Well, Thursday night was probably one of the wildest and most unpredictable blowouts you'll see on a football field for a long time. Thursday Night Football has now all of a sudden become must see TV for viewers for the 2017 season after years of criticism. The Baltimore Ravens shut down the Miami Dolphins again, after Miami came back down 28-14 to beat the New York Jets just days before, with a lot of momentum on their side. It was especially shocking after Baltimore had lost two consecutive games, and looked awful in those games.
During the game itself, the Ravens physically dominated the Dolphins from start to finish, but the attention will now be place at the Dolphins players and organization after their display starting with the hit by Kiko Alonso on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. That is already the main talking point, and will be for days to come, but the Dolphins weren't finished thanks to a familiar face in Ndamukong Suh. A player who has been the face of controversy ever since his rookie year in 2010.
Ryan Mallet came in the game for the injured Flacco, and after the Ravens forced a turnover on downs on defense, the offense looked to score another touchdown to increase their lead, but Suh had other plans. After the defensive lineman jumped offsides while Baltimore was at the goaline, Suh proceeded to shove and choke Mallett after the play. For no reason at all, but if you ask Suh, he had a reason, apparently.
Suh said after the game:
"He came at me and tried to attack me, and I'm protecting myself."
This is Ryan Mallett that Suh was “protecting” himself against. Not a hard hitting offensive lineman known for dirty hits, but Ryan Mallett. On the same play, defensive end William Hayes wound up jabbing Ravens offensive tackle Austin Howard in the eye as well. Are the Miami Dolphins a football team, or a bad guy stable in the world of professional wrestling?
Regardless, Suh's antics with Mallett, plus the penalty that he committed on Ryan Jensen, a guy who drove Suh crazy throughout the night, adds to the already loaded list of embarrassing moments Suh has had in his career. It's a shame to, because he is very talented and when he's on his game, it's hard to stop him. However, it seems Suh just can't get out of his own way, and Thursday was another example.