Another week, another bad showing from the NFL replacement referees. The group has certainly done its best in the wake of the strike but when games are taking a half hour longer and riddled with mistakes, it drives fans insane – but we’re not alone. The players are beginning to voice their opinions on Twitter, especially their opinion on the officials.
New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes spoke out about the referees early Monday morning, after a tough 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It was this tweet that has put Spikes in the spotlight – and potentially in hot water:
Can someone please tell these f***ing zebras foot locker called and they’re needed Back at work !!!! #BreakingPoint
Not everyone was in a serious mood after their week three bout. Chicago Bears cornerback DJ Moore enjoyed the 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams but it was his comments about Jay Cutler before the game that sent Twitter ablaze, when he answered a question with, “If I could personally have babies, I would want Jay Cutler to be my baby father.”
The comments made the rounds quick and forced him to tweet this rebuttal after the game:
It was a joke. But the comments on this is great
Injuries were one of the biggest storylines this week and several superstars could miss significant time this season, especially New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Jets pulled a 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins out of their butts but it came at a high price. New York lost the league’s best cornerback for the season with a torn ACL. He tweeted this shortly after the news broke.
Thanks for all the support! It's just part of the game, I'm already on my way to recover! #Jets
Another big injury came during the Buffalo Bills’ 24-14 win over the Cleveland Browns, as running back CJ Spiller was forced to miss most of the contest after suffering a shoulder injury. But he was certainly grateful of backup running backs Tashard Choice and Johnny White, who came in and got the job done.
That's great team Win today proud of @tchoice23 n my boi Johnny White for stepping up
Meanwhile two teams from the same division were still looking for their first win on Sunday and both came in dramatic fashion. The first came against the New Orleans Saints, as the Kansas City Chiefs narrowly beat out New Orleans with a field goal in overtime. However, it was a play almost an hour earlier that left the social media world buzzing. It was then that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ran for a 91-yard touchdown. Charles’ cell phone must have exploded during the game because after he tweeted this:
Mention is going crazy right now..
The other big win came against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when the Oakland Raiders kicked a last second field goal to earn their first win of the season. Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Smith was so excited about the team’s first win, he threw the rules of hashtagging out the window.
You know who else is excited – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. So excited, that he tweeted this after beating the San Francisco 49ers in the upset of the week:
Skol Vikes! Glory to God!
Sing that anthem, Christian.
It didn’t go as well for everyone though; take the Philadelphia Eagles for instance. Before the game, Eagles defensive end had this to say about the contest’s location:
I don't know how people in Arizona can enjoy this heat.
Well when your team gives up 24 unanswered first half points, suddenly the heat doesn’t seem so bad!
Whether it’s complaining about the heat, or the officials, there has been plenty said on Twitter through the first three weeks of the season. It can only get better as more teams continue to fall – or rise.
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