— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 13, 2014
I’m not sure Buffalo fans are so much excited about the team’s home opener as they are planning to move in now that they know the franchise isn’t going anywhere. Beef on Weck to become the new form of currency in Bills Mafia RV Town.
Good news! It’s a new week in the NFL, which counts as a positive because what could possibly be worse than last week? I should know better than to tempt fate, as there’s still plenty to feel uneasy about in what’s going on in the NFL this Sunday.
Adrian Peterson won’t be playing today or even be with the Vikings as they host the Patriots. He was promptly deactivated by the team in the wake of reports that he was being indicted in a child injury case on Friday. The urgency of the Vikings’ actions only makes it that much more troubling – or at least confusing – that Greg Hardy is slated to start once again for the Panthers. UPDATE: Hardy was deactivated by the Panthers about an hour and a half before kickoff. I suppose the only positive about that is that it overshadows an inane controversy about Cam Newton referring to Ndamukong Suh as Donkey Kong Suh. That would be super racist in a parallel universe where Cam is a white guy, according to one hot takes practitioner.
Meanwhile, there are flyovers expected to take place in New York and Cleveland, as well as elsewhere this weekend, by a women’s advocacy group called UltraViolet. The planes will carry a banner that reads “@UltraViolet: #GoodellMustGo” so not only will it be a reminder of the NFL’s potentially catastrophic mishandling of the Ray Rice case but it will serve as proof that planes know how to tweet.
Oh, and for the second straight week, Cleveland is teasing using Johnny Manziel in a limited set of plays. Hopefully the Browns get him on the field, if for nothing else, than to keep these reports from becoming a weekly thing.
Your early game slate, as rated by KSK’s not-at-all subjective, rigorously scientificated five-star system:
Miami at Buffalo ***
Detroit at Carolina ***
Atlanta at Cincinnati ***
New Orleans at Cleveland **
New England at Minnesota ***
Arizona at New York Giants **
Dallas at Tennessee **
Jacksonville at Washington *