- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 mins ago
Minnesota Vikings fans could use any silver lining they can get at this point.
No one should cheer an injury, but Vikings fans starving for optimism probably won't be too upset with the news that quarterback Matt Cassel was carted off Sunday against the New Orleans Saints with what appeared to be a toe injury.
In at quarterback: first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater, making his NFL debut.
Bridgewater quickly endeared himself to Vikings fans in the preseason, many of whom wished the rookie could have won the starting gig over Cassel.
Still, it's a tall order for Bridgewater, who made a few splash plays in leading a field-goal drive for the Vikings, to cut the Saints' lead at that point to 13-6. But he must try to beat a team that hasn't lost in its dome in more than a year — and do so without its top rusher, Adrian Peterson, whose future with the team is very murky.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 mins ago
The Browns will want to find ways to use first-round pick Johnny Manziel, and did they ever find one on Sunday.
It's just too bad that a penalty away from the real action nullified a trick play you'd draw up playing on the street.
The Browns had Manziel just on the field, his back to the action near the sideline, seemingly talking to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. When the ball was snapped, Shanahan motioned to Manziel, Cleveland's backup quarterback, to run downfield. He was uncovered because it didn't look like he was part of the play and the Ravens didn't notice he was actually on the field and caught a pass from Brian Hoyer.
Brilliant, right? Well, except for running back Terrance West had an illegal shift on the play, which brought it all back.
The really bad part is that the Browns could only run that play once. Teams will see it and won't let it happen again. And it didn't even count. But give them points for creativity.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner26 mins ago
Most Detroit Lions play ever?
Linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who actually is a pretty darned good player, decided that he needed to celebrate teammate Ziggy Ansah's tackle. After a two-yard gain. A good play. Not a great one.
The problem? Tulloch came down awkardly on his knee and left the game. His return was listed as questionable.
Pretty unbelievable. And it's serious enough to have knocked Tulloch out of the game.
Tulloch is out of uniform and has a big ice bag on his left knee. He's obviously done, too.
It brings to mind the famous Bill Gramatica celebration fail when the former Arizona Cardinals kicker came down the wrong way after making a field goal and tore ligaments in his knee. Ouch.
But at least Gramatica's play earned his team points ... and was, you know, his own play.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner44 mins ago
The one thing the Tennessee Titans probably didn't prepare for this week was Andy Dalton becoming a receiver.
The Cincinnati Bengals used their quarterback in a new way in the first quarter on Sunday. The Bengals gave the ball to receiver Mohamed Sanu to the right, and then Dalton quietly snuck out to the left. Sanu pulled up and threw to Dalton.
The funny thing is, Tennessee was mostly fooled but had one defender who was in position to make a play. And Dalton did a fantastic job snatching it out of the air, then running in for the touchdown.
Dalton gets little recognition for being a good athlete, but he did plenty of read option in college at TCU. Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has been paying attention. Now we know Dalton is a good receiver too.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
According to an ESPN report, the Minnesota Vikings do not foresee troubled running back Adrian Peterson in their future.
Chris Mortensen said that the Vikings do not believe that Peterson has come to grips with the likelihood that his 2014 season is all but over despite the possibility of a plea agreement being reached in his child abuse case in Texas.
Despite a possible plea, Peterson faces a possible suspension — and a heavy one — from the NFL. Peterson tweeted Friday that he requested a lie detector test, and according to Mortensen, that is further proof to Vikings officials that Peterson "really doesn't get it."
!Note,I requested the Polygraph. Share that as well! May The Lord continue to Bless U All. #EPD#NoWeapon
Peterson is facing charges for hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch, which he told law enforcement officials was a method of disciplining the child and not an attempt to hurt him.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
It has been almost 13 years, but Tom Brady doesn't mind turning back the clock to troll the fans of the team he is facing on Sunday.
Brady posted a picture on Facebook of him spiking the ball after his touchdown run in the playoffs following the 2001 season against the Oakland Raiders, a game that would become known in NFL circles as "The Tuck Rule Game." (It should be noted, too, that Brady also fell over after this spike, losing his balance on the snow-covered field.)
For those who do not remember, Brady and the Patriots appeared doomed in that game when Charles Woodson (Brady's college teammate at Michigan) blitzed and knocked the ball free from him, which the Raiders recovered. But a little-known rule, later renamed the "Tuck Rule" because of this game, allowed the Patriots to keep the ball because Brady's arm was going forward in a throwing motion.
The Patriots won the game in overtime. It has stood as one of the most controversial calls in NFL history.LiveOakland3 - 10New EnglandFollow Game
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Had enough of the negative NFL stories for now? Well, here's a great story about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Annie Bartosz that will leave a smile on your face and help restore your faith in, well, just about everything.
Annie Bartosz is a sixth-grader from Wisconsin who lost her twin brother Jack to cancer two years ago. She currently leads a campaign entitled "Gold In September," which encourages people to wear gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. She's attracted a lot of attention to the cause herself and even has a great website — goldinseptember.com — to get the word out.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Two starting running backs are out, but two big-name banged-up receivers will give it a go in Week 3.
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce both have been ruled out for Week 3.
Rookie Alfred Blue is expected to start in Foster's place for the Texans against the New York Giants. Justin Forsett figures to start for the Ravens against the Cleveland Browns. Foster is dealing with a balky hamstring, and Pierce has a thigh injury.
On the good-news side of the ledger for injuries, Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is going to get his chance to go against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, despite a shoulder injury he suffered last week. Jackson was released by the Eagles without much notice this offseason, with his former head coach, Chip Kelly, saying the move was for football reasons.
The Redskins, of course, have deactivated quarterback Robert Griffin III, who suffered a dislocated ankle. It will be Kirk Cousins who gets the start for the Redskins on Sunday.LiveBaltimore10 - 7ClevelandFollow Game
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Rob Bironas, a kicker who played for the Tennessee Titans for nine seasons, died late Saturday night in a car crash near his Nashville home. He was 36.
Bironas made a name for himself becoming thte Titans' second leading scorer of all-time and owning the fourth-best field goal percentage in NFL history with an 85.7 percent rate. He made headlines in recent years after dating and then marrying Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
Nashville police said Bironas died in a single-car accident. The kicker's official Twitter page later confirmed the news.
Bironas had an offseason tryout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and reportedly tried out for the Detroit Lions just earlier this week. Bironas once kicked a 60-yard field goal to help the Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 and also booted a single-game record eight field goals against Houston in 2007.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Broncos’ offense is going to have to change some things at Seattle on Sunday if it wants a different result than last season’s 43-8 loss in the Super Bowl. Looking back on that Super Bowl, there are four key points that stand out.
• Denver was beaten physically at the line of scrimmage. They couldn’t handle the explosion of the Seahawks’ defensive line. With Ryan Clady back at left tackle this season, the Broncos line does look like it has improved.
• Seattle used the “lurk” defender tactic extremely well. They’d drop strong safety Kam Chancellor down in near the box to read all those shallow crossing routes that the Broncos use so effectively. Chancellor was in position to lay the wood on whoever caught the ball, and they established that early.LiveSan Diego13 - 3BuffaloFollow Game