Eric Edholm

  • 'Put in Johnny,' jokes Browns' Joe Thomas after Josh McCown's big game

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    Josh McCown has silenced the critics who implored the Cleveland Browns to start Johnny Manziel after McCown got hurt Week 1 against the New York Jets.

    All McCown has done the past three weeks since returning from a concussion has thrown for 1,154 yards (8.2 yards per attempt) with six TDs and one interception on 96 of 141 passing (68.1 percent) and given his team a chance to win each of the past three games.

    Browns left tackle Joe Thomas couldn't help himself. The stoic team leader has stood up for Manziel recently in terms of his personal growth but had to have fun with the Johnny truthers a bit after the Browns' overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.

    When asked about #Browns QB Josh McCown's performance, LT Joe Thomas quipped, "Put in Johnny. That’s all I can say."

    But until further notice, Cleveland should be McCown's town.

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  • Giants dedicate win over 49ers to MRSA-infected teammate Daniel Fells

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 23 hrs ago

    While the New York Giants pulled off an improbable last-minute drive to beat the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night, their teammate, Daniel Fells, sat in a hospital room hoping to have his foot saved from amputation.

    Fells has been diagnosed with MRSA, a dangerous and even potentially fatal staph infection that often is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics. The Giants tight end was admitted to the emergency room with a 104-degree fever and reportedly has had at least five surgeries to help stem the infection and try to keep his foot.

    Fells sent out a message on Twitter to let his Giants teammates know he’d be supporting them as best he could while he battled his ailment.

    “Thank God we were able to get him the game ball,” Coughlin said.

    Coughlin offered up a more positive update on Fells’ situation that appeared to shed some positive light.

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  • Top 5 must-see plays from Week 5 in the NFL (Video)

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Did you miss any of the Week 5 action in the NFL? We've got you covered. Here are five plays you shouldn't miss from Sunday's games:

    Catch of the year?

    Pop quiz: Who leads the Cleveland Browns in catches this season? No, it's not Travis Benjamin; it's Gary Barnidge. Who? The seventh-year tight end always has been regarded as a better receiver than blocker for the position, but he's never been this good, establishing a career high in receiving yards through five games this season. And on Sunday, he made perhaps the best catch we've seen since Odell Beckham's all-timer last season. Seriously. Watch Barnidge use every body part he has to grab this touchdown. 

    Mighty mite 

    You could ask the question: Would the New England Patriots be as good if they didn't have Dion Lewis? Although he had been out of the NFL for a couple of seasons, Lewis has never looked better. He earned a contract extension with the team this past week and has been a revelation. Watch this incredible one-hand-catch-and-run as Lewis then shakes four defenders to score. 

    Clutch Cutler

    Big-man interceptions = fun

    Strip club

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  • Is Broncos' dominant defense good enough to make a Super Bowl run?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    That's two games now where the Denver Broncos' defense has scored more touchdowns than the offense this season.

    The Broncos are 5-0 and Peyton Manning has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns this year, the run game ranks in the bottom five in yards per game and the offensive line is still a mess.


    Yes, the defense has carried this team from the opening kickoff of the season and is the reason the Broncos still can harbor thoughts of winning a Super Bowl in Manning's twilight. 

    He threw two more picks in the 16-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday (that's at least one in every game this season and two each in the past two games), almost tossing a third. Manning made a couple of had-to-have-them throws, but otherwise was underwhelming — again.

    We might be talking about a unit that can play on that level.

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  • Can we chill on Johnny Manziel? Josh McCown throws for 457 in Browns win

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Ever since Josh McCown was blasted on a goal-line run against the New York Jets in Week 1, he has been fantastic.

    McCown led the Cleveland Browns to a 33-30 overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens to improve the Browns' record to 2-3. After the Browns' coaching staff put the ball back in McCown's hands in Week 3 — ignoring the free world's requests to leave Johnny Manziel as the starter — he has given the Browns a chance to win each of the past three weeks.

    McCown's 457 passing yards on Sunday against the Ravens on 36-of-51 passing with two touchdowns.

    Josh McCown's 457 yards today were the second-most in any NFL game this year, behind only Tom Brady's 466 vs. Buffalo.

    Bernie Kosar holds the Browns' club record for passing yards in a game with 489, but he needed two overtimes to get it in 1987 against the Jets.

    McCown has now completed 96 of 141 passes (68.1 percent) for 1,154 yards (8.2 yards per attempt) with six TDs and one interception. For now, Manziel waits while McCown deals.

  • Atlanta Falcons find a new way to win another wild one, improve to 5-0

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    There are at least a thousand ways to win a football game, and the Atlanta Falcons appear intent in discovering every one of them.

    The Mighty Quinns improved to 5-0 with a cardiac classic in Atlanta, looking less like the team that went 10-22 over the two previous seasons and more like one that believes it can find a way every week — even without its best stuff. Head coach Dan Quinn has demanded toughness out of a team that looked listless the past two seasons, and he has received it every single time out.

    Matt Ryan threw two picks, lost a fumble and had a TD pass taken away from him. Julio Jones battles a barking hamstring and was held to a pedestrian 67 yards receiving, scoring a touchdown only off Devonta Freeman's fumble. And of course, Freeman — one of the surprise offensive stars of the 2015 season — made up for it, accumulating 199 yards from scrimmage and scoring the go-ahead rushing touchdown with 24 seconds left in regulation.

    Week 1 the Falcons almost blew a 20-3 second-half lead at home to the Philadelphia Eagles but rallied for a 26-24 win.

    Week 2 the Falcons overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit on the road against the New York Giants to win 24-20.

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  • Browns' Gary Barnidge uses every body part to make an insane TD catch

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Who is Gary Barnidge and why is he making candidates for best catch of the season?

    The Cleveland Browns tight end — duh, you knew that — has emerged as a major weapon for the Browns and quarterback Josh McCown (don't laugh).

    If Barnidge's catch in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens doesn't convince you he's legit, nothing will. Watch as Barnidge uses everything — hands, butt, legs, then hands again — to secure this 18-yard TD catch that helped give the Browns a 22-21 fourth-quarter lead.

    How the ball never hit the turf is anyone's guess. This required some David Tyree-like or Chris Matthews-esque intervention.

    Barnidge amazingly has been in the NFL since 2008 with the Browns and Carolina Panthers, has played 16 games in six of his seven NFL seasons and yet already has established a career season-high in receiving yards before Week 5 was over.

    The guess here is he'll get even more chances after catches such as that.

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  • Chiefs fear torn ACL for Jamaal Charles

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was helped off the field with a non-contact injury against the Chicago Bears that had him grabbing his right knee in agony.

    Charles went down on a non-contact injury in the third quarter at the Chicago Bears' 9-yard line, crumpling to the ground. He was helped off the field and appeared to have difficulty putting any weight on the leg as he did. Charles eventually was taken into the locker room after being attended to behind the Chiefs' bench initially.

    Jamaal Charles' injures leg has to be carried off the field.

    After the hit, Charles was ruled out from the rest of the game.

    Jamaal Charles ruled out.

    The fear is that Charles suffered a torn ACL on the play, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    The immediate fear is that #Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles tore his ACL, source says, based on initial tests. He'll have an MRI to learn more.

    Charles suffered a torn ACL and missed all but two games in the Chiefs' 2011 season.

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  • Bears play interesting 'Red Rover' defense at end of half vs. Chiefs

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Forget the "prevent defense." This alignment evokes memories of grade school.

    The Chicago Bears were down 14-3 right before halftime, and the Kansas City Chiefs were already in field-goal range for kicker Cairo Santos, who made all seven of his field-goal tries last week, at the Chicago 22-yard line.

    So the Bears went into a defense that was designed to stop a touchdown and pretty much let the Chiefs do whatever they wanted underneath. With no timeouts, the Chiefs were not in a position to test it, really.

    Bears in prevent defense or playing a game of Red Rover?

    Remember that game, Red Rover, that you played as a kid? Red Rover, Red Rover, send Jeremy right over. 

    Bears drop into the Red-Rover Red-Rover defense at goal line.

    Except Jeremy Maclin wasn't playing ball ... he caught the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who — insert joke here — checked down to him and ducked out of bounds to set up the chip shot. 

    Santos made it and the Bears' interesting strategy worked. Not something you see too often.

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  • Report: Dolphins, Colts could make call to Saints about Sean Payton

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Miami Dolphins, who canned head coach Joe Philbin earlier this week, could be interested in inquiring about the availability of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

    The report is not surprising in that Payton coached Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell for the first seven seasons of his career as a player with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, and again in Campbell's final season as a player in 2009 with the Saints.

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    It's unclear how Campbell would serve under Payton in any proposed coaching staff for 2016, but it's understood he would serve an important role. Campbell clearly has the trust of owner Stephen Ross, who promoted the fifth-year position coach over the Dolphins' two coordinators. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was let go two days after Philbin was sacked.

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