Controversial Hit Sparks Debate in Broncos’ Victory over Vikings
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The Denver Broncos continue their winning streak, securing their fourth consecutive victory and solidifying their position in the AFC playoff race. Their latest triumph came on Sunday night as they staged a remarkable comeback against the Minnesota Vikings, thanks to a late touchdown pass by Russell Wilson. However, this win did not come without its fair share of controversy.
During the opening drive of the game, Minnesota quarterback Joshua Dobbs fumbled the football, which was subsequently recovered by the Denver defense. Following the game, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell expressed his belief that Broncos safety Kareem Jackson should have been penalized for the hit that led to the turnover. Jackson, who had just returned from a two-game suspension for similar hits, appeared to lower his head and lead with the crown of his helmet into Dobbs’ chest. The NFL is currently reviewing the hit for potential disciplinary action, as reported by NFL Media. If the league determines that Jackson’s hit was excessive, it could result in another suspension.
“On the field, it felt like that,” O’Connell stated when asked if Jackson should have been flagged, according to ESPN. “I’ll have to go back and look at it. It tends to happen pretty fast out there, but in the moment, coming from the second level the way he did, it seemed like a pretty direct helmet-to-helmet type hit. But I’m sure the officials saw it differently on the play. They’re officiating a fast-paced game.”
Dobbs underwent evaluation by trainers in the blue medical tent following the hit but was cleared to continue playing. In his postgame remarks, the quarterback assured that he “felt fine” and acknowledged the need to take better care of the football in the future. The Broncos capitalized on the turnover, adding three points to their score through a 31-yard field goal by Will Lutz.
Kareem Jackson has gained a reputation for questionable hits, having been fined four times this season and ejected twice in addition to his recent suspension. Consequently, any borderline hit by Jackson is bound to be scrutinized and closely examined.