- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner28 mins ago
It seemed, in this year's draft, that Keenan Allen might be a steal for the San Diego Chargers in the third round.
Almost eight months later, there's no question about it. He might be one of the best picks of the entire 2013 draft. If nothing else, he is probably the offensive rookie of the year.
Allen's signature play of a very good rookie season probably came on "Thursday Night Football." After catching a crossing route from Philip Rivers, Allen soared over Broncos defensive back Kayvon Webster into the end zone. Even on a field with some truly remarkable athletes, Allen's vertical leap was jaw-dropping.
Then, as a bonus, Allen made a tremendous catch in the end zone for his second touchdown in San Diego's 27-20 upset of the Broncos.
Allen's rookie year is even more impressive when his first three games are factored in. He wasn't a big part of the Chargers' plans initially, and had three catches for 30 yards after three games. He now has 63 catches for 931 yards and seven touchdowns. There's no reason to believe he can't be the Chargers' No. 1 receiver for many, many years to come.Thu, Dec 12San Diego27 - 20DenverGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
DENVER – Peyton Manning was good on Thursday night.
He was 27-of-41 for 289 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception on a play in which a San Diego Charger hit his arm as he threw. The Denver Broncos gained 5.6 yards per play. Manning had a 92.4 rating. Prorate those numbers over a full season and compare them to the rest of the league. You'll find that they're just fine.
That's the problem. The Broncos aren't going to win a title with Manning being good. He needs to be great every single week for the Broncos to win.
He wasn't great on Thursday and neither were the Broncos. The defense couldn't get off the field, allowing the Chargers to hold the ball for 38:49. The running game gave no help. Denver's backs averaged 1.6 yards per carry. The Broncos still had a chance, down seven points with the ball in the fourth quarter, but Manning's interception with 5:07 left practically sealed the 27-20 loss.
With Manning not playing at his normal record pace, the Broncos lost at home to a team that was 6-7 coming in. They have no room for error.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Four people were stabbed outside of Sports Authority Field following the Denver Broncos' loss to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night, according to the Denver Post.
One of the stabbing victims was in critical condition, the Post said.
“Stadium Management Company is aware of an incident that occurred in a parking lot adjacent to Sports Authority Field at Mile High. We are currently working with authorities to gather more information," the Broncos' stadium management company said in a statement.
The Denver Police Department announced it had suspects in custody:
#BREAKING: Officers have parties in custody and are not currently looking for any other suspects at this time.
— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) December 13, 2013
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
DENVER – People in New England and Kansas City perked up on Thursday night. Fans in Baltimore and Miami got a little more nervous.
The folks in Denver left Sports Authority Field feeling downright sick.
Thursday night wasn't supposed to go this way. San Diego was 10.5-point underdogs, already lost to Denver at home this year, and at 6-7 were on the verge of falling out of the playoff race. Denver was going to take a big step toward locking up the AFC's top seed with its eighth home win this season.
Everything is changed now after the Chargers' 27-20 upset win. The Broncos don't control the top seed in the AFC anymore. That would be New England, which can get the top seed by winning out because it already beat the Broncos this year and own the tiebreaker. And now the Broncos and Chiefs both have three losses in the AFC West race, although Denver owns that tiebreaker.
And suddenly the Chargers are 7-7, very much in the AFC playoff race, right behind 7-6 Miami and Baltimore for the sixth seed.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
If you want to get a good idea of the vibe around the Washington Redskins these days, be sure to read Jay Busbee's excellent piece this week, which sums up the tenor depressingly.
If you want to understand what is happening with the team, well, good luck to ya ...
A day after father Mike Shanahan's incredible press conference in which discussed the reasons why he's pulling the plug on Robert Griffin III's season, son Kyle Shanahan said he's upset with the decision.
“You play your starting quarterback, that’s been Robert,” Kyle Shanahan said to the media on Thursday. “I’m pretty disappointed we don’t get to play with him. But it is what it is, and I’m gonna deal with the cards I’ve been dealt.”
You could make the argument that Kyle Shanahan, like most others at Redskins Park, has not handled the cards too well in the past year. But he apparently didn't even have a seat at the table when the sit RG3/start Kirk Cousins decision was made.Sun, Dec 1510:00 AM PSTWashington at AtlantaPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
It's a new week, friends, and that means we’re throwing the doors wide open to you and your questions, comments, complaints, rants and one-liners here in the Shutdown Mailbag. You know the drill here: unburden your football soul via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @jaybusbee. Now, gather ‘round. It's tahm t'talk some Jerruh.
At what point does Jerry Jones, an admittedly good businessman, wake up to the fact that instead of protecting, nourishing, and helping his asset to grow both in status and value, he is choking it off, destroying it, and diminishing its value? –King of Scorpions
At what point? Never. Jerry's got the wheel of the good ship Cowboy, son, and he's gonna pilot that bad boy right up over the rocks, through the dock, and right onto the middle of Main Street USA. Which is really not where you want a ship to end up, but Jerry doesn't follow your rules, fella! Jones is gonna be the general manager of this'ere football club till his dying day, and probably a good long time thereafter, too.
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam now has the attention of Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. As we all know, that is probably not a good thing. One day after Elam called Johnson "old" and emphasized the need for physical play against the NFL’s best receiver on "Monday Night Football," “Ol' Man Johnson” responded on Thursday.
Calvin johnson laughed about matt elam's old comment said 'I am getting kind of old I can show him that old-man strength' — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 12, 2013
Calvin johnson didn't seem offended at all by matt elam's comments more amused than anything else — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 12, 2013
Calvin Johnson on conference call: 'Just safeties, nothing extraordinary. Those are definitely guys we can make plays on.' — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) December 12, 2013
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman ended any possible quarterback controversy between Jay Cutler and Josh McCown on Thursday.
Cutler will start against Cleveland on Sunday.
Trestman made that announcement during his press conference on Thursday. Cutler has missed the last four games after suffering a high ankle sprain Nov. 10 in a loss to the Lions. McCown stepped in and played well during Cutler’s absence, but Trestman is going with his starter and not riding the hot hand of his backup.
HC Marc Trestman: QB Jay Cutler will start Sunday against the Browns.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) December 12, 2013
Trestman on evaluation of Cutler Thursday morning: "There was no residual issue, no swelling." — Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) December 12, 2013
Trestman on length of Cutler's leash: "I wouldn't be prepared with any of those hypotheticals. I expect Jay to play well, play efficiently."
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) December 12, 2013
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
There’s still more than a week until the college bowl games begin, and more than a month until underclassmen are required to declare for the 2014 NFL draft. But you draft-hungry folks will want to check out these 10 bowl games that feature the most combined talent between the two teams. And yes, we left off the team featuring the possible No. 1 pick in the draft. Sorry, Louisville.
1. Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson — They instead should call this the Green Bowl, as in the future earnings of all the talent that will be in Miami this night. Perhaps the quarterbacks, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and OSU’s Braxton Miller, are a bit overrated from an NFL standpoint. But there is talent galore on both sides of the ball. Clemson WR Sammy Watkins could be a top-10 pick. The Buckeyes have a pair of possible first-round defenders in CB Bradley Roby and LB Ryan Shazier. Clemson DE Vic Beasley, despite being undersized, is an elite pass rusher. OSU RB Carlos Hyde has come on, as has OT Jack Mewhort. And both teams have some great 2015 talent as well. This one is loaded.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Dr. Dre apparently didn't remember that people in Seattle buy headphones, too.
The "Beats by Dre" line of headphones added 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as an endorser. Finding an athlete to endorse the high-end headphones can't be tough, considering they seem to be a part of every league's dress code at this point.
Kaepernick's ad shows him on the team bus headed to a stadium, obviously supposed to be in Seattle. The ad shows the Seattle skyline and the fans are wearing Seahawks colors, so it's not hard to figure out. And the fans scream at him, throw things at the bus, and seem to be ready to assault him when he walks off. There's a few middle fingers thrown his way in the extended version, which you can check out here. Kaepernick puts on his headphones and totally drowns out the unruly mob.
The commercial is obviously way over the top, but you can see why Seattle fans would be mad at Dr. Dre, who was once one of the top names in hip hop before becoming a headphones mogul.
Sales in Seattle might not do so well after this.