- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Strawberries and cream are the delicacy of choice for Wimbledon watchers. What will you be dining on when the Detroit Lions face the Atlanta Falcons at 9:30 a.m. ET, which will be 1:30 p.m. local time at London's Wembley Stadium?
Maybe eggs? Bacon? Weetabix?
The earliest kickoff in NFL history is a fascinating experiment for the league, which only has expanded the London experience the past few seasons and has not hid the fact that it very much is exploring the viability of perhaps placing a franchise there one day.
Sunday's game in London — and the ratings it will receive — will be watched very closely by league executives, who supported the idea of kicking off the game early in American TV markets as a twofold way of making it an even longer day of NFL football and also helping work with the logistics for the teams, which can get back to the States a lot earlier.
But will it be watched a ton back home? That's the unknown.Sun, Oct 266:30 AM PDTDetroit at AtlantaPreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Folks in the United States are starting to understand the seriousness of the Ebola crisis worldwide now that there have been documented cases in this country, but it has plagued Western Africa with nearly 5,000 deaths.
One NFL owner is doing everything he can to help support this growing cause. Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen told the New York Times that he is pledging $100 million to the effort, which makes him one of the largest individual donors for this crisis.
“Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me,” Allen said on Thursday.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTSeattle at CarolinaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Since the NFL is already carving "Denver Broncos" into this season's Lombardi Trophy, there's probably no use in checking the Super Bowl odds almost halfway through the season.
But let's do so anyway, for kicks.
It's hard to figure out who the second-best team in the NFL is. Which means that there should be value in the Super Bowl odds, just in case the Broncos blow it in the playoffs again (I know, hard to imagine). Here are the odds for every semi-legitimate contender (the Raiders are 3000-to-1, if you feel like setting your money on fire), from Bovada via OddsShark.com, before Thursday's game:
Denver Broncos, 3-to-1 Again, this was before Thursday's game. It's not good value to take any team in Week 8 at 3-to-1 to win the Super Bowl, no matter how far Denver is ahead of the rest of the NFL.
Green Bay Packers, 8-to-1 Interesting that the Packers are the second favorite. Considering that if the season ended today, they wouldn't even be NFC North champs.Thu, Oct 23San Diego21 - 35DenverGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:
• A look at Peyton Manning vs. the Denver scoreboard operator. (Sing this ep's title to Peyton's favorite tune.)
• Are the Denver Broncos on track to be one of the best teams in history? There's evidence that points to yes.
• Why's Philip Rivers so hated?
• Overrated/Underrated, this time focusing on great receivers of the past.
• Our picks for Lock of the Week, Upset of the Week, and Game We'd Pay To See.
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
DENVER – At the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, the Denver Broncos were up 35-21, with the ball. That last part is key to this story.
The Broncos, stealing the University of Wisconsin's bit, started playing the House of Pain song "Jump Around" in the stadium. Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, on the sideline, got into it and started dancing. They showed Talib on the big screen, the crowd got even more fired up. It was fairly typical stuff at the end of a big Broncos win.
And quarterback Peyton Manning was not happy about it.
Manning wants the crowd to be quiet when the offense has the ball. He likes calling out audibles at the line, and every once in a while he'll theatrically motion for the crowd to quiet down. After the two-minute warning the Broncos got a false-start penalty, although it didn't seem that was due to the crowd noise. He wasn't mad at the fans this time; he was mad at the Broncos scoreboard operator.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
DENVER – The Denver Broncos were really good in 2013.
They were 13-3, didn’t lose any regular-season game by more than a touchdown, outscored teams by 207 points and won the AFC. They ultimately weren’t Super Bowl champion good, partially because they ran up against a great team that was even better, but they were very good last season.
The Broncos are better this season. Clearly. Absolutely.
“Oh yeah,” cornerback Chris Harris said without any hesitation when asked if the 2014 Broncos were better than the 2013 version. “We’re a total team.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Through the month of September, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers became one of the NFL’s hot way-too-early MVP candidates.
The Chargers were playing well. Rivers was on fire. All of the way-too-early MVP buzz was justified. But no matter how good Rivers is, he's not even the best MVP candidate in his own division.
Peyton Manning, who was surprisingly absent from the MVP talk in its very early stages, and the Denver Broncos dismantled the Chargers 35-21, leaving no question they are the favorite in the AFC West. The Broncos are 6-1, a game-and-a-half ahead of the second-place Chargers (5-3).
This was Manning's second straight dominant performance on prime time. Manning was 25-of-35 for 286 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Thursday's win. Last week, Manning was 22-of-28 for 318 yards and four touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
John Elway is as popular as ever in Denver, but name dropping Elway did not help Broncos practice squad safety John Boyett when he was arrested on Monday. Elway, the Broncos general manager, didn't seem too impressed either, because he cut Boyett on Thursday.
Boyett allegedly had a heck of a time out, it sounds like from the police report, via the Denver Post. Take a gander at what Boyett was arrested for. It's quite the list:
"In summary, according to the police report, Boyett was highly intoxicated, threatened a bartender at a sports bar where he ate, drank and did shots, was belligerent to his fellow patrons, assaulted a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site so he could whack the cab driver, fled the scene and tried to hide from police by trying to bury himself under mulch."
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is having a nice season with the Cleveland Browns after being signed away from the Cincinnati Bengals.
Apparently, though, Hawkins' 2-year-old son hasn't given up on his dad's former team.
Watch this funny Instagram video from Hawkins, who doesn't take kindly to his son's proclamation that the Bengals' A.J. Green is his favorite receiver and the mock (we hope!) eviction that follows.
We'll be curious to see if Green is healthy enough to play against Hawkins and the Browns and if his son finds a new home. We'll go ahead and assume he'll get a second chance with Dad.
- - - - - - -Sun, Oct 261:25 PM PDTOakland at ClevelandPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Thursday has become "Throwback Thursday" on social media, where everyone shares pictures of themselves from back in the day and we all have a good laugh about how much things have changed ... or haven't.
Of course, there hasn't been a throw in the last three years that Richard Sherman hasn't tried to claim as his own, and Throwback Thursday is no different. He offered up the above childhood photo of himselfas a wee lad, right out in front and already featuring his trademark intense stare. (Sweet overalls, too.)
Lil' Richard seems like he's ready to commandeer that camera and tell the poor hourly-rate photographer to take that weak Olan Mills junk out of here, pronto. Some things never ever change.