- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying it would be "impractical" for the Buffalo Bills to host the New York Jets as scheduled on Sunday, given the heavy snow that has hit the area, the NFL is apparently considering moving the game to another city.
The three sites under consideration are Detroit, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh, according to the New York Post. In that scenario, the game would be played on Monday.Sun, Nov 2310:00 AM PSTNY Jets at BuffaloPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Let's take a look back at the NFL's world before "Monday Night Football" on Oct. 5, 1998.
The Green Bay Packers ruled the NFC. They did not lose at Lambeau Field. Randy Moss was a fun and talented rookie, but one who still hadn't had a 100-yard game in the NFL. Moss' Minnesota Vikings were a bit of a surprise at 4-0. But, again, nobody won at Lambeau except the Packers. They had won 25 regular-season games in a row there.
That world changed in a big way.
By the end of that night, the Packers had no more home winning streak, the Vikings started on their way to being one of the storied (and yes, tragic) teams in NFL history, and we saw the birth of one of the greatest careers an NFL receiver has ever had.
The Packers had no answer for Moss in a 37-24 loss. It was like they hadn’t seen anyone like Moss before. And really, they hadn’t.Sun, Nov 2310:00 AM PSTGreen Bay at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Tuesday will be known as the Day of Running Back Reckoning in the NFL, a day when teams once and for all determined that running backs were as disposable as water bottles, useful only for so long.
Cleveland cut loose Ben Tate and Pittsburgh released LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday, big-name backs that didn't deliver on their promise (andthey are by no means alone in that designation). But the churn goes on: the Patriots claimed Blount, and the Vikings picked up Ben Tate.
ESPN's Field Yates reports that the Vikings weren't alone in putting in a waiver claim for Tate; both the Colts and the Cardinals made a run at him as well. But the Vikings were the team with the worst record, and therefore got themselves a brand-new running back. The Colts' and Cardinals' bids for Tate are interesting given their records; clearly both are looking for more depth in the backfield as they head to the playoffs.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Well, it didn't take long for a few out-of-work running backs to find homes.
A day after the Minnesota Vikings claimed Ben Tate, the New England Patriots brought back a familiar face: LeGarrette Blount, who set a playoff team record last January by scoring four touchdowns in a win over the Indianapolis Colts.
The news of the Blount signing was first reported by ESPN's Josina Anderson.
Source: RB LeGarrette Blount is currently at the #Patriots facility. He is expected to sign with the team.
Blount was hacked by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who signed him to a bloated contract this offseason, after he reportedly left the field early on Monday night in a game against the Tennessee Titans in which he was unhappy to receive zero carries.Sun, Nov 2310:00 AM PSTDetroit at New EnglandPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
When Mario Williams signed a $96 million deal to join the Buffalo Bills, maybe there was a clause that if six feet of snow fell on the city, he had to plow the driveway of any Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have just battled back from cancer.
Or, maybe Williams was just being a nice guy.
Jim Kelly, like the rest of Buffalo, was snowed in during an incredible blizzard that pelted the city. And who should show up to help him plow out of it? Williams, the Bills' star defensive end, of course.
Jim's wife, Jill, has the proof (it's worth noting that Jim, who was declared cancer-free by doctors in September, looks pretty good) on her Instagram page.
Did Williams go out and buy that Caterpillar Skid Skeer when he moved to Buffalo, anticipating days like these? Did he borrow it? Did he go and buy one when the snow hit and then start digging people out of their homes? So many questions.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
The NFL Network has done a great job the past few years finding interesting subjects for its "A Football Life" series. This week it will tackle a story that has many layers.
In just a two-minute trailer we can see the tremendously complicated legacy he left behind. He was one of the best defensive ends in football over a 15-year career, a two-time All-Pro with two teams (Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns) and a Super Bowl champion with a third (the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders). He was one of the all-time great characters the game has seen. He fought Muhammad Ali in a boxing match (can you imagine this happening today? If you want to watch, it's here and it's as weird as you would imagine). He threatened to rip Dan Marino's lips off. He was as entertaining off the field as he was effective on it.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
There are more than a few stories of someone growing up on the farm, and eventually moving on to become an NFL star.
There aren't too many stories of a player going the other way on that path.
Jason Brown has one of the best, more unusual stories you'll find.
Brown played for the Baltimore Ravens and St. Louis Rams from 2005-11. In 2009, his five-year deal with the Rams for $37.5 million made him, at that time, the highest-paid center ever. He made more than $25 million from that contract and despite not even being 30 and having interest from other NFL teams after the Rams cut him, he gave up football.
He wanted to get into farming.
He had never done it before. He learned by watching YouTube videos and asking other farmers for tips. Really.
CBS News shared Brown's unique story.
"My agent told me, 'You're making the biggest mistake of your life," Brown, who lives in Louisburg, N.C., told CBS. "I looked right back at him and said, 'No i am not. No I am not.'"
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Jaiquawn Jarrett is the latest big name on the New York Jets defense. In Week 10, the New York Jets safety had two interceptions, a sack and a recovered fumble and was named AFC defensive player of the week. But while Jarrett is the latest hero of Jets fans, he says he is anything but a hero.
That title, he says, goes to his mother.
Jarrett is one of four children from a single mother, a correctional officer at infamous Rikers Island who raised her family in the Bed-Stuy part of Brooklyn. It is a career that is one of the most dangerous jobs in New York City and perhaps the country; the type of job that puts her life on the line on a daily basis. For safety and security reasons, her name will not be listed for this story.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
First off, you’ll notice a few things.
Yes, that AFC West leader — oh, we got it the way we wanted it. The Denver Broncos, losers of two of three games, suddenly are saddled with injuries and backfield and offensive line concerns, and they face a schedule that includes five straight opponents at .500 or better.
The scorching Kansas City Chiefs, winners of seven of eight games, are tied with the Broncos right now at 7-3 but of course will need to win the head-to-head battle at Arrowhead in two weeks to avoid being swept by them. Still, even with tough games ahead themselves, the Chiefs draw the double lottery: two games vs. the winless Oakland Raiders, which could be the tipping point for the division crown.
Same kind of thing in our NFC North projection happening.
Yes, the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are also knotted at 7-3 apiece, with the Lions holding the head-to-head edge by virtue of their Week 3 victory. But raise your hand right now if you view the Lions as the stronger outfit. Neither do we.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
For Marshawn Lynch, silence has a price, and that price is $100,000.
Lynch was fined $50,000 for not speaking to the media after Sunday's game, which triggered a suspended $50,000 fine from last season for the same reason. Lynch has now been fined three times for failing to adhere to the NFL's media policy. Hissilence during Super Bowl weekbecame one of the largest stories prior to the Seattle Seahawks' dismantling of the Denver Broncos. (That did, however, lead to Lynch's instant-classic line: "I'm just about that action, boss.")