There are many stats that sum up how miserable the Oakland Raiders' 0-6 start has been, but we have something better than a statistic for that.
The injured Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman was at his trash-talking finest on Sunday, poking fun at Raiders fans as the Cards sealed up their 24-13 win.
If you can't see it well, it's a hand-written message from Dockett to the fans reminding them that the Raiders are 0-6, and the worst team in the NFL. Sadly, both are indisputable facts at this point.
Even worse for the Raiders, they just got past what is the relatively easy part of their schedule. And while it's ridiculously early under most circumstances to pose the question, it needs to be asked: Is 0-16 possible for the Raiders?
The NFL is the most popular sporting league in American history, and you'd be a fool to think that isn't due in part to gambling. Untold millions (billions?) are wagered on bets, fantasy leagues, office pools, survivor pools, or whatever else people figure out to wager on when it comes to football.
The NFL is continuing to play us for those fools by once again taking a public stand against legalized sports betting, according to Reuters.
The NFL, along with the NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, called for an injunction, hoping to block a law that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed which would make sports gambling legal in that state. The lawsuit said the new gambling law is in violation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting, according to Reuters.
We all make mistakes, present company included. But some mistakes are just really, really funny.
Like talking about Peyton Manning on air and having a photo of Gary Payton appear on the graphic behind you. Oh my.
KOMO 4 in Seattle was talking about the Denver Broncos quarterback setting the NFL's record for touchdown passes during its broadcast, but mistakenly showed the former Seattle SuperSonics guard. The person who caused it to go viral was Payton himself, by posting the screen shot on Instagram.
That's just great.
Kirk Cousins is like the bizarro Willie Beamen from the movie "Any Given Sunday." Unlike Beamen's character, who became a star overnight, Cousins' reputation has dropped in an unbelievably precipitous manner, to the point where he has been benched for Colt McCoy.
Yep, that Colt McCoy.
All of the talk of Cousins being the savior of the Washington Redskins after Robert Griffin III's injury was a tad much, it turns out. Cousins, who has been prone to turning the ball over in his NFL career, was benched at halftime of Sunday's win against the Tennessee Titans. If Griffin can't come back from a dislocated ankle to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 27, McCoy will get the start, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
"We'll move forward with Colt," Gruden said, according to CSN Washington.
After the official signaled that Demaryius Thomas got in bounds and scored the 509th passing touchdowns of Peyton Manning's career, breaking the NFL record, a little more than a minute passed before the extra point was snapped. And that minute included the Denver Broncos' fun little game of keep-away.
When Thomas scored a 40-yard touchdown later in the game, 44 seconds passed from score to extra point. Which is to say, about an extra 15-20 seconds was carved out to celebrate one of the league's greatest records being broken. The NFL doesn't stop for records or ceremonies.
But some records do matter. Manning's touchdown record is one of the game's greatest marks. But is it the greatest? Let's find out.
DENVER – They speak of Peyton Manning with reverence in the Denver Broncos locker room – talk to any of his teammates long enough and "greatest" will be uttered – and rightfully so.
Many of them are fantastic players in their own right, but it's hard to deny they've all benefited from playing with the man who has thrown the most touchdown passes in NFL history.
Take Demaryius Thomas. He was a first-round pick, and he was obviously a special talent even with Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton throwing him the ball. But now he is perhaps the best receiver in the NFL. He had 834 yards in 21 games before Manning arrived, and after his 171-yard outburst on Sunday, he has 3,526 yards in 38 games with Manning. Some of that is typical development, but it's crazy to think Manning hasn't had a huge impact on his career.
Thomas will be a free agent after the season. Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald have contracts worth more than $100 million. It's possible Thomas, after two-plus stellar seasons with Manning elevating him to an elite level, will join them or at least come close.Thu, Oct 235:25 PM PDTSan Diego at DenverPreview Game
DENVER – Peyton Manning gets the big, bold headlines from Sunday night's game, but the fine print should include that the Denver Broncos officially established themselves as the best team in the NFL at this point in the season.
What the Broncos did to the San Francisco 49ers, who have gone to the NFL's final four the past three years and were on a three-game winning streak, was shocking. Denver, behind Peyton Manning's 507th, (NFL record-tying) 508th, (NFL record-breaking) 509th and 510th career touchdown passes pummeled the 49ers 42-17. A meaningless touchdown with a minute to go is all that kept it from being the biggest loss of the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco.
It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of giving Dez Bryant a huge contract extension seemed like tossing money into a garbage can and setting fire to it.
Bryant was undeniably talented, and a headache for the Dallas Cowboys. You haven’t thought about Bryant’s off-field issues in a while, have you? That’s because there has been nothing to think about. Bryant has been as quiet off the field as he is dynamic on it. But in July of 2012, when Bryant was arrested for allegedly attacking his mother (the misdemeanor assault charges were dropped later in the year), it didn’t seem like Bryant’s future was all that bright. He had a long line of off-field issues that had piled up.
DENVER – The Denver Broncos had a lot of fun with No. 509.
After Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown to pass Brett Favre on the NFL's all-time list for career touchdown passes, Manning went to get the historic ball from Demaryius Thomas, who caught the record-setting 8-yard score with 3:09 remaining in the second quarter of Denver's 42-17 blowout of the San Francisco 49ers.
Thomas and his teammates hilariously played keep-away.
Thomas tossed it to Wes Welker, with Manning in the middle, then the ball went to Emmanuel Sanders and eventually over to Julius Thomas, just like they were back on the first-grade playground with Manning trying to get it from them. Manning eventually got the ball, and a big hug from coach John Fox when he got to the sideline.
The Broncos practiced the routine over the week, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported:
Demaryius Thomas just said Peyton Manning called, staged and had the wideouts practice the post 509 TD keep-away prank. Can't make this up.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn't leave much suspense if he'd tie Brett Favre's all-time passing touchdowns record on Sunday night. He took care of that question quickly.
With 2:57 left in the first quarter, Manning threw his second touchdown of the game against the San Francisco 49ers and tied Favre with his 508th career touchdown pass. Wes Welker caught the pass that tied the record, a rare long score for the slot receiver. Welker was wide open, in part due to a great pump fake from the future Hall of Fame quarterback, then Welker scampered into the end zone, diving in to barely beat safety Antoine Bethea in pursuit. Welker was initially called out at the 1-yard line, then the officials changed their minds on the field. Replays showed Welker hit the pylon before he was out of bounds.
Manning, needing two touchdowns against the 49ers to tie Favre, got his first right away. On Denver's first drive he hit Emmanuel Sanders for a score. That gave him 507 for his career.