- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
The Minnesota Vikings earned praise for the way they swiftly handled deactivating running back Adrian Peterson in light of Friday's shocking allegations that he hit his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.
But it was announced in a statement on Monday from Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf that Peterson would be reactivated for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.
Why the change of stance?
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer stumbled through a 20-minute media conference of offensive drivel that might as well have been reduced to a simple statement:
Child abuse is bad, but losing is worse.
That's in essence what they said without saying it, other than Spielman's dozens of non-specific mentions of "due process, the "legal system playing out" and "I'm not going to get into details."Sun, Sep 14New England30 - 7MinnesotaGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
In a Sunday marred by a slew of injuries to high-profile players , the day’s action was capped by one that might have ended a career.
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman considered retiring this offseason but ultimately returned to the only professional team he has known on a one-year, $3.25 million deal that was believed to be his swan-song contract in the NFL. He was still playing at a high level at 33 in Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
And yet, in a moment that was raw and unnerving, the man who affectionately is known to Bears fans as “Peanut” went down in clear anguish with a triceps injury, aggravating the same right arm that cost him the last part of his 2013 season and threatened to end his career.Sun, Sep 14Chicago28 - 20San FranciscoGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
We wrote Sunday how the San Diego Chargers beat the Seattle Seahawks, despite the odds being stacked against them — and with a dose of bad luck thrown in, too.
The NFL has acknowledged that bad luck.
The league issued a statement that Seahawks’ Percy Harvin should not have been granted a touchdown on a 51-yard run in the first quarter, seeing as how Harvin rather clearly stepped out of bounds.Sun, Sep 14Seattle21 - 30San DiegoGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The New York Jets lost a game Sunday that seemingly only they could lose in such fashion.
In addition to a 12-men-on-the-field penalty to negate an interception of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Jets appeared to hit on a game-tying touchdown pass from Geno Smith on fourth down in the final minutes.
But the play was negated by a timeout that had been granted to the Jets' sideline. Replays appeared to show Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg furiously yelling for a timeout, even though only the head coach is allowed by NFL rules to grant a stoppage of play.
Shutdown Corner reached out to Mornhinweg early Monday morning for his account of what happened.Sun, Sep 14NY Jets24 - 31Green BayGame Recap
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The San Diego Chargers are following last season's script: Blown-lead loss in Week 1, followed by stunning upset in Week 2.
Last season, the Chargers blew a 28-7 second-half home lead to the Houston Texans and pulled a last-second shocker against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road.
This season has felt similar — Week 1's 17-6 lead blown in the fourth quarter to the Arizona Cardinals, followed by Sunday's shocking 30-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
This one felt like everything needed to go the Chargers' way. The heart and soul on the offensive line, center Nick Hardwick, was out. And San Diego, who played Monday, had roughly 100 fewer hours to prepare for this game than the Seahawks, who played last Thursday.
But Philip Rivers, fearless gunner as he is, wasn't about to back down from Richard Sherman or anyone else on a nasty Seahawks defense that chewed up Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and a very good Green Bay Packers offense in the opener.
The New York Giants are 0-2 to start the season. Again.
Remember last year when they opened 0-6? The talk of Tom Coughlin's status with the team was first broached as being in serious trouble.
Stoke that fire again.
After a brutal Week 1 loss in Detroit in which Eli Manning's struggles were the narrative of choice, the talk changed in Week 2 with a team loss that had little to do with Manning. Although Manning had two bad interceptions, one was early in the game and one was in the waning moments when the team was down two scores.
Manning did his part Sunday. At one point, he was 19-of-24 passing with three drops by Victor Cruz, the man who said an improved offense would start with him seeing more passes thrown his way.
This loss starts — fairly or not — with Coughlin. It's his team, and things are falling apart quickly.
The Giants led 14-10 in the fourth quarter against a Cardinals team playing on a short week, traveling three time zones and playing a backup quarterback in Drew Stanton who had not started a game since 2010 — and that was two teams ago.Sun, Sep 14Arizona25 - 14NY GiantsGame Recap
We've been awaiting the "Johnny Manziel package" for weeks now.
Ladies and gentlemen, now we have it.
Manziel first entered the game for the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.
His first touch was a pistol formation read-option play, where Manziel handed off to fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell for a 3-yard gain.
Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer came back into the game, but Manziel received another taste of regular-season action on the following drive.
Manziel's handoff to Crowell this time went for minus-3 yards. On the next play, Manziel — again in the pistol — scrambled around and gave us our first true Manziel moment: He evaded pressure nicely and rolled to his right, firing a nice pass to fullback Ray Agnew on the sideline.
Agnew dropped it.Sun, Sep 14New Orleans24 - 26ClevelandGame Recap
If you're at an NFL game on Sunday, look up.
UltraViolet, a woman's advocacy group, is flying banners over select games in Week 2 that read: "#GoodellMustGo."
That would be Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, who has come under fire from many this week for how he and the league handled the Ray Rice domestic violence case.
Per Deadspin, the banners will fly above four games in Week 2: Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants; New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns; Sunday night's Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers; and Monday night's Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts game.
The photo above was from the Cardinals-Giants game.
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The Carolina Panthers had the weekend to think about it and they've had a change of heart. Defensive end Greg Hardy was deactivated for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Hardy, who is in the middle of a domestic abuse case, practiced with the team throughout the week. All signs pointed toward him starting this weekend, with head coach Ron Rivera saying as much in his Friday news conference.
Rivera explained the Panthers' decision — which he said was his call — to sit him after the Panthers' 24-7 victory.
"We had discussions," Rivera said. "The organization had discussions. At the end of the day, I had to make the decision that was in the best interests of the Carolina Panthers. Understand that, guys, this is a very difficult decision that the league is dealing with right now."
Hardy has been accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend, threatening her life and, among other things, pushing her on a bed full of guns. He was found guilty by a judge in the initial trial but, per North Carolina law, is set to have his appeal heard (set for Nov. 17) by a jury, even if the trial gets pushed into 2015 because of a court backload.Sun, Sep 14Detroit7 - 24CarolinaGame Recap
ESPN's Cris Carter might not be the easiest guy to agree with on some issues. But he nailed his assessment of domestic abuse as it pertains to racial, cultural and religious stereotypes and traditions, and how the NFL has to get it right on the issue that has gripped the league and the country this week.
"This goes across all racial lines, ethnicities, religious backgrounds," Carter said Sunday on "NFL Countdown." "People believe in disciplining their children. People with any type of Christian background, they really believe in disciplining their children.
Carter doesn't get into specifics of how his mother raised him and his siblings, but he suggests that she used some form of corporal punishment as a method of discipline.
Still, fellow panelist Mike Ditka — who feels like the most addled and dark-aged commentator on the air at times — says physical abuse made him a better man as a child.
Cris Carter passionately calls out Adrian Peterson for abusing his son (near tears). Mike Ditka then says "I became a better person for it."