Frank Schwab

  • NFL Power Rankings: Can the Seattle Seahawks rebound again?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    While it's easy to bury the Seattle Seahawks now, it's probably worth taking a look back at last season.

    The Seahawks are 2-3 after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Last year, they started 3-3. After that 3-3 start, the Seahawks lost two more times: A four-point loss at Kansas City on Nov. 16, and when Malcolm Butler picked off Russell Wilson a yard short of a Super Bowl title. That's it. After 3-3, they had 11 wins and two losses. Worth noting.

    Also, you can make a case that the Seahawks could easily be 4-1 this season. They led in the final minute of regulation in two of their three losses. If the Rams don't get a long touchdown after a Seattle defensive back fell down and Tyler Eifert doesn't make a circus catch for the Bengals in the final two minutes Sunday, the Seahawks are about where we thought they'd be, with just one loss at the Green Bay Packers.

    The offensive line isn't good, and Russell Wilson will eventually tire of having to make defensive linemen miss every play. Still, Jimmy Graham isn't a big part of the offense. And the defense doesn't look so scary anymore.

    Here are Shutdown Corner's power rankings after Week 5:

  • Gutsy call on final play gets Pittsburgh Steelers a dramatic walk-off win

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    The Pittsburgh Steelers had five seconds left and a choice.

    They could have kicked a field goal and sent Monday night's game against the San Diego Chargers to overtime or go for the win. The Steelers went for it and were rewarded for their boldness.

    Le'Veon Bell stretched across the goal line with no time left on the clock, and the Steelers pulled out a crazy 24-20 win. The flight home to Pittsburgh, at 3-2, will be a lot more pleasant than if Bell had been stopped.

    The Steelers had a timeout and probably figured that one play might not take off the entire final five seconds, but that was a huge risk. And on a direct snap to Bell, all five seconds ran off. Had Bell not scored, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was criticized after last week's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, would have been under some extreme fire.

    Tomlin said he was hoping that he would have had enough time to call a timeout, but ultimately he was fine going for the victory.

    And Bell could have gone down with time left on the clock once the hole wasn't wide open, but he went for the goal line.

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  • Antonio Gates returns from PED suspension, catches 100th TD on first drive

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    For some reason, those who have been suspended in the NFL for performance-enhancing drugs aren't treated the same as baseball players.

    Baseball players generally carry around scorn the rest of their careers after positive tests or even just accusations (with a few exceptions, and without exception the PED cheats who are forgiven are the ones who are friendly with the media), but NFL players just come back and everyone moves on like nothing happened. Oh, hey, Antonio Gates, good to have you back.

    Gates, who had 12 touchdown catches last year at age 34, caught passes on the Chargers' first two plays. At the end of the first drive he caught a touchdown, the 100th of his career. Gates is the ninth player in NFL history with 100 touchdown receptions.

    Gates then scored a second touchdown, giving San Diego a 17-10 lead with 8:02 left in the fourth quarter. With that score, he is just 10 touchdowns behind Tony Gonzalez for the all-time record for tight ends.

    The NFL had four straight tweets celebrating Gates from its official account on Monday night:

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  • More bad Jaguars news: Blake Bortles has injured shoulder

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Even when there's something positive with the Jacksonville Jaguars lately, the black cloud suddenly forms again over their heads.

    One good story line out of a 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday was the play of second-year quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles had easily the best game of his career with 303 yards and four touchdowns. And now Bortles is hurt.

    Bortles has a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his shoulder, the team announced. Coach Gus Bradley was optimistic, saying " We think he should be in good shape," and to not be alarmed if Bortles doesn't practice Wednesday. But Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano's shenanigans in misleading everyone on Andrew Luck's shoulder injury reminds us to not believe everything at face value.

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  • NFL Winners and Losers: Injuries, QB not only reasons for Cowboys' woes

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Jason Garrett said after Sunday's game that he would consider making a change at quarterback next week, swapping out Brandon Weeden for Matt Cassel.

    That's all well and good, but it's too simple to scapegoat Weeden for everything that has gone wrong for the Cowboys during their three-game losing streak.

    Where is the offensive line that was supposedly going to be one of the greatest ever? It got outplayed last week at New Orleans, and this week the Cowboys couldn't run the ball again. Sprinkle some blame on the front office for assuming Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Christine Michael would seamlessly replace DeMarco Murray. They haven't. The running backs gained 82 yards on 21 carries.

    Here are the rest of the winners and losers from Week 5 of the NFL season:

    Mike Pettine: Remember when everyone wanted Johnny Manziel to start in Cleveland? Nobody's asking for that now.

    Todd Gurley: The Rams lost, but it wasn't Gurley's fault.


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  • When celebrations attack: Washington player goes down after missed FG

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Maybe NFL players should resort to handshakes after big plays. Seems a lot safer that way.

    The good news with Washington Redskins safety Trenton Robinson's celebration injury is that it wasn't serious. The Atlanta Falcons missed a field goal and Robinson wanted to celebrate it. He decided on the jumping chest bump, and he went down like he got injured pretty bad. And the whole world thought he went all Bill Gramatica on us.

    But no, Robinson returned to the game later, although Washington lost in overtime to the Falcons. The team announced after the game that he had cramps. That's good, because it looked bad. Now it's just a humorous blooper with no harm. But maybe we need to figure out a way to celebrate without putting any ACLs at risk.

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  • Andy Dalton and Bengals need to be taken seriously after Seattle win

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Andy Dalton brought the Cincinnati Bengals back from a huge fourth-quarter deficit against the Seattle Seahawks defense to win in overtime.

    Read that sentence a few times. Let it sink in. We're entering a strange world in this NFL.

    Andy Dalton? Against the Seahawks? No way. The Bengals won 27-24 after trailing 24-7 in the fourth quarter, with Mike Nugent banking in the game-winning field goal in overtime off the left upright. The result shines a bright light on both teams. Dalton had 331 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Andy Dalton. Against the Seahawks.

    When the Seahawks led 24-7, the defense should have closed it out. This is the NFL’s best defense the past few years, it hadn’t allowed a touchdown for two straight weeks, and it had a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter. That didn't happen, though.

    Dalton hit Tyler Eifert for Eifert's econd touchdown of the game. Then he ran in for another score. Then the Bengals kicked a field goal at the end of regulation to send it for overtime. The Seahawks offense couldn’t sustain anything to close out the game. And the defense couldn’t get a stop.

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  • Now that Aaron Rodgers' home INT streak is done, how does it rank?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    For a while it seemed like Rodgers might be getting his yellow jacket at Canton before he threw another home pick. The Green Bay Packers quarterback hadn't thrown a home interception since Dec. 2, 2012. He threw 586 passes between picks.

    His pick to break the streak, which came in the first quarter on Sunday in a 24-10 victory against the St. Louis Rams, wasn't a terrible error. Safety Mark Barron was blitzing and tipped the ball at the line. It went up in the air, just long enough for linebacker James Laurinaitis to make a great diving play to pick it off. 

    Of course it took an unbelieveable play to snap Rodgers' streak. Though Rodgers then threw another one, when Trumaine Johnson jumped a route to James Jones to pick off Rodgers in the second quarter. That interception-less streak lasted just six passes.

    The streak of 586 passes between Lambeau interceptions is specific to just home games so it won't be an NFL mark we remember forever, but it's one of the more impressive feats in the NFL in a long time.

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  • Shannon Sharpe rips Antonio Gates over PED suspension

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    You don't often hear a former NFL great rip into a current star in the league, but Shannon Sharpe has never held back on his opinions.

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    Sharpe, the Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end, lit into a player many expect to join him in Canton: San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. Gates is one of the all-time greats, with 10,014 yards and 99 touchdown catches, but he missed the first four games of this season with a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Gates said at the time the suspension was announced that he tested positive due to supplements and holistic medicines.

    The Union-Tribune said Sharpe talked about Gates for nine minutes.

    According to the Union-Tribune, Gates said he and Sharpe have joked about who is better.

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  • NFL against the spread picks: Which teams are perfect vs. the number?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    A team can get off to a great start in the NFL just by catching a nice scheduling stretch at the beginning. The opposite can be true, if you get a brutal schedule for the first month. Ask the Kansas City Chiefs.

    It's not as easy to beat the point spread every week. Your record against the spread doesn't count — it's not like Ron Rivera is upset about a 4-0 start with the Carolina Panthers if his team failed to cover a spread or two — but it's a decent snapshot of how dominant teams have been. And there are five undefeated teams left, three of which have perfect records without any ties (records are from

    Cincinnati Bengals, 4-0 Green Bay Packers, 4-0 Atlanta Falcons, 4-0 New England Patriots, 2-0-1 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2-0-2

    The surprise on the list is the Steelers, because they haven't been one of the NFL's better teams yet. That list shows how good the Bengals and Falcons have been early on. We expected the Packers and Patriots to be two of the elite teams this season, and they've lived up to it. No teams are winless against the spread.

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