After the Monday night combat between Bengals and Steelers players resulted in 239 penalty yards, three unnecessary roughness calls, one unsportsmanlike conduct call and at least five players exiting the game with injuries, it was fairly apparent that showcasing the bitterness that exists between these two teams might not be the best strategy for advancing the NFL’s image.
It certainly wasn’t best for the players involved.
That includes not only those players injured by overzealous play, but also some who engaged in over-the-line behavior.
Specifically: Had Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster lit up Vontaze Burfict with an illegal block on Sunday at 3:25 p.m., with six or eight other games going at the same time, or had Bengals safety George Iloka gone helmet-to-helmet with Antonio Brown in the end zone of such a game, would either have earned a one-game suspension from the league?
Sunday toward the end of an early afternoon laugher between the Patriots and Bills, star tight end Rob Gronkowski grew frustrated by what he considered to be uncalled holding and directed his anger at Bills rookie defensive back Tre’Davious White. At the time, White was flat on his stomach, just beginning to rise from the ground. Gronkowski came in long after the play had been whistled dead, leaped forward with his full body weight and drove his left elbow into
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