Ben Roethlisberger is an excellent quarterback and a terrible fighter — that’s what we learned on Sunday against the Browns.
Browns lineman Emmanuel Ogbah shoved over Ben like he was a sack of potatoes, which Roethlisberger emulated perfectly. Then he went for the Karate Kid technique of … sweeping the leg.
Well, kind of. It was more a halfhearted lunge. Like a seal trying to enter water and landing back on the ice. He didn’t ever try to swat with his arm or anything, he just dove head-first and hoped.
Paul Perkins made his debut as the Giants lead back on Sunday night, but the team’s offensive woes allowed him only nine touches for 25 yards on 17 snaps. Shane Vereen, meanwhile, was on the field for 29 plays and caught 9 of 10 targets for 51 yards. It was an ugly day for an offense that was without Odell Beckham Jr., but also one that ranked 30th in the league in scoring opportunities (touchdowns plus field goal attempts) last year.
The Giants’ offseason improvements (Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram) were overstated, especially considering Eli Manning’s struggles, a lack of a running game and a poor offensive line. There will be better days for the offense, but it’s hard to expect much after a laid egg against a mediocre, at best, Dallas defense. Perkins shouldn’t be in lineups against Detroit this week, and Vereen is a desperation PPR flex option.
Limited Kids Charles Clay Jersey It didn’t take long for newcomer Jermaine Kearse to take on a gigantic role in the Jets’ offense. The former Seahawk was on the field for 52 of the team’s 55 offensive plays (95 percent) against the Bills on Sunday.