- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
We're pretty fortunate to have seen one of the great sports rivalries unfold before us this century.
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning don't literally face each other – I assume they’ve ever been on the field together for even one play in 15 head-to-head games – but it’s incredible to see one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time lead his team against one of the other greatest quarterbacks of all time. When they retire, many lists will have them as the top two ever. Which player gets the top spot will depend on your tastes in quarterbacks.
Brady’s teams are 8-3 in Manning-Brady bowls in the regular season, but when the stakes are higher in the playoffs Manning’s teams are 2-2. When they’ve met in the conference championship game, the biggest game the two AFC lifers could play in against each other, Manning is 2-1. That’s pretty much the opposite of how most people want to paint the narrative of those two.Sun, Nov 21:25 PM PSTDenver at New EnglandPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Someone has to win the NFC South. It's in the rules.
One big road win from the New Orleans Saints, who were on a seven-game road regular season losing streak, might be enough to bend the balance of power in the NFC South their way.
New Orleans had a methodical 28-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. They frustrated a shorthanded and talent-poor Panthers offense, and an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive that chewed up 7:27 and finished with Mark Ingram's second rushing touchdown sealed the victory.
The win improves the Saints' record to 4-4, which isn't impressive anywhere but the NFC South. They're in first place, ahead of the 3-5-1 Panthers. The moribund Falcons and Buccaneers aren't even worth mentioning as contenders anymore. Considering how dominant the Saints are at home – they were 3-0 at home this season and 0-4 on the road before Thursday night – it'll be a tough battle for the Panthers to defend as NFC South champions. There has never been a repeat champion in the NFC South.Thu, Oct 30New Orleans28 - 10CarolinaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
A lot has been made of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones coming down from his luxury suite to the sideline during Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins.
The proper answer is, he's the owner and he can do almost whatever he wants, including coming down to the sideline in the billion-dollar stadium he owns. But, the question still was asked why he came down to the sideline after quarterback Tony Romo went out with a back injury, and he had the perfect Jerry Jones answer.
“No. 1, I wanted to go down there and do what I could, look our guys in the eye, look at them, inspire them to overcome Romo not being out there and overcome what I thought was a critical time,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan , via the Dallas Morning News.
Admit it, you love when Jones says things like this.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTArizona at DallasPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Emmitt Smith has, by cold and hard facts, an nearly airtight argument as the greatest running back of all time.
First in rushing yards. First in rushing touchdowns. First in attempts. He wasn't just a compiler either. Smith won four rushing titles, an NFL MVP award, a Super Bowl MVP, three championships, four first-team All-Pro nods. He was the best in the NFL in his prime by a few measures, and he had unbelievable longevity. That's a perfect combination for his legacy.
It will be debated until the end of time, though. Some like Smith. Some prefer Jim Brown. Or Walter Payton, or Barry Sanders, or Red Grange or whoever else comes up. Smith doesn't like to get caught up in that debate of where he ranks.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Robert Griffin III will be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback this week if nothing goes wrong before Sunday's game, coach Jay Gruden said.
It'll probably take until Griffin's first incompletion for someone to mention that Colt McCoy led the team to two wins in a row, including a victory on Monday night at Dallas, but there's really no decision here. McCoy, even with a nice game at Dallas, isn't the long-term answer at quarterback. Griffin should be that answer, although the second half of the season will go a long way in determining that.
A very important evaluation period begins on Sunday against Minnesota.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTWashington at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It seemed like the Joseph Randle story, in which the Dallas Cowboys running back was arrested for stealing underwear and cologne from a department store earlier this month, had passed. Then the booking video from the Frisco (Texas) Police Department provided even further embarrassment.
Randle is shown in the video, which was first shown by CBS 11 News in Dallas, joking around during his booking. He asks a female employee at the police office, "If I give you $100 , can you give me a massage ?" He is told no. Of course, he wouldn't have been in this situation had he used $100 to pay for the merchandise.
Randle doesn't seem to take anything very seriously, although he does ask if his arrest will make the news (it did, Joseph). He makes a call to his agent to help him make bond so he can make practice.
As we approach another great matchup between Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, it's fun to look back on NFL Network's "Top 10" show that ranked the 10 greatest games between Brady and Manning.
It's hard to argue too much with its list. NFL Network got No. 1 right; I'd tab that as the best NFL game of the past 50 years. The rest are a fun collection of contests between arguably the top two quarterbacks of this century, and perhaps of all time.
Here's the list ...
No. 10 2004 AFC divisional playoff (video not available) The Patriots beat Manning's Colts 20-3 in a defensive slugfest. Brady had just 18 completions for 144 yards, but it was good enough to win the game.
No. 8 2013 AFC championship game (video not available) The Broncos were fantastic in a 26-16 win to advance to the Super Bowl, taking a 23-3 lead early in the fourth quarter and holding on. Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
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By now, we were supposed to be in full Johnny Manziel mode, either picking apart his mistakes or praising his incredible plays for the Cleveland Browns. Maybe both.
That hasn't happened. Brian Hoyer has mostly played very well at quarterback, the Browns are 4-3 and Manziel has played five snaps in two games this season.
It's a pretty unusual story, of a highly-anticipated player (he topped the entire NFL in jersey sales this summer) barely seeing the field even though he's healthy. It's a bit ironic that among all the highly-touted quarterbacks it's Manziel who is sitting as a rookie, considering he was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTTampa Bay at ClevelandPreview Game
The story of how Paul Kitterman disappeared at halftimeof last Thursday's Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game was strange, but at least he's safe. But the story behind what happened after his disappearance is even stranger than the disappearance itself.
Kitterman was found safe on Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Salvation Army in Pueblo, which is 112 miles south of Sports Authority Field, where Kitterman was last seen by his family at the Broncos' game. His disappearance made national news, but he didn't know because he said he hadn't watched television in several days and wasn't aware people were looking for him,the Associated Press reported. Kitterman said he didn't want to watch any more football so he walked and hitchhiked his way to Pueblo, which is south of Denver. Kitterman is from Kremmling, which is northwest of Denver.
It's easy to rage about how the NFL's negative headlines are going to have a serious impact on the league, but that's just hot air that passes the time between games.
The league is doing fine, even after a ton of talk has centered on domestic violence and concussions recently. The one key area in which you'd see a dip is television ratings. The MMQB's Richard Deitsch examined the NFL's ratings and found that as a whole, they're as strong as ever.
Ratings for "Thursday Night Football," with the CBS bump, are way up. "Monday Night Football" ratings are up. Numbers for Fox and CBS are down, but slightly. Check out his whole column for the breakdown. There's some good insight into the mechanics of NFL ratings.