- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner35 mins ago
There's a reason most fantasy football leagues end before Week 17: because sometimes the best players play themselves into an early vacation.
Tom Brady and Andrew Luck, quarterbacks of two playoff-bound AFC teams, put in 30 minutes of work and clocked out on Sunday, having done enough for the regular season.
Luck went 10-for-16 for 160 yards and two touchdowns in one half, and racked up the accolades. He set the Colts' franchise passing record (a franchise, remember, that once had a guy named Manning throwing for it). His two touchdowns gave him 86 in the first three years of his career, more than any other player in NFL history except Dan Marino, who had 98. And Luck, who threw his 39th and 40th touchdowns of the year, is the eighth player in NFL history to throw 40 or more touchdowns in a season. He left the game leading the Tennessee Titans 17-7.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Lamar Miller passed a personal milestone in style.
Miller, who is having a breakout in his third season for the Miami Dolphins, passed 1,000 yards in a season for the first time. He did it on one of the four longest runs in NFL history.
Early in the third quarter the Dolphins were backed up at their 3-yard line and handed to Miller, who burst through a hole on the right side, then ran past a defender who fell down and was off to the races. He outran the Jets' defense to the end zone for a 97-yard score, the longest in Dolphins history. That put him over 1,000 yards for the season.
There have only been two longer runs in NFL history. Tony Dorsett has the only 99-yard run in NFL history, for the Cowboys in 1983. Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green had a 98-yard run in 2003. The only other 97-yard run before Sunday was Andy Uram for the Packers in 1939.
So Miller joined a couple of nice lists on one play Sunday.LiveNY Jets34 - 24MiamiFollow Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
These are tense times in the NFL. Playoff bids on the line, coaches coming and going, players seeing the end of their season and, in many cases, their careers.
There are many games in Week 17 with significant postseason ramifications. Vikings-Bears is not one of them, which is why we bring you this highlight of Ragnar the Viking trying out for the cheerleader squad. Let a little sunshine in, everybody:
You're gonna miss this kind of stuff when it's April and football is many months away, we guarantee it.
[Via SB Nation]
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The Kansas City Chiefs' wide receivers not scoring a touchdown this season has to be one of the more incredible statistical achievements in recent NFL memory.
The streak, however, appeared to end Sunday. Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel, starting in place of Alex Smith (lacerated spleen), hit Dwayne Bowe for what looked like an 11-yard touchdown Considering Bowe's massive salary, it would have been about time for him to cross the plane.
Except he didn't. The play was reviewed, and Bowe was ruled to be stopped inside the San Diego Chargers' 1-yard line. Bowe also fumbled on the play, and teammate Travis Kelce recovered the ball for the score. Kelce's a tight end, by the way.
So close ...
Chiefs Wide Receiver Scored A Touchdown! pic.twitter.com/JHcecQfvuX
The Chiefs have attempted just shy of 500 passes this season and have thrown for 18 touchdowns. The fact that they are all by backs and tight ends is just the quirkiest (saddest?) thing ever.
At this point, we'd like to see this thing through. It's just too weird to happen in today's NFL.
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- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Bringing Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray down can be a tough task.
Just ask Washington Redskins defensive tackle Chris Baker.
Baker had Murray in his grasp on a first-half carry on Sunday at FedEx Field, but Murray maintained his balance and scurried upfield. Baker thought he had another tackle to add to his stats and celebrated accordingly. He did not.
Take a look. (via @EKayCBS)
Murray passed Emmitt Smith's mark of 1,773 yards and set a Cowboys franchise record for rushing yards in a season on one of his first-half runs, so Baker is not the only defender Murray has made look silly this season.
The Cowboys led 27-7 midway through the second quarter. Murray had 77 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs 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 pass Emmitt Smith's mark of 1,773 rush yards in 1995. Murray entered the Cowboys' final game needing 29 yards to break Smith's mark.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner2 hrs 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 Corner4 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns should have been building around two 2014 first-round picks and 2013 All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon in an effort 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.LiveCleveland10 - 20BaltimoreFollow Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Some NFL coaches go into Week 17 with hopes of grabbing a 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 Corner1 day 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