- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
While it's easy to bury the Seattle Seahawks now, it's probably worth a look back at last season.
The Seahawks are 2-3 after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Last year, they started 3-3. After that 3-3 start, the Seahawks lost two more times: A four-point loss at Kansas City on Nov. 16, and when Malcolm Butler picked off Russell Wilson a yard short of a Super Bowl title. That's it. After 3-3, they had 11 wins and two losses. Worth noting.
Also, you can make a case that the Seahawks could easily be 4-1 this season. They led in the final minute of regulation in two of their three losses. If the Rams don't get a long touchdown after a Seattle defensive back fell down and Tyler Eifert doesn't make a circus catch for the Bengals in the final two minutes Sunday, the Seahawks are about where we thought they'd be, with just one loss at the Green Bay Packers.Sun, Oct 11Seattle24 - 27CincinnatiGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers had five seconds left and a choice.
They could have kicked a field goal and sent Monday night's game against the San Diego Chargers to overtime or go for the win. The Steelers went for it and were rewarded for their boldness.
Le'Veon Bell stretched across the goal line with no time left on the clock, and the Steelers pulled out a crazy 24-20 win. The flight home to Pittsburgh, at 3-2, will be a lot more pleasant than if Bell had been stopped.
The Steelers had a timeout and probably figured that one play might not take off the entire final five seconds, but that was a huge risk. And on a direct snap to Bell, all five seconds ran off. Had Bell not scored, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was criticized after last week's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, would have been under some extreme fire.
Tomlin said he was hoping that he would have had enough time to call a timeout, but ultimately he was fine going for the victory.Mon, Oct 12Pittsburgh24 - 20San DiegoGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
For some reason, those who have been suspended in the NFL for performance-enhancing drugs aren't treated the same as baseball players.
Baseball players generally carry around scorn the rest of their careers after positive tests or even just accusations (with a few exceptions, and without exception the PED cheats who are forgiven are the ones who are friendly with the media), but NFL players just come back and everyone moves on like nothing happened. Oh, hey, Antonio Gates, good to have you back.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Even when there's something positive with the Jacksonville Jaguars lately, the black cloud suddenly forms again over their heads.
One good story line out of a 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday was the play of second-year quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles had easily the best game of his career with 303 yards and four touchdowns. And now Bortles is hurt.
Bortles has a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his shoulder, the team announced. Coach Gus Bradley was optimistic, saying " We think he should be in good shape," and to not be alarmed if Bortles doesn't practice Wednesday. But Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano's shenanigans in misleading everyone on Andrew Luck's shoulder injury reminds us to not believe everything at face value.Sun, Oct 11Jacksonville31 - 38Tampa BayGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Boston magazine published a takedown piece on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's friend, business partner and "personal guru" on Friday, citing the Federal Trade Commission's claims that Alex Guerrero passed himself off as a doctor, peddled "Supreme Greens" and "NeuroSafe" as preventative treatments, and falsified clinical trials claiming to have cured 96 percent of terminally ill patients.
Despite the FTC's $65,000 fine and additional restrictive measures against Guerrero for products that made his investors millions, Brady stuck by his pal in Monday's weekly interview with WEEI in Boston.Sun, Oct 11New England30 - 6DallasGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legisaltion on Sunday banning use of the term "Redskins" as a mascot or team name in the state.
AB 30, the California Racial Mascots Act, was approved by both houses of the state's legislature last month and was one of several bills Brown signed into law.
Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo, who introduced the bill, says the name "Redskins" dates from a time in California's history when bounty hunters were rewarded for killing Native Americans and it should not be affiliated with schools.
There are currently four schools in California that still use the name Redskins for their teams. The ban goes into effect in 2017.
In a statement, the grassroots campaign Change the Mascot lauded California's new law.Sun, Oct 11Washington19 - 25AtlantaGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Josh McCown has silenced the critics who implored the Cleveland Browns to start Johnny Manziel after McCown got hurt Week 1 against the New York Jets.
All McCown has done the past three weeks since returning from a concussion has thrown for 1,154 yards (8.2 yards per attempt) with six TDs and one interception on 96 of 141 passing (68.1 percent) and given his team a chance to win each of the past three games.
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas couldn't help himself. The stoic team leader has stood up for Manziel recently in terms of his personal growth but had to have fun with the Johnny truthers a bit after the Browns' overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.
When asked about #Browns QB Josh McCown's performance, LT Joe Thomas quipped, "Put in Johnny. That’s all I can say."Sun, Oct 11Cleveland33 - 30BaltimoreGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Just as CBS analyst Phil Simms suggested Brandon Weeden would remain the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback in Tony Romo's absence, the 31-year-old backup turned starter threw an interception in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots. And then Simms doubled down on his endorsement.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett wasn't so kind. While he never considered changing QBs during the game, "because Brandon gave us the best chance to win today," Garrett answered in the affirmative when asked if he'd evaluate the quarterback position after his team dropped to 0-3 with Weeden under center.
Jason Garrett just said that he will evaluate the QB position this week.
That doesn't mean Weeden will necessarily lose his starting job, since there may not be another healthy QB on the roster capable of winning in Dallas with a struggling run game and without Dez Bryant.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
While the New York Giants pulled off an improbable last-minute drive to beat the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night, their teammate, Daniel Fells, sat in a hospital room hoping to have his foot saved from amputation.
Fells has been diagnosed with MRSA, a dangerous and even potentially fatal staph infection that often is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics. The Giants tight end was admitted to the emergency room with a 104-degree fever and reportedly has had at least five surgeries to help stem the infection and try to keep his foot.
Fells sent out a message on Twitter to let his Giants teammates know he’d be supporting them as best he could while he battled his ailment.Sun, Oct 11San Francisco27 - 30NY GiantsGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Eagles haven't been very impressive offensively this season, particularly for a team led by a coach in Chip Kelly considered to be an offensive innovator.
But they showed signs of life on Sunday, scoring a season-high 39 points against the Saints, rolling to 519 yards and 34 first downs in the 22-point win.
And it may have been sparked by a pre-game meeting in a surprising spot.
Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Jeff McLane tweeted a conversation with offensive tackle Lane Johnson:
Lane Johnson said Sam Bradford gathered entire #Eagles offense in the showers pre-game and gave a short speech about turning season around.
Lane Johnson: "Sam pulled us back there by the showers and had an offensive meeting and said, "It's time to go. We have the talent. We ...
have the ability. We just have to go out there and get it done. It's just a matter of executing." Said it occurred right before the game.Sun, Oct 11New Orleans17 - 39PhiladelphiaGame Recap