NFL Analysis: Plaxico Burress, Leodis McKelvin and Blatant Assault

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This is a weekly free therapy session I provide for not only myself, but for all football fans. If you’re looking for politically correct, mainstream, polite, NFL content, you’ve come to the wrong place. In fact, on any given week you should be prepared to either agree with me or be offended, belittled, shocked, and insulted.

You can expect to find anger, sarcasm, foul language (I will do my best to refrain), and whatever the hell else I’m feeling come 1 am CST Tuesday mornings this NFL season. So, lie down on your couch and grab your tissue because your NFL Week 10 session has begun…….

There was a good, important game going on between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills on Sunday, until the officials decided they would ruin it. The Jets were up 6-0 in the 3rd quarter of a hard fought game between divisional foes. At that point Plaxico Burress decided to show off some of his new moves he learned in prison. He basically assaults Leodis McKelvin right in front of the ref. It was the most obvious offensive pass interference that I’ve seen in forever, and it went uncalled. Burress pushed McKelvin’s head down by the back of the head and almost spins him into a complete 360 and finally for good measure he finishes him off by shoving him 5 yards down field! What can I say about the official watching the play?  He was right on top of spotting the ball perfectly after the mugging.

Check out the video starting at the 1:24 mark and pay particular attention to what happens between 1:28-1:29. Freeze it at 1:28 and then again at 1:29 and you’ll see what I mean.

The Jets went on to score on the very next play. Listening to the highlight shows, I heard Deion Sanders praising Burress’ play. “Look at his physicality. That’s a man”. Really Deion? If that was you playing cornerback you would have been crying for your mama. So many talking puppets in the media just praise the outcome of the play and take it for face value. It leads fans to doing the same.

What makes the Burress assault on McKelvin so bad is what happens at the 1:46 mark in the above video. Later in the third quarter with the ball on the 50, Leodis covered Santonio Holmes perfectly on a go route. Sanchez sailed the ball into the endzone while McKelvin and Holmes were at the five. Watch the close up at the 1:56 mark. McKelvin made contact with Holmes by placing his right hand on Holmes left arm for a moment, it didn’t affect the outcome of the play, and even if you felt that it did, the ball was over Holmes’ head and five yards passed him. A 40+ yard penalty! Ca’mon! Even in super slow motion Leodis’ hand is on Holmes for just a little over a screen shot.

There’s something wrong with how over the top the Plaxico no-call was and how minor the McKelvin contact was and that the two calls went opposite the spirit of the rules. On both plays the Jets scored touchdowns the very next down. That’s how the Jets put up 20 up in a heartbeat. Momentum is a serious thing in the NFL and I hate to see it swing so swiftly due to the officials.

The no call on Burress would have backed the Jets up to 1st and 20 at the 30-yard line instead of having the ball at the one. The Holmes penalty was a 40 yard play and the back breaker to a team like the Bills that couldn’t afford to go down big to the Jets defense. Buffalo is a run first team and these two touchdowns took them out of their element. The Jets were still in position to win this game and nothing should be taken away from them for the penalty calls. Buffalo fans have a right to be upset though as this win would have made them 2-0 in the division with wins over the Jets and Patriots and sole possession of first place. Once again, the no-call and the pass interference don’t guarantee the Bills the victory if they go the other way, but the way the calls did go made certain this didn’t end in a Bills win.

Jayson Braddock is an NFL Scout / NFL Writer & On-Air Personality. Jayson is also a football insider for the Dylan Gwinn show on 790 AM in Houston, TX - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or You can also catch Jayson on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew every Thursday at 10:30am ET. You may email Jayson directly @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JaysonBraddock