The Green Bay Packers are 1-2 so far in 2013. With this past weekend being Green Bay’s bye week, every aspect of the team has been broken down over and over by a variety of writers.
How the offense is doing, what the defense needs to improve on and the Packers’ lack of a kick returner has been talked about ad nauseum since Green Bay’s defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3. They are all important questions that definitely need to be answered when determining the 2013 Packers’ fate.
However, there is one question no one seems to be asking and it’s a curious one at that: Why are the Packers falling victim to dirty plays by their opponents every week?
It’s something you may not have noticed, but it’s the truth. In every single game Green Bay has played so far this season, someone on the opposite sideline has been fined for some type of illegal hit on a Packer player.
In Week 1, while Clay Matthews was also fined $15,000 for his sideline hit on Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers players racked up over $20,000 in fines themselves. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin was fined $7,875 for what the league called a late hit on cornerback Jarrett Bush and linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $12,750 for a bone crushing roughing the passer penalty in the second quarter.
Washington Redskins safety Brandon Merriweather was fined $42,000 for a helmet-to-helmet collision with Packers running back Eddie Lacy that left the rookie with a concussion. Merriweather later took himself out of the game with another helmet-to-helmet hit against James Starks.
The Bengals in Week 3 completed the trifecta when linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $31,000 for two hits, one to the head of Packers wide receiver James Jones and a low blow to tight end Ryan Taylor. On the Taylor hit, Burfict was not penalized but Taylor was for his retaliatory shove. Taylor however was not fined by the league. George Iloka was fined $15,000 for the hit that gave tight end Jermichael Finley a concussion.
It’s happened three games in a row, so that leads to the theory this isn’t just some kind of coincidence and something else is at work here.