- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A breakdown of whether Marshawn Lynch ought to be speaking to the media • A look at the amazing rookie wide receiver class, starting with Odell Beckham Jr. • A lightning round featuring questions about Thanksgiving, and ONLY Thanksgiving • A complete rundown of this week's Thanksgiving and Sunday games All this and more on the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Although he hasn't made a formal decision, it appears that UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is poised to enter the 2015 NFL draft, based on what he told The Jim Rome Show (v, h/t PFT).
"There’s a really good chance that was my last game against USC. The conversation keeps coming up," Hundley said. "I’ve got my degree; I’ve done everything I wanted to do here. I’ve left something really, truly great, and I feel good. That’s probably my last one against USC."
UCLA still has the Stanford game, a likely trip to the Pac-12 championship game and a bowl game, of course, and it should be a pretty darned good one, pending the last few weeks of the college football season. But for all intents and purposes, it appears Hundley is done as a Bruin.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
It was a pretty big deal when the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks made the playoffs at the end of the 2010 season. People still bring them up, as the only losing team to make the playoffs. Those Seahawks are memorable because they won a playoff game, too.
So how many times would we cite this year's NFC South champion if it won the division at 5-11? It is still mathematically possible. And the scenario is not as crazy as you might think with five weeks left.
Every team in the NFC South is 4-7 or worse. The Atlanta Falcons technically lead, and they are 0-7 in non-divisional games. Here are the remaining schedules, followed by the unbelievable "5-11 division champion" scenario:
ATLANTA FALCONS (4-7) vs. Arizona, at Green Bay, vs. Pittsburgh, at New Orleans, vs. Carolina
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-7) at Pittsburgh, vs. Carolina, at Chicago, vs. Atlanta, at Tampa Bay
CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-7-1) at Minnesota, at New Orleans, vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Cleveland, at AtlantaSun, Nov 23Cleveland26 - 24AtlantaGame Recap
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
We've seen GoPros strapped onto babies, dogs and skydivers.
But this might be the coolest application yet: "Challenger," the bald eagle who is often spotted soaring into sporting events across the country, wore one of the cameras (you can see it in the picture above) while flying over the Houston Texans-Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday.
The result was nothing short of majestic:
After watching that, I feel fairly confident in saying that I'd be a regular watcher of a cable channel that was nothing but bald eagle flights. How can we make this happen?
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
After a 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, the New York Jets officially were eliminated from playoff contention — and the end looks closer than ever for head coach Rex Ryan.
Although Jets players largely say they have supported Ryan as their coach, the team's putrid effort on Monday didn't match their words.
But defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson vehemently and emotionally supported Ryan after the game, saying the Jets players let Ryan down "big time," per the Star Ledger.Mon, Nov 24NY Jets3 - 38BuffaloGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Adrian Peterson might want to put down the iPad for a bit.
Soon after it was announced
The GRAND JURY DECIDED NOT TO INDICT ME TOO! But that changed a week LATER! MAYBE,BUT NOT LIKELY N THIS CASE #PUTyourTrustNGODnotINtheWORLD!
Other than the words "grand jury" there isn't a thing that ties either case to each other. News broadcasts showed angry protesters burning down businesses amid clouds of police-issued tear gas in Ferguson after the announcement was made, and there were reports of shots fired in the crowd.
This tweet — assuming his account was not hacked — certainly doesn't make the Minnesota Vikings running back, who admitted to police he didn't know what was wrong with hitting his 4-year-old child multiple times when interviewed in his case, appear to be any more aware now than he appeared then.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
This season, in which nothing makes sense from week to week, we have something that seems like a safe proclamation.
The New England Patriots are the clear favorite in the AFC. And the Green Bay Packers have established themselves as the favorite in the NFC.
That's not to say these are going to be your two Super Bowl teams. We've had plenty of seasons in which the best team doesn't win the Super Bowl or even make it there. But if you don't live in Arizona or Colorado, these are probably the two teams you're betting on to make it to the end.
The Patriots have lapped the field in the AFC, and they might be on the way to doing it twice. They've beaten three straight division leaders by at least three touchdowns. They’re 32-3 in the second halves of seasons since 2010, and have won 15 straight at home. This team isn’t the 2007 squad or anything, but it would be a major upset if they don’t win the AFC title.Sun, Nov 23Green Bay24 - 21MinnesotaGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
The New Orleans Saints probably were the happiest team to see Steve Smith sign outside the NFC South this offseason.
Until they checked the 2014 schedule and saw they play the Baltimore Ravens, Smith's new team.
Smith picked up his Saints-related torture that he perfected after years with the Carolina Panthers by catching this ridiculous touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Maybe he just wanted to make his ex-girlfriends jealous.
Yeah, you can ask what the defensive back was doing on the play. And you might not love Smith's catch as much as Odell Beckham's all-timerSunday night.
But, man, Smith can make the impossible possible sometimes.
It has been a weekend — and a season, really — of tremendous catches. In the undercard game Monday, check out the nice work that Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Woods turned in on this grab.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
There was no way to keep the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game from being a bit strange, but credit to everyone involved for trying their best to make it seem normal.
The Bills were forced from a home game due to a record snowfall that hit the area last week. On Thursday, the NFL announced the game would be moved from Buffalo to Detroit, and from Sunday to Monday night.
So in a stadium neither team has a tremendous connection to, in front of a crowd plied by free tickets that filled up most of the lower bowl of Ford Field but couldn't make the upper deck look like a regular NFL game, the Jets and Bills kicked off.
Lower bowl of Ford Field close to full tonight at coin toss pic.twitter.com/Gsf45IHvRd
Almost entire upper bowl empty at Ford Field for NFL Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. pic.twitter.com/1vzbjJS3l4
The crowd, via reports from the game, was mostly rooting for the Bills in their "home" game. The Bills rolled to an easy 38-3 win against the Jets. The highlight might have been tight end Scott Chandler's "snow shovel" celebration after a touchdown.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
There was some shocking news from the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday: star safety Eric Berry will miss the rest of the season with what the team fears is lymphoma.
Berry had discomfort in his chest after last week's game against the Oakland Raiders, and a mass was found on an MRI, ESPN.com's Adam Teischer reported from the news conference of Chiefs athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. There is no definite diagnosis, Teischer reported, but Burkholder said the "leading consideration" is that Berry has lymphoma, a form of cancer.
Berry will see a specialist in Atlanta, KCChiefs.com writer B.J. Kissel said, to determine what the mass is.
He was placed on the non-football illness list and is out for the rest of the season. Berry released a statement through the team's site: