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Rex Ryan and NY Jets save season with win over St. Louis Rams, look ahead to Thanksgiving Day showdown with PatriotsUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share Tweet
Rex Ryan had his overnight bag slung over his shoulder as he walked through the hallways of the Edward Jones Dome headed to the team bus. The Jets’ season was making the trip home with him instead of being left behind.
Share TweetYou had a hunch coming in the Ravens’ playmakers might have a bit of an edge. You just didn’t know they were going to be Jacoby Jones and Corey Graham. The return man’s touchdown and the backup corner’s interception, respectively, were the differeShare TweetA capsule look at the Jets' 27-13 win over the Rams.Share TweetRunning back Willis McGahee, who overcome a decade ago one of the most gruesome knee injuries in football history to become a steady and productive running back, has another knee injury. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, McGahee doesn’t beli
Ruling on Danario Alexander touchdown doesn’t make any senseUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetWe are trained now to know that a ball caught in the end zone must be maintained through the completion of the play to be ruled a touchdown, even after the receiver goes down to the ground. We've known this since Calvin Johnson had a touchdown taken awa…Share TweetNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm at the end of the team's 59-24 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a league source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Share TweetIt might be a good rivalry. That doesn’t mean it’s a good game. The Ravens are still up 10-7 on the Steelers, in a game played with more emotion than quality. The touchdowns came on a pair of out-of-the-blue plays, a Byron Leftwich run and a Jacoby JoShare TweetTom Brady threw three touchdown passes and Andrew Luck had two interceptions returned for scores as the Patriots hammered the Colts 59-24 to snap Indy's four-game win streak.Share TweetThe Ravens made their own big play, but they’re down a significant player. The Ravens are up 10-7 at the end of the first quarter after Jacoby Jones‘ 63-yard punt return touchdown, which took less time to complete than Steelers quarterback Byron LeftwShare TweetSeriously, that's what the obituary in the Kansas City Star says. "Loren G. 'Sam' Lickteig died on November 14 as a result of (OK, fine-complications due to multiple sclerosis-but also) "heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City footballShare TweetFOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a wild, overtime-drenched Week 11 in the NFL...Source: CNNSI.comShare TweetWith 1:13 left in the fourth quarter of the Detroit Lions' 24-20 loss to the Detroit Lions, frustration finally seemed to boil over for a 4-6 team that expected better things this season. The 2011 Lions finished 10-6, grabbed the franchise's first playo…Share TweetThe Eagles got blown out of the building by the Redskins on Sunday, a result that was bad news for coach Andy Reid. It’s now six straight losses for the Eagles and the margin of defeat keeps getting bigger. Owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that the teaShare TweetPeyton Manning threw for three touchdowns and Von Miller had three sacks, as the Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 30-23 on Sunday to take a three-game lead in the AFC West.Share TweetThe Raiders were blown out at home against the Saints on Sunday, their third straight blowout loss, dropping their record to 3-7 on the season. Raiders owner Mark Davis is not satisfied with that. According to Paul Gutierrez of CSNCalifornia.com, Davis …
Pernell McPhee, Bobbie Williams inactive for RavensUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe biggest names missing from Sunday night’s game between the Ravens and Steelers have been known for some time, but there were a couple of notable names on the inactive list that hadn’t previously been ruled out of the game. Defensive end Pernell McShare TweetMike Vick’s concussion symptoms could be subsiding quickly. With the Eagles struggling (again) on offense and defense and rookie quarterback Nick Foles not playing very well, the Eagles no longer have any reason to overstate the condition of Vick followShare TweetIn case there was any doubt before, there’s no doubt now: The Broncos are in complete control of the AFC West. Today’s 30-23 win over the Chargers gives the 7-3 Broncos a three-game lead over the 4-6 Chargers in the division, and Denver has now sweptShare TweetIf you quit paying attention to the Saints after September, nobody would blame you. New Orleans was 0-4, with a home loss to the Chiefs (!!!). The Saints didn't have their head coach and didn't seem to have much of a chance. But since the Saints fell of…
Ed Hochuli Reviewed An Un-Reviewable Play And Then Said He Did Not Review It Because It Was Un-ReviewableUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetCleveland unexpectedly forced Dallas to overtime, and after an incomplete pass to Miles Austin with 8:35 left to go in the extra period Cleveland called timeout-presumably to force a replay from the booth. Cleveland thought the play was a catch, fumbleShare TweetThe Jacksonville Jaguars almost had the kind of win that would at least put a nice tint to an otherwise disappointing season. The 1-8 Jags took on the 8-1 Houston Texans on Sunday with nothing but pride on the line, and put forth an offensive performanc…Share TweetThere were no surprises on the inactive lists for Sunday night's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers will be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to miss the next few weeks with a sprained sternocla…
Plenty of quarterbacks could be available in the offseasonUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetAs we get closer to the end of the regular season, and the coaching changes that inevitably will come with it, the fact that every coach wants his own quarterback could cause plenty of quarterbacks to be available via free agency or trade. It’s alreadyShare TweetA look at Monday night's game between the Bears and the 49ers.Source: nytimes.comShare TweetIf you like overtime, you sure loved Sunday. Three early games were decided in OT. Chris Burke reviews the madness and examines the wild wins by the Texans, Bucs and Cowboys.Source: CNNSI.comShare TweetAaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left, and the Green Bay Packers came through with a 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.Share TweetAndre Johnson caught a screen pass from Matt Schaub and ran 48 yards for the winning touchdown in overtime as the Houston Texans rallied to beat Jacksonville 43-37 on Sunday.
Cam Newton Gives A Small Child A Football And An Epileptic Fit: Your Sunday NFL GIF RoundupUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetWe'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from the happiest person you'll ever see on the receiving end of a ball from Cam Newton, to the Cowboys onside kicking in the third quarter, and failing. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, …
Patriots pulling away, up 31-17 in thirdUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetWell, if Andrew Luck really has that magic quarterback gene, we’ll find out in a moment. The Patriots just went up 31-17 early in the third on a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Julian Edelman, who scored a punt return touchdown earlier. The Colts have no an
Texans punt returner gets run down and tackled by the punterUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetReturners often get a hard time when the punter tackles them on the way to the end zone. Those plays are almost always the same. The returner has just the punter to beat, tries to put on a move, the punter guesses right and happens to get in the returne…Share TweetRedskins safety Brandon Meriweather probably shouldn’t walk under any ladders. Meriweather’s left knee injury kept him out for weeks of the regular season before he was finally ready to return on Sept. 30 against the Buccaneers. He collided with wide
Cam Newton hands young fan football, and young fan becomes happiest kid on the planetUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe Carolina Panthers did not finish well, as they dropped an overtime game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-21. But early in the game, quarterback Cam Newton made a kid's year by handing him a football. Jonathan Stewart had a one-yard touchdown in the s…
Late touchdown pass gives Saints 21-7 lead at halfUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe Raiders kept the Saints offense in check for much of the first half, but they couldn’t get off the field in time to stop them from taking a two touchdown lead. Drew Brees hit Lance Moore with a 38-yard touchdown pass with 50 seconds to play in the sShare TweetTampa Bay was down 21-13, 80 yards away from the end zone with about a minute remaining against Carolina. The Buccaneers couldn't have felt too confident, but then again, Josh Freeman is becoming the kind of quarterback that always gives his team a chan…Share TweetYes, the Jets actually won this afternoon-and even scored some touchdowns doing so. But, these being the New York Jets, they could not avoid finding new and ever-dumber ways of making news unrelated to on field matters. More »Share TweetMason Crosby has a good NFL track record. The Packers kicker hit at least 75 percent of his field-goal attempts in each of his first five seasons. Last season he hit at an 85.7 percent clip, a career best. There was no reason to believe he'd become one …Share TweetThe Eagles lost their sixth straight game on Sunday and they also lost LeSean McCoy to a concussion. McCoy was injured on a carry on the first play after the two minute warning in the fourth quarter of a game the Eagles were losing 31-6. That begged the…Share TweetLike I said, this game could end up in the 50s. The Patriots turned a 14-7 deficit into a 21-14 lead in a hurry, thanks to a 68-yard punt return by Julian Edelman, and a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown by the just-acquired Aqib Talib. Talib …
RG III nearly perfect in Redskins winUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetRobert Griffin III threw for 200 yards during the Washington Redskins 31-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. By itself, that number is not that impressive. What is impressive is that of the 15 passes he threw, 14 were caught. Four were for touchdowns. …Share TweetJosh Freeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark in overtime to cap the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-21 comeback win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.Share TweetDan Bailey kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime, and Dallas overcame a critical fumble by Tony Romo that sparked a wild ending in the Cowboys' 23-20 victory against Cleveland on Sunday.
Cowboys win after confusing replay sequenceUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetIt took nearly an extra nine minutes, but the Cowboys got it done in overtime. A 38-yard field goal from Dan Bailey lifted the Cowboys to a 23-20 win with 6:07 to play, capping a seven-play, 28-yard drive. An exchange of punts converted the game to sudd…Share TweetThe Carolina Panthers again won most of a game, but lost it when it counted the most. After punting the ball away to allow a game-tying touchdown drive (and two-point conversion) with 50 seconds left, the Panthers didn’t even touch the ball in overtime,Share TweetRobert Griffin III threw four touchdown passes Sunday, and the Washington Redskins broke a three-game losing streak with a 31-6 win over the skidding Philadelphia Eagles.Share TweetAndy Dalton threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, A.J. Green caught a touchdown pass in his ninth straight game and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the woeful Kansas City Chiefs 28-6 on Sunday.Share TweetMatt Ryan overcame a career-worst five interceptions, guiding Atlanta to its only offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Falcons rallied for a sloppy 23-19 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.Share TweetIt wasn’t easy for the Packers on Sunday in Detroit. But they’ll take it. Green Bay struggled with penalties and missed field goals and trailed most of the game against the Lions, but in the end an Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 22-yard touchdownShare TweetJacksonville receiver Justin Blackmon had a very slow start to his NFL career, with just 250 yards, one touchdown and an average of less than 10 yards per game before Sunday. That's downright awful for a top-five overall pick. The asterisk on Blackmon's…Share TweetMark Sanchez directed a turnover-free offense and Bilal Powell ran for the first two touchdowns of his career, helping the New York Jets end a three-game losing streak with a 27-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Bad call fuels Browns comebackUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetAfter trailing by 13 into the third quarter, the Cowboys made a game of it. And the officials helped give the late lead to the Browns. After a goal-line stand by the Cowboys kept the score at 17-13, three runs followed by a punt gave Josh Cribbs the bal…Share TweetWe have four more games left on the day and three more begin right now. OK, fine-due to some scheduling rejiggering this year, there is actually one more right now and then two more in the coming 20 minutes, but you get the point. We've actually got a p
Jets right the ship a bit with 27-14 winUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe direction of the Jets’ season probably won’t change all that much as a result of Sunday’s 27-14 victory in St. Louis, but it’s going to make for a much calmer week than the one they just finished. With the Jets riding a totally ineffective offShare TweetThe Falcons finally have taken the lead. Down 13-0 then 16-13 and more recently 19-16, Atlanta has driven 70 yards in seven plays to take a four-point lead over the Cardinals. Arizona hopes to overcome a five-game losing streak; if the Falcons win, they…
Panthers turn disputed call into 14-point swingUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe Buccaneers had driven for what would have been a crushing touchdown drive. But after Doug Martin fumbled into the end zone for a touchback, the Panthers drove 80 yards in seven plays, with Cam Newton hitting Brandon LaFell on a 29-yard touchdown pas…Share TweetFalcons receiver Julio Jones has left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with an ankle injury.Share TweetFor weeks, NBC officiating consultant Jim Daopoulos has been explaining in the NBC viewing room that, if a coach throws the red challenge flag under circumstances where a review would be initiated by the replay assistant, the team that throws the red fl…Share TweetThree games kick off in the late afternoon slots in Week 11 and we’ve got all the inactives from all of them right here. Saints at Raiders Saints: WR Greg Camarillo, CB Corey White, RB Darren Sproles, LB Scott Shanle, T Zach Strief, DT Tyrunn Walker, D
Chiefs' Bowe leaves game with injury to neckUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetChiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe left Sunday's game against Cincinnati with a neck injury and left tackle Branden Albert left with a back injury, while Bengals cornerback Terence Newman was sidelined with a concussion.Share TweetAs reported by Jay Glazer during FOX's pregame show, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is inactive for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. Sproles has missed the last two games after undergoing surgery on his left hand. The versatile…Share TweetCowboys quarterback Tony Romo is 20-3 in the month of November. Coincidentally, that could be the final score of Sunday’s game. With the Cowboys losing. The Browns lead in the third quarter, 13-0. Yes, the Cowboys are driving. But it’s been allShare TweetJacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert was injured in the first quarter against the Houston Texans on Sunday.Share TweetThe Rams fell behind the Jets after a Sam Bradford fumble and they lost wide receiver Danny Amendola on the next drive. Amendola immediately grabbed the back of his right foot after a Bradford pass sailed incomplete on third down. He hopped right to his…
A.J. Green makes another ridiculous catchUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetBefore the season, Julio Jones was the hottest name among second-year receivers. That discounted that Cincinnati's A.J. Green was drafted higher than Jones last year, and had a better rookie season. The question now isn't where Green ranks among second-…Share TweetThree weeks ago, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt scoffed at the possibility of rookie Ryan Lindley getting time at quarterback. “I don’t know where the Lindley [push] is coming from,” Whisenhunt said on October 30. Regardless of where it’s coming f
Panthers lost two DEs on one play, but get back in gameUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe Panthers don’t have much going for them at the moment, but the one thing they could do is rush the passer. Or, could. Defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy both left on the same play, taking a combined 15.0 sacks with them. Johnson appearedShare TweetOakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain is going to jail time or a lengthy NFL suspension despite being arrested on misdemeanor assault and firearms charges for allegedly holding a gun beside a man's head and firing it into the air one year ago.Share TweetThe name of the quarterback has changed, but the turnovers have continued for the Eagles. Nick Foles was intercepted on third down of his first drive as a starter, which set the Redskins up in good field position that they used to grab a 7-0 lead. Foles…
Mike Holmgren Is Not Interested In The Cowboys Job That Is Not Available: Your NFL Early Games Open ThreadUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetWeek 11 is here and we've got a lot to talk about including coaching controversies and the Vickless Eagles. Let's get going already. More »Share TweetESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka was released from the hospital Sunday, two days after suffering a minor stroke.Share TweetDeMarco Murray will miss his fifth straight game because of a sprained left foot after the Dallas Cowboys de-activated the second-year running back before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
Eagles so desperate that Jake Scott is startingUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetHow thin is the Eagles’ offensive line? So thin that Jake Scott, who has spent all year on his couch, will start at right guard today, just six days after signing with Philadelphia. Although players don’t usually step in off the street and into the st
Pierre GarÃ§on returns for the RedskinsUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetFor the first time since Week Five against the Falcons, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be able to throw the ball to Pierre GarÃ§on. GarÃ§on has been sidelined since then with a foot problem that first cropped up in the season opener and ne…Share TweetWide receiver Julio Jones is active and will play for the Atlanta Falcons, despite missing all of last week's practices due to a sprained ankle. Jones is third on the Falcons with 44 receptions, but is second on the club with 703 yards and five touchdow…Share TweetHow effective he’s going to be remains to be seen, but Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will try to play. Per multiple reports, Jones will be active. He injured his ankle in last weekend’s loss to the Saints, but returned to the game. He didn’t pra
Pats assistant Pepper Johnson coaching on crutchesUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe Patriots don’t just have tough players. They have tough coaches, who are willing to work through the pain. ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes that Patriots linebacker coach Pepper Johnson will be on crutches today on the sidelines, after suffering a torn
Seattle a potential landing spot if Monte Kiffin returns to the NFLUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetIt wasn’t that long ago that Monte Kiffin was the defensive coordinator of the Buccaneers, the mastermind of the Tampa 2 scheme, and the most respected defensive strategist in football. But it feels like it was long ago. Kiffin left the Buccaneers to fo
D.J. Williams returns to Broncos’ active roster with restructured contractUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe Denver Broncos officially added outside linebacker D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster on Saturday, and the veteran should play on Sunday after missing the first nine games of the 2012 season while serving two suspensions, a six-game ban for violatin…
More talk in Buffalo of drafting a quarterbackUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetApparently beating the Dolphins on Thursday night didn’t do much to raise hopes that the Bills could turn their season around. Because the talk in Buffalo is all about the future, and drafting a franchise quarterback. We noted earlier this month that BiShare TweetEarlier this week, Steelers running back Isaac Redman said that it looked like Rashard Mendenhall would get the start in his return to the lineup. Looks were not deceiving. Mendenhall will be the first back in the game for the Steelers against the Raven…Share TweetIn the same game in which Colts quarterback Andrew Luck put his head into the leg of Jaguars safety Dawan Landry, Luck was subjected to a couple of illegal shots to the head, according to his interim head coach. Bruce Arians tells ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio
Curiosity has helped Dez improveUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetAs the saying goes, curiosity killed the cat. For Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, curiosity is making that cat play a little prettier on the field. Via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Bryant recently explained to reporters that he’s asking more questioShare TweetA year ago, as the Buccaneers were sliding from 4-2 to 4-12, the presumption every week was that they’d lose. Now, the presumption by one of their defensive leaders is that they’ll win. Cornerback Ronde Barber explained this week that the team has him
Brandon Marshall, sociologist, on his QBsUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetIt’s obvious that Jason Campbell is not the same as Jay Cutler. But Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall challenged people to look beyond the easy stereotypes when describing them. “Jason’s black and Jay’s white,” Marshall began, via John Mullin
Goodell suggests Thursday night football is here to stayUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetIn his prepared remarks at the Harvard School of Public Health, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said nothing about the impact of short-week football upon the league’s unprecedented push for safety. The topic came up in the post-speech question-and-answerShare TweetBills DE Kyle Moore took a step toward offseason bragging rights over Dolphins RB Reggie Bush with Thursday’s win. The Dolphins have averaged under 70 rushing yards per game in their last seven games. Patriots teammates talk up QB Tom Brady’s competit
Glat’s presence at meeting could be bad news for TannenbaumUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetWhen Jets owner Woody Johnson hired Neil Glat to serve as team president in April 2012, it wasn’t clear whether G.M. Mike Tannenbaum should worry. It’s now clear that Tannenbaum should worry. Of course, Tannenbaum publicly has said he’s not worried
Alex Smith must pass “contact” testUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetThe ability of 49ers quarterback Alex Smith to return to game action on Monday night won’t be the slam dunk that many believed it would be. Smith received clearance several days ago to return to practice. Cam Inman of BayAreaNewsGroup.com reports thatShare TweetKris Jenkins and Mark Sanchez were teammates for two seasons with the Jets. But after seeing Sanchez struggle in last week’s loss to the Seahawks, Jenkins was so disgusted that he said he’d like to see Sanchez suffer an injury. “There is a point whe
Woody Johnson convenes a meeting of Jets’ brassUpdated Nov 18, 2012 Share TweetIn the same week that Jets owner Woody Johnson complained publicly about a perception that he cares more about making money than winning, he also called a meeting to privately address how the team can turn things around on the field. Bob Glauber of News…
Terrell Suggs: 'It's just like Ali-Fraizer'Nov 18Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs talks after their win against the Pittsburgh Steelers about what was missing from the game, and what it means to be in this type of rivalry.
Gronkowski Breaks Forearm In Pats' WinNov 18ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss has the latest on Rob Gronkowski's forearm injury and what the Patriots' other options are at tight end.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich sinks jump shotNov 18Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich makes an NBA style pass as he completes a throw to RB Jonathan Dwyer who gets the first down.
Patriots Outshine Luck, ColtsNov 18ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss recaps the Patriots' 59-24 win over the Colts.
Don Banks: Luck, Colts get an up-close lesson about what it takes to be el…Nov 18FOXBORO, Mass. -- By late Sunday night there was still no word yet on whether Andrew Luck's mother (or perhaps his father in this case) told him there'd be days like this. But no matter. By the time this one was over, it was well understood that a messa…
Don Banks: NFC East again a mess you can't take your eyes off of; more Sna…Nov 18FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a wild, overtime-drenched Week 11 in the NFL...
John Clayton's Last CallNov 18NFL fans were treated to a pre-Thanksgiving feast of close games, wild finishes and crazy offensive efforts, writes John Clayton.