- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner39 mins ago
Let us take you back to Rex Ryan earlier this week. This was his vow for the Buffalo Bills heading into Week 4:
"We're trying extremely hard, we want to be the least penalized team in the league," Ryan said on Wednesday. "The first 2 games were horrendous. ... No team spends more time looking at the rules than we do, I promise you."
Ryan will have more rules to look at and plenty of examples of penalty study after the Bills' 24-10 loss to the New York Giants. The Bills committed 17 penalties for 135 yards, but it's worse than even that. Fouls wiped out 85 yards worth of offensive plays for the Bills, including two touchdowns (!), and two defensive penalties by the Bills gifted the Giants four points when they elected to take a field goal off the board and later scored a touchdown.
Tyrod Taylor scrambled 31 yards for a score midway through the third quarter, which would have made it a one-score game with the Giants leadoing 16-3, but the play was negated by a holding call. Instead, the Bills had to attempt a field goal ... which predictably missed.Sun, Oct 4NY Giants24 - 10BuffaloGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner45 mins ago
There is no division in the NFL right now that is worse than the AFC South. This is a statement of fact, not the beginning of a debate.
The AFC South was one of only two divisions without an undefeated team going into Week Four (the NFC East being the other), combining for a league-low four wins through three weeks.
With the Tennessee Titans on their bye week, the other three teams in the division – the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars – were a combined 1-2 on Sunday, and that's because the Colts played the Jaguars, so someone had to win (though it took Indy more than 10 minutes of overtime to get that 16-13 victory).
Indianapolis (2-2) scored less than 20 points for the third time this season, and won only after Jaguars rookie kicker Jason Myers missed two potential game-winning field: a 53-yarder at the end of regulation and a 48-yard attempt in overtime.Sun, Oct 4Jacksonville13 - 16IndianapolisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner58 mins ago
The Chicago Bears needed to sweat out every second of their win over the Oakland Raiders, including a play in which two Raiders offensive linemen had their paws on the ball.
Robbie Gould hit a 49-yard field goal to give the Bears a 22-20 lead over the Raiders with two seconds remaining, and the ensuing kickoff was no afterthought.
The Raiders brought it back and ... hijinks ensued.
We count nine players touching the ball on the Lateralpalooza, not including repeat touchers. The ball might have traveled a few hundred yards in those two official seconds (which lasted about 30 real-time seconds) before Raiders guard Gabe Jackson failed to come up with the final hoorah.
Sadly, it never would have counted even if Jackson or some other Raider had come up with it. Roy Helu was flagged for an illegal forward pass on the return. That's what he gets for trying to throw it to Tony Bergstrom, a reserve offensive lineman, to save the day.
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- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Hopefully you didn't bench Chris Ivory for Marshawn Lynch on your fantasy football team this week.
The Seattle Seahawks ruled Lynch out for Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The running back had previously been listed as questionable after missing another practice on Saturday, but coach Pete Carroll was holding out hope Lynch would be a game-time decision.
So, his hamstring must really be hurting. Despite nagging injuries over the years, Lynch has not missed a game since back spasms kept him out on Oct. 23, 2011. (The result? A 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.)Mon, Oct 58:30 PM EDTDetroit at SeattlePreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Jay Cutler fought through a hamstring injury to play in Week 4, and there were plenty of Chicago Bears fans who didn't want him out there.
Some preached the chorus of, "Why even play him if he's not healthy?" Other, more dark, depressing Bears fans ripped off one-liners about Jimmy Clausen giving Chicago a better chance to win. And yes, there are scores of fans in Chicago hoping the Bears tank the season — #takeoffforgoff? — with the hopes of landing the first pick in April's draft.
Shut it down, all of it. Cutler played relatively well, and the Bears beat the ascending Oakland Raiders 22-20 on a last-second Robbie Gould field goal.
Cutler completed 28 of 41 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns — despite Alshon Jeffery missing the game with his own hamstring injury. Although Cutler threw a fourth-quarter interception with just under seven minutes left, with Charles Woodson undercutting the underthrown pass, the Raiders played conservatively and settled for a field goal to give them a 20-19 lead with 2:05 left.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Too bad there won't be anything to talk about on the Philadelphia airwaves this week.
The Philadelphia Eagles, who were in the bright offseason glare after a ton of controversial moves by coach Chip Kelly, aren't a good football team. Against the Washington Redskins, who might not be too great themselves, quarterback Kirk Cousins — who isn't very good either — drove downfield and broke the Eagles' hearts with less than a minute to go on a pretty 4-yard touchdown catch by Pierre Garcon.
And when the Eagles got the ball back for one last chance, Sam Bradford threw a checkdown, got sacked, got sacked again, and then the Eagles ran a ridiculous multiple-lateral play and the Redskins picked off a lateral to end the game. Washington won 23-20. The Eagles are in sole possession of last place in the NFC East.Sun, Oct 4Philadelphia20 - 23WashingtonGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Mother of mercy. Mario Williams absolutely devoured Rashad Jennings in Sunday's Bills-Giants game. Jennings, who goes 231 pounds, got spiked just like a football by Williams. It was mostly a moral victory for Williams, as the Giants were dominating the game at the time, but Jennings will be a sore man this week.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
At this point, we don't care if Odell Beckham Jr.'s catches count as receptions or not.
First, the New York Giants receiver put on a show pregame with his typically ridiculous routine.
OBJ. Savage. pic.twitter.com/nneUuX6XjV
Then he did this (video above) out of bounds, against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
It's getting stupid at this point. If that was a legit reception, it might have topped Beckham's Sunday night miracle from his rookie season.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Ndamukong Suh wasn't the only Miami Dolphin who had a wretched game on Sunday in London against the New York Jets, but he's the only one holding a $114 million contract. He's clearly not happy—with this Dumpster fire of a team, who could be?—and after a press conference, he left the stage much to the amusement of a British PR onlooker.
We'd love to hear how Suh compares to whatever other stars proceed through the Wembley backstage. Got to be a lot scarier than your average Brit rocker or flop-happy soccer player.
Listen to Yahoo Sports' Grandstanding podcast for more NFL coverage:Sun, Oct 4NY Jets27 - 14MiamiGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
It was fair to question the Buffalo Bills' trade for LeSean McCoy in the moment this past March.
Now? It looks worse with each passing week. McCoy suffered a setback in his recovery from an Aug. 18 hamstring injury, as an MRI revealed a new tear, according to Fox Sports columnist Mike Garafolo.
What I said on air re: LeSean McCoy: MRI showed new tear, 3-4 wk expected FULL recovery. Long as he's intent on being 100%, that's timeframe
McCoy addressed the setback suffered during practice on Sept. 24 for the first time on Friday.
"One thing I just promised myself is I can't go out there if I'm not 100 percent," McCoy said. "Whatever it is, I'm rushing to get back, but I'm not playing until I'm 100 percent."