- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
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Kristian R. Dyer writes for Metro New York and is a contributor to Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KristianRDyerSun, Nov 21:25 PM PSTDenver at New EnglandPreview Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The Arizona Cardinals hit two long touchdowns in the second half of their win over the Philadelphia Eagles, and the two plays appeared to have no connection. But if you watch the film, you could see that the first score set up the second.
The first, an 80-yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald, was the result of the Cardinals understanding tendencies and calling the right play to beat a defense they knew was coming. The second, John Brown’s 75-yard game-winning score, was a great concept and a perfect call to beat the defense Philadelphia adjusted to after the first score.
Let’s examine the coaching moves that went into the two scores, and how the two plays were connected, because there was some really high-level coaching involved.
The first play to Fitzgerald came out of an empty backfield. In previous games this season and in the first half of Sunday’s game, the Eagles checked to “zero blitz” against an empty backfield. They don’t do it 100 percent of the time, but it’s a strong tendency and the Cardinals knew it. And, knowing what the Eagles would do, the Cardinals invited it.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTArizona at DallasPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:
• A Halloween-themed rundown of the scariest NFL players
• A digression into college football, specifically how insane the Jameis Winston draft debate is going to be
• A look at Brady-Manning XVI. Is the hype valid? Who's got the edge?
• Our locks and upsets of the week, and the game we'd pay to see in Week 9.
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
The Carolina Panthers are struggling, and their head coach Ron Rivera thinks one of their best players should be able to return to the field.
Suspended defensive end Greg Hardy has had his domestic abuse trial postponed until after the 2014 NFL season, and head coach Ron Rivera believes that Hardy should be able now to return to the Panthers' active roster.
“In so many words, yes,’’ Rivera said, via ESPN.com. “If things had all transpired and gone a certain way, then his availability might be now.’’
Although court records still indicate that the trial remains on the docket for Nov. 17, reports have come out that it has been delayed until after the season. Multiple reports suggest that Hardy will seek reinstatement.Thu, Oct 30New Orleans28 - 10CarolinaGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been cleaning house a bit, and prior to the trade deadline, they shipped for former No. 7 overall pick Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams for two future draft picks.
Barron, upon arriving in St. Louis, then ripped the Bucs' defensive scheme as being "too passive."
His former head coach, Lovie Smith, is the architect of the Buccaneers' defensive scheme, and it doesn't appear he took too kindly to Barron's comments.
In fact, Smith wasn't even prompted to comment on what Barron had to say to take his own thinly veiled shot at his former player.
Asked about rookie receiver Mike Evans, who made a strong effort in vein to tackle Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on the game's final play in overtime last week, Smith went for the open-field tackle.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTTampa Bay at ClevelandPreview Game
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
The Tony Romo watch continues, and it appears we won't have an answer to whether the Dallas Cowboys quarterback will play Sunday until just before kickoff against the Arizona Cardinals.
Romo missed a third straight practice with a back injury on Friday, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said via The Dallas Morning News that the three-time Pro Bowl QB will remain a game-time decision going forward.
“Obviously you’ve got your 53-man roster, and we have to turn our actives in within an hour before the game,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], “and so that’s when you’ll know.”
Jones added that Romo has been working out and attending team meetings. Likewise, coach Jason Garrett told reporters before Friday's session that Romo's health has improved, according to the Morning News.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
We're pretty fortunate to have seen one of the great sports rivalries unfold before us this century.
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning don't literally face each other – I assume they’ve never been on the field together for even one play in 15 head-to-head games – but it’s incredible to see one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time lead his team against one of the other greatest quarterbacks of all time. When they retire, many lists will have them as the top two ever. Which player gets the top spot will depend on your tastes in quarterbacks.
Brady’s teams are 8-3 in Manning-Brady bowls in the regular season, but when the stakes are higher in the playoffs Manning’s teams are 2-2. When they’ve met in the conference championship game, the biggest game the two AFC lifers could play in against each other, Manning is 2-1. That’s pretty much the opposite of how most people want to paint the narrative of those two.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
So shrouded in mystery is the NFL’s all-time single-game passing-yards mark — 554, by Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams in 1951 — that there are no physical relics from the game in question at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Canton is full of memorabilia and artifacts from many of the other significant moments in NFL lore, and anytime these days a new mark goes down another piece is added to display. But its best passing game has but a few known photographs representing a mark that miraculously has stood for more than 63 years.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger made a gallant run at Van Brocklin this past Sunday, completing 40-of-49 passes (with a few clear drops) for 522 yards (tied for fourth-most all time), six touchdowns (a Steelers record) and no interceptions.
- Orlando Franklin at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Denver Broncos offensive lineman is giving Yahoo Canada Sports an exclusive first-person account of life in the NFL. Franklin grew up in Toronto before playing at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Broncos in the second round in 2011.
A lot of people don’t think being a professional athlete is a “job” but it really is. It’s a grind. Every week is full of a lot of work, with long days. Before we even step on to the field for a game on Sunday, we’ve put in a lot of hours of work during the week – on and off the practice field.
It’s not like a lot of normal jobs. There’s no such thing as being five minutes late in the NFL. If you’re five minutes late you’re going to get fined. I don’t know what the fine amount is, because I’ve never been late, but it’s a lot.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Someone has to win the NFC South. It's in the rules.
One big road win from the New Orleans Saints, who were on a seven-game road regular season losing streak, might be enough to bend the balance of power in the NFC South their way.
New Orleans had a methodical 28-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. They frustrated a shorthanded and talent-poor Panthers offense, and an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive that chewed up 7:27 and finished with Mark Ingram's second rushing touchdown sealed the victory.
The win improves the Saints' record to 4-4, which isn't impressive anywhere but the NFC South. They're in first place, ahead of the 3-5-1 Panthers. The moribund Falcons and Buccaneers aren't even worth mentioning as contenders anymore. Considering how dominant the Saints are at home – they were 3-0 at home this season and 0-4 on the road before Thursday night – it'll be a tough battle for the Panthers to defend as NFC South champions. There has never been a repeat champion in the NFC South.