- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner31 mins ago
If only last season's Super Bowl would have been more like Sunday's classic at CenturyLink Field.
The rematch of Seattle's 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Broncos last February was a fantastic regular-season game. Seattle's defense dominated for most of the game, and the Seahawks seemed to have the game under control after Kam Chancellor picked off Peyton Manning and Seattle turned it into a field goal and a 20-12 lead with less than a minute left. But Manning rallied and forced overtime with an unbelievable drive to tie it.
Manning never got a chance to win it in overtime. The Seahawks won the game 26-20 on a walk-off 6-yard touchdown by Marshawn Lynch on their first drive, a score that was set up by Russell Wilson repeatedly picking up big yards by scrambling when he didn't have any receivers open.Sun, Sep 21Denver20 - 26SeattleGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Jim Harbaugh might want to work on his halftime speeches and adjustments before he faces the 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles next week.
In three second halves this season, the San Francisco 49ers have been outscored 52-3. That's a big reason why they are 1-2 and a total mess right now.
In Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers gave up a 14-6 lead, committed six penalties for 86 yards and had a field goal blocked.
Colin Kaepernick, who completed his first nine passes and accounted for all 80 yards on the team's opening scoring drive, took a crucial sack late and missed two open receivers on the 49ers' final two drives when it was a one-score game. On defense, the 49ers' secondary appeared to have several communication errors and left rookie Jimmie Ward singled on the Cardinals' top receivers without help.
That's a recipe for disaster.Sun, Sep 21San Francisco14 - 23ArizonaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The downside to wearing long hair in the NFL is it's fair game for defenders to pull it when they're trying to bring you down.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knows that risk. Defenders rarely get a clean shot on "Beast Mode," so they grab whatever they can. That's what Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward did at the end of a reception by Lynch near the sideline.
And even better, Lynch stopped and picked up something. And it sure looked like a dreadlock that was ripped out of his head by Ward.
Nobody ever said life was easy for an NFL running back, especially when your hair comes out of the bottom of your helmet.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
What's in a name? All the points, if you're talking Raiders-Patriots and your last name ends in -kowski.
Every single point in New England's 16-9 victory against Oakland was scored by a proud player of Polish descent. Credit goes to SB Nation for spotting this one:
Yep, Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski, and Sebastian Janikowski combined to score all the points, both in the end zone and through the uprights, in this week's game. Weird, huh?
Only way to make this better? If one of these two teams had fielded Steelers backup QB Bruce Gradkowski and pulled Chris and Dan Gronkowski out of retirement. Don't laugh, a squad of motivated -kowskis could probably beat your fantasy team.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
There's a level of decorum — call it respect, call it deference, call it what you will — that exists between the Washington Redskins and established sports media. Oh, sure, many outlets and commentators have said they will no longer be using the "Redskins" name because of concerns about its racial nature. But the media and the team still need each other, and so there are lines that the NFL media won't cross.
"South Park" is not part of the NFL media. Neither is "The Daily Show." And as such, that gives them plenty of latitude to make jokes at the expense of the NFL that more closely-connected media can't.
Start with the season premiere of "South Park"'s 18th season, above. It takes the Redskins' loss of trademark rights and twists it into a not-so-subtle commentary on the way that a name might not be the innocent "honorable tribute" that some would like it to be.Sun, Sep 21Washington34 - 37PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Kirk Cousins threw a damaging fourth-quarter interception and later missed a wide-open Pierre Garcon on fourth down in the final two minutes of the Washington Redskins' defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
And yet is there any doubt that the Redskins' quarterbacking is in better hands right now than it was when Robert Griffin III was healthy?
Cousins had a whale of a game in the Redskins' 37-34 loss, throwing for 427 yards on 30-of-48 passing, with three touchdown passes to go with that one pick.
There should be little concern about the Redskins' offense going forward. Cousins has the goods to put points on the board, even if the Eagles' uneven defense might not be the stiffest test he'll face this season.
As for the Redskins' defense and special teams, all bets are off. The Eagles threw for 325 yards, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall told reporters after the game that he tore his Achilles tendon. The Redskins missed a 33-yard field goal, allowed a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and tackled poorly on punt coverage.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
When you're the owner of the New England Patriots you have a lot of sway. that's how you get someone like actor Mark Wahlberg to sit and watch a game in your luxury suite.
But when Robert Kraft just wanted a high-five from the Massachusetts native and celeb after a Patriots touchdown, he got nothing and liked it.
The Patriots held on to beat the Raiders 16-9, so Kraft was probably able to have some joy despite being denied by Dirk Diggler for a quick high-five.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Redskins-Eagles game kept getting chippier and chippier until things finally boiled over on one of the cheapest hits that will take place in the NFL this season.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw what appeared to be an interception by Bashaud Breeland (it was overturned after a replay review), and he was nonchalantly following the play as Breeland was tackled. As Breeland was going to the ground, Redskins defensive tackle Chris Baker blindsided him, hitting him and lifting Foles off his feet. Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters was the first to get to Baker, hitting him in the face, and a brawl started on the sideline.
The officials lost control of the game early, when there was a lot of talking and pushing (DeSean Jackson, in his return to Philadelphia, set the tone by reacting to a late hit by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins in the first quarter), so it shouldn't have been a huge surprise it boiled over eventually. Baker was ejected, as was Peters. How bad were the officials? They originally announced that Redkins offensive tackle Trent Williams was ejected ... but got the wrong team. They meant Peters, who wears the same No. 71 that Williams wears.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
In the course of the San Francisco 49ers' meltdown against the Chicago Bears last Sunday night, Colin Kaepernick drew a flag for "inappropriate language." Kaepernick denied saying anything wrongto defensive end Lamarr Houston, but side judge Laird Hayes countered that Kaepernick "knows what he said."
Now, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting that referees said Kaepernick used the n-word. Kaepernick has denied using the word, and is appealing the $11,025 fine that accompanied the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.Mon, Sep 225:30 PM PDTChicago at NY JetsPreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Think this game meant anything to DeSean Jackson?
The excitable Jackson was a question mark to play in this game for the Washington Redskins, his new team, against the Philadelphia Eagles, his former team that dropped him like a bad habit in the offseason despite coming off a career high in receiving yards.
But he fought through a shoulder injury just to suit up, and Jackson managed to surpass the 100-yard mark before the end of the third quarter thanks to an 81-yard touchdown catch to burn Chip Kelly and the Eagles deep.
Naturally, Jackson was understated and restrained in his mild celebration thereafter.
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