- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The Cincinnati Bengals are in a bit of a free fall, having lost two of three games (and one tie), and there seems to be a connection with wide receiver A.J. Green having missed the past two contests.
They didn't seem to miss him in a 37-37 tie against the Carolina Panthers, but the Bengals were blanked last week, 27-0 to the Indianapolis Colts, as they went three-and-out on their first eight possessions and 10 times total in the pathetic offensive showing.
Green's toe injury has kept him out, and he's questionable for Sunday's key matchup against the first-place Baltimore Ravens. Green spoke with Yahoo Sports' Evan Doherty about the status of his toe.
"I feel good," Green said. "It definitely feels better, man, but it still up in the air if I can go on Sunday. But we'll see."
Green said that he has pain pushing off on the toe and has had trouble getting in and out of his breaks. The problem, too, is that it has been a case of two steps forward and one back in his rehab.Sun, Oct 19Cincinnati0 - 27IndianapolisGame Recap
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The New England Patriots have needed to add some linebacker depth and hope that a former second-round pick is a good temporary solution.
According to the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, the Tennessee Titans will trade linebacker Akeem Ayers to New England — pending a physical.
Per CBS's Jason LaCanfora, the price tag wasn't that steep: a swap of late draft picks next year.
So, actually the Pats just trade a 6th round pick to the Titans for Ayers and a 7th round pick. He hadn't been playing. Pats need LB help
Ayers only had played 10 snaps this season and was viewed as a poor fit in the Titans' 3-4 system. In addition, Ayers is coming off two knee surgeries (one on each leg) this offseason. Last week, Ayers was a healthy scratch against the Washington Redskins.Sun, Oct 19Tennessee17 - 19WashingtonGame Recap
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Dallas Cowboys might be one of the best feel-good stories of the NFL so far this season, but they will not be a part of one involving defensive end Michael Sam.
Sam, who is aiming to be the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL regular-season game, was waived from the team's practice squad on Tuesday, per various reports.
Cowboys have released DE Michael Sam from their practice squad.
Sam signed with the Cowboys on Sept. 3 after the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted Sam in the seventh round in May, cut him following the preseason. The Cowboys even had sold Sam's jerseys in its pro shop as he tried to impress the team enough to promote him to the active roster.
That never happened. Now Sam, who spent the past seven weeks on the Cowboys' practice squad, is a free agent and will be joining his third team in three months if he lands with another club.Sun, Oct 19NY Giants21 - 31DallasGame Recap
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
One of the overlooked elements of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s game is how accurate he is.
Manning rarely misses. I’m not saying he never does because that’s not true, but it’s rare you watch him and say, ‘Wow, he’s missing guys in this game.’ You’re almost surprised when he throws an incompletion.
As Manning broke the NFL career touchdown record against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, he was spot on, especially on his two touchdown passes to Demaryius Thomas.
The record-tying score to Wes Welker wasn’t a high degree of difficulty because the design of the play was so good, and we’ll look at that one first. The Broncos faked a bubble screen to Thomas, and Manning pump faked it to him, which brought safety Eric Reid up. That allowed Welker to run by Reid on a fade route to the sideline. That’s pitch and catch for Manning.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:
• The return of our host Kevin Kaduk from new fatherhood-related absence
• A discussion of the most disappointing teams in the NFL (Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans ... heads up.)
• Why Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever, and if you don't agree, you're insane
• A lightning-fast spin through all the big stories of the week so far.
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ...
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Peyton Manning's record setting touchdown ball traveled to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Monday, not via a special security guard or in a decorative box. It went to Canton in a plastic bag, underneath an airplane seat.
And it flew coach.
That's right: The ball that was thrown by the Denver Broncos quarterback to set the all-time mark for most touchdown passes in a career didn't receive first-class treatment. Upon arrival at the Hall of Fame, however, it will have far more prestigious accommodations.
The ball, which is now safely at the Hall of Fame and already on display, was secured via a long and rather detailed process to ensure that ensured the institution of getting the right piece of history. After Manning threw touchdown pass No. 509, surpassing Brett Favre's former all-time mark, the plan was for the record-setting ball to get into the hands of the Broncos equipment manager who would then get it to Joe Horrigan, the vice president of communications and exhibits for the Hall.
Instead, several Broncos teammates staged a game of keep-away with the record-setting ball on the field, making a smiling and laughing Manning chase the ball around.Thu, Oct 235:25 PM PDTSan Diego at DenverPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
The St. Louis Rams employed all manner of trickeration to fake out the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Apparently, they're so good at this deception that they even fool their own employees.
Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday, quarterback Austin Davis noted that he still gets asked for ID, even after quarterbacking the team through most of their games this season.
"The guy at the front desk at the facility here actually asked who I was the other day," Davis said. "It was pretty good."
When asked why he doesn't just wear his jersey around, Davis answered earnestly, "I can't do that. It's too big without my pads on."
Davis also noted that he had no idea that the infamous fake punt was coming; his back had been turned at the time and then he realized he would be heading back into the game. All part of the deception, apparently.Sun, Oct 19Seattle26 - 28St. LouisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
The Houston Texans already have surpassed their 2013 win total. They've been a competitive 3-4 club, with three of the four losses coming by one score.
They've done so with No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney having missed six straight games and more than half of the one game he did appear in. The Texans have forced 15 turnovers this season, which — incredibly — already has surpassed the 2013 total of 11.
Things, you could say, are slightly brighter in Houston than they were a year ago when the team opened with two straight victories and then collapsed for 14 straight losses.
But we all know there's still a lot missing.
It's easy to pin the Texans' limitations on one man. Ryan Fitzpatrick, the unlikely placeholder at quarterback, has been no different than most observers have expected him to be based on his itinerant track record: effective enough for him to keep a job but maddeningly ineffective for a team that wants to win games via the turnover battle, clock management and game massaging.Mon, Oct 20Houston23 - 30PittsburghGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Troy Polamalu has been a great player in the NFL. Few players are more synonymous with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But, Troy, we beg of you: Can the leap.
As the Steelers were protecting a two-touchdown lead in the final two minutes of Monday night's victory, the Houston Texans had driven to the Steelers' 1-yard line on a DeAndre Hopkins 16-yard catch. As Hopkins was unable to score and the Texans were without timeouts, they were scrambling a bit, hoping to get up to the line and run a play to get into the end zone with as little time elapsed on the clock as possible.
Instead, Polamalu gave them a free timeout, essentially. He tried to time the snap and jump over the line — yeah, you've seen him do it before countless times — and short-circuit the play. We would have loved to hear Bob Uecker call this game ... juuuuuuust a bit offsides , maybe.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
There are many stats that sum up how miserable the Oakland Raiders' 0-6 start has been, but we have something better than a statistic for that.
The injured Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman was at his trash-talking finest on Sunday, poking fun at Raiders fans as the Cards sealed up their 24-13 win.
If you can't see it well, it's a hand-written message from Dockett to the fans reminding them that the Raiders are 0-6, and the worst team in the NFL. Sadly, both are indisputable facts at this point.
Even worse for the Raiders, they just got past what is the relatively easy part of their schedule. And while it's ridiculously early under most circumstances to pose the question, it needs to be asked: Is 0-16 possible for the Raiders?Sun, Oct 19Arizona24 - 13OaklandGame Recap