A whole lot of stupid this week, so let's jump right in.
The stupidest challenge
Mike Shanahan cost his team a timeout in the fourth quarter of a close game by challenging whether Brandon Myers of the Giants made first-down yardage on this play...
The stupidest technicality within a smart rule
I understand why the NFL has a policy that says a play is dead the moment a ball carrier's helmet comes off. But that shouldn't apply so literally when a player is going to the ground. Le'Veon Bell landed in the end zone Thursday against Baltimore, but his helmet was dislodged while his body was simply succumbing to gravity. Thus, it wasn't a touchdown. But as Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio points out, that rule should be tweaked so that he can at least finish the process of falling, which legally can't cause any more harm anyway.
"Moving forward, this specific situation should prompt the NFL to consider modifying the rule to include the phrase “unless the player is in the process of going to the ground.” Indeed, if a player’s helmet comes off while he is going to the ground, no one is going to stop what they’re doing because a player’s helmet has come off. The action will continue until the guy is down; killing the play does nothing to help protect him at that point."
Bell deserved that touchdown.
The stupidest use of the clock
I know you won anyway, Eagles, but when you're trying to hold on for dear life in the fourth quarter of a game that has been slipping away from you, it makes no sense to snap the ball with 12 seconds on the play clock.