench.
Geno Smith finally got his chance to lead the Jets' offense in Week 7 at home against Baltimore, and actually played decently -- before being forced out of the game with a knee injury. After two seasons of sitting on the bench, the Jets finally called Smith's number, and his opportunity may have already came and went.
Reports are indicating that Smith suffered a torn ACL in the win over Baltimore, which would end his season, and, presumably, his career with the Jets. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game and didn't turn the ball over. The Jets haven't decided on who their quarterback for next week will be. But Fitzpatrick didn't exactly come away from all this unscathed, either...
After throwing 11 interceptions through the first six weeks of the season, Ryan Fitzpatrick lost his job. He stepped back in with the starters after Geno Smith's injury, and helped the Jets win a game. Then, the soon-to-be-34-year-old journeyman quarterback decided it was a good time to rip his coaches, management and ownership for losing faith in him.
Here are the postgame quotes, via NJ.com's Darryl Slater:
"The biggest thing in this game, in order to last, is to have belief in yourself," he said. "Because when the owner stops believing in you, the GM stops believing in you, and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That's kind of something I've had to deal with before, something I'm dealing with now."
Does Fitzpatrick feel like Jets owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Maccagnan, and head coach Todd Bowles lost belief in him?
"When you get put on the bench, I think that's the reason why," Fitzpatrick said. "People giving up on you, and then having to see them every day, that stuff is not necessarily the easiest in the world, but something that you try to deal with as mature as you can and move on."
Fitzpatrick sounded salty after the game, so did he play angry on Sunday?
"I probably play better as an underdog, pissed off," he said. "Going forward, yeah, I'll be pissed off."
Talk about a lack of self-awareness. After an entire offseason of holding out for a eight-figure salary -- despite years of play that proved he wasn't worth that amount -- and finally getting the contract he wanted, Fitzpatrick took subtle jabs at his bosses rather than admit his play warranted a demotion.
Not a great way to handle that situation.
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