- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
We probably should have realized the New Orleans Saints might start 0-2. Both of their first two games were on the road, and they're allergic to winning away from the Superdome.
New Orleans went on the road and dropped a game as a favorite for the second straight week, losing 26-24 on a last-second field goal at Cleveland. Last year the Saints were 8-0 at home and 3-5 on the road, and they've picked up right where they left off.
It's not over for the Saints at 0-2, obviously. But they lost a game against a team that was 4-13 since the start of the 2013 season and didn't have tight end Jordan Cameron, running back Ben Tate or outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, three of its best players (not to mention arguably its best player, suspended receiver Josh Gordon).
Do good teams really do that?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Geno Smith threw a beautiful 36-touchdown to Jeremy Kerley to tie the Packers late in the fourth quarter on Sunday ... except that the Jets called a timeout right before the play. No touchdown after all. And before going all #LOLJets about that blooper, it seemed like the officials should have never granted the timeout.
CBS showed the replay, which showed offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg furiously signaling and yelling for a timeout. The problem is, only a head coach can call a timeout from the sideline, which former referee turned CBS analyst Mike Carey pointed out on the broadcast. The timeout was granted anyway.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Ray Rice is not going quietly into his indefinite suspension. Rice will appeal his indefinite suspension on Monday, Pro Football Talk reported.
Rice was involved in an altercation with his then-fiancee in February in an Atlantic City casino. This summer, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for two games for his actions, in which he knocked his now-wife Janay Rice unconscious with a punch. However, when video of the actual punch surfaced last week, Goodell, under extreme public criticism, increased the suspension to "indefinite." Rice's team, the Baltimore Ravens, also cut ties with him. (For a complete timeline of the Rice case, click here.)
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The San Diego Chargers are following last season's script: Blown-lead loss in Week 1, followed by stunning upset in Week 2.
Last season, the Chargers blew a 28-7 second-half home lead to the Houston Texans and pulled a last-second shocker against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road.
This season has felt similar — Week 1's 17-6 lead blown in the fourth quarter to the Arizona Cardinals, followed by Sunday's shocking 30-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
This one felt like everything needed to go the Chargers' way. The heart and soul on the offensive line, center Nick Hardwick, was out. And San Diego, who played Monday, had roughly 100 fewer hours to prepare for this game than the Seahawks, who played last Thursday.
But Philip Rivers, fearless gunner as he is, wasn't about to back down from Richard Sherman or anyone else on a nasty Seahawks defense that chewed up Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and a very good Green Bay Packers offense in the opener.Sun, Sep 14Seattle21 - 30San DiegoGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The stories of Peyton Manning's preparation for each and every game are legendary, and so too are the expectations he has for his receivers. It's no surprise, then, that even one of the NFL's leading scorers, Julius Thomas, might find himself on the business end of a Manning critique:
Sure, the Broncos were up by 11 at the time to a team that was having trouble locating the end zone (Kansas City had just gone 10 minutes with the ball and did not score at all), but you never know in the NFL when someone's going to jump up and throw a scare into you. Better it be your quarterback than the other team, right?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Passions run high during NFL games, but we're still waiting for the first instance of an on-field fight accomplishing anything.
Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson of the Jets got himself ejected right after Green Bay took a 24-21 lead against New York on Sunday. There was a scrum after a two-point conversion, there was some shoving, then Wilkerson started throwing some wild punches, mostly at Packers tackle David Bakhtiari. And just like that, the Jets were without a key part of their defense, because Wilkerson was kicked out. Obviously.
Wilkerson, apparently not too worried about what had just happened, waved his arms and was smiling as he went to the locker room, egging on the Packers fans. So there's that.
Again, what exactly did Wilkerson accomplish by all this? The world may never know.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
It's only Week 2, but we've got ourselves a strong contender for worst play of the year. And it comes to us courtesy of — sit down, this may shock you — the Oakland Raiders.
Already getting walloped by the Texans, the Raiders appeared to have some good fortune turn their way when James Jones caught a pass with nothing but open field ahead of him. Alas, this is Oakland, where nothing is ever easy. Jones fumbled the ball not once, but twice, on the same play:
The Texans would recover the ball just outside their own end zone, and ran away for a 30-14 win over the Raiders. At least you'll always have this beauty, Oakland fans.Sun, Sep 14Houston30 - 14OaklandGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
If you thought a wild day of NFL injuries would end with the culmination of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET games, guess again. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles — owned in 100 percent of Yahoo's fantasy leagues and drafted No. 1 overall in many — and All-Pro safety Eric Berry both left Kansas City's late afternoon game with ankle injuries.
Charles had just two carries and a catch for a total of 12 yards before being helped to the locker room in the first quarter of Kansas City's 24-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Despite amassing just 34 yards on 14 touches in Kansas City's Week 1 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Charles' absence is a huge blow to the Chiefs, especially against the defending AFC champions. He has played 31 of 32 possible regular-season games since returning from a season-ending torn left ACL in 2011.
The injuries kept on coming, as Berry was sidelined in the second quarter, and the Chiefs limped into halftime trailing 21-10. Berry missed the entire preseason with tendonitis in his right heel.Sun, Sep 14Kansas City17 - 24DenverGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
You cannot stop J.J. Watt. You cannot even hope to contain him.
Early in Houston's game against Oakland, Watt, the behemoth who stands as one of the best on the defensive side of the ball, checked in at tight end and, well, this happened:
It's just not even fair. Is it possible that Watt's $100 million deal was a bargain?
Reaction from Twitter was of course properly calm and measured:
JJ Watt: Best player in football, regardless of position.
"More JJ Watt! MORE JJ WATT!!!!" - Roger Goodell
Why are people surprised JJ Watt caught a pass? He was a walk-on tight end at CMU. Eight catches for 77 yards in 2007.
THEY LAUGHED AT ME WHEN I STARTED JJ WATT AT WIDE RECEIVER
We look for Watt to be starting at quarterback before midseason.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The New York Giants are 0-2 to start the season. Again.
Remember last year when they opened 0-6? The talk of Tom Coughlin's status with the team was first broached as being in serious trouble.
Stoke that fire again.
After a brutal Week 1 loss in Detroit in which Eli Manning's struggles were the narrative of choice, the talk changed in Week 2 with a team loss that had little to do with Manning. Although Manning had two bad interceptions, one was early in the game and one was in the waning moments when the team was down two scores.
Manning did his part Sunday. At one point, he was 19-of-24 passing with three drops by Victor Cruz, the man who said an improved offense would start with him seeing more passes thrown his way.
This loss starts — fairly or not — with Coughlin. It's his team, and things are falling apart quickly.
The Giants led 14-10 in the fourth quarter against a Cardinals team playing on a short week, traveling three time zones and playing a backup quarterback in Drew Stanton who had not started a game since 2010 — and that was two teams ago.Sun, Sep 14Arizona25 - 14NY GiantsGame Recap