The New England Patriots must be emphasizing their rule number 1 more than they usually do – take care of the football. Stevan Ridley, watch out! Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson won his appeal against the league 1-game suspension and he will play this week per NFL.com Ian Rapoport.
This is not the first time Dashon Goldson gets in trouble for vicious hits and I’m really surprised he did not get suspended this time. In Week 1, Goldson was fined $30,000 for hitting a defenseless receiver, New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. One would think he would learn his lesson, but apparently he did not and last Sunday, Goldson went on a helmet-to-helmet hit against New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles. Should the appeal be denied, Goldson would be eligible to return to the team on Monday, September 23. But now, the Patriots offense must stay vigilant because Goldson is a game-changer. All attention heads to Ridley’s direction and more than ever, Ridley must take care of the football and avoid any opportunity for this challenging Bucs defense to capitalize on any turn over.
The offensive marginal error when Goldson is on the field must stay at a minimum – almost to nonexistent. Otherwise, the only hope is that penalties will take away their chance to win. Since 2010, Goldson has committed 15 personal fouls, and if he doesn’t get his act together, I don’t think the league will be so lenient on his next one.