- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner52 mins ago
We haven’t seen Le’Veon Bell on a football field in earnest since he tore ligaments in his right knee 11 months ago, but rest assured we’ll see plenty of the Pittsburgh Steelers running back come Sunday.
After recovering from surgery and sitting the first three games of this season for missing a drug test, Bell will not only return against the Kansas City Chiefs, but will do so without restriction, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin revealed in a somewhat surprising statement during Tuesday’s media availability.
“His level of conditioning is not a concern to us,” Tomlin told reporters. “He’s a guy that’s highly conditioned over a 12-month calendar. We’ve seen him every day, he’s been a part of this, he’s been in the building, he’s up to speed on what we’re doing from a schematic standpoint, really in tune here. We’ll see how sharp he is physically once we get him out on the practice field and kind of go from there but rest assured, you’re going to see Le’Veon Bell and probably a lot of him on Sunday.”Sun, Sep 25Pittsburgh3 - 34PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
There are plenty of ways to look bad in today’s NFL. Sure, you can lose, but you can also win without distinction, or you can stumble around in the muck with teams much worse than you. All of those will land you right here on our powerless rankings. Here they are, the NFL’s Sorry Six:
Cleveland Browns Result: Lost to Miami, 30-24 Miami may have lost LeBron to Cleveland, but on Sunday they reached in and grabbed the city’s heart and pulled it out. Cody Parkey, who may well have been hanging out watching this very Facebook livecast last week, since he didn’t have a job, batted .500 as a field goal kicker. That’s not great, and it’s especially not great when you’ve got six total kicks, including one for the game-winner. It’s a shame, because Cleveland put together a halfway decent game, including a pick-six and the introduction of Terrelle Pryor as a superhero utility man. But in the end, their essential Clevelandness won out. Next week: at WashingtonSun, Sep 25Cleveland24 - 30MiamiGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
After the New England Patriots moved to 3-0, starting two quarterbacks not named Tom Brady, the talk moved to what magic they might have to invoke to remain unbeaten before Brady’s return in Week 5.
Jimmy Garoppolo left the Week 2 win against the Miami Dolphins, replaced by third-round pick Jacoby Brissett. In Week 3, Brissett stepped in and was solid in the 27-0 win against the Houston Texans. But the Patriots found themselves perilously close to not having a healthy QB on the roster.
Brissett injured his thumb in the game last Thursday, and initial reports the following day suggested that surgery might be needed. That opened the incredible possibility of receiver Julian Edelman, a college QB with one NFL pass attempt (a TD, but still) playing quarterback against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
In July, after the dates of the three 2016 presidential debates were announced, Republican candidate Donald Trump took umbrage with the scheduling. Having two of the three debates on the same night as prime-time NFL games was an attempt by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her party to “rig” the events, Trump said.
But if ratings from Monday night’s Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans Saints matchup are any indication, there were a lot of people who were tuned into the first debate of the year and not ESPN.
Via Sports Media Watch, the Falcons’ win drew a 5.7 overnight rating, an incredibly low number.
How low? Possibly the lowest in “MNF” history, according to the site. Though complete overnight ratings records were unavailable, the lowest final rating in “MNF” history is a 5.1. No other “MNF” game has rated lower than a 5.7.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Through three games, the Philadelphia Eagles have a legitimate claim as the best team in the NFL.
If you thought the Eagles’ 2-0 start was a product of playing two bad opponents, and that Carson Wentz would be exposed against a real opponent, Week 3 was startling. The Eagles destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-3. It was never competitive. Wentz was great. And as I said on Sunday, if the Steelers were considered Super Bowl contenders before that game, what does that make the Eagles?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Maybe it’s better for the New Orleans Saints’ defense that it was the rare night in which most televisions were tuned into something other than “Monday Night Football.”
As Hillary Clinton was talking about Iran and Donald Trump was trying to interrupt her again, the Saints’ defense was letting Tevin Coleman run over left tackle for a touchdown without a defender anywhere near him. Jon Gruden called that play “embarrassing” on ESPN. Drew Brees and the Saints offense scored 32 points and they never had a chance. The Saints lost 45-32.Mon, Sep 26Atlanta45 - 32New OrleansGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
NFL players are joining Colin Kaepernick’s protest in different ways, and they’re all allowed to express their feelings however they wish. That’s how we ended up with Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, after all.
But the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons had an unusual method of joining the protest, which has spread not just around the NFL but to other levels of football too.
After the anthem the Saints and Falcons came to the middle of the field, got in a circle and held hands.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
You can’t play football without emotion. But too much emotion isn’t a good thing either.
It’s a fine line, and New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham has found himself on the wrong side of it. He was last year when he got involved in numerous scuffles with then-Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, and that cost him a one-game suspension. On Sunday, his emotions got the best of him in his rematch against Norman, who is now with the Washington Redskins.
Everyone laughed at Beckham losing his battle against the kicking net, but the Giants weren’t impressed. At one point, the television broadcast showed Beckham on the sideline and it looked like he had tears in his eyes.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Monday that he became a distraction during the game.
“He needs to control his emotions better and become less of a distraction to himself and to his teammates,” McAdoo said, according to the Giants’ transcripts. “It’s our job to help him with that process and maturing.”Sun, Sep 25Washington29 - 27NY GiantsGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Once again, Anthony Davis has informed the San Francisco 49ers that he no longer wants to play football.
Davis, 26, considered retirement prior to the 49ers’ first game this season after initially stepping aside from the game in June 2015, citing health reasons. On Monday, he did not waver — he no longer plans to play.
After telling the team he felt great this summer and wanted to continue his career, it appeared the 49ers would have more depth at tackle. The former first-round pick had been a promising young player, starting 16 games at right tackle in each of his first four NFL seasons.
But Davis started having doubts this season and suffered a concussion. Davis played three of a possible 81 snaps on offense in the 49ers’ opener against the Los Angeles Rams and was inactive Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers and Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks while dealing with the concussion.Sun, Sep 25San Francisco18 - 37SeattleGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Usually, talented players in their prime get second, third and fourth chances by NFL teams, no matter what has happened to them off the field. So it was telling that Greg Hardy was never signed this offseason.
Hardy, who had a domestic violence arrest and NFL suspension in 2014 and was reportedly a disruption in the Dallas Cowboys locker room in 2015, barely drew any attention as a free agent this offseason.