- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The St. Louis Rams employed all manner of trickeration to fake out the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Apparently, they're so good at this deception that they even fool their own employees.
Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday, quarterback Austin Davis noted that he still gets asked for ID, even after quarterbacking the team through most of their games this season.
"The guy at the front desk at the facility here actually asked who I was the other day," Davis said. "It was pretty good."
When asked why he doesn't just wear his jersey around, Davis answered earnestly, "I can't do that. It's too big without my pads on."
Davis also noted that he had no idea that the infamous fake punt was coming; his back had been turned at the time and then he realized he would be heading back into the game. All part of the deception, apparently.Sun, Oct 19Seattle26 - 28St. LouisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The Houston Texans already have surpassed their 2013 win total. They've been a competitive 3-4 club, with three of the four losses coming by one score.
They've done so with No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney having missed six straight games and more than half of the one game he did appear in. The Texans have forced 15 turnovers this season, which — incredibly — already has surpassed the 2013 total of 11.
Things, you could say, are slightly brighter in Houston than they were a year ago when the team opened with two straight victories and then collapsed for 14 straight losses.
But we all know there's still a lot missing.
It's easy to pin the Texans' limitations on one man. Ryan Fitzpatrick, the unlikely placeholder at quarterback, has been no different than most observers have expected him to be based on his itinerant track record: effective enough for him to keep a job but maddeningly ineffective for a team that wants to win games via the turnover battle, clock management and game massaging.Mon, Oct 20Houston23 - 30PittsburghGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Troy Polamalu has been a great player in the NFL. Few players are more synonymous with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But, Troy, we beg of you: Can the leap.
As the Steelers were protecting a two-touchdown lead in the final two minutes of Monday night's victory, the Houston Texans had driven to the Steelers' 1-yard line on a DeAndre Hopkins 16-yard catch. As Hopkins was unable to score and the Texans were without timeouts, they were scrambling a bit, hoping to get up to the line and run a play to get into the end zone with as little time elapsed on the clock as possible.
Instead, Polamalu gave them a free timeout, essentially. He tried to time the snap and jump over the line — yeah, you've seen him do it before countless times — and short-circuit the play. We would have loved to hear Bob Uecker call this game ... juuuuuuust a bit offsides , maybe.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
There are many stats that sum up how miserable the Oakland Raiders' 0-6 start has been, but we have something better than a statistic for that.
The injured Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman was at his trash-talking finest on Sunday, poking fun at Raiders fans as the Cards sealed up their 24-13 win.
If you can't see it well, it's a hand-written message from Dockett to the fans reminding them that the Raiders are 0-6, and the worst team in the NFL. Sadly, both are indisputable facts at this point.
Even worse for the Raiders, they just got past what is the relatively easy part of their schedule. And while it's ridiculously early under most circumstances to pose the question, it needs to be asked: Is 0-16 possible for the Raiders?Sun, Oct 19Arizona24 - 13OaklandGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Before the Pittsburgh Steelers reversed their fortunes in the game, linebacker Lawrence Timmons had what the competitive-eating-circuit folks call a reversal of fortune.
Watch as Timmons, with his Steelers down 10-zip, barfs — on himself, on the field — coming off to the sidelines.
Well, watch, that is, if you don't get queasy watching such things. And let's note: We're not poking fun at Timmons. Vomiting during a football game is a scary matter because it could be indicative of a possible concussion.
Timmons was all over the place Monday night. He made three straight tackles and four tackles in the five plays right before he came off the field while getting sick. All told, Timmons finished with a game-high 12 tackles, a sack and two tackles for losses.
And the Steelers needed every one of them in a 30-23 win in which they came back from 13 points down.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a dreary start to wake up right before halftime.
After the Houston Texans took a 13-0 lead and dominated the majority of the first half, the Steelers scored 24 points in the final three-plus minutes of the second quarter — including three TDs in 73 seconds — in a 30-23 victory.
According to NFL Network, the Steelers’ 24 points in that short a span was the most in the NFL since 2002. The last time an NFL team scored three touchdowns in shorter time was the New England Patriots in a 52-second span during the infamous “Buttfumble” game against the New York Jets in 2012.
The Steelers raised their record to 4-3 while the Texans fell to 3-4. The Steelers have not lost a Monday night home game since Bubby Brister was quarterback, back in 1991.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Aside from all the Peyton Manning hoopla Sunday night, you knew it was going to be a long night for the San Francisco 49ers when the Denver Broncos' defense raised its level of play to Manning's greatness.
That was on display in many forms, but it manifested most in the huge night from DeMarcus Ware, with his three sacks, four tackles and four QB hits.
The first sack was a piece of artwork — or an embarrassment, depending on your perspective.
On the third play of the game, Ware makes 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, one of the more solid blockers at his position in the NFL, look silly on his first sack of the evening. Watch the video above as Ware goes upfield with a spin move, dips underneath when Staley gets off balance and Ware manages to spin Staley around like a top.
This is pass-rush excellence. That sack set the tone for the rest of the night.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
The NFL is the most popular sporting league in American history, and you'd be a fool to think that isn't due in part to gambling. Untold millions (billions?) are wagered on bets, fantasy leagues, office pools, survivor pools, or whatever else people figure out to wager on when it comes to football.
The NFL is continuing to play us for those fools by once again taking a public stand against legalized sports betting, according to Reuters.
The NFL, along with the NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, called for an injunction, hoping to block a law that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed which would make sports gambling legal in that state. The lawsuit said the new gambling law is in violation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting, according to Reuters.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
We all make mistakes, present company included. But some mistakes are just really, really funny.
Like talking about Peyton Manning on air and having a photo of Gary Payton appear on the graphic behind you. Oh my.
KOMO 4 in Seattle was talking about the Denver Broncos quarterback setting the NFL's record for touchdown passes during its broadcast, but mistakenly showed the former Seattle SuperSonics guard. The person who caused it to go viral was Payton himself, by posting the screen shot on Instagram.
That's just great.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Kirk Cousins is like the bizarro Willie Beamen from the movie "Any Given Sunday." Unlike Beamen's character, who became a star overnight, Cousins' reputation has dropped in an unbelievably precipitous manner, to the point where he has been benched for Colt McCoy.
Yep, that Colt McCoy.
All of the talk of Cousins being the savior of the Washington Redskins after Robert Griffin III's injury was a tad much, it turns out. Cousins, who has been prone to turning the ball over in his NFL career, was benched at halftime of Sunday's win against the Tennessee Titans. If Griffin can't come back from a dislocated ankle to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 27, McCoy will get the start, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
"We'll move forward with Colt," Gruden said, according to CSN Washington.Sun, Oct 19Tennessee17 - 19WashingtonGame Recap