Frank Schwab

  • NFL Winners and Losers: Cam Newton gets crushed. Again

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    The Carolina Panthers better hope Cam Newton really is the man of steel. He might not last the season otherwise.

    Newton took a beating in the season opener and another on Sunday. He was sacked eight times by the Minnesota Vikings. Newton, under constant pressure, looked nothing like the NFL’s MVP. He threw three interceptions in a 22-10 home loss.

    Everyone knew the Panthers wouldn’t win 15 games again, but they probably didn’t expect to surpass their 2015 loss total in the first three weeks of this season. Or to lose at home so soon this season, in just their second home game. The Panthers didn’t lose at home all last season.

    This doesn’t look like the same Panthers team that took the NFL by storm last year, though it’s still early. There isn’t as much celebration, though there’s not much to dab about when you’re 1-2. Newton has just five touchdowns and five interceptions after an all-time great 2015 season, and four of those touchdowns came against the San Francisco 49ers, the NFL’s version of a Triple-A team.

    Here are the rest of the winners and losers from Week 3:

    WINNERS

    But Rodgers showed Sunday that he can still be the most dominant player in the NFL.

    LOSERS

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  • Rams hang on, thanks to Bucs mismanagement, after hour-long weather delay

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having a weird game, and that was before referee Ed Hochuli evacuated the stadium.

    With two minutes left in the game, the two-minute warning became a severe weather warning. Hochuli made the announcement that the game would be suspended because of lightning in the area. The delay ended up lasting a little more than an hour.

    The Buccaneers didn’t spend the break going over clock management issues, apparently. The mismanagement of the clock cost them dearly in a 37-32 loss. In the final minute, Jameis Winston hit Charles Sims on a pass, Sims didn’t get out of bounds and for some reason the Buccaneers didn’t call timeout even though they had two left. They ran a play instead and lost valuable time, which cost them at the end.

    With the Buccaneers down to one final play, Winston ran way past the line of scrimmage, and was wandering about 8 yards past the line still looking to pass when Rams defensive end Robert Quinn tackled him from behind. It was like Winston had no idea where he was on the field, or that he had to get the ball to the end zone. On a strange afternoon, it was a strange ending.

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  • Rejoice Wentzylvania, the Eagles have a rookie star at quarterback

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    Before this season started, the Cleveland Browns for some reason were openly telling the media they didn’t think Carson Wentz would be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL, so they traded the second pick of the draft instead of taking Wentz.

    That seemed like a strange thing to brag about in public before the season, and now it looks downright dumb (especially from a Browns team that has been historically awful finding a quarterback). Three games don’t make a career, but there aren’t 20 quarterbacks you’d select over Wentz right now. I’m not sure you can find a definitive list of 10. And Wentz is still in his first month as a professional.

    According to Randall Liu, the NFL’s director of football communications, Wentz is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 attempts, 60 completions, five touchdowns and no interceptions in his first three career games.

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  • Russell Wilson gets leg bent in really bad way, departs game

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    Russell Wilson has been practically indestructible during his NFL career. Even a high ankle sprain didn’t cause him to miss any time earlier this season.

    But the way his left leg got bent underneath him on Sunday finally forced him out of a game. And it was ugly.

    Wilson was brought down by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Eli Harold and his leg bent in a way it’s not meant to go.

    OMG Russell Wilson's leg. pic.twitter.com/bgsESgadYW

    — NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 25, 2016

    Ouch. Don’t question Wilson’s toughness though. He missed a snap after suffering the injury, but went back in. Then after the series was done he went to the trainer’s table to be checked out further. At that point nobody would have questioned if he called it a day, especially with the Seahawks blowing out the 49ers, a game that ended in a 37-18 victory for Seattle.

    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn’t seem too worried about Wilson after the game.

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  • Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, second-round pick, keeps on missing

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    The way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacted to a 41-yard missed field goal by rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo was telling.

    Many Buccaneers went over to him, patted him on the back or the helmet as soon as he got to the sideline. It was like a coordinated team effort to make sure his spirits didn’t get down. You don’t see professionals treated with kid gloves too often, especially when he’s costing you points. But his psyche seems fragile right now, and it won’t get better after a couple misses Sunday.

    Aguayo is off to a really rough start, and it wouldn’t be that big of a story if not for the Buccaneers using a second-round pick to take him in this year’s NFL draft. That pick was questionable at best; and made worse because the Buccaneers traded up to take him. If you take a kicker in the second round he better not miss too often, even as a rookie.

    But Aguayo seemed to get the yips in the preseason. He missed some kicks in games, then reports said he was missing in practice too. He saw a “mental coach” to help him. This was all before he played a regular-season game.

  • The 3-0 Minnesota Vikings have a really, really good head coach

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    Assuming the New England Patriots don’t somehow get worse when Tom Brady returns, Bill Belichick will be your NFL coach of the year. That should be wrapped up already.

    But Mike Zimmer is off to a heck of a start himself.

    The Minnesota Vikings lost their starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, to a freak knee injury right before the season started. Then they lost their future Hall-of-Fame running back, Adrian Peterson, for a majority of the season to a knee injury suffered last week. And in Week 3 they had to go on the road and play the Carolina Panthers, who went 15-1 last season.

    And yet there were the Vikings, delivering the Panthers their first loss in Charlotte since Nov. 16, 2014. The Vikings handled the defending NFC champions, winning 22-10 after falling behind 10-0 early in the game. It was impressive.

    Despite obstacles that have ruined other teams, the Vikings sit at 3-0 in first place of the NFC North. It’s the Vikings’ first 3-0 start since 2009.

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  • Colin Kaepernick joins high school team's national anthem protest

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has spread to other pro players, and now even high-school players are joining in.

    And on Friday night, Kaepernick joined some of those high-school players.

    The players at Oakland’s Castlemont High School are staging their own protest to bring awareness to racial inequality, as they lie on the ground with their arms up during the anthem. On Friday, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback joined them, taking a knee as he has for his own games the past few weeks.

    Kaepernick came to Oakland, CA. He kneeled on one knee, players laid on their back with hands up during the Anthem. pic.twitter.com/Cae4sTopac

    — Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) September 24, 2016

    Kaepernick spoke to the players before their game against King’s Academy too. It was part pep talk, but mostly a speech about social awareness.

    Kaepernick told the players he wanted to be there for them because they showed they supported his cause, and he appreciated it.

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  • Dolphins safety friends with Charlotte officer involved in Keith Lamont Scott shooting

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Miami Dolphins safety Walt Aikens has a unique perspective on the recent shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte.

    Aikens is friends with Brentley Vinson, the officer who shot Scott. Aikens and Vinson played football together at Liberty University.

    “Right now the whole situation, I’m just praying for both families because I know Brent’s family and, of course, somebody’s dead so you’ve got to pray for that family as well,” Aikens told Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

    The shooting in Charlotte has drawn national attention and led to unrest in that city. The NFL had to confirm that the Carolina Panthers-Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday will go on as scheduled despite riots in Charlotte over the shooting.

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  • NFL against the spread picks: Can Carson Wentz-mania keep rolling?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Carson Wentz is one of the best stories of the young NFL season.

    The Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback is playing like a veteran. He’s so advanced that it’s not surprising when you hear stories of his girlfriend taking his phone because he was caught watching game film under the table on their date nights.We never know how the story will play out, but at this point you’d have to bet on him being a star for many years to come.

    But he’s going to have his rookie moments. He won’t be the first to avoid that.

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    It’s OK to question the competition he has faced. The Cleveland Browns are bad. The Chicago Bears are probably bad too. The Pittsburgh Steelers, this week’s opponent, will be Wentz’s first tough test.

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    And here’s the picks on the other games …

    Lions (+7.5) over Packers: I’m probably going to pick against the Packers until their offense looks right.

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  • Von Miller credits his blazing start to 'Dancing With the Stars'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    All right, let’s admit that when Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller was showing up on your television more often than Flo from Progressive, we all wondered if his play would suffer.

    The opposite happened, he said.

    Miller, after his Super Bowl MVP performance raised his profile, went on “Dancing With the Stars” in the offseason. So far this season he’s leading the NFL with four sacks. Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is already stumping for him as an MVP candidate. And Miller credits training to do the fox trot for his fantastic start.

    He told Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com that it was just the dedication to becoming a good dancer for the show that has carried over to his football life.

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