- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner35 mins ago
According to an ESPN report, the Minnesota Vikings do not foresee troubled running back Adrian Peterson in their future.
Christ 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 Corner1 hr 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 infamously 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 been stood as one of the most controversial calls in NFL history.LiveOakland3 - 0New 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.LiveGreen Bay7 - 7DetroitFollow Game
- 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.LiveBaltimore3 - 7ClevelandFollow Game
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner4 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.LiveTennessee0 - 10CincinnatiFollow Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner23 hrs 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 Diego7 - 0BuffaloFollow Game
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Cincinnati's Andy Dalton made a great play last week that’s a great example of the mental part of the game and the physical part of the game coalescing on one play.
It was a 76-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu in the third quarter against the Falcons, and Dalton played it well before the snap and after the snap. it showed a great understanding of the nuances of the quarterback position.
The play started when Dalton got to the line. He saw both Atlanta safeties five yards off the line of scrimmage.
When that happens, an alert goes off: This is "cover zero," a blitz with no safety in the middle of the field. Because Dalton saw that before the snap, he knows he has to increase his protection. He knows there will be six rushers, maybe seven. So he motions Gresham from wide out to the left to a spot tight to the formation.
Now he has seven protectors – the five offensive linemen, Gresham and running back Giovani Bernard. Now they’re not outnumbered.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A review of San Francisco's tech-heavy new stadium • A breakdown of RGIII's performance and prospects • Some chattin' about Johnny Manziel's bird-flipping • An AFC South breakdown. Can the Titans, Texans, or Jaguars even touch the Colts? All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Commissioner Roger Goodell answered many questions during a news conference Friday on what he got wrong on the Ray Rice case, in which the since-released Baltimore Ravens running back was initially suspended just two games for a domestic violence incident in which he knocked out his wife.
And while Goodell's answers and his role in the matter are important, one other key entity hasn't answered too many questions about its role.
The team's brass sat down with the Baltimore Sun to discuss the incident, in which Rice punched his then-fiancee in an elevator, and not much else has come from them (outside of coach John Harbaugh, who has his normal media availability). And the main takeaway from that interview was general manager Ozzie Newsome saying that Rice told the team the truth about what happened in the elevator.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Hey, good news for Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan: His four-game suspension was lifted as part of the league's new drug policy. And some bad news for Jordan: He just got another four-game suspension that he'll start serving immediately.
Jordan, the third pick of last year's draft, served two games of a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and just as that was being shortened because of the new terms of the policy, he was given another four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Here's the league's statement (and take note: It's never good when a statement like this includes "however"):
"Per the terms of the Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances that took effect on Wednesday, the four-game suspension previously imposed on Dion Jordan of the Miami Dolphins has been lifted.Sun, Sep 211:25 PM PDTKansas City at MiamiPreview Game