- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Let's be serious for a moment here. And I have to kick the really over-the-top crazy Dallas Cowboys fans out of the room now so we can have a real conversation.
OK, good. Now ... what in the heck is going on in Dallas?
Look, you didn't see this coming, I didn't see this coming, nobody did. But now there's no getting around it: The Dallas Cowboys look good. They look great. Had Tony Romo not made some big Week 1 mistakes against the 49ers, they might be 4-0 with some quality wins. I just don't know how we got here.
The Cowboys didn't add much in the offseason, and the defense lost Jason Hatcher, DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee. Romo was coming off back surgery. They've been the epitome of mediocre for years. All of a sudden, they're good. Logically, it makes little sense.Sun, Sep 28New Orleans17 - 38DallasGame Recap
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
NFL officiating guru Mike Pereira once said he'd never throw a flag on a player who knelt in the end zone in prayer because he "didn't want to get struck by lightning."
That same belief wasn't shared by the crew working Monday night's Chiefs-Patriots game.
In a move that is sure to generate some discussion, Husain Abdullah of the Chiefs was flagged 15 yards after kneeling in the end zone in Muslim prayer after scoring a touchdown off an interception of Tom Brady. The unsportmanlike conduct penalty Abdullah received sparked a quick outrage on Twitter where it was noted that plenty of Christian players mark their scores with a sign of deference, reflection or tribute to their higher power.
Brandon Marshall gets on knees & raises hands to Jesus after TD..No penalty..Husain Abdullah bows to Mecca..15 yards! pic.twitter.com/6G5sDfaWO0
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The Oakland Raiders have informed Dennis Allen that he has been fired, Fox's Jay Glazer reported.
Breaking: Raiders have just informed Dennis Allen he is fired.
Allen's Raiders dropped to 0-4 — their 10th straight loss dating back to last season — after Sunday's 38-14 defeat to the Miami Dolphins in London.
And it apparently happened Monday over the phone, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Despite Allen and the team having to spend 12 hours on a plane together coming back from overseas.
The #Raiders fired Dennis Allen tonight over the phone. Really.
It has been widely speculated that either assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano or offensive coordinator Greg Olson would replace Allen on an interim basis.
This was the call of owner Mark Davis. General manager Reggie McKenzie might also be on the hot seat give the status of the Raiders' shaky roster.Sun, Sep 28Miami38 - 14OaklandGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The game situation was totally different for Jimmy Garoppolo, of course, but it was impossible not to notice what happened at the end of Monday night's game.
Garoppolo, the Patriots' second-round pick this year, came in and gave a dead offense some life. He took a team that couldn't move the ball and immediately drove the Patriots for a touchdown.
And as that was happening it was impossible to also not think about Tom Brady in the past tense. To wonder if we're just never going to see one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history be great anymore. It was also worth wondering if the Patriots' incredible dynasty died at Arrowhead Stadium, too. That's how bad the 41-14 loss was. The Patriots have never looked this incompetent in the Belichick-Brady era.
Maybe the Patriots and Brady are fooling us and by the end of the year they'll wear the "AFC East Champions" hats with yet another double-digit win season and look back on this game at Kansas City and laugh. But the Patriots' embarrassment was so thorough and complete that you have to wonder if that team is ever coming back.Mon, Sep 29New England14 - 41Kansas CityGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The Detroit Lions officially are the kings of the bizarre injuries.
Last year, Nate Burleson broke his arm trying to prevent pizzas from sliding off his car seat. In Week 3, Stephen Tulloch suffered a season-ending torn ACL while celebrating a teammate's play. Heck, Matthew Stafford almost was hit by a falling bridge on Monday.
But Lions tight end Joseph Fauria has entered the team's Injury Hall of Fame for his mishap.
Fauria was trying to stop Lil' Rufio from urinating in the house when he misstepped & sprained his ankle at home. pic.twitter.com/djBc9XVjp5
That's the Lions' official Twitter account. Not that of The Onion.Sun, Sep 28Detroit24 - 17NY JetsGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
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San Francisco 49ers head coach didn't hold back when asked about NFL Network's Deion Sanders and ESPN's Trent Dilfer, both of whom said separately after the 49ers' win against the Philadelphia Eagles that the players have turned against their coach.
“Personally I think that’s a bunch of crap,” Harbaugh said Monday, per the San Jose Mercury News.
Here are the NFL analysts' exact words:
“They want him out," Sanders said Sunday on "NFL GameDay Final." "They’re not on the same page."
“I do think it’s become almost toxic,” Dilfer said Monday morning on ESPN Radio.
Both analysts stated this as if it was their belief, based on inside knowledge of the team's inner workings. Still Harbaugh wondered who their sources were.
“I haven’t seen Trent or Deion around here much,” Harbaugh said.Sun, Sep 28Philadelphia21 - 26San FranciscoGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
When Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins , then went to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself on Dec. 1, 2012, he was probably suffering from a neurological condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE.
The signs of CTE, which has been detected in other former NFL players whose brains were studied after their deaths and is linked to concussions, were found during tests of Belcher's brain, news that was first reported by Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star.
While this should come as little surprise, given that CTE has been found in the brains of former players like Junior Seau who have acted erratically before killing themselves, it's more evidence for the negative effects of concussions and brain injuries for current and former players. The news also comes at a time when the NFL has been fighting negative publicity about domestic violence in the league. Belcher shot Perkins nine times. His blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he killed her.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Colts safety LaRon Landry, who is known for his otherworldly physique, was suspended four games for a violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
The news, which was announced by the Colts and the NFL, brought about a number of sarcastic tweets remembering a viral photo of Landry in which he looks unrealistically huge.
Suffice it to say, most people didn't express much surprise at the suspension news.
Landry had his own comment on social media. " Sometimes things aren't what they appear to be," he posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts with one of those photos where a misplaced foot behind a man appears between his legs and looks like ... something other than a foot. That post was deleted. We'll see if he has an excuse for the suspension, which probably won't go unnoticed on social media.Sun, Sep 28Tennessee17 - 41IndianapolisGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
The list of which NFL jerseys are the best-sellers in each state is mostly intuitive.
Seattle owns the Pacific Northwest, the Patriots are the most popular in New England, the Vikings win Minnesota and the neighboring Dakotas too. Everyone could have guessed that. But what about the states that have no NFL team or nobody particularly close? Which team's jersey sells best in Montana? What about Hawaii and Alaska? Which team owns states with more than one NFL team like Florida and California?
Dick's Sporting Goods has a fun interactive site that ranks and lists NFL jersey sales through their stores, with a map of which team's jersey is the top seller in each state (you can find that map at the bottom of this post). Here are the strangest takeaways from which states prefer which teams (based on 2014 season jersey sales through Week 3):
The Packers are Idaho's team
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Bills head coach Doug Marrone dropped a bombshell in his Monday news conference. Marrone announced that starting quarterback EJ Manuel will be benched and backup Kyle Orton will be the starter in Week 5.
Manuel had a rough game Sunday against the Houston Texans, completed only 21 of 44 passes (and only 7 of 19 in the second half) for 225 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Bills called a lot of passes, but most of them were short throws and his 47 percent completion percentage in the game didn't cut it.
One of those interceptions was a close-range pick by the Texans' J.J. Watt, which he ran back for a touchdown. After the game, Manuel appeared dejected in the Bills' locker room.Sun, Sep 28Buffalo17 - 23HoustonGame Recap