- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Let's cut to the chase here — New England Patriots fans weren't the only ones throwing their remote controls when Rob Gronkowski was being carted off the field Sunday night.
If you drafted Gronk for your fantasy football team, A) Smart move, and B) Your fantasy playoffs likely start in two weeks. And when Gronk was in such pain after a low hit, it seemed impossible Gronk would be ready for that first fantasy playoff game. But it sounds like he'll be ready to go. He might even be back this week.
Oh, and the 10-1 Patriots won't lose their second most indispensable player, behind quarterback Tom Brady, for a significant amount of time.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said it's unlikely Gronkowski misses more than one game, or it's possible he doesn't miss any games at all. If you were betting on how long Gronkowski would be out in the moments after he took a low hit from Broncos safety Darian Stewart, you would have gotten some long odds on "Will be back in Week 13."Sun, Nov 29New England24 - 30DenverGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Jamie Collins might be the New England Patriots' best defender, but he has missed the past four games with what has been deemed an "illness."
Quite the mysterious illness.
The Patriots have been mum on it, providing few tangible details for the most part, as they notoriously are among the most quiet teams in the league on that front.
MRSA? Really bad flu? Some other rare ailment? We don't know.
But we do know, via Patriots president Jonathan Kraft on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s pregame Patriots show from last night, that the team doesn't appear too concerned about it.
“I think, without getting into too much detail, I don’t think that, fortunately, this was a situation where that could happen,” Kraft said. “Jamie’s getting better and getting stronger every day."
But Kraft did the use word "virus" in describing it.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
With 1:45 remaining and the Pittsburgh Steelers trailing 39-30, Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor made a leaping pick of a Landry Jones pass intended for Martavis Bryant, rolled out of bounds as Bryant stripped the ball from him and came away empty-handed. It all happened in a fraction of a second.
So, was it an interception? The play came under automatic review, and CBS turned to decorated former NFL referee turned analyst Mike Carey, who was adamant the interception ruling would be overturned. Moments later, the officials came back and upheld their original call. As a result, the game was over.
And here's the thing: Had Chancellor been a receiver rather than a defender and come down with the same grab in the end zone instead of the 7-yard line, I'm 100 percent certain the catch would've been reversed and ruled an incompletion, because he didn't stand up with the ball and complete the process.
And there's the rub.Sun, Nov 29Pittsburgh30 - 39SeattleGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Dolphins' house cleaning continued on Monday, as there were mutiple reports that the team fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Head coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordiantor Kevin Coyle were fired in October.
On its website, the team confirmed the reports, posting that interim head coach "Dan Campbell announced that the team has made the following changes to the coaching staff. Zac Taylor will serve as the team’s play caller and remain as quarterbacks coach. In addition, Phil McGeoghan has been promoted to wide receivers coach and Bill Lazor has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
It's an NFL truism that Tom Brady could turn anybody, even you and your pals, into a Super Bowl-contending receiving corps. But what about a former touch football star with a bad back?
On Twitter, historian Michael Beschloss shared the following 1961 letterfrom the "Boston Patriots Football Club" inviting Kennedy to join the team:
"We are desperately in need of fine receivers," then-coach Lou Saban wrote, "and wondered if you would desire to fill the bill." Patriots needing receivers? Man, the more things change...
Anyway, the letter from Saban (no relation to Alabama's head coach Nick) was merely a bit of politicking, inviting JFK to attend a game and supporting Kennedy in his "battle for democracy and freedom." And there's the difference between the Patriots' 1961 coach and its 2015 one: Bill Belichick has probably sent the White House detailed playbooks for defeating every enemy, sooner or later.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
The Denver Broncos had the perfect response for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
In case you missed it, Brady posted a doctored image of himself riding a bronco prior to Sunday's game.
This isn't the first time Brady — or his social media intern — wrangled an opponent on Facebook, as he posted a similar image with a colt prior to the AFC Championship Game this past January. Of course, this time the Broncos bucked the trend, ending Brady's 13-game winning streak with a 30-24 overtime win.
That presented the perfect opportunity for Denver's social media staff to fire back at Brady on Facebook.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
DENVER — Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler looked at the New England Patriots' defensive alignment on third-and-1 in overtime and changed the play. He was making his second career start, and you better be right in that situation. He was.
A few moments later, C.J. Anderson was running down the snowy sideline, his hand in the air as he went in for the 48-yard game-winning score. The Broncos won 30-24 in the best game the NFL has produced this season.
"They gave us a specific defensive front that we can't run that ball into, so I checked to our second play that we called in our huddle," Osweiler said, in a matter-of-fact way you'd expect from a quarterback with about a hundred or so more starts.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
DENVER — What a game.
The best game of the NFL season to this point ended with C.J. Anderson running all alone down the left sideline, raising a hand to celebrate as he ran through the snow to give the Denver Broncos an amazing 30-24 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
Anderson got past the line, got through safety Duron Harmon's tackle attempt on a third-down run, and took it 48 yards to the end zone for a dramatic comeback victory that ended the Patriots' chances at a perfect season. The big story of the game from the New England side was a knee injury to tight end Rob Gronkowski, but this was a win for Denver that stamped the Broncos as a Super Bowl contender with new quarterback Brock Osweiler.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
DENVER – The New England Patriots suffered quite a scare on Sunday night.
Rob Gronkowski, the NFL's best tight end, was hit low by Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart late in the fourth quarter. He immediately writhed on the ground in pain and he left the field on a cart. A few minutes later the Patriots announced Gronkowski was out with a knee injury.
While the initial outlook didn't look good for an already depleted Patriots team, the news after their overtime loss to the Broncos was more promising. Several media reports cited a source saying Gronk's injury was "not serious."
Further tests will be done Monday, but it looks like the Patriots dodged the worst-case scenario. No matter how good the Patriots are — and they're a tremendous team after starting the season 10-0 — it would have been very hard to withstand the Gronkowski injury if it was as serious as it looked.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Did you miss any of the Week 12 action in the NFL? We've got you covered. Here are five plays you shouldn't miss.
Tennessee tip drill
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is shorthanded at receiver, so what does he do? Look for his tight ends. Watch as Mariota hits Craig Stevens, who earns his reputation as a sure-handed receiver, for a touchdown that he had to tip to himself before hauling in the first touchdown of the game against the Oakland Raiders .
The Minnesota Vikings are trying to forge one of the league's better defenses, and for the most party they have, allowing more than 23 points only once all season. The Vikings slowed down the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, allowing only 5.7 yards per play and forcing three turnovers. One of them came against Falcons running back Tevin Coleman via this tremendous poke of the ball from behind by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, who talked to Yahoo Sports Radio after the game about how the defense has improved this season.
Serve, volley, set, pickSun, Nov 29Minnesota20 - 10AtlantaGame Recap