During Week 14 of NFL play, four teams locked up Playoff berths. Conversely, on Monday, the Dolphins and Chiefs fired their head coaches following losses. Both of those teams have former Mountaineers on their rosters.
On the field, from a Mountaineer perspective, Adam Jones was flagged for a costly pass interference penalty, and after the game, it came out that Jones had spit in the face of a Texans wide receiver. I’ll tell you his response to both events below. Mortty Ivy had a career first for the Steelers, while Ryan Mundy had a career second nullified. I’ll explain.
Ellis Lankster was inactive for the Jets for the third straight week. He missed practice last week with lower back problems. I’ll explain why the Jets need Lankster back soon.
Houston 20- Cincinnati 19
Adam Jones had a pass interference penalty called on him with 12 seconds left in the game as the T.J. Yates and the Texans drove the field for what was the game-winning touchdown. The call put the ball on the Bengals’ 6 yard-line after Jones’ grab of Texans’ wide receiver Jacoby Jones. The Texans scored the game-winning touchdown two plays later.
After the game, Jones took responsibility for the call.
“It was a touchy call. It wasn’t a hold,” Jones said. “It’s nobody else’s fault but my fault. There is no excuse for me to make that play. I don’t think the ball was catchable, but that’s my own opinion. I’m just hot that we lost. I can’t believe that.”
On Monday, a story came out that Jones had spit in the face of Texans’ FB Lawrence Vickers. Vickers said he shoved Jones as he grabbed the legs of Texans’ RB Ben Tate during a pile-up. That’s when Vickers said Jones let the loogie fly.
“I prayed for that man,”Vickers told the Houston Chronicle. “I had to let the Lord handle him. The Lord don’t put bad things on people, but I left it up to Him. I prayed real hard — I almost lost myself out there.”
The two teams played in front of 41,202 fans – the second smallest crowd to ever see the Bengals play at Paul Brown Stadium. On Nov. 12, the Mountaineers played the Bearcats in the same stadium. That game drew an attendance of 48,152.
Adam Jones ended the game with 4 tackles and a pass breakup. Robert Sands was inactive.
Cleveland 3- Pittsburgh 14
Mortty Ivy was active for this game and played on the Steelers’ special teams units. He recorded his 1st career tackle during regular season play. Ryan Mundy would have had his 2nd career interception, but it was called back due to a penalty.
Kansas City 10- N.Y. Jets 37
After getting thrashed by the Jets, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was let go. For the Jets, Ellis Lankster sat out with the lower back injury, but the Jets need the former Mountaineer back soon. Starting safety Jim Leonhard tore the patellar tendon in his right knee and is out for the rest of the season.
Philadelphia 26- Miami 10
The Miami loss to Philadelphia dropped the team to 4-9 on the season. On Monday, the Dolphins dropped head coach Tony Sparano. Steve Slaton was inactive for the Dolphins. Owen Schmitt did not show up on the stat sheet or in the game notes.
New England 34- Washington 27
Chris Neild did not record any stats.
Indianapolis 10- Baltimore 24
Pat McAfee recorded another special team tackle to add to his league lead of tackles among kickers. He has the best hangtime in the League among punters and is in the Top-10 in punts going out-of-bounds inside the 20-yard-line.
Buffalo 10- San Diego 37
Corey McIntyre and the Bills traveled out west and lost their 6th game in a row.