AFC West: Jerome Harrison

Fines mounting for Richard Seymour

December, 9, 2011
It’s been an expensive season for Richard Seymour.



The Oakland Raiders’ Pro Bowl defensive lineman was fined $30,000 by the NFL for punching Miami offensive lineman Richie Incognito in the Dolphins’ 34-14 win over Oakland on Sunday. Seymour was ejected for the offense. It is the third time in Seymour’s three seasons in Oakland -- he was acquired in a trade with New England in September 2009 -- in which he was ejected from a game.

Seymour has now been fined, at least, $60,000 for offenses this season.

Last season, Seymour was fined $25,000 after being ejected for slapping and knocking down Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In 2009, he was fined $10,000 after he was ejected for an offense against Cleveland running back Jerome Harrison.

Seymour needs to be careful or his fines will continue to grow; he could eventually face a short suspension if the infractions continue. Seymour is a great player who is as aggressive as they come. He sets the tone for the Oakland defense, but he needs keep his emotions in check better. He can’t help the Raiders if he keeps getting ejected from games.

Infractions piling up for Seymour

December, 4, 2011
Richard Seymour’s actions Sunday were nowhere close to those of Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh's in Green Bay on Nov. 24 that resulted in a two-game suspension.

However, because of the frequency of Seymour’s infractions, I wouldn’t be surprised the NFL may consider a short suspension for Seymour. At the very least, his history of fines will have a new, hefty chapter.

For the third time in three seasons with Oakland, the star defensive lineman was ejected from a game. In a runaway Miami rout, Seymour was tossed in the third quarter after he struck Miami offensive lineman Richie Incognito on the side of the helmet.

Last year Seymour was ejected and fined $25,000 for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the helmet. In 2009, Seymour was ejected for hitting Browns running back Jerome Harrison after a play was over. Seymour was fined $10,000 for that infraction.

Seymour has been fined at least $30,000 this season for illegal plays.

I’m not saying I think Seymour should be suspended for Sunday’s actions, but the reality is the NFL is not big on repeat offenders of any kind.

Needs improvement

December, 24, 2009
Here is an area each AFC West team needs to improve upon from Week 15:

Denver, stop the run: Oakland logged 241 rushing yards and ate up Denver on the ground in a 20-19 upset win. If the Eagles control the clock like the Raiders did, Denver, desperate to clinch a wild-card spot, will not have a chance to pull off the upset Sunday.

Kansas City, don’t allow big plays: Kansas City would have beaten Cleveland last week if it didn’t allow huge plays both on defense and on special teams in a 41-34 defeat. Josh Cribbs had two kickoff returns and Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards, the third highest single-game rushing total ever in the NFL. The Chiefs have to not allow explosive plays if they have a chance to upset the Bengals on the road.

Oakland, turnovers: The Raiders didn’t have any glaring issues in their big win at Denver. But they did have two turnovers. The way Cleveland has been scoring lately, Oakland is going to need to have better ball security to win in Cleveland.

San Diego, pass rush: The Chargers will have to try to make Vince Young uncomfortable on Friday night. The Chargers did not pressure Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer as he brought his team back in the fourth quarter last week.

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1. Denver’s playoff chances: The Broncos’ road to the playoffs hit a major road bump Sunday in a 20-19 loss to visiting Oakland. However, the Broncos still control their playoff destiny despite losing two consecutive games.

If Denver wins at Philadelphia on Sunday and at home against Kansas City in Week 17, it will make the playoffs. But winning at Philadelphia won’t be easy. While the Broncos are still on pace to make the playoffs, they didn’t do themselves any favors with the last-second loss to Oakland.

2. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos running back: The No. 12 overall pick in the April draft did not have a good game against the Raiders -- 42 yards on 19 carries. He missed backfield mate Correll Buckhalter, who didn’t play against Oakland because of an ankle injury.

Moreno has not been explosive in his rookie season, but he has been a solid yardage eater. But on Sunday he did not produce and he hurt the Broncos’ offense in the process.

3. Chiefs’ run defense: Kansas City allowed little-known Cleveland running back Jerome Harrison 286 yards on the ground in a 41-34 Cleveland win. Harrison ate the Chiefs’ defense alive. Even though Kansas City’s offense played well, the Chiefs didn’t have a chance to win because the defense could not contain Harrison.


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Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesJaMarcus Russell helped rally the Raiders to a victory over the Broncos.
1. San Diego Chargers’ playoff outlook: The Chargers’ season keeps getting better. After a thrilling 27-24 win over Cincinnati on Sunday, San Diego has won nine straight games and an NFL-record 17 straight games in December, dating to 2006.

San Diego clinched its fourth straight AFC West division title, and is a win or a New England loss away from clinching the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

2. Philip Rivers, Chargers quarterback: Like his team, Rivers keeps getting better. He threw for 308 yards in the win over the Bengals.

Rivers did his best work late Sunday. He led San Diego 46 yards in 51 seconds with no timeouts to set up Nate Kaeding 52-yard game-winning field goal. Rivers was clutch, and each week he shows he’s one of the best players in the league.

3. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders quarterback: Yes, Russell is really part of this category. You've got to give the much-maligned Russell some credit. He made some key plays in the Raiders’ last-second win over Denver on Sunday. Russell’s Oakland career still may be in jeopardy for the long run, but on Sunday he showed he is capable of helping his team win a game.

Wrap-up: Browns 41, Chiefs 34

December, 20, 2009
Kansas City missed a pretty good football game Sunday.

With the game blacked out on local television for the first time in 19 years, the Browns and Chiefs put on one of the most entertaining games of the day.

Yet, in the end it was another frustrating loss for the Chiefs, who dropped to 3-11. The game ended a three-game homestretch for Kansas City. It lost all three games to end its 2009 home slate.

Once again, the Chiefs’ defense let the team down. The Browns -- yes, the Browns -- moved the ball at will and made one explosive play after another. Kansas City allowed little-known Jerome Harrison to rush for 286 yards. Cleveland return man Josh Cribbs had two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

Offensively, the Chiefs had some bright spots. Quarterback Matt Cassel had a nice bounce-back game after two losses, and running back Jamaal Charles continued to show he could be the back of the future in Kansas City.

In reality, 34 point against Cleveland should have been enough for Kansas City. But the offense couldn’t keep up with the Chiefs' dreadful defensive play.