- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
I’ve always wondered how many famous people search through their Twitter mentions. Does someone like, oh, say, John Elway really scroll through them?
Apparently the answer is yes, and also: Elway has a heck of a memory.
The Denver Broncos drafted quarterback Trevor Siemian in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. It’s just a seventh-round pick, but it’s not like Broncos fans were applauding Elway for picking a relatively unknown quarterback who had seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions his senior season at Northwestern.Sun, Sep 25Denver29 - 17CincinnatiGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Washington Redskins finally had something go their way this season when they beat the unbeaten New York Giants and earned their first victory of the season. But some bad news was close behind.
DeAngelo Hall, one of their defensive leaders, is reportedly done for the season with a torn ACL. The ligament was completely torn when he went down in a bad-looking fall in the first half of Sunday’s game. He was ruled out shortly afterward, and though he returned to the sideline to watch the victory Hall said after the game that he feared he had torn his ACL.
An MRI on Monday confirmed those fears. The Redskins have not placed Hall on injured reserve yet but are expected to.
Hall is the NFL’s active leader in interceptions with 43 but actually had gone 18 straight games without a pick. Still, he had played an important role for the Redskins as the starting free safety, playing all but two defensive snaps in the team’s first two games. Hall, 32, also has had a remarkably long career — this is year No. 13 — after entering the league at age 20 as a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons in 2004. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/def_int_active.htmSun, Sep 25Washington29 - 27NY GiantsGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Peyton Manning has been out of the NFL less than a year, and already his replacement apparently already has arrived. We’re only sort of kidding.
(No, not Trevor Siemian, although he’s good too.)
It was shocking Monday morning to hear Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson compare Carson Wentz and the future Hall of Fame quarterback at least in one way.
Pederson said that Wentz’s preparation and obsession with film study was “Peyton Manning-ish,” which, if you think about it, is about as high a compliment as a rookie QB can get. Don’t believe Pederson? Well, Wentz’s girlfriend did once catch him watching game film under the dinner table while they were out on a date. That’s pretty obsessive.
Wentz reportedly was watching game tape early before the Eagles’ destruction of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and back doing the same Monday. That’s a good work ethic, we’d say. Is there a new sheriff in town?Sun, Sep 25Pittsburgh3 - 34PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Among all the dissenting opinions about Colin Kaepernick and his protest, one voice that resonated with him came from his coach, Chip Kelly.
Plenty has been said about Kelly and how he relates to players, but when he was asked last week about Kaepernick’s protest over racial injustice and police brutality, Kelly unequivocally supported his quarterback.
“It’s an issue that’s at the forefront of our country in that it needs to be addressed, it needs to be taken care of because what’s going on is not right,” Kelly said, according to the 49ers’ transcript. “I think, again, he’s shedding light on a situation that is heinous and shouldn’t happen in this country. We all have inalienable rights as a citizen of this country and they’re being violated and that’s what I think Colin is standing up for.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
It’s tough to compare the career of Steve Young to any other quarterback considering the odd path he took. From the USFL to under-fire Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter to Joe Montana’s backup to Super Bowl winner whose best years were in his mid-30s, Young pretty much took a unique road to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
So it’s striking to look at the career totals of Young vs. another player who will end up in Canton one day. Through three weeks, Aaron Rodgers is off to a good start — despite everyone wondering what was wrong with him after a tough game against maybe the best defense in football.
Thanks to the terrific statistical tools of Pro Football Reference, we can put the career totals of Young and Rodgers side by side and note some stunning similarities — even accounting for the different eras in which they played.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Fourth-year linebacker Manti Te’o will miss the rest of the season for the San Diego Chargers after a Monday morning MRI confirmed the worst fears: he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
For the Chargers, it’s the third time in as many weeks they’ve lost a key contributor to a major injury: in Week 1, it was receiver Keenan Allen who tore his ACL; in Week 2, it was Danny Woodhead suffering a torn ACL as well, and now Te’o.
For Te’o, it marks the end of an important season: this is the fourth and final year of his rookie contract (he was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2013), and despite injuries every year (he missed at least three games a year in his first three seasons), he had become not just a starter, but a leader, voted a defensive captain by his teammates this season.Sun, Sep 25San Diego22 - 26IndianapolisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
If you’re Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, what can you hang your hat on with your 0-3 team that now has been beaten badly in prime time two weeks running?
Your starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, is out. Your starting running back, Jeremy Langford, left Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a cart. You can’t get your best receiver, Alshon Jeffery, the ball enough.
Your defense has now lost to quarterbacks making their eighth, second and third NFL starts, respectively, two of them rookies. Those quarterbacks threw one interception between them in 97 attempts. The Bears face quarterbacks who were top-three picks in eight of the next 10 games, all of them with 20 or more starts.
The offense has scored 14, 14 and 17 points. The defense has allowed 23, 29 and 31. It’s getting worse on the field, not better.Sun, Sep 25Chicago17 - 31DallasGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 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.Sun, Sep 25Minnesota22 - 10CarolinaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 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.Sun, Sep 25Los Angeles37 - 32Tampa BayGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
It figures that the NFL’s oldest wide receiver and one of the youngest cornerbacks didn’t see eye to eye. (And never mind the height difference, either.)
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is doing a lot of talking for a talented rookie, but also one who has yet to win an NFL game. His team dropped to 0-3 when Steve Smith Sr. and the Baltimore Ravens won, 19-17.
Ramsey spat fire early in his first season. Following the Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Ramsey went after Aaron Rodgers. Then this Sunday, Smith was his target. The two scrapped on the field and jawed as well, and Ramsey wanted nothing to do with it when Smith came over to have a postgame chat.Sun, Sep 25Baltimore19 - 17JacksonvilleGame Recap