- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The NFL admitted Tuesday that officials erred in the closing minutes of Monday night's San Diego Chargers-Pittsburgh Steelers game as nearly 20 seconds unnecessarily ran off the clock, time the Steelers were supposed to have.
Fortunately for the league, referee Pete Morelli and side judge Rob Vernatchi, who is responsible for making sure the game clock is being operated properly, Pittsburgh was able to get the game-winning score in the time it was (erroneously) given when running back Le'Veon Bell bulled over the goal line with zeroes showing on the clock for a 24-20 victory.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora emailed this explanation to several reporters:
"With 2:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, San Diego kicked off to Pittsburgh. The kick resulted in a touchback. By rule, the game clock does not start if the receiving team possesses the ball in the end zone and does not carry it into the field of play.Mon, Oct 12Pittsburgh24 - 20San DiegoGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The NFL has already come under fire for purporting to care about women's issues as the league levies underwhelming suspensions on domestic abusers, and this won't do much for public perception.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result many corporations take the opportunity to do their part, spreading the word and raising money for a cause that affects one in eight U.S. women (and a small percentage of men, too). The NFL's "A Crucial Catch" effort to encourage annual screenings is no different, as the league donates 100 percent of the proceeds from its pink merchandise and auctions off game-worn pink items all in an effort to raise awareness for a deadly disease. That's all good stuff.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
With a 24-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter, one would expect the Seattle Seahawks' defense to close out the win.
As we know, that didn't happen. The Cincinnati Bengals came back, tying the game on the last play of regulation and winning it in overtime. This did not have the feel of a strong defensive performance by the Seahawks. The defense did not look the same as we’re used to seeing.
The Bengals deserve credit too, and let's take a look at how they came back.
We have to take a look at a play early in the game, because it was repeated in the fourth-quarter comeback. Tyler Eifert scored a 14-yard touchdown, and it was open because of A.J. Green. The single-high safety Earl Thomas aligned to the side of Green, who was in the slot to the field side, Eifert was the line-of-scrimmage tight end and he ran a seam route on the boundary side. Safety Kam Chancellor had no awareness of Eifert's seam route.
Now look at Eifert's 10-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, which got the comeback really going. It was the same play from the same formation, and the Seahawks played it the same way. And again, Chancellor did not carry Eifert down the seam.Sun, Oct 11Seattle24 - 27CincinnatiGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
As the undefeated Panthers prepare to face the Seahawks for the fifth time in the four seasons, the team will get a boost from the return of All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Multiple reports Tuesday morning say Kuechly is out of concussion protocol after being cleared by an independent neurologist on Monday afternoon. He is expected to return to practice Tuesday afternoon.
Kuechly suffered his concussion late in the first half of Carolina's season opener, against Jacksonville. He has spent the last month as an observer, and his activity has been restricted to light non-contact drills. The Charlotte Observer reported that due to concerns over Kuechly's conditioning level, it is not expected that he will play 100 percent of the snaps this week.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Shortly before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys running back Christine Michael posted a photograph to his Instagram account that appeared to show him posing with a Texas police officer alongside a highway. The Texas Highway Patrol indicated that Michael had been pulled over because of suspicion regarding the level of tint on his front windshield.
Now, per TMZ Sports, the officer, who did not issue Michael a ticket, will face disciplinary action. "The trooper's actions have been reviewed by DPS and are not consistent with department procedure," sergeant Lonny Haschel told TMZ. "Corrective action, in the form of a procedural review, will be taken. In conversations with his chain of command, the trooper realized his error in judgement and was apologetic for the incident."Sun, Oct 11New England30 - 6DallasGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
When he was at the podium last week forthe press conference announcing him as the Dolphins' interim head coach, Dan Campbell spoke of making practices more competitive and changing the culture around the team; in days since, he's said he wants his team to be tougher.
Toughness is certainly something Campbell knows a thing or two about. It of course takes a level of toughness to play in the NFL, and as a tight end, as Campbell was, to take on defensive players who are often heavier than you.
But Campbell's former teammate, Sean Ryan, gave an indication of how tough the now 39-year old is during an appearance on NFL Network's "Around the NFL."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
One of the stranger plays of the NFL season came midway through Sunday's Jacksonville Jaguars-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. Tampa Bay's Bobby Rainey was returning a punt, and Jacksonville's Bernard Pierce was part of the squad looking to bring him down.
Suddenly, inexplicably, Pierce turned around and began blocking for Rainey, allowing Rainey to add more yardage and reach the Jacksonville 17. The Bucs soon scored, and would go on to win the game 38-31.
What happened? A mental lapse? Immediately afterward, Pierce was as confused as anyone. "I don't know," he said. "I really don't have an answer for you. I can't really explain it."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
While it's easy to bury the Seattle Seahawks now, it's probably worth taking a look back at last season.
The Seahawks are 2-3 after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Last year, they started 3-3. After that 3-3 start, the Seahawks lost two more times: A four-point loss at Kansas City on Nov. 16, and when Malcolm Butler picked off Russell Wilson a yard short of a Super Bowl title. That's it. After 3-3, they had 11 wins and two losses. Worth noting.
Also, you can make a case that the Seahawks could easily be 4-1 this season. They led in the final minute of regulation in two of their three losses. If the Rams don't get a long touchdown after a Seattle defensive back fell down and Tyler Eifert doesn't make a circus catch for the Bengals in the final two minutes Sunday, the Seahawks are about where we thought they'd be, with just one loss at the Green Bay Packers.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers had five seconds left and a choice.
They could have kicked a field goal and sent Monday night's game against the San Diego Chargers to overtime or go for the win. The Steelers went for it and were rewarded for their boldness.
Le'Veon Bell stretched across the goal line with no time left on the clock, and the Steelers pulled out a crazy 24-20 win. The flight home to Pittsburgh, at 3-2, will be a lot more pleasant than if Bell had been stopped.
The Steelers had a timeout and probably figured that one play might not take off the entire final five seconds, but that was a huge risk. And on a direct snap to Bell, all five seconds ran off. Had Bell not scored, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was criticized after last week's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, would have been under some extreme fire.
Tomlin said he was hoping that he would have had enough time to call a timeout, but ultimately he was fine going for the victory.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
For some reason, those who have been suspended in the NFL for performance-enhancing drugs aren't treated the same as baseball players.
Baseball players generally carry around scorn the rest of their careers after positive tests or even just accusations (with a few exceptions, and without exception the PED cheats who are forgiven are the ones who are friendly with the media), but NFL players just come back and everyone moves on like nothing happened. Oh, hey, Antonio Gates, good to have you back.