- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner40 mins ago
Odell Beckham Jr. knows style, and he knows what looks great on a Thanksgiving weekend: Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Check out the cleats Beckham wore before the Giants' game against Washington on Sunday:
Odell Beckham Jr. avec des crampons "Snoopy & Charlie Brown" pic.twitter.com/fEkHkH3rpY
Not bad, not bad. Let's zoom in for a closer look.
Il y a même une boucle du Père Noël sur les crampons ! 🎅 pic.twitter.com/k8uVafpACu
Sweet. Can't go wrong with good ol' Charlie Brown. And if anyone would be able to keep Lucy from pulling away that football, it'd be Beckham.
And keep up with Jay over on Facebook, too.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner40 mins ago
This isn't Dan Orlovsky running out of the end zone for a safety, but it's darned close.
Quarterback Blake Bortles has had a nice second season and has the Jacksonville Jaguars in playoff contention in a bad division. But this throw he made in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers is downright ridiculous.
(The bad ridiculous, we mean.)
Watch as Bortles scrambles parallel to the line of scrimmage and then completely ignore it, running a full three yards past it to deliver a "touchdown pass" to Allen Robinson.
Not only was it called back correctly, but the illegal forward pass penalty cost them five yards and forced the Jags to kick a field goal.
We're still laughing, Blake. Good on you.
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- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
We'll say this for the Miami Dolphins' $114 million man, Ndamukong Suh: he certainly has a high opinion of himself.
Don't get us wrong - professional athletes have to have a ton of self-confidence to get to the highest levels of sport. But telling your own teammates some of them don't belong on the field with you? Well, that's probably taking things too far.
But that's just what Suh did this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
According to Rapoport, on Monday, a day after Miami's home loss to Dallas, Suh gave a "fiery" speech to his defensive teammates and told them he's in charge of the group.
"I run this defense," Suh said, via Rapoport. "I'm going to be here for the next five years, there's no guarantee any of you will be as well. Only a handful of guys are good enough to play with me right now."
And it's not just many of his teammates Suh believes aren't good enough - he also said the Dolphins' defensive schemes weren't good enough, the techniques were not good enough, and everyone needed to play better.LiveMiami0 - 21NY JetsFollow Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Give it to Tom Brady — the man knows how to get under the skin of his opponents.
Brady posted the bit of high-level Photoshoppery at right on his Facebook page on Sunday morning, a clear shot at Denver in advance of Sunday night's marquee game.
Of course, we have questions:
• The Bronco appears to be smiling. Does it know something Brady doesn't?
• How is Brady able to stay on the Bronco? That's some serious knee-and-thigh strength there.
• Would carrying the quarterback on your back count as a penalty? If not, the Denver defense may have a new trick to play.
• Why is Brady still trying to throw the ball? Shouldn't he tuck it away? What is he, Cam Newton?
• That Bronco looks a bit like an angry Peyton Manning, doesn't it?
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
When the New York Jets released defensive end Quinton Coples on Monday, it came as a bit of a surprise. Yes, the 2012 first-round pick had become a bit player, but he was released late Monday morning, not long after the Jets returned home from a disappointing loss in Houston to the Texans.
Though first-year head coach Todd Bowles told reporters the release had to do with playing time and Coples being ill-suited to the defensive scheme, there reportedly was an event that led to the team cutting ties with him.
ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini, citing a team source, reported Sunday that Coples was "involved in an incident" on the team's charter home from Houston. Cimini wrote that it is unclear what happened on the flight, "but it didn't sit well with the powers-that-be, sealing his fate."
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Most NFL coaches and players are notorious for keeping their routines. On practice days, on game days, each one has his own quirks or superstitions, from players getting their ankles taped by the same trainer every day to eating the same pre-game meal to sitting in the same spot on the same bus to the stadium for road games.
Buffalo Bills players who were taking the first bus to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday had their routine disrupted slightly when the bus broke down. Defensive lineman Jerry Hughes provided on-bus updates:
Bus is slowly breaking down😒. And we've stopped...
Driver didn't realize his check engine light has been on for 2months😂😂😁
The dreaded "check engine" light! Who among us hasn't ignored that little notifier before, willing it to turn off because the car is running just fine? Only me? Oh. We continue with our story then ...
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that players were able to remain on the bus, the driver shifted the bus into manual transmission mode, and was able to deliver the players to Arrowhead. Hopefully players are able to stick to their usual pre-game routines.LiveBuffalo16 - 21Kansas CityFollow Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
In watching film of the Denver Broncos win over the Chicago Bears, I felt like I was watching coach Gary Kubiak’s offense the way he wants to run it.
Denver had a new quarterback last week, and the offense looked different. Brock Osweiler replaced Peyton Manning, and I noticed two things right away: Osweiler was under center and there was a preponderance of two-tight end sets. The Broncos had shifted from Kubiak's offense to feature more shotgun and pistol formations to suit Manning. That changed last Sunday. It was just one game, and Osweiler has some things he needs to improve on, but it was an intriguing glimpse at how the Broncos will play as long as Osweiler is quarterback.
Here's a play that is vintage Kubiak, which we haven't seen much this season. On a touchdown drive in the second half, the Broncos ran a play action boot off the outside run action. Tight end Owen Daniels crossed the formation. it was pitch and catch. It's also a staple play in Kubiak's offense.Sun, Nov 295:30 PM PSTNew England at DenverPreview Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
When you break down the Seattle Seahawks at their best, they have a dominant run game, a historically dominant defense and quarterback Russell Wilson fits in very well with that.
The Seahawks ran the ball very well last week against the San Francisco 49ers and the defense played well, and not surprisingly, Wilson played very well too. Wilson didn’t try to do too much, because he didn’t have to do too much. Seattle’s run/pass ratio was pretty close to 50/50. Thomas Rawls, filling in for injured Marshawn Lynch, ran the ball really well. There have been times this season when Wilson was asked to do more, and the results haven’t been the same as in years past. Last Sunday was how the Seahawks want to play, and Seattle did a great job putting Wilson in positions to be his best.Sun, Nov 291:25 PM PSTPittsburgh at SeattlePreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey is expected to survive from gunshot wounds he suffered this week, head coach Jeff Fisher said on Sirius XM Radio on Friday.
Bailey, 24, was in serious but stable condition after being shot twice in the head during what appeared to be a drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Tuesday night. He underwent surgery after the shooting and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Teammates and other NFL players expressed their shock and sent well wishes when the news broke of the shooting.LiveSt. Louis7 - 31CincinnatiFollow Game