- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner27 mins ago
The Kansas City Chiefs' zero receiving touchdowns from their wide receivers collectively this season has to be one of the more incredible statistical achievements in recent NFL memory.
The streak appeared to end Sunday. Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel, starting in place of Alex Smith (lacerated spleen), hit Dwayne Bowe for what looked like an 11-yard touchdown Considering Bowe's massive salary, it would have been about time for him to cross the plane.
Except he didn't. The play was reviewed, and Bowe was ruled to be stopped inside the San Diego Chargers' 1-yard line. Bowe also fumbled on the play, and teammate Travis Kelce recovered the ball for the score. Kelce's a tight end, by the way.
So close ...
Chiefs Wide Receiver Scored A Touchdown! pic.twitter.com/JHcecQfvuX
The Chiefs have attempted just shy of 500 passes this season and have thrown for 18 touchdowns. The fact that they are all by backs and tight ends is just the quirkiest (saddest?) thing ever.
At this point, we'd like to see this thing through. It's just too weird to happen in today's NFL.
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- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner28 mins ago
Bringing Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray down can be a tough task.
Just ask Redskins defensive tackle Chris Baker.
Baker had Murray in his grasp on a first half carry in the Redskins-Cowboys game at FedEx Field, but Murray maintained his balance and scurried up field. Baker thought he had another tackle to add to his stat sheet and celebrated accordingly. He did not.
Take a look. (via @EKayCBS)
Murray passed Emmitt Smith's mark of 1,773 yards and set a Cowboys franchise record for rushing yards in a season on one of his first half runs, so Baker is not the only defender Murray has made look silly during the season.
The Cowboys are currently up 27-7 midway through the second quarter. Murray has 77 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner42 mins ago
The Dallas Cowboys have been a great team all season, and they also have received some incredible individual seasons from their star players.
Las week, quarterback Tony Romo surpassed Troy Aikman for the all-time franchise mark for passing yards in a season.
Early in Week 17, his two compadres — DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant — earned their own franchise statistical milestones.
Murray ripped off a 32-yard run in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins to pass Emmitt Smith's mark of 1,773 rush yards in 1995. Murray entered the Cowboys' final game needing 29 yards to break the Smith's mark.LiveDallas27 - 10WashingtonFollow Game
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Like every season, this year’s Week 17 slate is features a few games with playoff implications, but most of Sunday’s games don’t mean a thing.
Those meaningless games don’t exactly inspire a whole lot of fan enthusiasm, and the attendance at a few early games reflects that.
Here’s the scene at Sun Life Stadium in Miami for the Dolphins-Jets game:
Nothing better than watching the Dolphins beat down the jets on a Sunday pic.twitter.com/ZIWX7PGMT5
It’s not much better at MetLife Stadium, where the Giants are hosting their NFC East rival Eagles.
Would you look at THIS crowd??? pic.twitter.com/eZHimXvQbQ
Giants vs Eagles. Row 3. Met Life Stadium. pic.twitter.com/XQ1REXJIza
There are still plenty of seats available at FedEx Field for the Redskins-Cowboys game.
The crowd for the opening kickoff at LP field in Nashville may be the worst of them all.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns should have been building around two 2014 first-round picks and 2013 All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon in an effort to climb back to NFL relevancy.
Let's just say it has not been a good week for the Browns.
Reports from CBSSports.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealersaid Johnny Manziel, the 22nd pick of this year's draft, threw a big party on Friday night. That's when the trouble started.
Gordon was suspended for missing a walk-through practice on Saturday, a bad sign for a player with a lot of off-field issues. He was at Manziel's party, as were other Browns players, according to the Plain Dealer. Gordon will miss 11 of 16 games this season due to suspensions.LiveCleveland3 - 3BaltimoreFollow Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Some NFL coaches go into Week 17 with hopes of grabbing an open playoff spot and extending their season. Other coaches wonder if Week 17 might be their last game before getting fired.
For Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith, it’s probably both.
The disappointing Falcons are still alive to win the NFC South, because the entire division has been bad. The 6-9 Falcons play the 6-8-1 Carolina Panthers, and the winner takes the NFC South crown. So Smith could be preparing for a playoff game on Monday, or cleaning out his office. There has been plenty of speculation that he’ll be fired if he doesn’t win, and ESPN reported that the Falcons have already hired the search firm Korn Ferry to identify possible head-coaching candidates. No pressure, Mike. In fact, Smith might need to win a playoff game to save his job.Sun, Dec 281:25 PM PSTCarolina at AtlantaPreview Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense is really potent, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is playing a different way. It’s working for him.
Roethlisberger has been almost exclusively a pocket passer over the last month or so. And he has been very efficient. You might not see him on the highlights as often because he doesn’t make those “Roethlisberger plays” where he buys time and makes a throw downfield. But I can’t recall a time where he has played this well from the pocket for this long. He’s just a big oak tree in the pocket going through progressions.
A 19-yard throw to Antonio Brown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs is a good example of his patience and command in the pocket. Even with a muddied pocket around him, he stood in for a long time, never left the pocket and delivered the ball effectively. It’s not a spectacular play, but it’s a very good one.Sun, Dec 285:30 PM PSTCincinnati at PittsburghPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon said all the right things after he was suspended for 10 games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, so at least he has figure out how to help his image that way.
But following through with his claims that he wants to change his image? Well, maybe not so much.
Gordon was suspended for the team's regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens for violating team rules, the Browns announced. It's a really bad way for Gordon to go into the offseason. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reportedthat Gordon was suspended for missing a walk-through practice on Saturday.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Black Monday has come early to New York.
According to NJ Advance Media, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office at the team's headquarters. The Jets will be playing in Miami on Sunday, and it appears Ryan doesn't anticipate his tenure with the team will last much longer than the final horn.
Jets owner Woody Johnson has reportedly solicited the assistance of Charley Casserly in seeking out new candidates to replace Ryan and general manager John Idzik, and Casserly has apparently begun that search in earnest. When word got back to Ryan, he began packing up, according to NJ.com.LiveNY Jets14 - 17MiamiFollow Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
If you ask around the NFL, you’d find that New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is considered one of the best defensive minds in the league.
I’m not in their building so I can’t speak about him as a head coach (I know from watching “Hard Knocks” like everyone else), but I know from watching film his defenses are really tough to play against. The Jets did a tremendous job getting pressure on the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady last week, even though it came in a loss. Remember, the Jets also did pretty well getting pressure on Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger earlier this season.LiveBuffalo17 - 6New EnglandFollow Game