Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 10/8/13

It's as though they're becoming smarter as the season wears on. This was easily the least stupid week thus far in 2013. Thank goodness for the NFC East.  The stupidest pick six, considering the circumstances I hate to pile on Matt Schaub, but when you've become a pick six goat this season, I don't know how you throw this pass on the very first series against the San Francisco defense... The stupidest promotional idea Not hating on the cause, but I think we have quite enough pink to get the point across. The flags caused confusion, which is why the NFL is scrapping them next week.  A player's pink towel fell off. They thought it was a penalty flag. That's just one of the dozen reasons this idea is stupid. @nfl — Andrew Luck (@FauxAndyLuck) October 6, 2013 The stupidest last-second coaching decision On my Bleacher Report blog, I elaborate on why Jason Garrett botched the final chance Dallas had to beat the Broncos when he didn't make sure his defense let Knowshon Moreno score with 90 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.  It was third-and-one on the Cowboys' two-yard line, and Dallas had no timeouts. A first down essentially ended the game, because it would give the Broncos a chance to run the clock down before kicking what was basically an extra point for the victory.  Dallas would have been much better off letting Moreno score. That would have given Tony Romo a shot to redeem himself. And 90 seconds would have been plenty of time for an offense that had already scored 48 points.  By stopping Moreno on the one-yard line, the Cowboys dug their own grave. The stupidest use of timeouts, ever? This one goes to another NFC East head coach. When LeSean McCoy made an 11-yard catch on a third-and-10 early in the third quarter, Giants players were pushing head coach Coughlin to challenge whether McCoy had full possession. So...he called a timeout. And then he challenged, and lost, thus burning two timeouts on one play in the second half of a close game. Rookie mistake from the NFL's oldest coach. The stupidest waste of a penalty I'm really tired of seeing this. It happens everywhere. The example I'm using comes from the Saints-Bears game, but it's ubiquitous. Here's what happened: New Orleans scored and Chicago's D.J. Williams took a 15-yard horse collar penalty, which is supposed to add insult to injury. The penalty gave the Saints the chance to kick off from the 50-yard line, but they proceeded to hammer the kick through the end zone.  Why settle for a touchback in that situation? Why not take advantage and attempt an onside kick? If you don't recover it, they get the ball the 35 or 40, which isn't that unusual anyway. At the very least, pop it up and try to force a fair catch inside the 20. But by smashing the ball through the end zone, you're accomplishing nothing. Touchbacks happen all the time on regular freakin' kickoffs. In fact, Saints kicker Thomas Morstead had four other touchbacks on regular kicks Sunday.  Just stupid, man.

This article first appeared on This Given Sunday and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Marvin Jones makes amazing catch in between Vikings defenders

Lions' Matthew Stafford suffers ankle injury on TD pass

Report: Chip Kelly could make decision by Sunday

Lane Kiffin reportedly would be open to Tennessee return

Jay Cutler reportedly throws passes in practice

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Stefon Diggs shows off Eminem-themed cleats for Thanksgiving game in Detroit

Joel Embiid: I'm ‘the best defensive player in the league’

Dion Waiters, Heat snap Celtics' 16-game winning streak

WATCH: LeBron James misses wide-open windmill dunk

Kevin Durant booed by Thunder fans during introductions

Jay Cutler misses practice due to concussion

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker