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NY Giants in need of motivation heading into Sunday's game against the lowly Cleveland Browns
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The Giants are not very good at the regular season. They struggle against lesser teams and find many ways to drop winnable games against the Eagles. Eli Manning would be far better off if he could just fast-forward to the playoffs and put on his road wa…Upvote Share Tweet
In early 2011, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler absorbed plenty of criticism after tapping out of the NFC title game with a knee injury. The naysayers were legitimized by Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who openly questioned Cutler’s toughness onUpvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Updated Oct 3, 2012Rex Ryan's words lacked the zip, the conviction, the comedy act of the last three years. The bluster was gone, the fire missing from his eyes. Who stole the old Rex and brought back Eric Mangini?Upvote Share TweetSo why hasn’t defensive end Mario Williams done much during his first four games in Buffalo? He says he’s got an injury. “It’s just a little deal going on, but we’ve already mentioned that before,” Williams said Wednesday, via USA Today. âUpvote Share Tweet
Break It Down: Kaepernick outshines TebowCNNSI.com Updated Oct 3, 2012Tim Tebow might be the most talked about backup in the NFL, but he was outshined by a different second-stringer last week. Chris Burke examines why the Jets QB has yet to take off.Upvote Share TweetNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees may have some familiar faces in the crowd Sunday night as he takes aim at NFL history.Upvote Share TweetAfter the Jets confirmed that veteran receiver Santonio Holmes is done for the season, coach Rex Ryan got the inevitable question about whether his replacement could be Plaxico Burress. But Ryan said the Jets are going in a different direction. Although…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Woody Johnson eventually will push for TebowThe Jets have dominated the news in recent days, and not for good reasons. It will continue, and not for good reasons. Eventually, it will result in the news that Tim Tebow is the quarterback. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com recently reported that two pe…Upvote Share TweetEarlier this year, it seemed likely that the UFL was done. Now that a new season has begun, it’s death seems to be virtually certain. Players and coaches aren’t getting paid, as explained by the Virginian-Pilot. Said UFL president and Virginia DesUpvote Share Tweet
Process vs. outcome, and why metrics can’t make it on fourth down"You can say a lot of things about me as a coach, okay? I'm sure you do, and so do a lot of other people. But I'm just telling you something -- one thing I'm not, is scared. Are we gonna go for it on fourth down every time we have it at our own 20-…Upvote Share TweetThe good news for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush is that his knee injury has healed to the point where it doesn’t show up on the injury report. The bad news for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush is that he now has a hip injury. Bush was limited in prUpvote Share TweetBEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Josh Cribbs opened his eyes and was surprised to see his teammates huddling around him on their knees. He got up and was approached by Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, who shook Cribbs' hand.Upvote Share TweetVikings defensive end Jared Allen has concerns about getting to Titans quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck, given his ability to get rid of the ball quickly. Making it even harder for Allen to get to Hasselbeck on Sunday could be a groin injury that hampere…Upvote Share Tweet
Nike's New NFL Uniforms Are Too Damn Tight: "It Looks Like You Ate A Small Baby"It's got to be tough for NFL offensive linemen, whose entire vocation, at least more than any other position on the field, is dependent on how much they weigh. If you're skinny, you won't ever be an offensive lineman. It's their duty to stay as large as…Upvote Share Tweet
Dennis Allen explains why he was smiling after Raiders lostOakland coach Dennis Allen grinned as he shook the hand of Denver coach John Fox following the Broncos’ 37-6 beatdown of the Raiders on Sunday, and some Raiders fans have complained that it looked like their coach wasn’t taking the loss as hard as heUpvote Share TweetPackers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that wide receiver Greg Jennings aggravated his groin injury in last Sunday’s win over the Saints and suggested that Jennings might be shut down for a week so that he could fully heal before returning tUpvote Share TweetThe Patriots have a lengthy injury list as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. The most significant injury to keep an eye on is the hip injury that has been hampering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who sat out practice today. The PatUpvote Share TweetBills defensive tackle Kyle Williams expected to get a fine for a hit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Sunday’s game. That doesn’t mean he was happy to find the letter informing him of the fine in his locker on Wednesday. Williams drew a flag forUpvote Share TweetNew Jets cornerback Aaron Berry said after he signed this week that he knows he’s working on his last chance in the NFL after the Lions dumped him this summer for getting arrested twice. But Berry says that if there’s a coach willing to give second chUpvote Share Tweet
LeSean McCoy Sort Of Confirms That He Says His Last Name While Juking PeopleOn Monday, we brought you the story of Eagles running back LeSean McCoy's supposed catch phrase. Today, we received an email from Robert Edwards of the Gloucester County Times that adds a bit more credence to the story: More »Upvote Share TweetMaybe taking a break from football was just what the Indianapolis Colts needed.Upvote Share Tweet
Agreement signed to build NFL stadium in L.A.Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, councilmember Jan Perry, and AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke officially signed the implementation agreement Wednesday for Farmers Field.Upvote Share Tweet
Wes Welker And Deion Branch Were The "Bitches" Who Caught Tom Brady's Ire Last SundayTom Brady was involved in one of the best GIFs of Week 4 when he was caught on camera saying "Fuck you, bitches" after running for a four-yard touchdown. But no one was able to discern who the "bitches" were. The Buffalo Bills? The f…Upvote Share TweetIf you’re looking for a debate this Wednesday, there’s no reason to wait until Wednesday night. The Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network crew will be kicking around plenty of the biggest topics of the day in football nation. Erik Kuselias, Mike FloUpvote Share Tweet
Dan Snyder Used To Stay In The Owner's Box Until 4 a.m. "Pounding Drinks" And Stuffing His Face With Fast FoodESPN the Magazine has a fun story out today about Dan Snyder and our old friend Dave McKenna. It presents a slightly friendlier portrait of Snyder than you might find on, say, Deadspin-where we've called Snyder a "prick" and a "churlish little shitbag vUpvote Share TweetFormer NFL receiver Sam Hurd pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new indictment accusing him of trying to obtain cocaine and marijuana while he was out on bond awaiting trial on charges of trying to start a drug ring in the Chicago area.Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals are starting to look healthier at cornerback after facing the Jaguars with just three healthy bodies at the position. Leon Hall practiced on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his hamstring during a September practice and Nate Cleme…Upvote Share Tweet
Bristolmetrics: The Best SportsCenter Of 2012This is a regular feature breaking down, minute-by-minute, the content that appears on ESPN's 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter throughout the week. More »Upvote Share TweetDear Running Doc: The New York Jets announced Wednesday that Santonio Holmes, their best wide receiver, suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot, yet X-rays were negative. They said he would be out for the season. What is this injury? Paul F., Garden City…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL cleans up during “premiere week”With a new season of TV shows debuting last week, the NFL continues to prove that nothing brings an audience together like the ultimate reality show: Live professional football. A pair of NFL games got the highest ratings last week, with Giants-Eagles …Upvote Share TweetBears offensive coordinator Mike Tice said he had no problems with quarterback Jay Cutler walking away from him during Monday’s win over the Cowboys. Tice seemed no more bothered by Cutler’s continued churlishness than Bears fans who are willing to ovUpvote Share Tweet
Week Four coaching hot seatIt’s an undeniable reality of life in the NFL. At the end of the year, there will be bad teams. And some of their coaches will be fired. Until then, we’ll monitor those who should be monitoring whether the locks get changed on December 31, the dayUpvote Share Tweet
LaFell says Panthers should have gone for itPlenty of folks have questioned the decision of the Panthers to punt inside Atlanta territory with the game on the line. Add Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell to the list. “It’s fourth and inches, we’ve got Mike Tolbert, we’ve got Jonathan StewarUpvote Share Tweet
Kicker Says Giants Considered a Fake in Final SecondsHow would fans have reacted if the Giants had run a fake instead of kicking against the Eagles in the final seconds?Upvote Share TweetThe Eagles came out of Sunday night with a few injury concerns, but they all seem to be well under control. Quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha all practiced on Wednesday. Vick suffered a knee contusion lat…Upvote Share TweetKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs put tight end Kevin Boss on injured reserve with a head injury Wednesday after doctors determined they would not clear him to play the rest of the year.Upvote Share Tweet
Cam Newton adds flash to already flashy pink shoesThere are fashion statements, and there are statements. With the NFL allowing players to wear pink during games this month to promote breast cancer awareness, you find out a little color goes a long way. But check out the shoes Panthers quarterback Cam …Upvote Share TweetA choice between a team with a suffocating defense and one with a reliable placekicker.Upvote Share TweetThe NFL announced Wednesday that Chargers linebacker Donald Butler received AFC defensive player of the week honors for making six tackles, a half-sack, and returning an interception for a touchdown in San Diego’s Week Four win over the Kansas City ChieUpvote Share TweetThe Texans are more willing to go with two quarterbacks than three safeties. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have waived quarterback John Beck so they could bring back safety Troy Nolan. The Texans needed Nolan again after…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL may need to move Raiders-Jaguars game on Oct. 21There’s only one stadium still in use by teams from both Major League Baseball and the National Football League, but one is all you need to create a scheduling problem. The league could be dealing with one in a couple of weeks. Should the Oakland A’sUpvote Share Tweet
This Rap Song About Seattle Sports Might Make Your Ears BleedAny rap song about Seattle, or so I'm told, has to include shoutouts to all the great Emerald City sports stars, and Riff Raff provides all of them: Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr., Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, and Brian Bosworth, with a Craig Sager reference throw…Upvote Share TweetBen Roethlisberger and Michael Vick are two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the National Football League, and they will square off on Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles renew their cross-state rivalry. Had Mike Tomlin gotten …Upvote Share Tweet
Aaron Kromer: We’re ready to bust outIt has not been an easy start for the Saints, but their interim head coach thinks things are about to get a lot better. Aaron Kromer believes his team is on the verge of busting out after an 0-4 start that some have attributed to the hangover from the t…Upvote Share TweetNew York Jets coach Rex Ryan disagreed with San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers' claim that the Jets quit during Sunday's 34-0 loss at home.Upvote Share TweetPerhaps there were times a painful bruised knee would have knocked Redskins left tackle out of a game. But he said Wednesday that he had to prove himself after last year’s drug suspension, and that led him to return. “That’s a driving force behind aUpvote Share TweetThe Giants aren’t sure whether they’re going to have wide receiver Hakeem Nicks back in the lineup this week and now there’s a question mark next to the status of one of the guys who has put up good numbers filling in for him the last two weeks. CoaUpvote Share TweetThe San Francisco 49ers dominated the lifeless, reeling New York Jets by a score of 34-0 in Week Four, and for his efforts in the game, Niners linebacker Patrick Willis earned NFC defensive player of the week honors. Willis racked up ten tackles against…Upvote Share TweetWhen the Lions return from their bye in Week Five, they could be bringing an old face back with them. Tim Twentyman of the Lions website passes along word that safety Louis Delmas was on the practice field with the rest of the team during the portion of…Upvote Share TweetRams rookie placekicker Greg Zuerlein has been a sort of underground, early-season sensation. He’s been booming long kicks left and right, and along the way earned nicknames ranging from “Legatron” to “Young G.Z.” We like Young G.Z. the best. FoUpvote Share TweetPackers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was chosen as the NFC offensive player of the week after engineering Green Bay’s Week Four win over the New Orleans Saints, 28-27. The defending NFL Most Valuable Player completed 31-of-41 passes for 319 yards, four touUpvote Share TweetTo make up for the loss of Santonio Holmes, the Jets added receiver Jason Hill today, per Brian Costello of the New York Post. This is the same Jason Hill who called the Jets "overhyped" last season. More »Upvote Share TweetSurprise, surprise -- some of the NFL players you'd think would care the least about personal appearance actually do notice when you note, and they're not at all happy about the ways in which NIKE's new uniforms, introduced for the 2012 season, fit thei…Upvote Share Tweet
Marty Hurney say he has no contract, is on the hot seatDespite high hopes for the 2012 season, the Carolina Panthers have plunged to 1-3. In Charlotte, G.M. Marty Hurney is catching most of the blame. He joined WFNZ’s Mac Attack on Wednesday morning to face the music. And Hurney didn’t run from realitUpvote Share TweetBroncos placekicker Matt Prater was awarded AFC special teams player of the week for Week Four after converting all three of his field-goal attempts and four extra points in Denver’s smashing, 37-6 blowout victory over the Oakland Raiders. Prater also pUpvote Share Tweet
David Wilson beginning to open eyes with return skillsFumbling on his second professional carry cast David Wilson the trust of his coach, and it’s no accident he’s played only 14 offensive snaps in four games. But he’s starting to show the spark the Giants envisioned as a return man, and that could helUpvote Share Tweet
Canadian won $725K after Seahawks' MNF winWatching replacement officials botch the end of the infamous Packers-Seahawks Monday night game two weeks ago might have been torturous for Green Bay fans, but it was glorious for a Canadian man, who won a quarter of a million dollars thanks to the resu…Upvote Share Tweet
Tarvaris Jackson expected to remain No. 3 all seasonWhen the Bills traded for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson this offseason, the assumption was that they felt a needed an upgrade over Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young at backup quarterback. That assumption might have been correct, but it doesn’t look like JackUpvote Share TweetCardinals quarterback John Skelton may not be back to 100 percent after suffering a Week One ankle injury, but he’s getting closer. Skelton fully participated in practice on Tuesday, two days before the team’s Week Five game against the Rams. Also fulUpvote Share TweetJoe Theismann might not care for the way Tony Romo is playing now. But the good news for Romo is, the man who signs his checks has his back. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said despite last week’s five-turnover disaster, he’s confident in his quarterback,Upvote Share TweetOne of the great stories of the 2011 season has become an afterthought in 2012. Linebacker Aaron Maybin, a first-rounder whom the Bills dumped after only two seasons, became a key contributor in 2011 with the Jets. But the anti-Gholston, who had six sa…Upvote Share TweetThe Miami Dolphins on Tuesday signed receiver Jabar Gaffney, who was cut by the Patriots in training camp before the season.Upvote Share Tweet
The Shutdown Corner Interview: Wes Welker on snap counts, Tom Brady, and why the NFL wears pinkThere are times when controversies aren't all they're cracked up to be. Consider the case of New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who was allegedly being forced out of his team's offense early in the 2012 season. Fast-forward a few weeks, and you h…Upvote Share TweetWith a short week before the Thursday night game against the Cardinals, there probably wasn’t too much hope that the Rams would have running back Steven Jackson doing much at practice this week. Even though he has been able to play in each of the team”Upvote Share TweetWith the Jets losing receiver Santonio Holmes for the season, some have suggested that they should try to swing a trade with the team that helped bring Mark Sanchez to town three years ago. The Browns, whose top-five pick in 2009 resulted in the Jets la…Upvote Share TweetTwo straight overtime losses aren’t a particularly good way of generating goodwill with your fan base, something Dolphins center Mike Pouncey seems to realize. Pouncey took the unusual step of issuing a public apology to Dolphins fans this week after loUpvote Share TweetOne of the top election-year social wedge issues has worked its way into the NFL, with Ravens teammates Brendon Ayanbadejo and Matt Birk publicly taking opposite stances on the issue of gay marriage. Ayanbadejo supports it. Birk recently wrote an op-ed…Upvote Share TweetBobby Carpenter, a free agent linebacker who was released by the Patriots just before the start of the regular season, is heading back to New England. Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports that the Patriots will re-sign Carpenter. The Patriots’ decision to siUpvote Share TweetSaid Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski of his dropped pass and fumble early in Sunday’s game against the Bills, “I can’t be having that. It hurts the team a lot, I need to be protecting the ball better. No doubt about that. It’s awesome that Tom came bacUpvote Share Tweet
Week 4 Film Review: Bumbling BillsBuffalo had a sound game plan against the Patriots but was done in by its errors.Upvote Share Tweet
Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 4Top AFC seeds: Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens Other AFC division champs: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots AFC wild cards: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers Top NFC seeds: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers Other NFC division champs: Philad…Upvote Share Tweet
Is This Real? The First-Place Vikingsgrantland.com Updated Oct 3, 2012This week, "Is This Real?" moves onto the rapidly expanding bandwagon of the 3-1 Minnesota Vikings, who are improbably tied for the division lead in t...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Jets Season In JeopardyOct 3Episode 199: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the injuries plaguing the Jets. Mark Schlereth breaks down Tony Romo and the Cowboys' offensive woes. The NFL32 crew discuss J.J. Watt and the Texans defense.
'Sound FX': Jets fall 34-0Oct 3The New York Jets suffered a big blow Sunday, losing wide receiver Santonio Holmes for the season and falling at home to the San Francisco 49ers. Listen to Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the team's loss.
'Sound FX': Aaron RodgersOct 3Take a listen as Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers to a comeback win over the New Orleans Saints.
'Sound FX': Coleman soars highOct 3Checks out the sights and sounds of Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, who tries to play his best for Brian Dawkins.
Young defensive backs have made their marksOct 3At the 2012 draft, wide receivers were the rage, but it's been the rookie DBs who have made a difference, writes John Clayton