- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
With Brock Osweiler, the Denver Broncos offense continues to look a lot different than it was with Peyton Manning.
Osweiler is under center most snaps, unlike Manning, and it is changing Denver’s run game and its pass game.
Denver put up 433 yards of offense against a good New England Patriots offense. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson combined for 172 yards, a week after combining for 161 yards in Osweiler’s first start, against the Chicago Bears. In the passing game, Osweiler played smart, poised football and hit some nice throws to help the Broncos pull off the upset.
Two of the biggest plays were in the run game, and they were the exact same play call, just to different sides with a different back.Sun, 29 NovNew England24 - 30DenverGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Let's take a pause from berating NFL officials for the poor job they've done this season to celebrate some good news: Leah Still, the young daughter of former Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, is cancer free.
In a subsequent post, Still showed a picture of a pink bedroom, complete with new furniture, ready for Leah when she comes home from the hospital.
Leah Still was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage 4 in June 2014, and though he left the Bengals to be with Leah as she began treatment, Cincinnati kept Devon on its practice squad at the beginning of last season as a means of ensuring he would still receive health insurance for his daughter (he wound up playing 12 regular-season games last year).
Over the last 17 months, Still has kept the public updated on Leah through his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and #LeahStrong became a familiar hashtag. The pictures chronicled her fight, on good days and bad, and inspired many.Sun, 29 NovSt. Louis7 - 31CincinnatiGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers need to get their stories straight.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn't think he has a concussion despite self-reporting one in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks. His coach, Mike Tomlin, says Roethlisberger did indeed suffer one and remains in the league's concussion protocol.
Roethlisberger was suffering symptoms consistent with a concussion — including blurry peripheral vision — late in the Seahawks game, taking himself out of the game about nine plays after a big hit from the Seahawks' Michael Bennett in the final minutes of the game. But Roethlisberger said he suffered instead from a traumatic ocular migraine.
It doesn't behoove Roethlisberger to lie about his diagnosis. Nor does it help Tomlin to lie on his behalf, although the coach might be taking extra measures to make sure his quarterback is fully cleared from any concussion-like symptoms and adhere to league-mandated procedures once he was entered into the concussion protocol.Sun, 29 NovPittsburgh30 - 39SeattleGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Oh, Cleveland. You have our sympathies. Not only did the Browns lose Monday night's game to division rival Baltimore in the most Brownsian way possible, when their potential game-winning field goal was blocked and returned for the game-winning touchdown by the Ravens' Will Hill, it appears they've also lost their starting quarterback.
Citing a league source, Cleveland Plain-Dealer beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reported after the game that Josh McCown had possibly suffered a broken collarbone in the loss, leaving FirstEnergy Stadium with his right arm in a sling.
Cabot reported that even if McCown's collarbone isn't broken, the source said it is likely serious enough that his season is over.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Rob Gronkowski is fed up.
The New England Patriots' tight end, who escaped serious injury after a low hit that left him writhing in pain on Sunday night against the Broncos, was flagged twice for offensive pass interference before leaving the game, his fifth and sixth such penalties of the season.
During a Tuesday appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Boston Herald Patriots reporter Jeff Howe said the NFL is "absolutely" targeting the 6=foot-6, 275 pound Gronkowski with the OPI calls. Gronkowski, or someone who tweets for Gronkowski, believes he is too:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
The NFL once again has yanked officials from a key game after mistakes they made the week before.
Head referee Pete Morelli and his crew originally had been assigned to Sunday night's Indianapolis Colts-Pittsburgh Steelers game but were pulled from that assignment following a poorly called game by them between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday.
One of the more egregiously bad calls in the game was a roughing the passer call against the 49ers' Quinton Dial on Carson Palmer on what looked to be a routine sack. Two other big errors in the game included a missed delay of game call that should have hurt the Cardinals, plus some confusion in the first quarter over what down it was in the game.
As reported by PFT, Morelli's crew will be assigned to a game that isn't prime time elsewhere on the Week 13 slate.
What does this tell us?Sun, 29 NovArizona19 - 13San FranciscoGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
It seems a day can’t pass in the NFL without controversy over referees.
The Cleveland Browns lost a game Monday night in the most Browns way possible. The fact that there appears to be evidence that suggests the play should have been deemed illegal makes it even more Brownsy.
Cleveland had a potential game-winning field-goal attempt blocked as time expired and run back for a touchdown, but it appears that the Baltimore Ravens were lined up offsides on the block.
Have a look:
(You might have noticed the foot of the Ravens’ Will Hill appearing to be out of bounds in this pic, too. We’ll address that in a bit.)
There was — as seems to be par for the course in this Year of the Ref — no flag. The Ravens improbably won, and Browns fans felt like burning things.
Factory of madness?Mon, 30 NovBaltimore33 - 27ClevelandGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The Carolina Panthers still have a perception problem.
It's hard to imagine that in a little more than a month, we could have three teams finish an NFL regular season undefeated and untied in the Super Bowl era: 1972 Miami Dolphins, 2007 New England Patriots and ... 2015 Carolina Panthers? It's possible.
With just five games left, the Panthers' chase for perfection is close enough that we can talk about it seriously. And the remaining schedule isn't tough. They play at New Orleans, vs. Atlanta, at the Giants, at Atlanta and home against Tampa Bay to finish the season. The toughest team Carolina has left is the Falcons, and they haven't played well in almost two months.
Does this seem like a historically great team? Does Carolina seem like a Super Bowl favorite this season? Be honest: Would you pick the Panthers right now to win it all (people in the Carolinas aren't allowed to answer)?
Again, this might just be a perception problem.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The factory of sadnessproduced a moment that is only believable from the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns lined up for a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation on Monday night. And the Baltimore Ravens ended up winning the game on that play.
Ravens defensive end Brent Urban blocked the kick. Safety Will Hill scooped it up and returned it down the sideline for a touchdown to finish a surprisingly entertaining 33-27 Baltimore win. The Browns managed to lose a home game against a Ravens team that came in 3-7 and was without Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith and Terrell Suggs, among others. This tweet from the Browns' account right after the final play sums it all up:
And this hilarious/sad video is the essence of life as a Browns fan:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Who would have guessed three months ago that an injury to running back Chris Johnson would have a serious impact on the Super Bowl picture?
Johnson, out of a job all summer until he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in mid-August, has a fractured tibia, or shinbone, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. He'll be out an "extended period," Glazer said, but the team is gathering information to see how long he'll be out.
It's a tough blow, because Johnson has been one of the league's biggest surprises. He is the fourth-leading rusher in the NFL with 814 yards, although he had three quiet games in a row before the injury.
The Cardinals were dealt another blow to their running game Monday, because Andre Ellington is dealing with a turf toe. Intriguing rookie David Johnson, who has seven touchdowns in a limited role, will likely step in for at least a few weeks.