- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 mins ago
Not that illegally parking in a handicapped spot is smart, but Titans running back Shonn Greene proved you can make that violation a lot worse.
Greene was approached by a parking enforcement officer in Franklin, about 20 miles outside of Nashville, for illegally parking in a handicapped spot. He left the scene, according to the Tennessean. He maneuvered around the parking officer's vehicle and sped away. When he got caught in traffic later, he sped off from police again.
And that's how you turn a handicapped parking violation into an arrest on charges of handicap parking violation, driving on a revoked/suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk. The police worked with the Titans to have Greene turn himself in on Friday night, the Tennessean said. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released.
All told, it was a pretty unnecessary incident.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner42 mins ago
There aren't many defensive tackles who are the face of their franchise, but Gerald McCoy probably is the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At very least, he's paid like it now.
McCoy signed a contract extension through the 2021 season, giving him a seven-year deal that's worth up to $98 million. That includes more than $51 million in guaranteed money, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported. The average of more than $14 million per season is the most in NFL history for a defensive tackle.
Somewhere, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh perked up. He'll be a free agent after this season and it's a good bet he'll get a contract somewhere in McCoy's range.
McCoy has earned his deal. Pro Football Focus graded him as the fourth-best player in all of the NFL last season, right behind Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTMinnesota at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner58 mins ago
The Detroit Lions might as well have hired a shuttle to take their players to London and back.
For the second time since the team arrived in England on Monday for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Lions sent someone home. The first time, it was practice squad running back William Powell, who was cut. That was more understandable than defensive tackle C.J. Mosley.
Mosley was sent home on Saturday after violating team rules, according to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett. Mosley was suspended two weeks by the team for the unspecified rules violation. It's probably fair to say that it had to be something pretty bad to get suspended for two weeks and sent on a nine-hour flight home the day before a game.Sun, Oct 266:30 AM PDTDetroit at AtlantaPreview Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Detroit Lions’ defense, leading the NFL in fewest yards allowed, can be exploited if you work their secondary. The problem with that plan is the line and linebackers are so good, it’s tough to get to the secondary.
The Lions might have the best front in the NFL. You can’t consistently throw with functional space against their pass rush, which was a problem for the New Orleans Saints last week. The Lions face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and Atlanta's offensive line won’t be able to handle Detroit’s front.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
NFL Films had Peyton Manning wired for sound last Sunday night, when he needed three touchdowns to pass Brett Favre's record. That turned out to be a wise move.
Manning got the three touchdowns he needed in the first half, including the record-breaker to Demaryius Thomas. In the video above, from the excellent "Sound FX" show on NFL Network, they use Manning's postgame comments to narrate the drive, and you can hear what was said to him on the sideline after he broke the record. You can also see, near the end of the video, Manning and Wes Welker chatting on the bench about the game of keep-away the players did with Manning and the record-setting ball after the touchdown.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
The Dallas Cowboys’ success in the running game is trickling down to the passing game.
You are starting to see defenses react to Dallas’ running game, with their great offensive line and running back DeMarco Murray. The New York Giants did last week, and the Cowboys were able to throw the ball effectively.
The main way to see how the Cowboys’ run game affected the Giants was through Dez Bryant. The Giants’ focus was on stopping the Cowboys’ run game more than Bryant, as they played almost exclusively with eight-man fronts and single-high safety coverages. The second half featured Prince Amukamara on Bryant in one-on-one coverage most of the time, and Bryant got the best of it. He had nine catches for 151 yards.
Quarterback Tony Romo played well too, and we’ll look at his three touchdown passes. The Cowboys used some good concepts on each one, and Romo made good decisions. On the third touchdown, you’ll see a Giants defense that was impacted heavily by Dallas’ running game.Mon, Oct 275:30 PM PDTWashington at DallasPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
There's some perverse fascination in dealing with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, not unlike the days when you were back in your first apartment and you were starving. You'd go to that refrigerator, open it again and again and again, hoping against hope that there'd be something other than half-full mustard bottles and green butter in there. Nope. Same thing, every damn time.
Belichick offers up his own conversational variant of half-full mustard bottles and green butter every time the conversation swings in a direction he doesn't care to follow. Earlier this week, he sent cornerback Darrelle Revis home from practice for tardiness. Not a good look for Revis, certainly, but he apparently owned up to it and all was fine.
That is, until someone tried to get Belichick to say something, anything about Revis. Here's how it went down, per the Boston Globe's Ben Volin.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Strawberries and cream are the delicacy of choice for Wimbledon watchers. What will you be dining on when the Detroit Lions face the Atlanta Falcons at 9:30 a.m. ET, which will be 1:30 p.m. local time at London's Wembley Stadium?
Maybe eggs? Bacon? Weetabix?
The earliest kickoff in NFL history is a fascinating experiment for the league, which only has expanded the London experience the past few seasons and has not hid the fact that it very much is exploring the viability of perhaps placing a franchise there one day.
Sunday's game in London — and the ratings it will receive — will be watched very closely by league executives, who supported the idea of kicking off the game early in American TV markets as a twofold way of making it an even longer day of NFL football and also helping work with the logistics for the teams, which can get back to the States a lot earlier.
But will it be watched a ton back home? That's the unknown.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Folks in the United States are starting to understand the seriousness of the Ebola crisis worldwide now that there have been documented cases in this country, but it has plagued Western Africa with nearly 5,000 deaths.
One NFL owner is doing everything he can to help support this growing cause. Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen told the New York Times that he is pledging $100 million to the effort, which makes him one of the largest individual donors for this crisis.
“Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me,” Allen said on Thursday.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTSeattle at CarolinaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Since the NFL is already carving "Denver Broncos" into this season's Lombardi Trophy, there's probably no use in checking the Super Bowl odds almost halfway through the season.
But let's do so anyway, for kicks.
It's hard to figure out who the second-best team in the NFL is. Which means that there should be value in the Super Bowl odds, just in case the Broncos blow it in the playoffs again (I know, hard to imagine). Here are the odds for every semi-legitimate contender (the Raiders are 3000-to-1, if you feel like setting your money on fire), from Bovada via OddsShark.com, before Thursday's game:
Denver Broncos, 3-to-1 Again, this was before Thursday's game. It's not good value to take any team in Week 8 at 3-to-1 to win the Super Bowl, no matter how far Denver is ahead of the rest of the NFL.
Green Bay Packers, 8-to-1 Interesting that the Packers are the second favorite. Considering that if the season ended today, they wouldn't even be NFC North champs.Thu, Oct 23San Diego21 - 35DenverGame Recap