- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner34 mins ago
Aaron Rodgers has more touchdowns than we can count, but none as open as his second-quarter pass against the Minnesota Vikings.
It was a surprise Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers didn't fair catch it. Nobody was within 20 yards of him, something you're not seeing very often on the goal line.
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Holy blown coverage.
Richard Rodgers, a rookie out of Cal, had never caught an NFL touchdown before that play. Just imagine the thoughts going through his mind as Aaron Rodgers made a pretty tremendous play to not only find the tight end wide open but make a throw that was a ton more difficult than it looked. Richard Rodgers was in the corner of the end zone, nobody around him, and either he was going to get his first professional touchdown or have the worst drop of the season. No pressure.LiveGreen Bay14 - 10MinnesotaFollow Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner36 mins ago
Time was when comparing a football game to a NASCAR race meant you were impressed by the speed of the wide receivers, or perhaps the ability of a running back to trade a little paint with defenders. No more. In these days of NASCAR-as-Ultimate-Fighting, a far different reference is at play, as we saw on Sunday in the Titans-Eagles game:
The reference, of course, is to NASCAR's just-completed season, which saw several postrace fisticuffs, including this:
And also this:
The fighting's all fine and good, but we want to see an NFL player do a smoking burnout on turf after scoring a touchdown. That'd be impressive.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
ATLANTA – Prior to their game against the Atlanta Falcons, several Cleveland Browns players were loosening up with athletic feats that would have the rest of us bedridden for a week. Johnny Manziel stood in one end zone firing sidearm fastballs 20 yards downfield, and then there was this:
Sweet mercy. That's apparently cornerback Joe Haden, who said earlier this week that he wouldn't be surprised if newly returned teammate Josh Gordon dropped 250 yards on the Falcons. That may not happen, but Gordon will have to be spectacular to top that pregame effort.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The Philadelphia Eagles continue to find ways to score without the use of their offense.
Rookie kickoff returner Josh Huff took the opening kick against the Tennessee Titans back 107 yards for a score, making it 7-zip Eagles a mere 13 seconds into the game.
It was Huff's first NFL touchdown and the longest score in franchise history.
That was the team's 10th non-offensive touchdown of the season. To that point, they have scored only seven on the ground, by comparison.
Huff had a clean lane, thanks to a nice seal block by James Casey, and then Huff outran kicker Ryan Succop and Titans defensive back Brandon Ghee before he crossed the goal line and faked the celebration spike.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Well, you knew this was going to happen. The NFL moved the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game to Detroit on Monday night because of heavy snowfall in the area, then wisely decided to give away tickets to the game for free. The gambit paid off; the tickets sold out online in a matter of hours.
And then came the scalpers. The tickets are on sale on ebay in the range of $50-$75 per ticket, though at least one sold for $100. (Why would one person buy a hundred-dollar ticket? The mind boggles.)
This is absolute proof positive that the NFL could print money if it wanted to, and we'd use it to replace our own currency. Let's hope they never get the idea.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Eric Decker likely knew what he was doing when he left the Denver Broncos for big money as a free agent, signing with the New York Jets.
That doesn't mean he doesn't have the occasional pang of buyer's remorse.
Decker admitted to New York Daily News' Manish Mehta that it's not easy looking back at what might have been with his former club.
“Honestly, sometimes it’s hard to watch them when they’re playing,” Decker said this week. “When they’re clicking on all cylinders, they’re a tough football team. They got the right pieces.”Sun, Nov 231:25 PM PSTMiami at DenverPreview Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
When you look at the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive metrics, they look pretty good. But the film tells another story.
The Seahawks don’t look the same on film as they did last season, when they were one of the best defenses we’ve seen in many years. The Seahawks defense no longer has that fast flow, fly-to-the-football look.
Safety Earl Thomas is their only player that looks the same as he did last year. Fellow safety Kam Chancellor hasn’t played as well. Teams have gone after cornerback Richard Sherman and have completed some balls. That’s inevitable because the more you go after a cornerback (other than rare exceptions like a truly healthy Darrelle Revis) more catches will be allowed, and sometimes good receivers are going to catch the ball. But the star players haven’t been quite as good. That's a big reason why, heading into their game this week against the Arizona Cardinals, they're three games back in the NFC West.Sun, Nov 231:05 PM PSTArizona at SeattlePreview Game
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
By Friday morning, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan had only some Greek yogurt remaining in his refrigerator and some protein in the cupboard. Like all of Buffalo, he'd been snowed in for a few days.
"I was not prepared for this," Hogan told Yahoo Sports.
And on Friday, he had to get to Ralph Wilson Stadium to get on a bus to catch a team flight. He had few options, so he decided to walk.
This wasn't any normal walk. It was through five feet of snow.
“My neighborhood was completely snowed in. There were no cars getting in or out. The only way to get to the stadium was to walk the roads,” Hogan said. “There were some tracks from four-wheelers and snowmobiles that I had to follow. So I went through that.”Mon, Nov 244:00 PM PSTNY Jets at BuffaloPreview Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Let's examine Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III this week; first off, I want to show you one freeze frame of a play.
Receivers No. 1 and 2 are running corner routes. Receivers 3, 4 and 5 are check-down options. All five are wide open:
If Griffin didn’t like either of the first two options on corner routes – and he should like either one of them – he still has three check-downs wide open. And he doesn’t process any of it.
He didn’t throw the ball on time. He really didn't throw it to anyone. What did he do? He left the pocket, moved into pressure and threw it away before taking a shot from a 300-pound lineman.Sun, Nov 231:25 PM PSTWashington at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Rob Gronkowski gave us one of the best quotes of the NFL season about one of the best blocks of the NFL season, but it will cost him.
The New England Patriots tight end took Colts safety Sergio Brown and blocked him completely off the field and out of bounds on one of Jonas Gray's touchdowns. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. When asked about it, the party-friendly Gronk told CSNNE, " He was just yappin' at me the whole time. So I took him and threw him out of the club."
That's beyond gold.
Gronkowski was fined $8,268 for the play, due to the penalty, according to CSNNE. We're not the ones writing the check, but hopefully Gronk agrees that it was worth every penny.
Does this look like a man who is worried about a few thousand bucks?
You asked, so we set Gronk's sideline dance to some appropriate music https://t.co/pkEq75BFjtLiveDetroit6 - 24New EnglandFollow Game