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Pittsburgh 16, Kansas City 13: Mike Tirico could barely contain himself early on as the Chiefs took a 7-0 lead on the Steelers. Then Mike Wallace's thighs showed up. More »Share TweetThe Kansas City Chiefs have been abysmal in many fundamental aspects of football this season, but in Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team that hadn't held a lead until tonight's first quarter kept it surprisingly close throughou…Share TweetFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Ray Edwards was supposed to give the Atlanta Falcons a fearsome pass rush.Share Tweet
NY Jets coach Rex Ryan in no-win situation, won't make decisions just to save his jobWhen a coach is losing like this, he really can’t win. If he blames his players, he forfeits the locker room and takes a backhanded swipe at his general manager. If he blames his coaching staff, he condemns himself for hiring these bums.Share Tweet
A.J. Green On The Fallacy Of The Trap Game: "We Lost To Freakin' Cleveland"The Bengals and Browns are a bitter, bitter rivalry. For Ohioans, it's almost as bad as soap vs. human skin-you just have to pick a side. It makes sense, then, that A.J. Green would be upset about losing to the Browns, but it would make sense regardlessShare TweetEli Manning has placed two Super Bowl rings in Tom Coughlin’s safe deposit box and as a quarterback and coach they are as tied together in Giants history as Bill Parcells and Phil Simms or in NFL history as Bill Walsh and Joe Montana, Bill Belichick andShare TweetThe NFL said the 76-yard punt return by Denver's Trindon Holliday against Carolina on Sunday should have been ruled a touchback, not a touchdown.Share Tweet
Asomugha could be on his way out of Philly, tooIt’s regarded as a foregone conclusion that the Eagles will cut quarterback Mike Vick after the 2012 season, given that he’s due to earn a base salary of $15.5 million in 2013. Vick’s not the only high-profile player who could be on his way out of PShare TweetAs far as beatings go, the one the Jets took in Seattle Sunday will seem painless in comparison to the whipping the media will administer to Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez in the coming days and weeks. This is what Woody Johnson’s Jets have become. ConfrontaShare TweetSometimes Monday Night Football features a good game. And then sometimes the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Pittsburgh. The Chiefs have had quite a year. Among major accomplishments the Chiefs can list getting smoked by the Chargers and Romeo Crennel havi…Share TweetBroncos return man Trindon Holliday started celebrating 75 yards into a 76-yard punt return on Sunday, and if not for a botched call by the officials, his touchdown against the Panthers would have been wiped out and ruled a fumble at the 1-yard line. As…Share TweetCNNSI.com Nov 12, 2012ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Returning to a defense that didn't seem to miss him much, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is willing to do whatever it takes - even play special teams - to get back on the field after missing the first nine games of the season …Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: Washed Up And Left For DeadThank you for your continued support of Deadspin. Monday Night Football is really Chiefs and Steelers? Monday Night Football is really Chiefs and Steelers. More »Share TweetBen Roethlisberger may be a "jagoff" notorious for his barroom antics, but when an item showed up in ESPN's televised rundown before Monday Night Football tonight titled "Roethlisberger Drink & Drunk," it caught many viewers by surprise. More »Share TweetWith the Eagles desperately trying to turn their season around, they’ve made a move designed to shore up their struggling offensive line. Veteran guard Jake Scott, who has been a free agent all year and has said he would only sign when the right opportuShare TweetThe Kansas City Chiefs will be without wide receiver Steve Breaston for Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Breaston was signed to a five-year, $22 million contract on July 29 and caught 61 passes for 785 yards and two touchdowns last s…Share TweetAs the Lions continue to play musical chairs in the secondary, they’ve made yet another move at cornerback. Pat Lee, who started seven games at cornerback for the Raiders this year but was surprisingly cut on Saturday, has been claimed off waivers by thShare TweetORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is out with a concussion, and there's at least one teammate who's unhappy with how Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes celebrated after delivering the blow.Share TweetThe Pittsburgh Steelers released backup nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu a month after the rookie fourth-round pick's drunken driving incident last month.Share Tweet
Concussed Smith threw TD with blurred visionSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-24 tie against the Rams while playing with blurred vision before coming out with a concussion.Share TweetBig CBS exclusive yesterday: Mike Holmgren, who's going to be let go in Cleveland at the end of the season if not earlier, is going to be very picky about his next stop. But if there's an opening, he'd love to coach in Dallas. This according to "so…Share Tweet
Wisconsin coach: NFL scouts tell me Montee Ball is draft’s top backWisconsin’s Montee Ball will be the first running back taken in the 2013 NFL draft. At least, he will be if you believe his coach. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema told ESPN that he has spoken with NFL scouts about their views on his team, and they’ve alwShare TweetAfter Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Bengals, Giants quarterback Eli Manning said that he didn’t think a tired arm was to blame for his recent struggles. With the bye week here, though, Manning is erring on the side of caution. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYoShare TweetIt’s not often that an NFL team successfully executes two fake punts in one game, but that’s what the Rams did to the 49ers on Sunday. That’s particularly galling to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh because he says his team spent much of the last week of prShare TweetThe Denver Broncos dodged a couple of big scares against the Carolina Panthers.Share TweetDallas Cowboys defensive end Kenyon Coleman suffered a torn left triceps in Sunday's win against the Philadelphia Eagles and will undergo season-ending surgery.Share TweetThe Patriots gave up 337 yards in the air to the Bills in Sunday’s 37-31 victory, keeping them firmly rooted at the bottom of the league when it comes to passing yards allowed per game and reminding us why they traded a fourth-round pick for the suspendShare TweetThe NFL office admitted Monday a pair of relatively obvious and egregious officiating errors, including one that allowed a bogus touchdown to stand and one that let the clock run for over a minute when it shouldn’t have. The league sent out statements eShare TweetWe’ve spent all day on these pages writing about the biggest stories from Sunday, now it’s time to watch us talk about them. Erik Kuselias, Mike Florio and Rodney Harrison will be covering all the stuff you need to know from Sunday’s games. The injuShare TweetPhiladelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles will start against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, after Michael Vick was diagnosed with what coach Andy Reid called a "pretty significant concussion."Share TweetBears linebacker Brian Urlacher left Sunday night’s game impressed by the Texans. Urlacher called running back Arian Foster a “bad ass” after the game was over and congratulated Texans safety Danieal Manning after Manning intercepted Jay Cutler inShare Tweetnytimes.com Nov 12, 2012The Bengals' win over the Giants started with a motion, a play-action fake and a busted coverage on A.J. Green, who had sparked a war of words when he said he saw "holes" in the Giants' secondary.Share Tweet
At Least Two Players Had No Idea Rams-49ers Could End In A TieA tie! Nothing brings more joy to fans of novelty, more consternation to playoff-scenario-figure-outers, or more mercy to viewers than a tie. The first in the NFL since 2008, the second in a decade, the 24-24 final score of yesterday's St. Louis-San Fra…Share TweetIndianapolis has lost starting cornerback Jerraud Powers and defensive tackle Drake Nevis for the rest of the season.Share TweetNext Monday night’s game between the Bears and the 49ers features a pair of quarterbacks who may miss the game due to concussions. One of those quarterbacks could be moving closer to playing. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that Alex Smith “slShare TweetThe NFL reviewed Chicago's handling of the concussion suffered by Jay Cutler, and determined the team correctly followed concussion protocol, according to a league spokesman, while Lovie Smith maintained the Bears went beyond the league's requirements.Share Tweet
Falcons line doesn’t want all the blame for run gameWhen faced with situations you think they’re built to convert, the Falcons haven’t. But those involved don’t want to draw a line connecting the short-yardage run game failures against the Giants in last year’s playoffs to yesterday’s inability tShare Tweet
Most Boring NFL Team Inspires Most Boring NFL Headline"Jaguars sign another Greg Jones." This means that half the Greg Joneses to ever play in the NFL on are on the Jacksonville roster right now. They also kind of look like each other, right? Is that racist? More »Share TweetNew York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw will undergo a battery of tests as the team conducts medical examinations over the next two days before taking a break during their bye week.Share TweetJaguars coach Mike Mularkey’s Mondays are starting to resemble a less amusing Groundhog Day. Every week he comes to the podium to answer questions about how the team will find a second win this season, something that’s hard enough when he doesn’t aShare TweetTAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano says linebacker Quincy Black is expected to recover from a neck injury but is experiencing complications with his left arm.Share TweetPanthers special teams coordinator Brian Murphy on Monday became the latest casualty of Carolina's disappointing season.Share Tweet
Redskins plan to test Pierre GarÃ§on’s foot this weekPierre GarÃ§on’s first year in Washington has been less successful than hoped as a result of a foot injury that’s kept him off the field for six of the team’s nine games this season. There’s been talk about season-ending surgery and reports out ofShare TweetThere was a clear sense that the news on Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga’s hip injury wasn’t going to be good. The Packers made it official Monday, placing Bulaga on injured reserve and signing outside linebacker Vic So’oto to fill his roster spotShare Tweet
It Happened Again: The NFL's Parity In One Striking GraphicTwo years ago, we were taken by the NFL's ouroboros: a visual representation of the league's parity, where any team can beat anyone else. In the graphic, each team has a victory over the team next to it, going clockwise, until it circles back. More »Share Tweet
Bears fans get married at tailgate before team’s disastrous lossThe Chicago Bears' loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday was not a game most Bears fans want to remember. Jay Cutler and Shea McClellin left with concussions. The team turned the ball over four times in the first half. It was cold, rainy, and it halted t…Share TweetLast week, Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was voted the second-dirtiest player in the NFL by his peers, which he called a “badge of honor.” But after a dirty play got him penalized and benched on Sunday, Incognito admitted he had done something dumb.Share Tweet
PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco, Bears talk with John MullinAnother Sunday is in the books and another Monday spent making sense of everything that went down is underway. PFT Live will jump on that train Monday by looking at two of the NFC’s leading lights who wound up with unhappy results and concussed quarterbShare TweetPatriots running back Danny Woodhead had a 15-yard rushing touchdown and an 18-yard receiving touchdown Sunday against the Bills, and that has Tom Brady thankful to have Woodhead as a teammate. And thankful for the division rival that made Woodhead avai…Share TweetAndy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Through the first half of his second NFL season, Dalton wasn't quite the quarterback we'd seen surprise us in his 2011 rookie campaign. He'd thrown an interception in each of his first eight games, and really hit a w…Share TweetThe Jaguars finally lead the league in a category. And it will be hard for anyone to catch up with their Joneses According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, the Jags signed former Giants linebacker Greg Jones. They can now pair him with curShare TweetWe like Vikings QB Christian Ponder a lot, and not just because his name is a complete sentence. He seems like a nice, normal guy, who waited all of a month to announce to the world that he was dating ESPN's Samantha Steele. That's still admirable restr…Share Tweet
Roundup: What You Missed The Weekend We Unforgot The '72 DolphinsGo Home, Everybody: We Found The Most Ridiculous Fan In The World | He was at the Dolphins game. They lost by 34. To the Titans. Unforgotten isn't a word. Is that a bowling tattoo on the right side of his torso? Read » More »Share Tweet
Lions question hits on Calvin Johnson, Chris HoustonThe Lions were hoping to get back on the happy side of .500 with a win over the Vikings on Sunday, but it was not meant to be. Minnesota won 34-24 to improve to 6-4 and bolster their playoff chances, a result that the Lions feel they tried to get by int…Share Tweet
Roddy White plays the “we beat ourselves” cardSaints linebacker Scott Shanle felt that the Falcons were “classless” before the start of Sunday’s game. We imagine he holds an equally dim view of what Falcons wide receiver Roddy White had to say after the game came to an end. White, who spent theShare Tweet
Week 10 LVPs: Giants defense can’t seem to stop anybody latelyNew York Giants defense: In a 31-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, a non-existent New York Giants pass rush and a Swiss cheese secondary allowed the first four-passing touchdown game of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's NFL career …Share Tweet
Jerry Jones Spoke To Reporters In Front Of A Big Naked Cowboy AssJerry Jones likes to do his media scrum in the middle of the Cowboys' locker room-That's why he was so furious last week when he was locked out. But things went better yesterday, both on the field (a 38-23 win in Philadelphia) and with the press. ExceptShare TweetDolphins running back Reggie Bush lost a fumble and was benched after getting just five touches in Sunday’s 37-3 loss to the Titans. Afterward, Bush called the benching the right call. “I didn’t deserve to be back in there,” Bush said. “I fumbleShare TweetCNNSI.com Nov 12, 2012How to describe the NFL's first tie in four years? Bizarre. But through the odd plays, big mistakes and bad calls, one lesson in particular stands out, Peter King writes of Week 10.Share TweetWhen the Chiefs selected defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey with the fifth overall pick of the 2008 draft, the hope was that he’d become a dominant force on their defensive line. That never really came to fruition as Dorsey developed into a capable starter wShare TweetIt was known on Sunday that Rams coach Jeff Fisher had decided to deactivate rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins and rookie receiver Chris Givens for violating an unspecified team rule. The violation wasn’t known. Per a league source, Jenkins and GivensShare TweetRavens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said last week that injuries to his knee and shoulder have kept him from playing the way he’d like this season. The injuries weren’t enough to force Ngata, who didn’t record a tackle in the Week 10 win over the BShare TweetRoddy White and the Atlanta Falcons came up just short in their bid to stay unbeaten, but the receiver wasn't about to give the rival Saints too much credit after New Orleans pulled out a dramatic 31-27 upset of his team.Share Tweet
Rick Spielman: I’m not the anonymous G.M. who ripped the LionsOn multiple occasions this season, the Lions - and particularly center Dominic Raiola - have taken issue with reports citing an anonymous NFL general manager ripping the team. Whoever that anonymous general manager was, Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman saysShare Tweetnytimes.com Nov 12, 2012Eli Manning denied having a tired arm, and Jets fans were just tired, period.Share Tweet
Dallas Has A Crack ProblemFumble pileups in the NFL are usually the scene for football's ugliest moves; fortunately (or unfortunately) viewers are usually spared the worst of what happens after a ball hits the turf. Sometimes, though, it happens out in the open, as Cowboys safet…Share TweetSaid Bills RB C.J. Spiller, “We knew that, every time we’ve played these guys, we’ve been successful moving the ball against them. That’s a great defense that we went up against and I’m proud of our guys, but at the same time, I’m very disappoShare TweetWith Vikings receiver Percy Harvin nursing an ankle that he says was sprained in three places, it was foolish to think the Vikings would be able to plug in another slot receiver and expect him to do what Harvin does as well as any slot receiver. Someone…Share TweetYou’d think with all the static Donovan McNabb heard for not knowing the overtime rules, the message would have gotten out. But after yesterday’s 24-24 tie between the Rams and 49ers, there were still folks unsure why it ended. For 49ers safety DashonShare Tweet
49ers and Rams players fail the test when asked about overtime rulesOK, Donovan McNabb -- you're off the hook. In November of 2008, the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals played to a 13-13 tie, and McNabb, then the Eagles' quarterback, took a great deal of heat for not knowing the rules of overtime. "I've n…Share TweetBefore Sunday night’s impressive 13-6 win over the Bears in a rainy and windy Soldier Field, Texans defensive line coach Bill Kollar wasn’t feeling well. As explained by Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, Kollar became ill. He was taken to a local hoShare Tweet
Shanle says Falcons were “classless” before gameThe Falcons-Saints rivalry hasn’t been much of a rivalry lately, because the Falcons haven’t been doing much winning when they play the Saints. As it turns out, Atlanta’s latest loss to their NFC South rivals was fueled by Falcons’ antics comingShare TweetIf you want to earn the respect of a hard-hitting defense, you have to be hard-hitting yourself. So it was no surprise the Bears were impressed with Texans running back Arian Foster last night. “He’s a bad ass,” Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said,Share TweetIf I had told you on New Year’s Day that 2012 would be the best year of Adrian Peterson’s career, you would have said I was nuts. Well, I may be nuts, but Adrian Peterson is also the best running back in the NFL, and playing better this season than heShare Tweet
Eli Manning hardly playing like two-time Super Bowl MVP as NY Giants annual second-half collapse in full swingIn the Super Bowl a few years ago, Eli Manning worked himself free from the Patriots pulling and stretching his jersey, created a new pocket and put everything into a throw that miraculously stuck to David Tyree’s helmet and set up the winning touchdownShare TweetSEATTLE -- If Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll liked to say, "I told you so," he would have had a full slate of opportunuties to do so after his team beat up on the New York Jets, 28-7, on Sunday afternoon. The Jets, who gave Carroll h…Share Tweet
NFL Run & Shootaround: Rising Up and Rising Downgrantland.com Nov 12, 2012On any given Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes...Share Tweet
Big Ben Hurt In Third QuarterNov 12Turn to ESPN for live action.
NFL32OT: Texans Are Right On TrackNov 12Episode 222: Wendi Nix and Antonio Pierce discuss whether the Texans can be Super Bowl contenders. John Clayton breaks down Mike Shanahan's future with the Redskins. The NFL32 crew discuss the Giants loss to the Bengals.
Chiefs-Steelers Tied At HalfNov 12Tune to ESPN for live action.
Chiefs Lead After 1st QuarterNov 12Tune to ESPN for live action.