- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner56 mins ago
After losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals by a combined score of 90-25 the last two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers had to make a Week 4 statement against the visiting Green Bay Packers.
They made a statement, all right.
Actually, it was a Packers player who made the defining statement of San Francisco's 2015 season, yelling in the direction of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after a negative yardage play. If my ears aren't deceiving me, the microphones pick up this gem of a diss: "You ain't no Russell Wilson, bro."
There was once an argument whether the Seattle Seahawks quarterback or Kaepernick was the NFL's best young quarterback not named Andrew Luck. Wilson ended the debate by defeating the 49ers on his way to a Super Bowl title in the 2013 season and making a return trip to the championship game last season.Sun, Oct 4Green Bay17 - 3San FranciscoGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner56 mins ago
Even for the Cleveland Browns, this was bad.
Josh McCown had a terrific game in Week 4 . Rookie Duke Johnson was great. The special teams were excellent ... that is, until the penultimate snap.
The Browns rallied from eight points down to tie the game with just over two minutes left and appeared to be heading to overtime against the San Diego Chargers when kicker Josh Lambo missed a 39-yard field-goal attempt.
But ... Browns. Tramon Williams was offsides on the attempt, giving the Chargers a second chance. Do you even have to ask if Lambo made it? Of course he did, from 34 yards out and with zero seconds on the untimed kick, and the Chargers won in the most Browns way imaginable.
It was another heartbreaking loss for a franchise that has made a lifetime of them, and it undercut the performance from McCown, who proved some doubters wrong in this one. He hit Gary Barnidge on the final touchdown, and the McCown-to-Taylor Gabriel two-point conversion tied it up.Sun, Oct 4Cleveland27 - 30San DiegoGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
When you draft a player in the top 10, he needs to be a big impact guy.
Did the St. Louis Rams discover a pair of them on Sunday, in a 24-22 upset over the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals?
We all figured running back Todd Gurley would emerge as one when he was healthy, and that day was Sunday. Gurley had 2 yards on four carries in the first half, then ended up with his first career 100-yard game in the second half alone. His two first-down runs in the final two minutes sealed the victory. The Rams didn't rush Gurley back from an ACL injury suffered last season at Georgia. Gurley was still the 10th pick of the draft despite the injury because of the talent he flashed against the Cardinals. He ended up with 146 rushing yards. No need to worry any more about how many carries Gurley might get; on Sunday he showed he's ready to be the Rams' featured back. Probably for many years to come.Sun, Oct 4St. Louis24 - 22ArizonaGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Three weeks ago, new Eagles running back DeMarco Murray told reporters in Philadelphia, "The only thing that matters is wins. Not yards, not records, none of that stuff. You know, at the end of the day, it’s that one column, and that’s wins and losses." After yet another loss, Murray added a caveat to that statement.
Murray believes more carries would result in more yards and more wins, or at least that's what he seemed to suggest after a 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Here's what Philadelphia Inquirer beat reporter Zach Berman relayed from the locker room after the Eagles fell to last place in the NFC East:
Is DeMarco Murray getting enough touches? Murray: "No, I'm not. I don't think I am."...Said he knew what he signed up for, but expected more
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
It started on Thursday, with the Pittsburgh Steelers' Josh Scobee missing twice, and the week hasn't gotten any better for the NFL's kicking fraternity.
Through the first nine games of Week 4, kickers have missed 11 field goals, from as short as 29 yards, and have also missed four extra points. Some of the mistakes had major impacts on their teams' fortunes – such as with Scobee and Jacksonville's Jason Myers, who missed potential game-winners both at the end of regulation and in overtime – while others did not.
The dirty dozen:
Josh Scobee, PIT: 2-for-4, misses from 49 yards (wide left) and 41 yards (wide left). Pittsburgh lost to Baltimore, 23-20 in overtime
Nick Folk, NYJ: 2-for-3, missed from 40 yards (wide left). Jets beats Miami, 27-14
Nick Novak, HOU: 0-for-1, missed from 53 yards (short). Houston lost to Atlanta, 48-21
Dan Carpenter, BUF: 0-for-1, missed from 30 yards (wide left). Buffalo lost to the Giants, 24-10
Mike Nugent, CIN: 0-for-1, missed from 44 yards (hit upright). Cincinnati beat Kansas City, 36-21
Jason Myers, JAX: 2-for-4, missed from 53 yards (wide right) and 48 yards (wide left). Jacksonville lost to Indianapolis, 16-13 in overtime
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is a character. He once compared himself to a "black unicorn."
So of all the people in the NFL, the best quote of the season was going to come from either Martellus or his brother Michael, the gregarious defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks. Martellus delivered after the Bears' comeback victory against the Oakland Raiders, which was led by oft-criticized Jay Cutler.
The quote, in all its glory, comes from Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times:
is Jay Cutler too often criticized? Martellus: "They threw rocks at Jesus, & Jesus was an excellent guy who did a lot of awesome stuff."
You trying to say Jesus Christ can't hit an out route?Sun, Oct 4Oakland20 - 22ChicagoGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Let us take you back to Rex Ryan earlier this week. This was his vow for the Buffalo Bills heading into Week 4:
"We're trying extremely hard, we want to be the least penalized team in the league," Ryan said on Wednesday. "The first 2 games were horrendous. ... No team spends more time looking at the rules than we do, I promise you."
Ryan will have more rules to look at and plenty of examples of penalty study after the Bills' 24-10 loss to the New York Giants. The Bills committed 17 penalties for 135 yards, but it's worse than even that. Fouls wiped out 85 yards worth of offensive plays for the Bills, including two touchdowns (!), and two defensive penalties by the Bills gifted the Giants four points when they elected to take a field goal off the board and later scored a touchdown.
Tyrod Taylor scrambled 31 yards for a score midway through the third quarter, which would have made it a one-score game with the Giants leadoing 16-3, but the play was negated by a holding call. Instead, the Bills had to attempt a field goal ... which predictably missed.
After the game, Ryan seemed OK with his team's performance to a certain degree.Sun, Oct 4NY Giants24 - 10BuffaloGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
There is no division in the NFL right now that is worse than the AFC South. This is a statement of fact, not the beginning of a debate.
The AFC South was one of only two divisions without an undefeated team going into Week 4 (the NFC East being the other), combining for a league-low four wins through three weeks.
With the Tennessee Titans on their bye week, the other three teams in the division – the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars – were a combined 1-2 on Sunday, and that's because the Colts played the Jaguars, so someone had to win (though it took Indy more than 10 minutes of overtime to get that 16-13 victory).
Indianapolis (2-2) scored less than 20 points for the third time this season, and won only after Jaguars rookie kicker Jason Myers missed two potential game-winning field: a 53-yarder at the end of regulation and a 48-yard attempt in overtime.Sun, Oct 4Jacksonville13 - 16IndianapolisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The Chicago Bears needed to sweat out every second of their win against the Oakland Raiders, including a play in which two Raiders offensive linemen had their paws on the ball.
Robbie Gould hit a 49-yard field goal to give the Bears a 22-20 lead over the Raiders with two seconds remaining, and the ensuing kickoff was no afterthought.
The Raiders brought it back and ... hijinks ensued (see video above).
We count nine players touching the ball on the Lateralpalooza, not including repeat touchers. The ball might have traveled a few hundred yards in those two official seconds (which lasted about 30 real-time seconds) before Raiders guard Gabe Jackson failed to come up with the final hoorah.
Sadly, it never would have counted even if Jackson or some other Raider had come up with it. Roy Helu was flagged for an illegal forward pass on the return. That's what he gets for trying to throw it to Tony Bergstrom, a reserve offensive lineman, to save the day.
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- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Hopefully you didn't bench Chris Ivory for Marshawn Lynch on your fantasy football team this week.
The Seattle Seahawks ruled Lynch out for Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The running back had previously been listed as questionable after missing another practice on Saturday, but coach Pete Carroll was holding out hope Lynch would be a game-time decision.
So, his hamstring must really be hurting. Despite nagging injuries over the years, Lynch has not missed a game since back spasms kept him out on Oct. 23, 2011. (The result? A 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.)Mon, Oct 58:30 PM EDTDetroit at SeattlePreview Game