Indianapolis Colts WR Zach Pascal made Vic Beasley question his life choices.
In a microcosm of the action, which ended with a 44-27 final score in favor if Indianapolis (and it wasn’t that close), Pascal met Beasley head-on at the line of scrimmage and sent him to the turf so forcefully that the hit might’ve singlehandedly gotten defensive coordinator Paul Guenther fired.
Seriously, watch this and cringe. This is the physical embodiment of the feeling of waking up and quickly remembering you’ve got a surprise 45th birthday to go to in the middle of a blizzard that’s 200 miles away. And your cell phone didn’t charge. And you’re also getting drilled by a wide receiver.
Pascal hasn’t been as productive on the playing field as we expected this season, but this is still the kind of individual effort play that reinforces a person’s role on a playoff team. The third-year wideout out of Old Dominion has still racked up a pair of touchdowns and 445 yards receiving.
Would you like another view of this line of scrimmage bludgeoning? Happy to provide.
The spotlight really enhances the whole thing. You can see Beasley’s soul leave his body.
The carnage only got worse for the Raiders as this game dragged on; their playoff hopes all but dissipated, pending a Ravens stink bomb on Monday Night Football, as Khari Willis ran a pick-six back midway through the fourth.
The future is bright for this team, though. Jon Gruden has the baseline he needs to improve the roster, Nelson Agholor has established himself as a deep threat, and they’ll be playing the Jets every week for the rest of the seas–oh, sorry, I was accidentally describing the hallucination Beasley was having during his post-hit blackout.