You don’t see too many great fights in the NFL. The game is violent enough between the whistles, and it’s generally not a smart idea to throw punches on someone wearing a helmet.
But Cincinnati Bengals receiver AJ Green and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey played the feud on Sunday.
At the end of a play in the first half, Green was heated after Ramsey pushed him to the ground at the end of a play.
Green went at Ramsey and yelled at him, and we’ve seen two players yell at each other before being separated a billion times on a football field. But Ramsey wouldn’t engage, so Green grabbed him around the neck and dragged him to the ground.
Then Green started punching Ramsey — again, not the best thing to punch a guy with a helmet on — dragged Ramsey down again when he got up, and eventually both teams got involved. Green was on the ground and still threw another punch at Ramsey.
Green and Ramsey, two of the NFL’s best players, were ejected. It’s hard to figure out why Ramsey was ejected, because his push wasn’t worth that punishment.
“I’m not going to back down from anyone. I have a son, I’m not going to teach him to back down,” Green said after the game.
Just minutes after Green’s takedown of Ramsey, there was a brief fight in the NFL South matchup between Tampa Bay and New Orleans.
Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, who was knocked out of the game due to an injury in his throwing shoulder, came off the bench to point and appeared to talk some trash to New Orleans rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
As Lattimore was walking away, Winston foolishly poked him in the back of the helmet. Lattimore turned and pushed Winston with one hand.
Then out of nowhere, Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans came flying in and jumped into Lattimore’s back, shoving him hard and knocking him face-first into the Superdome turf.
That, of course, led to some punches being thrown during a brief skirmish.