- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 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 Corner5 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 Corner5 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 Corner6 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
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Character concerns over the recently acquired Percy Harvin are a non-issue for the New York Jets, even as leaks from the Seattle Seahawks and his old locker room raise eyebrows over his off-field issues.
The Jets acquired Harvin on Friday to bolster a passing offense that is second worst in the league and lacking a true playmaker. Harvin became expendable in Seattle in part because of his locker room antics, which reportedly include a fight with former teammate Golden Tate on the eve of the Super Bowl this past season.
If he is healthy, Harvin can add life to a bland Jets passing attack. But the character issues are a bigger question mark for the Jets, especially given the scrutiny of the New York media market and the string of distractions that have surrounded this team over the past few years. Reports and leaks have indicated Harvin has been involved in two fights over the past year in the Seahawks locker room.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
After the official signaled that Demaryius Thomas got in bounds and scored the 509th passing touchdowns of Peyton Manning's career, breaking the NFL record, a little more than a minute passed before the extra point was snapped. And that minute included the Denver Broncos' fun little game of keep-away.
When Thomas scored a 40-yard touchdown later in the game, 44 seconds passed from score to extra point. Which is to say, about an extra 15-20 seconds was carved out to celebrate one of the league's greatest records being broken. The NFL doesn't stop for records or ceremonies.
But some records do matter. Manning's touchdown record is one of the game's greatest marks. But is it the greatest? Let's find out.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Can't get enough Peyton Manning? Neither can we.
It's all Manning. And it's all in this video — quite simply the most amazing one we've ever come across celebrating all things Peyton.
Watch it. Watch it again. Sing the song in the shower. You know you will.
No best tribute ever should be without the line: "Really tall (oh yeah!) / red forehead (oh yeah!) / His brothers (oh yeah!) / Papa John's (oh yeah!)"
It sums up Manning better than any erudite longform feature ever could.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
DENVER – They speak of Peyton Manning with reverence in the Denver Broncos locker room – talk to any of his teammates long enough and "greatest" will be uttered – and rightfully so.
Many of them are fantastic players in their own right, but it's hard to deny they've all benefited from playing with the man who has thrown the most touchdown passes in NFL history.
Take Demaryius Thomas. He was a first-round pick, and he was obviously a special talent even with Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton throwing him the ball. But now he is perhaps the best receiver in the NFL. He had 834 yards in 21 games before Manning arrived, and after his 171-yard outburst on Sunday, he has 3,526 yards in 38 games with Manning. Some of that is typical development, but it's crazy to think Manning hasn't had a huge impact on his career.
Thomas will be a free agent after the season. Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald have contracts worth more than $100 million. It's possible Thomas, after two-plus stellar seasons with Manning elevating him to an elite level, will join them or at least come close.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
DENVER – Peyton Manning gets the big, bold headlines from Sunday night's game, but the fine print should include that the Denver Broncos officially established themselves as the best team in the NFL at this point in the season.
What the Broncos did to the San Francisco 49ers, who have gone to the NFL's final four the past three years and were on a three-game winning streak, was shocking. Denver, behind Peyton Manning's 507th, (NFL record-tying) 508th, (NFL record-breaking) 509th and 510th career touchdown passes pummeled the 49ers 42-17. A meaningless touchdown with a minute to go is all that kept it from being the biggest loss of the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Here are the top five must-see plays from Week 7 in the NFL:
The Detroit Lions looked all but cooked down 23-10 with just under four minutes left against the New Orleans Saints. But that's when they received a golden moment. Golden Tate ran a simple out route and caught the ball from Matthew Stafford with several Saints defenders closing in. And that's when Tate turned on the jets. He raced 73 yards for the score, past half the Saints' defense, in what would become an improbable 24-23 Lions victory.
Eat your heart out, Elway
John Elway's helicopter manuever after his run in Super Bowl XXXII is the most famous version of the helicopter, but Jamaal Charles' imitation in Week 7 wasn't too shabby. Charles raced 16 yards for the tone-setting score in a crucial win over the San Diego Chargers and was flung around by a hard hit near the goal line by former teammate Brandon Flowers. But don't overlook what Charles did prior to that — it was a great run.
Walk-off touchdownSun, Oct 19New Orleans23 - 24DetroitGame Recap