- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 mins ago
The Dallas Cowboys have been a great team all season, and they also have received some incredible individual seasons from their star players.
Las week, quarterback Tony Romo surpassed Troy Aikman for the all-time franchise mark for passing yards in a season.
Early in Week 17, his two compadres — DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant — earned their own franchise statistical milestones.
Murray ripped off a 32-yard run in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins to Emmitt Smith's mark of 1,773 rush yards in 1995. Murray entered the Cowboys' final game needing 29 yards to break the Smith's mark.LiveDallas20 - 7WashingtonFollow Game
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner30 mins ago
Like every season, this year’s Week 17 slate is features a few games with playoff implications, but most of Sunday’s games don’t mean a thing.
Those meaningless games don’t exactly inspire a whole lot of fan enthusiasm, and the attendance at a few early games reflects that.
Here’s the scene at Sun Life Stadium in Miami for the Dolphins-Jets game:
Nothing better than watching the Dolphins beat down the jets on a Sunday pic.twitter.com/ZIWX7PGMT5
It’s not much better at MetLife Stadium, where the Giants are hosting their NFC East rival Eagles.
Would you look at THIS crowd??? pic.twitter.com/eZHimXvQbQ
Giants vs Eagles. Row 3. Met Life Stadium. pic.twitter.com/XQ1REXJIza
There are still plenty of seats available at FedEx Field for the Redskins-Cowboys game.
The crowd for the opening kickoff at LP field in Nashville may be the worst of them all.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns should have been building around two 2014 first-round picks and 2013 All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon as they try to climb back to NFL relevancy.
Let's just say it has not been a good week for the Browns.
Reports from CBSSports.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealersaid Johnny Manziel, the 22nd pick of this year's draft, threw a big party on Friday night. That's when the trouble started.
Gordon was suspended for missing a walk-through practice on Saturday, a bad sign for a player with a lot of off-field issues. He was at Manziel's party, as were other Browns players, according to the Plain Dealer. Gordon will miss 11 of 16 games this season due to suspensions.LiveCleveland0 - 3BaltimoreFollow Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Some NFL coaches go into Week 17 with hopes of grabbing an open playoff spot and extending their season. Other coaches wonder if Week 17 might be their last game before getting fired.
For Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith, it’s probably both.
The disappointing Falcons are still alive to win the NFC South, because the entire division has been bad. The 6-9 Falcons play the 6-8-1 Carolina Panthers, and the winner takes the NFC South crown. So Smith could be preparing for a playoff game on Monday, or cleaning out his office. There has been plenty of speculation that he’ll be fired if he doesn’t win, and ESPN reported that the Falcons have already hired the search firm Korn Ferry to identify possible head-coaching candidates. No pressure, Mike. In fact, Smith might need to win a playoff game to save his job.Sun, Dec 281:25 PM PSTCarolina at AtlantaPreview Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense is really potent, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is playing a different way. It’s working for him.
Roethlisberger has been almost exclusively a pocket passer over the last month or so. And he has been very efficient. You might not see him on the highlights as often because he doesn’t make those “Roethlisberger plays” where he buys time and makes a throw downfield. But I can’t recall a time where he has played this well from the pocket for this long. He’s just a big oak tree in the pocket going through progressions.
A 19-yard throw to Antonio Brown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs is a good example of his patience and command in the pocket. Even with a muddied pocket around him, he stood in for a long time, never left the pocket and delivered the ball effectively. It’s not a spectacular play, but it’s a very good one.Sun, Dec 285:30 PM PSTCincinnati at PittsburghPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon said all the right things after he was suspended for 10 games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, so at least he has figure out how to help his image that way.
But following through with his claims that he wants to change his image? Well, maybe not so much.
Gordon was suspended for the team's regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens for violating team rules, the Browns announced. It's a really bad way for Gordon to go into the offseason. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reportedthat Gordon was suspended for missing a walk-through practice on Saturday.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Black Monday has come early to New York.
According to NJ Advance Media, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office at the team's headquarters. The Jets will be playing in Miami on Sunday, and it appears Ryan doesn't anticipate his tenure with the team will last much longer than the final horn.
Jets owner Woody Johnson has reportedly solicited the assistance of Charley Casserly in seeking out new candidates to replace Ryan and general manager John Idzik, and Casserly has apparently begun that search in earnest. When word got back to Ryan, he began packing up, according to NJ.com.LiveNY Jets14 - 10MiamiFollow Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
If you ask around the NFL, you’d find that New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is considered one of the best defensive minds in the league.
I’m not in their building so I can’t speak about him as a head coach (I know from watching “Hard Knocks” like everyone else), but I know from watching film his defenses are really tough to play against. The Jets did a tremendous job getting pressure on the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady last week, even though it came in a loss. Remember, the Jets also did pretty well getting pressure on Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger earlier this season.LiveBuffalo14 - 3New EnglandFollow Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Sometimes family and business don't mix well. This appears to be one example of that.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Andre Melton, the uncle of Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson who serves as Johnson's advisor, said Johnson would consider a pay cut in the offseeason.
“We understand it’s a business and we’re willing to deal with that,” Melton said. “And Andre doesn’t mind having a pay cut.”
Johnson is slated to make $10.5 million next season and count $16.1 million against the salary cap. Those numbers could prove to be too unwieldy for the Texans to keep him at. Johnson has said he wants to retire a Texan after it appeared he and the team could be parting ways this past offseason.LiveJacksonville10 - 7HoustonFollow Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been criticized for being a game manager, but now the Chiefs face life without him in Week 17.
Smith will not play on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers due to a lacerated spleen according to Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder, via B.J. Kissel of KCChiefs.com. Chase Daniel will start on Sunday. The Chiefs need to win to stay alive for a playoff spot. The Chargers clinch a wild-card playoff spot with a win.LiveSan Diego7 - 10Kansas CityFollow Game