- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
If you’re Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, what can you hang your hat on with your 0-3 team that now has been beaten badly in prime time two weeks running?
Your starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, is out. Your starting running back, Jeremy Langford, left Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a cart. You can’t get your best receiver, Alshon Jeffery, the ball enough.
Your defense has now lost to quarterbacks making their eighth, second and third NFL starts, respectively, two of them rookies. Those quarterbacks threw one interception between them in 97 attempts. The Bears face quarterbacks who were top-three picks in eight of the next 10 games, all of them with 20 or more starts.
The offense has scored 14, 14 and 17 points. The defense has allowed 23, 29 and 31. It’s getting worse on the field, not better.Sun, 25 SepChicago17 - 31DallasGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
The Carolina Panthers better hope Cam Newton really is the man of steel. He might not last the season otherwise.
Newton took a beating in the season opener and another on Sunday. He was sacked eight times by the Minnesota Vikings. Newton, under constant pressure, looked nothing like the NFL’s MVP. He threw three interceptions in a 22-10 home loss.
Everyone knew the Panthers wouldn’t win 15 games again, but they probably didn’t expect to surpass their 2015 loss total in the first three weeks of this season. Or to lose their second game at home this season. The Panthers didn’t lose at home all last season.
This doesn’t look like the same Panthers team that took the NFL by storm last year, though it’s still early. There isn’t as much celebration, though there’s not much to dab about when you’re 1-2. Newton has just five touchdowns and five interceptions after an all-time great 2015 season, and four of those touchdowns came against the San Francisco 49ers, the NFL’s version of a Triple-A team.Sun, 25 SepMinnesota22 - 10CarolinaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having a weird game, and that was before referee Ed Hochuli evacuated the stadium.
With two minutes left in the game, the two-minute warning became a severe weather warning. Hochuli made the announcement that the game would be suspended because of lightning in the area. The delay ended up lasting a little more than an hour.
The Buccaneers didn’t spend the break going over clock management issues, apparently. The mismanagement of the clock cost them dearly in a 37-32 loss. In the final minute, Jameis Winston hit Charles Sims on a pass, Sims didn’t get out of bounds and for some reason the Buccaneers didn’t call timeout even though they had two left. They ran a play instead and lost valuable time, which cost them at the end.
With the Buccaneers down to one final play, Winston ran way past the line of scrimmage, and was wandering about 8 yards past the line still looking to pass when Rams defensive end Robert Quinn tackled him from behind. It was like Winston had no idea where he was on the field, or that he had to get the ball to the end zone. On a strange afternoon, it was a strange ending.Sun, 25 SepLos Angeles37 - 32Tampa BayGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
It figures that the NFL’s oldest wide receiver and one of the youngest cornerbacks didn’t see eye to eye. (And never mind the height difference, either.)
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is doing a lot of talking for a talented rookie, but also one who has yet to win an NFL game. His team dropped to 0-3 when Steve Smith Sr. and the Baltimore Ravens won, 19-17.
Ramsey spat fire early in his first season. Following the Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Ramsey went after Aaron Rodgers. Then this Sunday, Smith was his target. The two scrapped on the field and jawed as well, and Ramsey wanted nothing to do with it when Smith came over to have a postgame chat.Sun, 25 SepBaltimore19 - 17JacksonvilleGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Twitter was not kind to New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw an abominable six interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s day vs. the Chiefs, basically. ⛏⛏⛏✈️⛏⛏⛏ pic.twitter.com/guSK0u3PvJ
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 25, 2016
— Danny Woods (@dcwoods89) September 25, 2016
QB rating is a bad stat because Ryan Fitzpatrick threw no touchdowns and SIX FREAKIN' INTERCEPTIONS and he got an 18.2 and not a 0.0
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) September 25, 2016Sun, 25 SepNY Jets3 - 24Kansas CityGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Playing quarterback in the NFL is like dancing on the blade of a knife. It’s always going to be tricky, but if it goes wrong, it can go very, very wrong. For Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sunday went very, very wrong.
Fitzpatrick’s New York Jets came into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs looking competent, effective, balanced. They left a shattered wreck, on the wrong end of a 24-3 stomping, limping away from one of those losses that’s so ugly it should count as more than one.
Fitzpatrick’s line: 20-of-44, 188 yards, zero touchdowns (obviously), and six – SIX! – interceptions. Derrick Johnson returned one for a 55-yard pick-six; Marcus Peters snagged two; and Eric Berry, Daniel Sorensen, and D.J. White each got souvenirs as well. Two of the interceptions came in the end zone, and another came in a desperation drive inside the final two minutes, but no matter: six interceptions will kill you even if they all come in the opening 10 minutes.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Before this season started, the Cleveland Browns for some reason were openly telling the media they didn’t think Carson Wentz would be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL, so they traded the second pick of the draft instead of taking Wentz.
That seemed like a strange thing to brag about in public before the season, and now it looks downright dumb (especially from a Browns team that has been historically awful finding a quarterback). Three games don’t make a career, but there aren’t 20 quarterbacks you’d select over Wentz right now. I’m not sure you can find a definitive list of 10. And Wentz is still in his first month as a professional.Sun, 25 SepPittsburgh3 - 34PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
We love highlighting great catches. But there’s something even more novel when they are delivered by defensive players.
In this edition of “Who did it better?” we present you two fairly incredible athletic displays by guys who are not supposed to be great at catching the ball. Well, one guy anyway.
The first terrific pick is from Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, who dropped way back into coverage and snared the Blake Bortles pass with one hand. Watch, in the video above, this one-handed effort.
The second great INT comes from a player who should have good hands. After all, Patrick Peterson has had the ball in his hands a lot in his young NFL career. So it’s no shock he can track down the Tyrod Taylor pass over his shoulder all while staying inbounds on the sideline. Impressive concentration and body control.
You be the judge! Who did it better?
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Russell Wilson has been practically indestructible during his NFL career. Even a high ankle sprain didn’t cause him to miss any time earlier this season.
But the way his left leg got bent underneath him on Sunday finally forced him out of a game. And it was ugly.
Wilson was brought down by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Eli Harold and his leg bent in a way it’s not meant to go.
OMG Russell Wilson's leg. pic.twitter.com/bgsESgadYW
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 25, 2016
Ouch. Don’t question Wilson’s toughness though. He missed a snap after suffering the injury, but went back in. Then after the series was done he went to the trainer’s table to be checked out further. At that point nobody would have questioned if he called it a day, especially with the Seahawks blowing out the 49ers, a game that ended in a 37-18 victory for Seattle.Sun, 25 SepSan Francisco18 - 37SeattleGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
The way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacted to a 41-yard missed field goal by rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo was telling.
Many Buccaneers went over to him, patted him on the back or the helmet as soon as he got to the sideline. It was like a coordinated team effort to make sure his spirits didn’t get down. You don’t see professionals treated with kid gloves too often, especially when he’s costing you points. But his psyche seems fragile right now, and it won’t get better after a couple misses Sunday.
Aguayo is off to a really rough start, and it wouldn’t be that big of a story if not for the Buccaneers using a second-round pick to take him in this year’s NFL draft. That pick was questionable at best; and made worse because the Buccaneers traded up to take him. If you take a kicker in the second round he better not miss too often, even as a rookie.
But Aguayo seemed to get the yips in the preseason. He missed some kicks in games, then reports said he was missing in practice too. He saw a “mental coach” to help him. This was all before he played a regular-season game.