- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The Oakland Raiders are expected to remain in the Bay Area for the 2015 season, according to an NFL Network report.
The team's lease with O.Co Coliseum is set to run out, but the Raiders are expected to announce a one-year extension to remain in their current digs.
Owner Mark Davis told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that "all our energy is going towards trying to stay in Oakland."
Last week, word got out that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that no team would relocate to Los Angeles — one of the main locations the Raiders have been linked to — in 2015.
The San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams are the two other teams that have been mentioned as the most likely candidates to move to L.A.
It might be off the table for 2015, but there still will be a lot of talk about relocation after that. For now, however, the NFL's teams will be staying put next season.
And the Raiders gave their fans a nice little double tip of the cap with an upset win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, even if it likely hurt their eventual draft positioning.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Of all the games on Sunday, only one had absolutely no playoff ramifications whatsoever: the New York Giants versus the St. Louis Rams. The very definition of a play-out-the-sched game, this one naturally descended into madness.
There was plenty of chippiness from both teams throughout the game; even the Giants kicker got in on the act with an unnecessary roughness penalty. But what tore the roof off the joint was a late tackle: St. Louis' Alec Ogletree threw New York's Odell Beckham Jr. out of bounds in a way that Beckham didn't much care for.
That set off a melee that wouldn't have looked out of place at a NASCAR race. In the end, three players, New York's Damontre Moore and Preston Parker, and St. Louis' William Hayes, got an early exit. The Giants would go on to run away with the ultimately meaningless game. So maybe that's the best excuse of all for letting off some steam. Not like these guys are going to knock themselves out of the playoffs or anything.Sun, Dec 21NY Giants37 - 27St. LouisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Tony Romo overtook Troy Aikman to become the Dallas Cowboys' all-time passing yards leader against the Indianapolis Colts.
It was only fitting, too, that Romo hit Jason Witten — his partner in crime for all of his years of starting — on a gorgeous touchdown pass as the Cowboys took a 35-0 lead on the Colts, inching closer to a division title.
Aikman finished his career with 32,942 passing yards, and Romo passed him to move into No. 31 on the all-time passing yards list.
Romo accomplished the feat in 15 fewer regular-season game and with more than 500 fewer pass attempts. Aikman left the NFL following the 2000 season at age 34 — the same age Romo is now.
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- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – E ven though New York Jets center Nick Mangold wore a walking boot on his left foot following an injury and yet another tough loss for his team, he walked out of MetLife Stadium a winner.
Mangold, who suffered an ankle injury in a 17-16 loss to the New England Patriots, decided to pay tribute to the two New York City Police Department officers who were killed on Saturday afternoon in an execution-style shooting.
During the walk into the stadium as part of the Jets' pregame rituals (the players get dropped off on buses and then walk through the crowd into the stadium), Mangold wore an "NYPD" baseball cap. His support for the police department set off a flood of positive messages on social media.
It was a simple gesture that got rolling on Saturday night when, after he read the story about the two officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, he reached out to a friend with law enforcement ties to get a hat. He got it on Sunday morning and wore it to the game. There was also a moment of silence for the officers before kickoff.Sun, Dec 21New England17 - 16NY JetsGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Seven fans in the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium following the Buccaneers-Packers game were injured after lightning struck in a parking lot. Officials with Tampa Fire & Rescue said that seven people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The storm rolled in just as the game ended, and clearly many fans were caught without shelter. However, it now appears that the hits were indirect:
Electrical storms and large crowds are always a potent, threatening mix. Two years ago, one fan was killed and nine more were injured when lightning struck the crowd just after a NASCAR race in Pocono, Pa.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton scolded his own fans after Sunday's game.
When Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel went down with a hamstring injury, some Panthers fans cheered. Manziel is a player fans love to hate, but that still crosses a line that makes just about any NFL player upset.
Newton wasn't happy at the crowd's reaction to his fellow Heisman Trophy winner's injury, and didn't mince words.
"It was saddening to see the crowd's response [to Manziel's injury]," Newton said, according to the Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones. "It was classless."
Newton also said about the Panthers' fans reaction, "We are better than that." Manziel didn't return to the game.
Newton himself was coming back off a bad injury, a pair or fractures in the transverse process in his back when he was involved in a car accident. Only 12 days later, he was starting.
Not all Panthers fans will like Newton's lecture. But the smart ones will understand it.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was once hot on Jim Harbaugh's trail, but it appears you can kill off any more talk of Ross chasing the San Francisco 49ers' head coach this coming offseason.
According to Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson, Ross has said that embattled head coach Joe Philbin will return in 2015.
Steve Ross says Philbin is coming back
Ross to reporters: "Here's a Christmas present. You don't have to ask me anymore. He has one year left on contract and is coming back"
The Dolphins won in dramatic fashion on a final-minute blocked punt on Sunday, and a Week 17 win could give them a 9-7 record, which would be Philbin's first winning season with the team.Sun, Dec 21Minnesota35 - 37MiamiGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
You blew it, Dewey.
On a curious fake punt from their own 19-yard line, Indianapolis Colts safety Dewey McDonald dropped a surefire first down on a wide-open pass from punter Pat McAfee in the first quarter.
One play later, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo connected with wide receiver Dez Bryant for a 19-yard touchdown that gave Dallas a 14-0 lead. Both the Colts and Cowboys entered the game with a 10-4 record and have plenty left to play for in terms of playoff positioning, all of which makes a fake punt deep in their own zone so early in the contest a mind-blowing decision by Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano.
It's the second time this season the Colts have watched a player drop such a simple catch, as tight end Coby Fleener let a sure TD against the Washington Redskins slip through his hands three weeks ago.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Minnesota Vikings went for the win late in regulation, and they paid for it.
In a wild game between two teams out of the playoffs and playing for pride — and jobs — the Vikings got the ball back against the Miami Dolphins on their own 13-yard line with 1:05 remaining in a 35-35 game. The Vikings had all three timeouts, had moved the ball well all game (20 first downs) and wanted to give rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a shot to win it.
That decision came back to haunt the Vikings.
Bridgewater scrambled for 2 yards on first down, and the Vikings stopped the clock with 45 seconds left. After an incomplete pass on second down, Bridgewater got sacked by the Dolphins' Cameron Wake and the Dolphins called timeout to force a punt.
It didn't go well.
Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler skipped his snap back to punter Jeff Locke, and rookie reserve defensive end Terrance Fede broke through and blocked Locke's attempt. The ball skipped out of the end zone for a safety for what would be the game-winning score.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Look, being a kicker has to be a tough gig. The risk-reward ratio is more of a chasm for kickers than any other player. And yet they're still disrespected by pretty much everyone, from coaches to teammates to media to fans. So you can understand why a kicker might want to prove that, hey, he can be just as tough as anybody out there on the field.
Giants kicker Josh Brown decided to get in on a scrum, and being a kicker, he wasn't having a whole lot of impact on the pile. But the Rams' Cody Davis violated every rule of the stable by approaching a kickin' type from the back, and Brown made him pay with a kick to the face. The result? A 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, which might just be the first time a kicker has earned that particular flag.
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