- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner43 mins ago
It's an NFL blogging rite of passage. After two weeks, we must look forward and make grand judgments based on what we've seen for one-eighth of the season.
Granted, history backs us up quite a bit that starting 0-2 is, well, not likely to portend good things.
Since the 2007 season, there have been 59 teams that started 0-2 — and a mere four made the postseason. The Carolina Panthers did it last year, winning the NFC South. Before that, it had been since 2008 that another 0-2 team made it, when two did.
Of course, it's not necessarily a death knell, either. After all, the 2007 New York Giants started 0-2 and won the Super Bowl over the 18-0 (to that point) New England Patriots.
So we'll put on our positive faces and try our best to make a case, in descending order, for each of the seven 0-2 squads. But we'll be honest: If more than two make it to the postseason, it would be a stunner.Sun, Sep 14Arizona25 - 14NY GiantsGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
When you've lost the fans, you've lost. And by that standard, the Minnesota Vikings are in trouble.
VikingsMessageBoard.com, a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. And oh, are there plenty of people to be disgusted at. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. But the proprietors of the message board also offered the following note, via SB Nation:
Vikings Message Board has been shut down permanently. It will not return. There are two primary reasons.
1. The Vikings' cowardly decision to reinstate a child abuser and think that an apology will make this blow over. We will not stand for this arrogance and we will no longer be the home of any support of the Vikings. We stand for those who cannot defend themselves.Sun, Sep 14New England30 - 7MinnesotaGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The NFL is in real trouble right now, and it's going to take inspiring leadership, thoughtful solutions, and calm voices to help the league through these treacherous waters. Just don't look to Tom Brady to provide any of that.
Brady, speaking in his weekly radio interview on WEEI, has made it clear that he has no interest in speaking out about the cases involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson or the NFL's new domestic abuse policy.
"I try to stay in my lane. All of those things, none of it’s really my business or my control," Brady said, according to the Providence Journal. "I’ve just been focusing on the games and what I can do better. The things that are taking place on other teams or league-wide decisions, those are a different pay grade than me."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
If you knew nothing about the NFL before Sept. 4, were dropped in and watched the first two weeks and had to determine the best team in the NFL just off that, the answer would be easy.
It's the Cincinnati Bengals. It's not particularly close, either.
In Week 1, the Bengals played very well in a road win against the Ravens. Four days later, the Ravens looked phenomenal against the Steelers. The Falcons couldn't be stopped against the Saints in a Week 1 win. Then Atlanta played Cincinnati, and the Falcons didn't score until deep into the fourth quarter when the game's result was not in doubt anymore. Also, the Bengals won that game without their best player, receiver A.J. Green, who left early with a toe injury.
The Bengals' defense looks like one of the best in the NFL. The offense has a lot of playmakers. They have been dominant in both games. So are they the best team in the NFL?
I'll explain here:Sun, Sep 14Atlanta10 - 24CincinnatiGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Anyone who tuned into the Vikings' press conference announcing their decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson, despite his indictment for allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a switch, might have noticed that the Radisson hotel logo appeared on the banner that acted as a backdrop. It was hard to miss, considering it appeared all over the banner behind general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer as they spoke about deciding tolet Peterson's case unfold in the legal system while he plays.
Radisson must not have liked that look too much, because on Monday evening it announced it is suspending its sponsorship of the Vikings.
The Radisson hotel chain announced on its website and Twitter that it is suspending its limited sponsorship with the Vikings. The Radisson brand of hotels is operated by the Carlson Hotel Group, which is headquartered in Minneapolis.
Here is Radisson's statement:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
A few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted in a child injury case in which he allegedly hit his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a tree branch, KHOU in Houston reported there was a separate incident last year in which Peterson allegedly hit his son and left a scar.
KHOU in Houston said Peterson hit a different 4-year-old son last year, leaving a scar on the boy's forehead. That can be used as evidence in the current investigation, the report said.
TMZ reported, citing sources, that the case "went nowhere" because he did not strike the child, but the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Peterson was punishing him.
Here is what Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told KHOU:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick tried to play off the inappropriate language penalty he received during "Sunday Night Football" by denying it altogether.
"I didn't say anything," Kaepernick said, according to CSN Bay Area.
That's pretty tough to believe. Actually impossible to believe. And the side judge who called the penalty refuted Kaepernick's dubious claim that he got a 15-yard penalty for saying nothing at all.
“He knows what he said,” side judge Laird Hayestold CSNBayArea.com on Monday.
What did Kaepernick say? Hayes wouldn't say. It's probably fairly easy to narrow it down.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
When asked if Robert Griffin III would return from a dislocated ankle this season, Redskins coach Jay Gruden answered with an emphatic "yes."
Gruden said there's no fracture for Griffin, that he'll be in a cast a couple weeks and then the Redskins can start to figure out when Griffin can return.
When asked who starts upon Griffin's return if Kirk Cousins plays well in Griffin's absence, Gruden wasn't so emphatic.
"We'll cross that bridge when that comes," Gruden said in his scheduled Monday press conference, which was streamed on the Redskins' site. "Right now we're going to prepare with Kirk Cousins as our starter, and Robert is going to rehab, and then all decisions after that will come after that."
Hmm.Sun, Sep 14Jacksonville10 - 41WashingtonGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
The Minnesota Vikings earned praise for the way they swiftly handled deactivating running back Adrian Peterson in light of Friday's shocking allegations that he hit his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.
But it was announced in a statement on Monday from Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf that Peterson would be reactivated for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.
Why the change of stance?
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer stumbled through a 20-minute media conference of offensive drivel that might as well have been reduced to a simple statement:
Child abuse is bad, but losing is worse.
That's in essence what they said without saying it, other than Spielman's dozens of non-specific mentions of "due process, the "legal system playing out" and "I'm not going to get into details."
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Early Monday morning, the Minnesota Vikings got out in front of what was expected to be a weeklong drama over whether Adrian Peterson would take the field Sunday, announcing the All-Pro running back will return to practice this week and is scheduled to play Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.
Now, Peterson is doing his best to avoid the same potentially season-long media firestorm.
Following Peterson's indictment for what doctors described as "child abuse" in a police report and the 29-year-old's subsequent surrender to authorities over the weekend, the Vikings deactivated their star during Sunday's 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots.