We can argue the validity of Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson's personal foul penalty in overtime all we want – Houston coach Gary Kubiak certainly did with the officials – but the fact is his WWE move in overtime cost his team dearly.
Jackson wasn't happy to just stop Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin's progress after a short catch. He pushed Baldwin back, the play was pretty clearly over, but Jackson lifted Baldwin up and body-slammed him to the ground. The flag fell, and the 15-yard penalty put Seattle at the Texans' 36-yard line with 4:52 in overtime. Seattle didn't get another first down, but kicker Steven Hauschka nailed a 45-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a comeback 23-20 win.
Seattle is 4-0 for the first time in franchise history, thanks in large part to Jackson's error.
The penalty can be debated. Old-school fans will say that until the player is down, the defender needs to get him there any way he can. And Jackson did just that, doing his best wrestling move to plant him.
#Texans' Kareem Jackson: "I'm not sure what the flag was for."
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) September 29, 2013
Players will learn at some point that plays like that are going to be called now in this era of increased player safety. Baldwin came up motioning to the official to throw a flag, and it wasn't surprising when it was called. Jackson can say he was just playing hard, but that won't help him feel better about making the key mistake in Houston's loss.
A new face to the Detroit Lions' pass-first attack has changed the entire look of the offense.
And if you didn't believe the importance of Reggie Bush before Sunday's clash with Chicago, you have to be convinced about his starring role now.
Back in the lineup after missing last week's game with a knee injury, Bush amassed 173 total yards and scored a pivotal second-quarter touchdown in a 40-32 win over the Bears.
Detroit improved to 3-1 and has now scored 74 points In the two full games Bush has played. How has the eight-year veteran made such an immediate impact? With the presence of All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford, Bush has excelled by being allowed to work in space. Against Chicago, he took advantage of wide-open running lanes to rush for a season-high 139 yards.
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