- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
DENVER – They speak of Peyton Manning with reverence in the Denver Broncos locker room – talk to any of his teammates long enough and "greatest" will be uttered – and rightfully so.
Many of them are fantastic players in their own right, but it's hard to deny they've all benefited from playing with the man who has thrown the most touchdown passes in NFL history.
Take Demaryius Thomas. He was a first-round pick, and he was obviously a special talent even with Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton throwing him the ball. But now he is perhaps the best receiver in the NFL. He had 834 yards in 21 games before Manning arrived, and after his 171-yard outburst on Sunday, he has 3,526 yards in 38 games with Manning. Some of that is typical development, but it's crazy to think Manning hasn't had a huge impact on his career.
Thomas will be a free agent after the season. Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald have contracts worth more than $100 million. It's possible Thomas, after two-plus stellar seasons with Manning elevating him to an elite level, will join them or at least come close.Sun, Oct 19San Francisco17 - 42DenverGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
DENVER – Peyton Manning gets the big, bold headlines from Sunday night's game, but the fine print should include that the Denver Broncos officially established themselves as the best team in the NFL at this point in the season.
What the Broncos did to the San Francisco 49ers, who have gone to the NFL's final four the past three years and were on a three-game winning streak, was shocking. Denver, behind Peyton Manning's 507th, (NFL record-tying) 508th, (NFL record-breaking) 509th and 510th career touchdown passes pummeled the 49ers 42-17. A meaningless touchdown with a minute to go is all that kept it from being the biggest loss of the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Here are the top five must-see plays from Week 7 in the NFL:
The Detroit Lions looked all but cooked down 23-10 with just under four minutes left against the New Orleans Saints. But that's when they received a golden moment. Golden Tate ran a simple out route and caught the ball from Matthew Stafford with several Saints defenders closing in. And that's when Tate turned on the jets. He raced 73 yards for the score, past half the Saints' defense, in what would become an improbable 24-23 Lions victory.
Eat your heart out, Elway
John Elway's helicopter manuever after his run in Super Bowl XXXII is the most famous version of the helicopter, but Jamaal Charles' imitation in Week 7 wasn't too shabby. Charles raced 16 yards for the tone-setting score in a crucial win over the San Diego Chargers and was flung around by a hard hit near the goal line by former teammate Brandon Flowers. But don't overlook what Charles did prior to that — it was a great run.
Walk-off touchdownSun, Oct 19New Orleans23 - 24DetroitGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of giving Dez Bryant a huge contract extension seemed like tossing money into a garbage can and setting fire to it.
Bryant was undeniably talented, and a headache for the Dallas Cowboys. You haven’t thought about Bryant’s off-field issues in a while, have you? That’s because there has been nothing to think about. Bryant has been as quiet off the field as he is dynamic on it. But in July of 2012, when Bryant was arrested for allegedly attacking his mother (the misdemeanor assault charges were dropped later in the year), it didn’t seem like Bryant’s future was all that bright. He had a long line of off-field issues that had piled up.Sun, Oct 19NY Giants21 - 31DallasGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
DENVER – The Denver Broncos had a lot of fun with No. 509.
After Peyton Manning threw his 509th career touchdown to pass Brett Favre on the NFL's all-time list for career touchdown passes, Manning went to get the historic ball from Demaryius Thomas, who caught the record-setting 8-yard score with 3:09 remaining in the second quarter of Denver's 42-17 blowout of the San Francisco 49ers.
Thomas and his teammates hilariously played keep-away.
Thomas tossed it to Wes Welker, with Manning in the middle, then the ball went to Emmanuel Sanders and eventually over to Julius Thomas, just like they were back on the first-grade playground with Manning trying to get it from them. Manning eventually got the ball, and a big hug from coach John Fox when he got to the sideline.
The Broncos practiced the routine over the week, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported:
Demaryius Thomas just said Peyton Manning called, staged and had the wideouts practice the post 509 TD keep-away prank. Can't make this up.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn't leave much suspense if he'd tie Brett Favre's all-time passing touchdowns record on Sunday night. He took care of that question quickly.
With 2:57 left in the first quarter, Manning threw his second touchdown of the game against the San Francisco 49ers and tied Favre with his 508th career touchdown pass. Wes Welker caught the pass that tied the record, a rare long score for the slot receiver. Welker was wide open, in part due to a great pump fake from the future Hall of Fame quarterback, then Welker scampered into the end zone, diving in to barely beat safety Antoine Bethea in pursuit. Welker was initially called out at the 1-yard line, then the officials changed their minds on the field. Replays showed Welker hit the pylon before he was out of bounds.
Manning, needing two touchdowns against the 49ers to tie Favre, got his first right away. On Denver's first drive he hit Emmanuel Sanders for a score. That gave him 507 for his career.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
The Kansas City Chiefs stared into the abyss in Week 7. Luckily for them, the abyss didn't stare back.
The Chiefs scored a potentially season-saving victory over the San Diego Chargers, who had won five straight coming in, with a late-second victory on the road.
A loss would have put them four back of the Chargers in the win column, but now they are 3-3 with two games (home against the St. Louis Rams and New York Jets) that should be quite winnable.
The Chiefs now have wins over the Chargers, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins — combined record: 13-7) and respectable losses to the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. (Throw out that inexcusable Week 1 loss to the Tennessee Titans for just a moment, will you?)
For a team many expected to take a step back, the Chiefs are playing at a pretty high level. Alex Smith continues to make big throws. Jamaal Charles has rallied from an early-season injury. Travis Kelce has turned into a pivotal playmaker. And the much-maligned offensive line is developing more than anyone could have expected.Sun, Oct 19Kansas City23 - 20San DiegoGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Something's afoot here. Somehow, someway, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack got their cleats stuck together on a fourth-quarter passing play.
Thankfully, offensive linemen Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie were on their toes, and helped the two foes get untangled.
Even weirder: While there was a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty called on Palmer's third-and-5 attempt, Mack was not the guilty party. Linebacker Sio Moore earned the flag, and the Cardinals killed another three and a half minutes off the clock in their 24-13 victory.
You could say the play gave Arizona a leg up on the win. OK, we'll stop now.
Adding to the hijinks of Sunday's game, the Cardinals' Darnell Dockett, who is out for the season with a knee injury, rubbed the loss in the faces of Raiders fans:
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- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be reinstated by the NFL within a month, CBSSports.com reported on Sunday.
While Rice remains indefinitely suspended for punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator last February, the league has set a hearing date for the former All-Pro back's appeal, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora. A decision on Rice's future could reportedly come in mid-November.
The NFL initially suspended Rice for two games prior to TMZ releasing video of his domestic abuse. Rice's legal team allegedly contends he deserves a suspension no longer than the new NFL policy of six games for first-time offenders because commissioner Roger Goodell was made aware of what was on the video .
The hearing will be conducted by former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones and is expected to be completed before erstwhile FBI director Robert Mueller completes his independent investigation into the incident on behalf of the NFL, according to La Canfora.Sun, Oct 19Atlanta7 - 29BaltimoreGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Tony Romo did what Bud Selig probably would have liked to do when Alex Rodriguez violated Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy last year, nearly trampling the Yankees third baseman prior to Sunday's game between the Cowboys and Giants.
The former Texas Rangers star has played in either Arlington or New York since 2001 — except for this year's season-long suspension — so it's only natural he took in the game between Dallas and New York.
So, Rodriguez found his way to the tunnel at A&T Stadium before the game. Apparently, A-Rod was lost in thought — as he's been known to be — as the entire Cowboys team stampeded onto the field, nearly running the embattled slugger over. For his sake, Rodriguez should be glad Romo was at the start of the line, since DeMarco Murray probably would have stiff-armed him on his way to another 100-yard game.