- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
It was a more eventful postgame for Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott than it was a game last Saturday.
After being held under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 16 games, Elliott fired a few salvos in the direction of the Buckeyes' coaching staff and then announced his plans to turn pro right after that. Quite the turn of events in the loss to Michigan State, putting a serious dent in the Buckeyes' chances of winning back-to-back titles.
“We weren’t put in position to win this game,” Elliott said after his 12-carry, 33-yard game. “I deserve more than  carries, I really do. I can’t speak for the play-caller. I don’t know what was going on.”
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns have benched second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel after TMZ posted video of Manziel partying in Austin, Texas on the team's bye week.
In a statement posted to the team website, head coach Mike Pettine said the Browns will once again go with veteran Josh McCown as the starter, with Austin Davis as his backup. Manziel will be the team's third quarterback.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
As we all know, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be as prickly as a cactus - and as huggable as one as well.
But if you can set aside your feelings for Belichick the person, there's no denying that Belichick the coach is one of the best to ever pace an NFL sideline. As head coach of the Patriots, he's won four Super Bowls and gone to two others. He keeps his players on their toes through detailed quizzes and is not above releasing a bottom-of-the-roster player to remind the others not to get so comfortable that they don't handle their job.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, as a person, is the type of guy almost anyone would want to have a beer with: he's quick with a joke and not afraid to don a wig to get a laugh. He's known as a players' coach, making bold proclamations of success, though none of them have come true yet. As head coach of the Jets, he did lead his team to two AFC title game appearances.
Their resumes as head coaches would appear to speak for themselves, but for one former player, the resume doesn't matter.Mon, Nov 23Buffalo13 - 20New EnglandGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots was a poorly officiated mess. If we can call out coaches, players and even TV analysts, then why should referees be above reproach?
They shouldn't. And when they offer less-than-satisfactory and, lo, incorrect reasoning for their mistakes then it's fair game to go to town.
The center of many folks' ire in the game was the inadvertant whistle that essentially blew dead a would-be huge play from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola, and the clean-up act — awarding the Patriots the ball at the spot Amendola caught the ball — felt an odd concession.
But the final play of the game, with Sammy Watkins rolling out of bounds untouched but the referees letting the clock run out, was just as bad. The explanation was worse.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant has his share of head-shaking moments, but the receiver can also surprise you in a good way.
Receivers and cornerbacks are frequently called the divas of the sport (a well-earned reputation), but on Sunday, after the Cowboys ended its seven-game losing streak with a win against the Miami Dolphins, Bryant had nothing but good things to say about Brent Grimes, the cornerback who spent the afternoon shadowing him all over the wet Sun Life Stadium turf.
"Oh, man, I love Grimes," Bryant said, saying the three-time Pro Bowler is arguably the best corner in the league. "It's like even when you make a move on him, he's still there. You get him picked around, he's still there. And I think that's what I respect most about his game.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
If you thought the Kansas City Chiefs' season was over at 1-5, history was on your side.
Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the only 1-5 team to make the playoffs was the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals. They were actually 1-6, in a 14-game season, and won out to make the playoffs. That's amazing (also, as a side note, that was the team for which Bill Walsh is credited for devising what would eventually become the "West Coast Offense").
What the Chiefs are doing is remarkable, as well.
Kansas City has won four in a row and is in a four-way tie for the last wild-card spot in the AFC. And they have to be considered a favorite to get a wild-card spot based on this remaining schedule:
Week 12: vs. Buffalo Week 13: at Oakland Week 14: vs. San Diego Week 15: at Baltimore Week 16: vs. Cleveland Week 17: vs. OaklandSun, Nov 22Kansas City33 - 3San DiegoGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
What would a Monday night NFL game, or a New England Patriots game for that matter, be without a little officiating controversy?
There were plenty of head-scratching moments on Monday night from the officials, which seems to be the norm this season. The Patriots got a potential touchdown taken away in the third quarter on a weird call, and then the Buffalo Bills had a chance for a last-second throw to the end zone taken away on another controversial call.
The game might not have been in doubt at the end if not for an inadvertent whistle that took a potential Danny Amendola touchdown off the board. Brady rolled right, a whistle blew even though Brady was a few feet from the sideline, and the confusion began.
Brady's pass was caught by Amendola, and Amendola had a chance to get by one Buffalo Bills defender and take it the rest of the way for a long touchdown. But the whistle had blown so play stopped. Referee Gene Steratore explained that a whistle had inadvertently blown when Amendola caught the ball, so the ball was dead at the spot Amendola made the catch, and Rex Ryan was given a penalty for interfering with the line judge on the sideline who apparently blew the whistle.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
You don’t get to 10-0 by being one-dimensional, and the New England Patriots are far from that.
The Patriots’ offense gets a lot of attention, which happens when you have the MVP favorite at quarterback. The defense, however, played really well on Monday night in a workmanlike 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Cornerback Malcolm Butler mostly took Bills receiver Sammy Watkins out of the game, tight end Charles Clay had a quiet night and for the most part the Pats kept running back LeSean McCoy in front of them. Late in the game, when the Patriots had a seven-point lead, they ran into the line three straight times and punted, trusting the defense wouldn’t give up the lead at the end. And New England's defense came through, never letting the Bills cross midfield before time ran out.
The final result was just one touchdown for the Bills and a fairly mundane victory for New England.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
It wasn't quite Aaron Rodgers using "New York Bozo" as a pre-snap check when he knew Chris Christie would be at Lambeau Field, but Tom Brady had his own fun on Monday night.
Playing against the Buffalo Bills and their outspoken coach Rex Ryan, a division rival of the Patriots for many years, Brady had a special signal before a play on New England's first drive. He called out, very clearly so all the sideline microphones could pick it up, "Rex Ryan!"
The Patriots ran to the right the first time Brady made the "Rex Ryan" call, for what it's worth. Jon Gruden on the ESPN broadcast wondered if "Rex Ryan" meant in the audible that something would be going to the right. It could have just been a dummy call too, Brady's idea of a little troll towards the Bills coach.
This probably won't catch on like Peyton Manning's "Omaha!" but it was good for a chuckle.
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- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
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Ed Rendell, tell us how you really feel.
The Philadelphia Eagles were an embarrassment on Sunday, losing 45-17 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was their third loss in four games. It is so bad that not even Philadelphia's former mayor has any brotherly love for a team that is the heartbeat of this city.
A former mayor of Philadelphia and governor of Pennsylvania, Rendell now has a pundit role on Comcast Sports Net in Philadelphia, chiming in on the station's postgame coverage of the Eagles. And Rendell, who frequently talked about government waste when he was a politician, clearly believes he saw some garbage on the field from his beloved "Iggles."
He clearly wanted to veto this latest performance, appearing on camera wearing a bag over his head , the universal sign for apathy and shame for sports fans the world over.