- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Did a second week of NFL football help clear anything up?
Almost everything we came out of Week thinking — other than, "Whoa, the Buffalo Bills are unbeaten ..." — has been undone.
That leads us to believe that one of the two weeks (and, heck, maybe both) were out of whack. With that in mind, we kinda sorta reverted back to a solid mix of our preseason biases colored by what we have seen so far.
The Super Bowl champs are 1-1, and runners-up are 2-0, but perhaps not an overly impressive 2-0. Oh, and they play each other this week. The other two teams in the conference championship games — the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers — also are a Jekyll-and-Hyde 1-1 apiece.
Two teams in the NFC North will be 1-2 after this week, but that's a division without much clarity. And is anyone really that enamored with its sister division, the AFC North?
There's a lot to sort out between now and January, but this is how we see things lining up as things stand now.
Now, onto your (likely) questions:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
A bettor in the Delaware Sports Lottery was less than one half of football away from winning $100,000 on a $5 bet, but the Indianapolis Coltscouldn't hold up their end of the deal.
The Colts, as you may recall, had a two-touchdown second-half lead on the Philadelphia Eagles but couldn't hold on, eventually losing 30-27. Tough news for their fans, even tougher news for the unnamed bettor.
See, he'd participated in Delaware's 15-team parlay, in which he bet on 15 different teams against the spread. And he'd won the previous 14, meaning all he needed to do was have Indianapolis win by a field goal or more. Alas.
"Honestly, we were rooting for the guy, starting with Sunday night's game," Delaware Lottery director Vernon Kirk told ESPN. "It was agonizing to watch when you knew one player was so close to such a big payout."Mon, Sep 15Philadelphia30 - 27IndianapolisGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
To be fair, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman can't know exactly what Adrian Peterson's long-term future with the team is, because the team is waiting for his legal case to be resolved. He doesn't know what that resolution will be, and one would assume the result could affect the team's next action.
But the way Spielman did answer the question of whether Peterson will play with the Vikings again is worth noting.
"Our focus right now, today, is to get this right, OK?" Spielman said. "We admitted making a mistake and we want to get this right."
There was no unwavering commitment to bring Peterson back once his case for injuring his 4-year-old son is resolved. Spielman told ESPN last weekend, after Peterson was deactivated for a Week 2 game, that "all options are on the table"
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The most interesting moment of the Minnesota Vikings' news conference on Wednesday, when the team's brass repeated the message about "getting it right" in having Adrian Peterson stay away from the team while his child injury case is resolved, came when Kevin Warren, the team's executive vice president of legal affairs, wanted to answer a question that almost slipped by without an answer.
Who made the decision that Peterson wouldn't play for the Vikings until his case is resolved, the player or the team?
The NFLPA said Peterson being put on the exempt/commissioner's permissions list was a "voluntary leave." Vikings general manager Rick Spielman gave a non-answer about it being a collaborative effort to come up with the best solution to the issue.
No, Warren said.
"It’s very important, the question was asked about who started this, it’s very clear that the Minnesota Vikings initiated this process with the National Football League in regards to this current situation," Warren said. "It was the Vikings.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
For most fans, the biggest takeaway from Wednesday's announcement that the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed upon at least parts of a new drug policy is this: Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker will return this week, right in time for the Broncos' showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey also return to work immediately, the NFL and NFLPA announced. Their punishments were adjusted to reflect the new policy.
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon reportedly will return after 10 games, although the NFL has reinstated only those three players for now.
The revamped drug policy also includes testing for human-growth hormone, which will be fully implemented this season. The other headline is that third-party arbitrators jointly selected and retained by the NFL and NFLPA will hear appeals.
Welker and the others had to wait an extra week after the policy couldn't be worked out in time for Week 2 games.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
I’ll be honest: I’m ambivalent on the whole Washington Redskins nickname thing.
I can see both sides of it. Although I can’t say I’m immersed in Native American culture, it’s not as if I hear people slinging around the word “redskin” as a weapon. Yet who am I to judge what certain people deem to be offensive?
Needless to say, it’s a complex semantic and sentimental issue; it’s easier to say just change the name but harder to actually enact it.
We know how things work in this world. Once dollars grow wings, the entire flight plan changes.
If Redskins supporters — and we mean sponsors, specifically, the companies who pay the bills — start bailing, that’s when it will get Daniel Snyder’s attention. Not before.
As much as we believe that fans and their support are the ultimate bus drivers of whether a team has the support it needs to thrive, they’re more the passengers in the big picture. Media pressure goes only so far, too. Corporate dollars really are the ones with their feet on the gas.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The Minnesota Vikings have responded to public and potential financial pressure on Adrian Peterson and they are opting to sit him down again.
The team released a statement early Wednesday morning saying they have changed their stance again on playing Peterson after saying Monday that he would be active this weekend against the New Orleans Saints. Now, they once more will sit him after deactivating Peterson last week for a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots.
The Vikings, namely owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, said that their decision on Monday to allow Peterson to play was theirs and theirs alone. But now it appears as if the NFL intervened in the process. You wonder whether it will do the same with the Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy and the San Francisco 49ers' Ray McDonald, although the difference in the cases is that Hardy already has been convicted; McDonald is still awaiting charges, which have yet to be filed.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
The NFL Players Association was put in a tough spot with former Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension. It's safe to assume it didn't want to appear to be condoning domestic violence. But there's also good reason to believe that Rice's rights as a union member were violated by commissioner Roger Goodell as he tried to make up for his own mistakes.
The NFLPA officially filed an appeal on behalf of Rice on Tuesday, with a carefully worded statement that made it clear it was protecting the rights of "all NFL players," not necessarily siding with Rice and his actions:
"Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.
"The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:
• A breakdown of the latest Adrian Peterson news
• Some actual football discussion about Week 2's significant games
• Lightning round with Frank Schwab, hitting him with Qs about Eli, RG3, and more.
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ...
The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Minnesota Vikings might be fine with Adrian Peterson playing football, but not everyone is fine with the Minnesota Vikings — or the NFL — right now.
A day after Radisson hotel chain decided to suspend its limited sponsorship with the team following the decision to reactivate Peterson on Monday, an even bigger hammer blow came down from an industry giant also refusing to play ball, per the Associated Press.
An eye-opening development: Nike stores in Twin Cities have pulled all Adrian Peterson merch from shelves. Nike.
Peterson's NFL gear is still available through the nike.com website, but the fact that you can't go into one of the apparel giant's stores and get the jersey of the franchise's most popular (certainly before child abuse charges were brought against Peterson, and maybe even after) and recognized athlete is rather stunning.