September 2013

While things look bad for the Eagles right now, you didn't expect them to beat Denver anyway. You just didn't expect 52-20. But take solace in this: At 1-3, the Eagles are only a game behind the first-place Cowboys in the feckless NFC East.And this: Next up are the 0-4 Giants, who just got walloped by Andy Reid's unbeaten Chiefs. How bad have things gotten for the Giants?After the 31-7 loss, defensive end Justin Tuck proclaimed this warning to his teammates:"If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth," Tuck told the New York Daily News. ...
It's getting a bit feisty around the New York Giants. They are 0-4, and this talented but flawed team is starting to grasp for answers — and apparently are ready to resort to violence to prevent a mutiny. What? Yep. Justin Tuck, who has been a vocal leader on the team for years and who has had his ups and downs with head coach Tom Coughlin, is fully in his coach's corner right now. [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: The No. 1 free fantasy football game! ] Tuck told the told the New York Daily News that he is ready to come out swinging if anyone goes against Coughlin now, with the Giants off to their worst, non-strike-season start since 1979. “If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth,” Tuck said. “And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that."
COMMENTARY | It looked like it was going to be a broken record for the Washington Redskins. Redskins miscues including a blocked punt resulting in Oakland's opening touchdown and flashes of the shoddy tackling saw the Oakland Raiders jump out to a two-touchdown lead.
COMMENTARY | On a day that saw the Browns beat the Bengals and the Bills beat the Ravens, it's easy to overlook the upset that happened in San Diego.
DENVER – All they have to do now is forget about one of the worst losses in franchise history.Forget the 52 points they allowed. Forget the four Peyton Manning touchdowns and the two special teams touchdowns. The 32-point loss, the 21 third-quarter points, the national TV humiliation they suffered Sunday night at the hands of the Broncos. It won’t be easy.“I’m looking for the guys to come back enthused, focused on the New York Giants,” Michael Vick said. “A different attitude, a different approach. It took us three or four days to get over the loss to Kansas City. That shouldn’t happen. ...
The Pittsburgh Steelers are bad. How bad, you ask? Well, Pittsburgh is currently 0-4 after a 34-27 loss against the Minnesota Vikings in London. The last time Pittsburgh was winless through its first four games was 1968. While it is dangerous to count a team out after four games, Pittsburgh's chances of making the playoffs this season are slim-to-none. That is pretty disappointing for any team to admit in September. It also had to be equally as hard for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to confess his revelation after the game: “Right now you could say we're the worst team in the league,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Well, when you consider in three of four seasons from 2008-11, the Steelers lost only four games all season, it is easy to understand why Roethlisberger is so disappointed. Roethlisberger completed 36-of-51 passes for 383 yards and one touchdown, but he fumbled in the red zone during the final minute of Pittsburgh's loss, which sealed their loss. However, Roethlisberger does not deserve all the blame. Pittsburgh's offensive line, which allowed five sacks this past Sunday, has been dismal without center Maurkice Pouncey, who has a torn ACL and MCL in his knee. Pittsburgh's loss of receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker James Harrison in free agency this past offseason are bigger subtractions than the Steelers expected. "I just have to hope and believe we can turn it around because we have to believe that we can still be a part of something special," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "And if you don't believe that, then you don't need to be on this team or be out here." Even though Pittsburgh is bad, the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also in contention for the "worst team" distinction. - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.
The first quarter of the schedule went perfectly for Denver, Seattle, Kansas City and New England.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andy Reid claims there are things he still doesn't know about his Kansas City Chiefs.
If you're wondering about the worst division in football, look no farther than the NFC East. The division went 1-3 during Sunday's action with only the Washington Redskins saving face with a win in Oakland — their first of the season. Meanwhile, the New York Giants dropped to 0-4 with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos ran all over the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys fell to the San Diego Chargers. NFC East teams are a combined 4-12 this season and there's no doubt that part of that can be attributed to their matchups against the surprisingly powerful AFC West. The two divisions have played eight games over the first four weeks with the AFC West holding a 7-1 edge. Shutdown Corner's own Kevin Kaduk reviews the dismal nature of the NFL's "cupcake" division as well looks at the rest of Sunday's action in this week's edition of "NFL in :90." - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.
ATLANTA -- Tom Brady is still getting used to his new receivers, but it did not matter Sunday night.

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