- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner18 mins ago
The New York Giants enjoyed their two-week break, watching the rest of the NFC East hand them the division on a silver platter.
The Giants took that platter — like a drunk, unwanted Thanksgiving guest — and dropped it down a flight of stairs.
Your first-place Washington Redskins? That's the result after Sunday's Giants loss (let's be honest: that's what this was) to the Redskins, 20-14, in a game the Redskins controlled for the first 48 minutes.
Eli Manning was picked three times behind a slaughtered offensive line, fully earning his closed-captioning-gifted nickname of "Penguin Boy" in the process. He fumbled twice, was sacked three times and misfired on 25 of his 51 pass attempts.
The NFC is officially a mess. You like that?!
Yes, we had to work in a Kirk Cousins reference, and honestly after a poor start — almost getting pick-sixed — he completed 20 of 29 passes to 10 different receivers for 302 yards and a 63-yard TD bomb to DeSean Jackson, who do-si-doed along the the goal line in typically DeSean fashion.Sun, Nov 29NY Giants14 - 20WashingtonGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner44 mins ago
Of all the teams who wouldn't panic with a 10-point deficit, the Kansas City Chiefs might top the list.
After you've dug out of a 1-5 start to the season to become a favorite to grab for one of the AFC's two wild-card spots, something trivial like a first-half deficit isn't going to be a bother.
The Chiefs are authoring a pretty incredible story this season. Left for dead after losing five of their first six games, they have now won five in a row, have the NFL's easiest schedule the rest of the way, and scored a huge win in the AFC playoff picture by beating the Buffalo Bills 30-22 on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs battled back after trailing 10-0 and 16-7 in the first half. The Chiefs not only took a one-game lead in the standings over the Bills, they now own the head-to-head tiebreaker too.
The Chiefs' remaining schedule is beyond friendly. Each of the Chiefs' final five opponents are below .500 this season. The toughest game they have left, by far, is at the Oakland Raiders. The Bills were the Chiefs' last big test, and they aced it.Sun, Nov 29Buffalo22 - 30Kansas CityGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner46 mins ago
Sometimes, closed captioning is simply perfect. Earlier this year, a closed-caption text dubbedthe NBA's Nik Stauskas "Sauce Castillo," and now, we have an even better nickname: Eli Manning, "Penguin Boy."
Alas, Penguin Boy was not able to rally the Giants over the Redskins, falling 20-14 in a key divisional matchup despite another Hall of Fame-level catch by Odell Beckham Jr.
Yes, Eli Manning has two Super Bowls. Yes, he is legitimately a very good, occasionally great quarterback. But, now and forevermore, he is Penguin Boy. So let it be written, so let it be done.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner53 mins ago
If you're Eli Manning and you're having a miserable day, there's only one solution.
Throw it up to Odell Beckham Jr.
Anywhere on the field. Somewhere in his zip code. Chances are, he'll make the grab.
This one from Sunday against the Washington Redskins might not be that made Beckham an international superstar. But it's darned close.
Check out Beckham going horizontal and making a diving, left-handed grab in the end zone to help bring the New York Giants back in a game they trailed throughout.
How many players in the league can make this play? Two? Three? Maybe?
It required him to (1) burn the corner, (2) time up his dive, (3) catch the ball with his off hand, (4) not let it hit the ground and (5) stay inbounds.
The catch against the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 still reigns as Beckham's best to date, but Sunday's grab is no slouch at all.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs 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 Corner2 hrs ago
There's a "The Big Lebowski" line that applies to every facet of life, but none more than Blake Bortles on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers
Bortles has to know that this is a league game and that this is not 'Nam ... there are rules
Not once, but twice, Bortles led the Jacksonville Jaguars deep into the red zone and then undid his quality work by throwing passes past the line of scrimmage. His new nickname is "Smokey," and I am Walter Sobchak.
The first throw (seen above) from the second quarter was downright ridiculous. (The bad ridiculous, we mean.) Watch as Bortles scrambles parallel to the line of scrimmage and then completely ignores it, running a full three yards past it to deliver a "touchdown pass" to Allen Robinson.
Not only was it correctly called back, but the illegal forward pass penalty cost them five yards and forced the Jags to kick a field goal.
The second one came at nearly the same yard line in the third quarter. The result was a hilarious lob ball into the end zone aimed (if you can use that word) at Julius Thomas and also called back when he passed the line by yet another clear margin.
Mark it fourth down, dude!Sun, Nov 29San Diego31 - 25JacksonvilleGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs 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 need 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.Sun, Nov 29Miami20 - 38NY JetsGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 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 Corner4 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 Corner5 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.