- Vontaze Burfict was ejected during the second quarter of the Raiders matchup with the Colts this Sunday for a late hit on a defenseless receiver.
- Burfict will appeal the suspension but will be inactive until the appeal process is concluded.
- The Raiders are currently 4-point underdogs to the Chicago Bears.
OAKLAND, Calif. – After being ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders 31-24 victory over the Colts, Vontaze Burfict will now be suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season. He will face the longest suspension in the history of the NFL for an on-the-field transgression.
The Raiders linebacker flew helmet first into Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle’s helmet after a catch. Doyle was already on the ground at about the time of contact, making him defenseless. Although, it wasn’t this hit specifically that made the NFL hand this long of a punishment.
“Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me and each of the jointly-appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures. However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk,” wrote Jon Runyan, NFL VP of football operations.
“Your extensive history of rules violations factored into this decision regarding accountability measures.”
Burfict was suspended in 2016 and in 2017 for on the field incidents. He was also suspended in 2018 for violating the NFL’s policy on PEDs. There is a chance that he will come back this season. Burfict will appeal the NFL’s decision as reported by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.
“From the NFL Now: #Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the rest of the season. He’ll appeal, but either way, he won’t be on the field for a while,” tweeted Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2019
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While Burfict has been labeled a dirty player in the past, his presence on the field plays a factor for opposing offenses.
Raiders In Week 5
The Raiders will have to travel to London next Sunday to play against the Chicago Bears. The Bears will likely be without their starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky due to a shoulder injury.
Given backup quarterback Chase Daniels’ history, the Bears weren’t expected to score a ton of points whether or not Burfict was on the field. Alternatively, no team this season so far has been able to put up points against the Bears defense, and it’s hard to imagine that Derrick Carr and the Raiders will be the first.
The over/under is currently set at 41-points by most US online sportsbooks. The Under is 5-0 in the Bears' last five games following an ATS win, and the Under is 4-0-1 in the Raiders last five games following an ATS win. This weekend’s matchup was shaping up to be a low-scoring affair no matter Burfict’s situation.
However, the Oakland Raiders' playoff odds may be affected due to Burfict missing the rest of the season. The Raiders are 2-2 right now and 1-1 in their division. The Raiders will have to play against the Chiefs once more and the Chargers twice in November.
As of now, popular online sportsbook Bovada has the Raiders at +1800 to win the AFC West. Melvin Gordon will be returning to the lineup for the Chargers this week and Kansas City is still playing lights out on offense, so having a strong presence at the linebacker position for the Raiders will be crucial.
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