- Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
So shrouded in mystery is the NFL’s all-time single-game passing-yards mark — 554, by Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams in 1951 — that there are no physical relics from the game in question at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Canton is full of memorabilia and artifacts from many of the other significant moments in NFL lore, and anytime these days a new mark goes down another piece is added to display. But its best passing game has but a few known photographs representing a mark that miraculously has stood for more than 63 years.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger made a gallant run at Van Brocklin this past Sunday, completing 40-of-49 passes (with a few clear drops) for 522 yards (tied for fourth-most all time), six touchdowns (a Steelers record) and no interceptions.
- Orlando Franklin at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Denver Broncos offensive lineman is giving Yahoo Canada Sports an exclusive first-person account of life in the NFL. Franklin grew up in Toronto before playing at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Broncos in the second round in 2011.
A lot of people don’t think being a professional athlete is a “job” but it really is. It’s a grind. Every week is full of a lot of work, with long days. Before we even step on to the field for a game on Sunday, we’ve put in a lot of hours of work during the week – on and off the practice field.
It’s not like a lot of normal jobs. There’s no such thing as being five minutes late in the NFL. If you’re five minutes late you’re going to get fined. I don’t know what the fine amount is, because I’ve never been late, but it’s a lot.Sun, Nov 21:25 PM PSTDenver at New EnglandPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Someone has to win the NFC South. It's in the rules.
One big road win from the New Orleans Saints, who were on a seven-game road regular season losing streak, might be enough to bend the balance of power in the NFC South their way.
New Orleans had a methodical 28-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. They frustrated a shorthanded and talent-poor Panthers offense, and an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive that chewed up 7:27 and finished with Mark Ingram's second rushing touchdown sealed the victory.
The win improves the Saints' record to 4-4, which isn't impressive anywhere but the NFC South. They're in first place, ahead of the 3-5-1 Panthers. The moribund Falcons and Buccaneers aren't even worth mentioning as contenders anymore. Considering how dominant the Saints are at home – they were 3-0 at home this season and 0-4 on the road before Thursday night – it'll be a tough battle for the Panthers to defend as NFC South champions. There has never been a repeat champion in the NFC South.Thu, Oct 30New Orleans28 - 10CarolinaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
A lot has been made of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones coming down from his luxury suite to the sideline during Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins.
The proper answer is, he's the owner and he can do almost whatever he wants, including coming down to the sideline in the billion-dollar stadium he owns. But, the question still was asked why he came down to the sideline after quarterback Tony Romo went out with a back injury, and he had the perfect Jerry Jones answer.
“No. 1, I wanted to go down there and do what I could, look our guys in the eye, look at them, inspire them to overcome Romo not being out there and overcome what I thought was a critical time,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan , via the Dallas Morning News.
Admit it, you love when Jones says things like this.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTArizona at DallasPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Emmitt Smith has, by cold and hard facts, an nearly airtight argument as the greatest running back of all time.
First in rushing yards. First in rushing touchdowns. First in attempts. He wasn't just a compiler either. Smith won four rushing titles, an NFL MVP award, a Super Bowl MVP, three championships, four first-team All-Pro nods. He was the best in the NFL in his prime by a few measures, and he had unbelievable longevity. That's a perfect combination for his legacy.
It will be debated until the end of time, though. Some like Smith. Some prefer Jim Brown. Or Walter Payton, or Barry Sanders, or Red Grange or whoever else comes up. Smith doesn't like to get caught up in that debate of where he ranks.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
The next time you see Georgia running back Todd Gurley, assuming the school’s appeal is not granted, will be when the Bulldogs take on Auburn in a great test in two weeks.
Gurley has been suspended and will have missed four games, as things stand now, for receiving more than $3,000 in exchange for signed memorabilia the past two years. Georgia suspended Gurley for the previous two games after allegations of accepting illegal benefits came to light.
In the NFL’s eyes, these transgressions are but a blip on the radar. From a character question, nothing Gurley did in relation to this case should hurt his future draft stock.
“Not in the least,” said one NFL personnel director. “Are there rules and did he break them? Yes. But we’re not talking about anything too serious here. Heck, in five years, would it surprise you if kids can get paid [as student-athletes]? We’re headed that direction.”
But let’s take it a step further. Could Gurley’s absence help or hurt him?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Robert Griffin III will be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback this week if nothing goes wrong before Sunday's game, coach Jay Gruden said.
It'll probably take until Griffin's first incompletion for someone to mention that Colt McCoy led the team to two wins in a row, including a victory on Monday night at Dallas, but there's really no decision here. McCoy, even with a nice game at Dallas, isn't the long-term answer at quarterback. Griffin should be that answer, although the second half of the season will go a long way in determining that.
A very important evaluation period begins on Sunday against Minnesota.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTWashington at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It seemed like the Joseph Randle story, in which the Dallas Cowboys running back was arrested for stealing underwear and cologne from a department store earlier this month, had passed. Then the booking video from the Frisco (Texas) Police Department provided even further embarrassment.
Randle is shown in the video, which was first shown by CBS 11 News in Dallas, joking around during his booking. He asks a female employee at the police office, "If I give you $100 , can you give me a massage ?" He is told no. Of course, he wouldn't have been in this situation had he used $100 to pay for the merchandise.
Randle doesn't seem to take anything very seriously, although he does ask if his arrest will make the news (it did, Joseph). He makes a call to his agent to help him make bond so he can make practice.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It used to be that you would have to ask Mike Ditka his opinion on something, and he'd say something pretty fierce.
Now he just writes it.
"I think everybody deserves a little bit of the blame," Ditka wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times. "But I think it starts with the fact that they are not a very good team on defense, and that creates a lot of problems for the offense.
"They consistently put the offense in a position where they have to score to win. Their defense hasn’t been able to stop anybody, that’s for sure. You can point the finger at anyone you want, but the players on the field play.
"Coaches coach — they don’t play. Owners own — they don’t coach or play. It’s foolish to blame one person."
That's inflammatory. But then Ditka brings out the big guns to flamethrow the Bears' defense, with some pretty damning historical perspective.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Sometimes even good intentions turn south in a hurry. The New York Jets' Eric Decker decided to reach out to his beleaguered, tormented fan base on Twitter and offer a bit of love ... and swag:
Unfortunately, with their team sitting at 1-7, Jets fans were in no mood for love. Some wounds are just too raw. You don't ever go to Twitter seeking honest opinion, because you just might get it:Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTNY Jets at Kansas CityPreview Game