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#pounditMonday, October 25, 2021

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Seahawks spoke to Cam Newton after Russell Wilson injury

Cam Newton hat

The Seattle Seahawks appear comfortable sticking with Geno Smith as long as Russell Wilson is sidelined. However, they did at least look into other options.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that the team spoke with free agent quarterback Cam Newton following Wilson’s injury. However, Carroll didn’t elaborate, and it’s clear nothing else came of the conversation.

It may be that the Seahawks were simply doing their due diligence. It makes sense for them to weigh their options and determine if Newton would be better than Smith. Ultimately, Smith has been on the Seattle roster since 2019. He knows the offense and was best prepared to step in on short notice.

This comes on the heels of Newton making a significant change in order to resume his NFL career. It’s possible that he wasn’t interested, as the Seahawks wouldn’t be able to provide a long-term starting job. We can really only guess.

Ezekiel Elliott calls out refs following OT win over Patriots

Ezekiel Elliott

There were several controversial calls in Sunday’s thrilling game between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots, and Ezekiel Elliott apparently felt none of them worked in his team’s favor.

Following the Cowboys’ 35-29 OT win over New England, both Elliott and Dallas pass-rusher Randy Gregory were critical of the officials. Elliott said the Cowboys felt like they had to “overcome the Patriots and the zebras.”

There was one play in particular that likely infuriated Elliott. Dak Prescott made a crucial fourth-down mistake when he lost a fumble at the goal line late in the first half (video here), but it looked like the quarterback clearly got into the end zone on a sneak the play before. The third down play was not reviewed.

The Cowboys also had some big plays negated by holding calls. They had 12 penalties for 115 yards compared to New England’s five for 47 yards. Dallas did, however, appear to get away with a blatant face mask penalty on a key play in overtime.

It’s a good sign that the Cowboys overcame 12 penalties to beat a tough opponent on the road. And complaining about the officiating after a win carries a lot more weight. We saw an NFL coach do the same following his team’s OT win on Sunday.

Elliott and the Cowboys feel like they can beat anyone right now — even the zebras.

Mike Tomlin furious over ’embarrassment’ from officials

Mike Tomlin official

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in overtime on Sunday night, but Mike Tomlin was in no mood to celebrate after the game. The coach was furious over a sequence that took place at the end of regulation.

The Seahawks got into field goal range to force overtime following a hectic play with seconds remaining. DK Metcalf caught a ball along the sideline and fumbled, but Seattle retained possession. They then hustled to the line of scrimmage for a spike play to stop the clock. The stadium clock got to zero before Geno Smith got the snap off, and it was unclear if Seattle spiked the ball in time.

It didn’t matter, as the officials decided that play was halted with 3 seconds left so they could review the Metcalf catch. No one really knew what they were reviewing, as it was a clear fumble and recovery by Seattle. All the stoppage did was allow the Seahawks to get organized and immediately spike the ball when play resumed. They then kicked a field goal to tie the game at 20-20 as time expired. Tomlin was furious and cursed out the officials.

After Pittsburgh’s 23-20 OT win, Tomlin could be heard saying he’ll be “writing a check to the league office tonight.” He then proceeded to rip the officiating crew during his postgame press conference.

“I hated it. I cannot believe that game was stopped to confirm catch/no catch in that moment,” Tomlin said.

You can understand the officials wanting to get such an important play right. But, again, there wasn’t much to question. Metcalf clearly fumbled and the Seahawks jumped on the ball. Perhaps the officials wanted to see if Metcalf stepped out of bounds before the fumble. Either way, Seattle definitely caught a break.

At least the Steelers won. The same wasn’t true when they were on the wrong end of a much worse officiating blunder earlier this season.

Bengals player went to Eminem’s restaurant and got sick during game

Jackson Carman without a helmet

Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Jackson Carman was activated from the COVID-19 reserve list last week in time to play in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. He did not start and only played a limited role, however. That led many to speculate that he was feeling effects from the coronavirus, but Carman says there was another issue.

Mom’s Spaghetti.

Music icon Eminem recently opened a restaurant in Detroit called Mom’s Spaghetti. Carman took to Twitter on Saturday asking for recommendations on where to eat in the area. Apparently he settled on Eminem’s new joint and then got sick. He said after the game that he would not recommend eating there.

Carman rotated with Trey Hill during the game before he went down with what was initially believed to be an injury. He was carted to the locker room, and the Bengals later announced that he was questionable to return with an illness.

We’ve seen players puke on the field during games in the past, but it was never Eminem’s fault. Hopefully Carman doesn’t leave a Yelp review.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Jackson Carman (79) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Jamal Adams botched potentially huge interception

Jamal Adams dropped INT

The Seattle Seahawks lost a tough game to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime on Sunday night, and Jamal Adams has to be kicking himself over blowing an opportunity he had to change the outcome.

Adams had a pass from Ben Roethlisberger hit him right in the face with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. He read the route perfectly and broke on the ball, but for some reason he wasn’t ready to come up with the interception.

The Steelers went on to kick a field goal on the drive to take a 20-17 lead. Seattle tied it up at 20-20 as time expired in the fourth quarter but lost in overtime. The Seahawks would have been in a much better position to win had Adams come up with the pick.

Mistakes happen, but Adams’ big blunder happened to come on a night where he declared himself “the best in the nation” in his “Sunday Night Football” player intro. Twitter had a field day with that:

Adams is a great tackler and is great in run support, but he struggles in pass coverage. He’s also extremely confident in his abilities, as evidenced by his player intro. That’s why fans were happy to jump all over him when he botched a huge play.

While Adams certainly isn’t the first defensive back we have seen with a brutal dropped interception, his mistake couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Aaron Rodgers named Bears’ owner in funny Wikipedia edit

Aaron Rodgers taunts Bears fans

It did not take long for Aaron Rodgers to trash talk himself into becoming the actual owner of the Chicago Bears … at least on Wikipedia.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback delivered the viral moment of the week when he taunted Bears fans during Sunday’s divisional win over Chicago. Rodgers scrambled for a key rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter and rubbed it in by telling the home fans, “I still own you!”

The Chicago Bears’ Wikipedia page reflected just as much after the game. In light of Rodgers’ taunt, he was briefly listed as the owner of the Bears.

Another funny edit had Bears head coach Matt Nagy listed on Wikipedia as Rodgers’ son.

Though the taunt served as a bit of revenge, in reality, Rodgers can make a pretty strong case to be Bears owner. He is now 22-5 against them for his NFL career. Regardless, the reigning NFL MVP Rodgers probably prefers this Wikipedia edit to the last one that he was a part of.

Patrick Mahomes’ brother Jackson apologizes for major faux pas

Jackson Mahomes dances

Patrick Mahomes’ brother Jackson apologized on Sunday for his actions while in attendance for the Kansas City Chiefs’ 31-13 win over Washington.

Jackson, who has a large following on social media, posted some videos of himself dancing at the game. Jackson was dancing in a roped-off area where the Sean Taylor memorial was located.

Taylor, a former Washington safety, played four seasons in the NFL and made two Pro Bowls before he was killed by intruders in a 2007 shooting at his home. Washington retired Taylor’s jersey on Sunday.

After receiving criticism for desecrating Taylor’s memorial, Jackson posted an apology on Twitter.

“I want to sincerely apologize for accidentally being on the Sean Taylor #21 at FedEx Field. We were directed to stand in that area and I meant absolutely no disrespect to him or his family,” Mahomes wrote.

This is the second time this season that Jackson has drawn attention over his behavior at a road game (see the other here). Patrick’s mother also made headlines over what she tweeted during Sunday’s game.

Patrick might want to tell his family members to do him a favor and abandon all social media. They’re just hurting his image left and right and making him unlikable by association.

Darrell Taylor carted off field with neck injury in scary scene

Steerlers and Seahawks gather around Darrell Taylor

Darrell Taylor was down for several minutes before being carted off the field at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday night due to a neck injury.

The Steelers had a 2nd-and-1 with just over three minutes left in the game, which was tied at 17. Pittsburgh handed the ball to Najee Harris, who rushed for a first down.

Taylor was one of three Seahawks defenders who helped made the tackle. He appeared to run into a teammate while making the tackle and fell to the ground immediately.

Medical personnel were called to assist. Taylor was on the ground for several minutes and was eventually strapped to a backboard, placed on a stretcher, and carted off the field.

Members of both teams gathered around as he was treated.

Taylor had four tackles and a quarterback hit in the game.

NBC’s Mike Tirico said that Taylor was able to talk and move his legs.

Oops! TV viewers get Spanish version of Steelers-Seahawks game on NBC

NBC Sunday Night Football in Spanish

Some viewers of NBC’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” this week got a bit of a surprise.

During the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Seattle Seahawks showdown, many watching on television tweeted that they were receiving the audio for the game in Spanish.

While it is unclear how widespread the issue was, some viewers reported that they were receiving the Spanish feed in New Orleans. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand also shared a video of a message running across the broadcast in the affected area acknowledging and apologizing for the error.

Cox Customer Care tweeted that they were working to resolve the issue.

Interestingly enough, some viewers during last week’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” also reported having a very similar issue, apparently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These viewers tweeted that Spanish audio could be heard in the background of the main broadcast.

The issue appears to have gotten worse during this week’s broadcast, as the Spanish audio had replaced the actual game audio entirely instead of just being audible in the background. This is just the latest in what has already been an error-filled season for NBC and “Sunday Night Football.”

Video: TJ Watt threw some huge punches at Alex Collins in fumble effort

TJ Watt throws a punch

TJ Watt was called for a penalty after appearing to mug Alex Collins on “Sunday Night Football.”

The Seattle Seahawks had the ball at the Pittsburgh 10 down 14-0 in the third quarter against the Steelers. They had a 1st-and-goal and handed the ball off to Alex Collins.

Collins broke a tackle, bounced around, and then was stood up by several Steelers defenders following a gain of five.

While Collins was immobilized by several Steelers, Watt started taking some huge swings as he tried to force a fumble. It looked like he was beating up Collins.

Watt got off two big left uppercuts and then two huge right hands. Collins held onto the ball.

And guess what? Watt was flagged for unnecessary roughness, giving the Seahawks a few more yards. They ended up scoring two plays later.

Man, that did not look good. Watt may want to alter his strategy to avoid getting penalty calls.