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The third quarter hasn’t been kind to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Peyton Manning has thrown three touchdown passes in just over eight minutes of action in the second half as the Denver Broncos have surged to a commanding 35-17 le…Share Tweet
Munchak: Titans owner expecting playoffsTennessee coach Mike Munchak knows what he has to if he wants to improve his chances of keeping his job.Share TweetPrior to tonight’s game, Broncos tight end Julius Thomas had one catch for five yards in his NFL career. In the first half against the Ravens, Thomas had four catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. That probably led to a lot of fans asking, “Who is Ju…Share TweetBaltimore Ravens wide receiver/returner Jacoby Jones was injured in the second quarter of Thursday's season opener again the Denver Broncos when his own teammate, rookie Brynden Trawick, ran into him on a punt return.Share Tweet
Jacoby Jones suffers freak knee injury when his teammate plows into him on punt returnBaltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones was minding his business, ready to field a punt, when Brynden Trawick absolutely drilled him.The problem being, of course, that Trawick is on the same team as Jones.The Ravens' receiver and Super Bowl hero sprained…Share Tweetnytimes.com Sep 5, 2013Houston safety Ed Reed, who is recovering from hip surgery, could play when the Texans open the season at San Diego on Monday night.Share Tweet
NBC camera catches officials patting down Baltimore Ravens playersAs Baltimore Ravens players left their locker room to face the Denver Broncos this evening, the NBC cameras caught a rare behind-the-scenes occurrence most fans never see (you can watch video courtesy of Deadspin). NFL officials stood outside of the loc…Share TweetThe last time Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was in Denver, he made a game-tying catch late in the fourth quarter to set up a double-overtime way that helped push the Ravens to the Super Bowl. He may not be around for the fourth quarter this time. Jo…Share Tweetnytimes.com Sep 5, 2013Darrelle Revis, once a cornerstone of the Jets’ defense, will find out Sunday if his former team will challenge him.Share Tweet
Mike Ditka says he’ll shave his famous mustache — for the right priceIt looks like the old saying really is true: Everybody does have a price. Despite the apocalyptic risk a shave might incur, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka said on Thursday that he'd be willing to get rid of his iconic mustache if someone made a s…Share Tweet
Vonta Leach scores the first touchdown of the NFL seasonFor much of this offseason, it appeared that Vonta Leach wouldn’t even be on the Ravens this year. But in fact he’s there with his teammates to open the season in Denver, and he just scored the first touchdown of this NFL season. Leach, the veteran full…Share Tweet
So What Was That Pre-Game Ref Patdown All About?Cameras caught referees checking random Ravens and their uniforms as they left the locker room. For anyone wondering what that was about, it's standard practice by the NFL. Officials check both teams, but the Ravens were the ones who made it on TV.Read …Share TweetDENVER – We waited for seven months for the NFL to return ... so what's another hour? The weather in Denver was beautiful all day Thursday. Not a cloud in the sky, with temperatures in the 90s. And then when the Ravens and Broncos got ready to kick off …Share Tweet
Why NBC's NFL broadcast is so good: Last year, John Koblin sat down with Sunday Night Football produWhy NBC's NFL broadcast is so good: Last year, John Koblin sat down with Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli and got an inside look at how the top show on television is put together.Read more...Share TweetThe long-anticipated start of the NFL season was delayed by weather.Share TweetBaltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is one of the NFL’s best coaches. Now he is getting paid like one. Harbaugh signed a four-year extension to remain Baltimore head coach, according to ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio. The contract was negotiated thi…Share TweetCornerbacks Champ Bailey and Quentin Jammer are among Denver's inactives for the Broncos' opener against Baltimore on Thursday night.Share Tweet
Watch tonight’s game onlineIt’s not Sunday night, but it is real, live football in prime time, and the NBC Sports Sunday Night Football Extra feature is here. You’ll be able to watch tonight’s Ravens-Broncos game online, just as you’ll be able to watch every NBC Sunday night game…Share TweetNear the end of the preseason, Texans running back Arian Foster said that he felt fresh and rejuvenated after spending camp on the sidelines rehabbing calf and back injuries. He’s back at work now as a full participant in Texans practices and he’s still…Share Tweet
NFL warns teams not to fake injuriesFormer Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher’s admission that his teammates used to fake injuries to slow down opposing offenses is an admission of a serious violation of league rules. That’s the word from NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, who …Share TweetBarring a setback before Sunday, wide receiver Santonio Holmes is expected to play a limited role in the New York Jets' season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a league source said Thursday.Share Tweet
Deer antler spray sellers’ offices raidedThe term “deer antler spray” became the talk of the NFL for a day or two in the week before the Super Bowl, then disappeared from our collective consciousness. Now law-enforcement authorities may be trying to make the makers of deer antler spray go away…Share TweetBuffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd on Wednesday questioned a report that he is seeking a trade.Share TweetSir Mix-A-Lot rarely comes up when you’re talking about the NFL, but Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell gave us a chance to think of the rapper’s most famous hit on Thursday. Fewell was asked about what was different about the Giants defense and …Share Tweet
Falcons WR White declares self 'ready to go'Receiver Roddy White, who missed the Atlanta Falcons' final two preseason games with a sprained left ankle, said Thursday he was "100 percent certain" he will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.Share Tweet
Some Asshole Got A Tattoo Of An Orioles Logo On Top Of A Redskins LogoSo does this mean this person prefers the Orioles over the Redskins? That he loves both teams with equal fervor? That he could only get one tattoo and couldn't decide which way to go? All of the above are plausible explanations. I'm thinking he lost a b…Share TweetRookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd didn’t get much work in the preseason because of a knee injury, but he may be starting for the Vikings in his regular season debut. Kevin Williams missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday, raising the…Share TweetPlayers on the Packers have been talking about hitting 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is not happy about that. But the NFL has some bad news for Harbaugh: Taking hits comes with the territory of being a read-opt…Share TweetJohnny Football might be Joe Flacco's new favorite college quarterback, but it's doubtful that Tom Brady feels the same.Brady was interviewed by CNBC about a variety of topics on Wednesday, and one of the overarching themes is that he doesn't believe th…Share TweetWith the NFL season set to kick off in mere hours, Vivid Seats has released data on which teams are the best and worst road draws–in terms of ticket prices–for the 2013 season. The Broncos come out on top, increasing ticket prices by an average of 53.7 …Share TweetAntoine Winfield said he was ready to retire. Not everyone believes him. While coach Leslie Frazier sent the former cornerback a congratulatory text, no official approach has been made from the team. But that’s not stopping Vikings safety Jamarca Sanfor…Share TweetThe read-option took the league by storm in 2012. Is it the future of the NFL or just another fad?Share TweetDallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer has not practiced this week after suffering a setback last weekend after his surgically-repaired left knee swelled after doing some running.Share Tweet
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson pledges $1,000 per sack to help endangered wild cats (Video)Erin Henderson has a new position, and he's hoping it will help him assist a worthy charitable cause. The Minnesota Vikings this season asked Henderson to slide inside to the middle linebacker spot — a spot that was once home to his brother, E.J. — on w…Share TweetDetroit Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah returned to practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a concussion Aug. 24.Share Tweet
Roddy White “100 percent certain” he’s playing SundayFalcons wide receiver Roddy White has played in 128 straight NFL games and he doesn’t plan on letting his ankle get in the way of extending that streak. White was unequivocal when it came to questions about his status for Sunday’s game against the Saint…Share Tweet
Ed Hochuli sees no point in making referees full-time employeesThe NFL has discussed making referees full-time employees, rather than part-timers who work in the NFL while also having day jobs. One of the NFL’s most famous referees doesn’t see the point in that. Longtime ref Ed Hochuli said in an interview with 60 …Share Tweet
Buy this book: Nate Jackson's Slow Getting Up comes out in two weeks, and it's one of the best descrBuy this book: Nate Jackson's Slow Getting Up comes out in two weeks, and it's one of the best descriptions of life on the NFL margins I've ever read. We'll have some more stuff from Nate soon. [Amazon]Read more...Share TweetAs the Ravens prepare for their first ever regular-season game without linebacker Ray Lewis on the team, the Ravens weren’t quite ready to proceed without Lewis around. Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that the Ravens invited Lewis to attend the game and…Share TweetIn May, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that he wanted to be a team captain. Coach Ron Rivera announced Thursday that Newton got what he wanted when he announced the names of the team’s six captains. Newton’s name was on the list and Rivera said he…Share TweetThe NFL officially returns on Thursday, and Shutdown Corner is rolling out the red carpet, previewing what’s to come for the 2013 season. We’ll finish it off by picking our individual awards and the Super Bowl winner on Thursday before the Ravens and Br…Share TweetBuccaneers coach Greg Schiano has been trying to light a fire under defensive end Da’Quan Bowers all offseason. But if challenging him for months hasn’t worked, it’s hard to imagine how his latest motivational ploy will work. According to Ira Kaufman of…Share TweetIt is clear in the video of the scuffle between Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Cary Williams at practice Thursday that Williams had a lot to say to Cooper after the two men were separated by their teammates. According to Cooper, none o…Share TweetCould an aggressive defense give the Saints an edge over the Falcons? That and more Week 1 picks.Share TweetLast season was a disaster for Raiders running back Darren McFadden. He looked out of place behind the zone blocking favored by former offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, gaining just 3.3 yards per carry, and missed four games with another in the long lis…Share TweetNew England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard's court hearing scheduled for Friday to determine if he violated his probation on a charge of driving under the influence in July has been postponed.Share TweetWashington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett isn’t concerned about the fast-paced offense of new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Haslett says that when his defense meets the Eagles’ offense in the Monday night opener, his players are going to be ready for the …Share Tweet
Watch Adam Schefter Murder The Ray Lewis DanceESPN ran a segment this morning mirroring the player intros at a pro-football game. The plan was for Adam Schefter to come out and perform Ray Lewis's weirdo, pre-game shimmy.Read more...Share TweetOn of the reasons that the Cowboys signed guard Brian Waters on Wednesday was because Nate Livings needed knee surgery this summer that led the team to place him on injured reserve when cutting down the roster. Livings signed a five-year deal with the C…Share TweetIt's easy to parse an athlete's words into something they are not. But it's also a bit surprising and concerning when a competitor as motivated as Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew says he has battled serious doubt during training cam…Share Tweet
Ryan Clady -- The rock that protects Denver's rockKeeping Peyton Manning upright vs. the Ravens' pass rush will be tough. Ryan Clady is up to the task.Share TweetEvery day around the New York Jets, the story gets a little weirder. Part of that is the market. There's more scrutiny. Things get blown out of proportion sometimes. But it sure seemed that Jets owner Woody Johnson was blaming Mark Sanchez for the shoul…Share Tweet
Ryan Leaf's Jailhouse Confessions, Written By His Cell MateThey called him a better quarterback than Peyton Manning, who kicks off the NFL season tonight against the Super Bowl Champion Ravens. Then they called him the NFL's greatest bust. Now they call him Montana State Prison Inmate No. 3005025. Facing one fi…Share TweetAnthony Dixon's No. 24 San Francisco 49ers jersey is so important to him that he turned down a $24,000 offer from teammate Nnamdi Asomugha, who wanted the number, the running back said this week.Share Tweet
PFT Live: Ravens talk with Clifton Brown, Jets talk with Manish MehtaIt’s finally gameday and PFT Live is in Denver for all the action between the Ravens and Broncos on Thursday night. To help get everyone ready for the game, Clifton Brown of CSN Baltimore will join Mike Florio to preview the contest from the Ravens’ per…Share Tweet
Reminder: The Jets Aren't The Only Team With A Dismal QB SituationThis week, the Oakland Raiders announced that Terrelle Pryor will be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1. We're all for that, because Pryor at least has a chance to make Raiders games somewhat exciting, but NFL.com's Michael Silver is reporting th…Share TweetPatriots wide receiver Danny Amendola landed on the Patriots’ initial injury report of the season Wednesday as a limited participant in practice because of a groin injury. It wasn’t a particularly surprising inclusion as the Patriots are fond of listing…Share TweetThe Steelers are going to start Jason Worilds at one outside linebacker spot, but will doubtless want to make sure rookie Jarvis Jones gets plenty of snaps too As long as those snaps don’t come at the expense of the other starter, LaMarr Woodley is cool…Share TweetBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning takes the field tonight to start a season in which he’ll continue his march toward owning all of the major career passing records. Most significant of the many accomplishments Manning can achieve this season is surpass…Share TweetCoach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on Wednesday denied that the Bears fake injuries to slow high-powered offenses after the revelation by former linebacker Brian Urlacher, who said Chicago used the practice.Share TweetThe Detroit Lions have been plagued by questions of character in their locker room for years now. The team has tried to clean things up better, and it has to feel better about releasing Ronnell Lewis when it did. Lewis, 22, who was cut by the Lions last…Share Tweet
Darrell Green’s not sure RG3 would have lasted in his dayThe man who has played in the most games for the Redskins isn’t sure the current quarterback has a chance to join him on that list. Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green said he’s worried about the longevity of quarterback Robert Griffin III, saying he’…Share Tweet
Crowder: Ricky Williams smoked weed before gamesAs the 2013 NFL regular season prepares to launch in one of the two states where it’s now legal to smoke marijuana, let’s reflect on one of the more prominent marijuana smokers who played pro football in recent years. Former Dolphins linebacker Channing…Share Tweet
49ers: Pack talk seems like targeting of QBJim Harbaugh wants to ensure mobile San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't blatantly targeted.Share Tweet
Patriots usually make hay against rookie QBsIt almost seems unfair. The Patriots get to open the season against a pair of rookie quarterbacks, and that is historically a very good thing for them. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots are 13-4 against rookie quarterbacks under …Share TweetThe last time Brian Waters stepped on a football field was a year and a half ago, when he played for the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Now Waters is back in the NFL with the Cowboys, and he thinks he may be returning to the Super Bowl. Waters, the veteran…Share TweetThe first practice of Robert Meachem's second stint with the Saints ended, he pulled off his No. 17 jersey and shoulder pads, then started running extra pass routes for Drew Brees on a mostly empty field.Share Tweet
Thursday morning one-linersBills WR Stevie Johnson remains confident in his ability relative to the Patriots’ secondary The Dolphins’ rookie CBs are in danger of missing the opener because of injuries. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is expected to carry a much larger load in the offen…Share TweetCowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher has an explanation for last year, and it makes as much sense as anything else around there. Talking about the series of problems from injuries to the death of teammate Jerry Brown, Hatcher said he wondered if the t…Share TweetChargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o still isn’t practicing, but he’s gearing up his workouts in hopes of having a chance to play in Monday’s opener against the Texans. According to Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego, Te’o was running with resistance on the…Share TweetJets coach Rex Ryan has explained his decision to leave the building on cut-down day to attend his son’s college football game. Jets owner Woody Johnson has said he had no problem with Ryan being absent. Meanwhile, Ryan’s immediate supervisor remains co…Share Tweet
Report: Video shows Hernandez at same club as murder victimsThe murder charges against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez could eventually be tripling. Already indicted for killing Odin Lloyd in July 2013, Hernandez remains under investigation for the murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu in July 2012…Share TweetLeon Washington spent the first four seasons of his career playing for the New York Jets. Now the Jets are looking at the possibility of bringing Washington back to the Big Apple. According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, Washington had a workout wit…Share Tweet
RG3 plans to slide more oftenRobert Griffin III took too many unnecessary blows last season and suffered two separate injuries to his knee that ultimately ended his season in the Washington Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. This year, Griffin is vowing to get down and…Share Tweetnydailynews.com Sep 5, 2013Rex Ryan will start coaching for his job in a few days, no matter how much Woody Johnson loves him or rookie general manager John Idzik claims he has been a joy to work alongside.Share Tweet
The All-22 All-Stars: Alex Boone Stands Tallgrantland.com Sep 5, 2013The All-22 All-Star Team is an attempt to provide some insight on the NFL's 22 most underappreciated players. Some will be All-Pros who haven't fully ...Share Tweet
0-Day NFL Warning: The NFL DEFCON Scalegrantland.com Sep 5, 2013What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are providing a...Share Tweet
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker 2-yard touchdownSep 5Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning completes a pass to wide receiver Wes Welker for a 2-yard touchdown.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker 5-yard touchdownSep 5Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning finds wide receiver Wes Welker for a 5-yard touchdown.
Week 1 Can't-Miss Play: Andre Caldwell's fingertip 28-yard touchdown catchSep 5Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes deep and connects with wide receiver Andre Caldwell for a 28-yard touchdown.
Baltimore Ravens recover Wes Welker's muffed puntSep 5The Baltimore Ravens recover Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker's muffed punt at the Broncos' 2-yard line.