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Week 2: Suh is not a dirty player, he's a dumb player

September 12, 2013 - Matt Wellens

I’ve always thought of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as a dirty player.

I called him out as one on this very website a few years ago, suggesting the Green Bay Packers protect Aaron Rodgers by giving him Thanksgiving Day off.

Turns out, I had Suh all wrong, and I have ESPN U.P.’s Casey Ford to thank for my change in ideology.

I’m joining Casey’s camp and stealing his proclamation from Monday’s show.

“Suh is not a dirty player. He’s just an idiot.”

See, dirty players know they are dirty players, just ask any goon in hockey. They’ll admit to picking a fight or retaliating. It’s their job and they’re often proud of their work.

NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman was the poster child for the “Dirty and Proud” group with his appearance matching his performances on the court.

Suh, however, isn’t like Rodman, because Suh doesn’t seem to understand why the NFL is picking on him.

Take the Lion’s most recent run-in with the league over the illegal low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan on Sunday that drew a flag, and $100,000 fine and wiped out a DeAndre Levy Pick-6.

Talking to reporters after the game, Suh had no clue there was anything wrong with his hit that connected square with Sullivan’s knee — or approximately two feet below the center’s waist.

“By any means, I'm not going for his knees," Suh was quoted by USA Today. “He knows that. We had a great conversation running out at halftime. And he understood. My aim was his waist, to cut him off.”

Suh was wrong on all fronts with that statement, as evident by Sullivan’s comments to Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports. The Viking was surprised he didn’t suffer a serious knee injury.

“I’m just happy I wasn’t hurt — seriously injured,” Sullivan said to Pelissero. “There’s a reason that play is illegal. It’s incredibly dangerous. I just feel fortunate that I’ll be playing this week.”

Sullivan’s teammate, hard-hitting teammate and defensive end Jared Allen, agreed.

“I got to know Suh at the Pro Bowl last year, and he's a good dude,” said Allen in USA Today. “But that’s uncalled for. It really is. This is a fraternity. In the NFL, you try and take care of guys.”

I don’t often agree with anyone who wears purple on a regular basis, but Allen is right. Suh’s hit was uncalled for. Suh is a also ‘good dude’ off the field who has done some great things in the community, including philanthropy.

But, his personal foul penalties are as baffling and as untimely as a Brett Favre postseason interception.

One of these days, Suh’s reckless regard for others will do more than cost the Detroit Lions a touchdown like it did on Sunday. It will cost the Lions a key victory, or worse, may destroy a fellow player’s livelihood.

Wise up Suh. You’re better than this.

Now on to my picks, which each week will include a short analysis on the Packers’ and Lions’ games, plus the three primetime games on NFL Network, NBC and ESPN. The rest of my picks will follow.

Week 2

Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m., Sunday, FOX

Packers fans have no reason to hang their giant Cheeseheads after last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Nit-pick and complain all you want Green Bay, but the 49ers were just a better team. The Redskins, however, have to be scratching their heads as to whether Robert Griffin III will ever be the QB he was prior to last year’s knee injury. Packers 31, Redskins 21

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m., Sunday, 1320 AM WDMJ/1240 AM WIAN

For Yoopers with an antenna or Charter cable, you better find a bar or friend with DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket package. CBS has the doubleheader this week, meaning FOX UP can only show one game and it’s taking the Packers. Why the NFL can’t just give the all the late games to the network with doubleheader coverage, I don’t know. It’s as baffling as Suh. Lions 28, Cardinals 18

New York Jets at New England Patriots, 8:25 p.m., Thursday, NFL Network

The Jets won last week not based on anything they did, but because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers set up the Jets' game-winning field goal by pulling a Suh. New England won’t be as kind. Patriots 34, Jets 6

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m., Sunday, NBC

I predict this is the first of three meetings between these two teams this season, and I’m going with the home team in all three matchups for now because it’s the only way I can differentiate these two. Colin Kaepernick vs. Russell Wilson is must-watch TV. Seahawks 27, 49ers 24

Pittsburg Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:40 p.m., Monday, ESPN

Why are people so big on the Bengals this year? They just lost to the Chicago Bears last week, which tells me all I need to know about the Bengals. The Steelers couldn’t beat the Tennessee Titans at home a week ago, though. I’m stumped. Bengals 13, Steelers 10

The rest of the picks with winners in bold:

Rams at Falcons

Chargers at Eagles

Cowboys at Chiefs

Dolphins at Colts

Titans at Texans

Browns at Ravens

Panthers at Bills

Vikings at Bears

Saints at Buccaneers

Jaguars at Raiders

Broncos at Giants.

Matt Wellens is Sports Editor of the Mining Journal. Check out his Armchair QB column every Thursday at and follow him on Twitter at Email him at



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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $100,000 by the NFL for his low illegal block Sunday on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan. (AP file photo)