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Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Chiefs end Packers hopes for an undefeated season

J. Battle managed the only Kansas City touchdown of the day (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

The 19-game winning streak is over. The chance for an undefeated season has gone with it. And Romeo Crennel has made quite a debut as the Chiefs head coach.

With a tough defense that limited Green Bay’s top-rated offense to just 315 net yards and two touchdowns, the Chiefs pulled off the massive upset with a 19-14 win at Arrowhead Stadium. In Crennel’s first game coaching the franchise that fired Todd Haley last Monday, he took a major step forward in possibly dropping the interim tag from his title and officially making himself Haley’s successor.

As dominant as the Packers have been this season, they really hadn’t needed to fight through much adversity. They hadn’t been behind in the fourth quarter at all this season, and while I’m not suggesting that the Packers have been exposed in a major way, the other high-level NFC teams (New Orleans, for example) have to take confidence from the performance put on by the Chiefs.

Kansas City recorded four sacks on Aaron Rodgers (17 of 35 for 235 yards, one touchdown), three of them courtesy of Tambi Hali. But part of the reason for that was that Green Bay, which lost Bryan Bulaga, was down to its third-string left tackle.

Yet, Kansas City was impressive in taking advantage.

Kyle Orton, making his first start in a Kansas City uniform, had a wonderful day, completing 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards. While the Chiefs had a tough time scoring touchdowns in the red zone, settling for four-straight field goals before Jackie Battle’s 1-yard run, the inclusion of Orton is clearly a big step-up from Tyler Palko.

But there is one team more excited by this win than Kansas City. That would be the 1972 Dolphins. For at least another season, their record is safe.




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Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Colts beat Titans, 27-13, for first win of season

There is a God: Indy finally gets a win. (US PRESSWIRE)


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By Ryan Wilson

The Colts' 2011 nightmare is over. For the Titans, it's just begun.

Indianapolis was a perfect 0-13 heading into Week 15 with no real chance at avoiding a repeat performance of what the Lions accomplished in 2008: 0-16.

Instead, to everyone's surprise, Indy took it to division rival Tennessee Sunday, 27-13, intercepting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck twice (Jacob Lacey returned for a touchdown -- it was the first interception by a Colts' cornerback all year).

While Indy gets their first real victory of 2011 (they've had several moral victories), the loss is a disaster for Tennessee's playoff hopes.

The Titans came into Sunday one game behind the Jets for the final wild-card spot. The matchup with the Colts was supposed to be a formality; Tennessee would get to 8-6 with Jacksonville and Houston left on the schedule. Instead, the Titans now need the Jets to lose two of three and pray they can find a way to win out.

Other notable storylines: Dan Orlovosky, originally drafted by the Lions in 2005, earns his first NFL victory. He went 0-7 with the '08 Lions and was 0-2 with the Colts this season prior to the Titans' unwittingly spreading holiday cheer.

As for that '08 Lions team, they can break out the champagne '72 Dolphins style, since it appears their record will be safe for at least another season.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Colts lead Titans, 20-6 early in 4th quarter

By Ryan Wilson

Indy CBs finally get first interception of 2011. (Getty Images)
The Colts are 0-13. We just all assumed that by Sunday evening they'd be 0-14, probabilities working the way they do, not to mention that the Titans are in the AFC wild-card hunt.

Well, through almost three quarters, Indy leads Tennessee 17-6 after cornerback Jacob Lacey returned a Matt Hasselbeck pass 32 years for and a touchdown to give the Colts the lead, 17-6.

It was the first interception by a Colts cornerback all season. Hasselbeck's pass was intended for running back Chris Johnson, who has reverted to worst-back-in-the-league form Sunday. As of this writing, he has 14 rushes for a whopping 20 yards.

If the Titans go down, so too in all likelihood will their playoff hopes. As for the Colts, a victory will possibly save Jim Caldwell's job (no way), avoid the ignominious distinction of being as bad as the 2008 Lions, all while guaranteeing their pole position in the race to Andrew Luck.


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Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Redskins take 2 TD lead at halftime vs. NYG

E. Manning is 7 of 17 for 77 yards in the first half (AP).

By Josh Katzowitz

It’s been a bit of Good Rex vs. Bad Rex today, but it’s been all Bad Eli so far, as the Redskins have taken a 17-3 lead heading into halftime.

While the problem isn’t solely with Eli Manning, who is 7 of 17 for 77 yards and an interception, the Giants haven’t gotten anything going on offense, and they haven’t stopped the Redskins 27th-ranked offense (in points scored). Despite throwing two interceptions, Rex Grossman is 10 of 17 for 122 yards and a touchdown

With the Cowboys manhandling the Buccaneers on Saturday night, the Giants need a win to keep pace in the NFC East. With a loss, though, New York would slip to 7-7 and reduce a playoff appearance rather dramatically.

It would be the first time since 1999 that the Redskins would sweep a season series against the Giants.




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Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Report: McCoy almost recovered from concussion


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with James Brown about the recent concussion that Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy suffered from a hit by Steelers LB James Harrison. Goodell also goes into depth about the NFL cracking down on concussions.


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By Ryan Wilson


The Browns organization has been heavily scrutinized for their decision to insert quarterback Colt McCoy back into December 8's Thursday night Steelers game only a few plays after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit courtesy of Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison (who was subsequently suspended one game).

On Sunday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with CBS Sports' Jim Brown, suggesting that "We want to make sure someone -- a medical professional -- has his eyes on that field at all times and can see when an injury occurs to somebody so that the proper medical care is being given."

ESPN's Adam Schefter now reports that, even though McCoy was declared out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, he's nearly recovered from what was eventually diagnosed as a concussion.

"McCoy is expected to take and pass his concussion test early this week, putting him on pace to play the final two games against the Baltimore Ravens and Steelers,"Schefter writes. "Meanwhile, the NFL Players Association will decide early this week whether to file a grievance against the Browns, publicly criticize the NFL or ask for reforms in how players with concussions are treated during games, calling for an independent neurologist stationed on the sideline. Each option is being considered this weekend."

Meanwhile, as Schefter notes, the NFLPA remains baffled by how five groups -- the Browns’ coaches, the officials, the league observer in the coaching both, Cleveland’s medical and training staff, and McCoy’s teammates -- all overlooked the fact that McCoy needed to be tested for a concussion before taking the field.

"The NFLPA believes the protocol was broken and it wants to take steps to ensure it won't happen again."

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Jim Schwartz tweets pic of Raiders fans 'welcome'

By Will Brinson

The Oakland Raiders are known for having very ... passionate fans. They're enthusiastic, if you will.

And that enthusiasm was on full display towards the Lions team bus as the team rolled into the black hole for today's game against the Raiders.

We know this because Jim Schwartz tweeted the accompanying picture of a few Raiders fans firing off the one-finger salute towards the Lions bus as it cruised through the parking lot en route to the stadium.

What's interesting about this tweet, besides the obvious humor involved in Schwartz calling it the "Black Hole welcoming committee" is how it paints the Lions publicly. After all, they've been the "bad guys" for the last few weeks if you ask anyone around the NFL.

But maybe I'm reading too deep into it; there's a pretty good chance that Schwartz appreciates this sort of enthusiasm from fans towards the opposing team.


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Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Video: Cowher, Boomer on new tackling methods


In the wake of James Harrison's hit on Colt McCoy Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason breakdown proper hitting techniques on quarterbacks as well as receivers under the new rules.


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By Ryan Wilson
 
The NFL's competition committee convenes every offseason to discuss which rules need need to be overhauled, tweaked, or abolished altogether. When the committee gets together after the 2011 season, Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay and committee co-chairman, expects launching and helmet hits to get plenty of attention.

"I think the launch will be discussed more and more and eventually we will see helmet hits modified in the open field," McKay said, according to wire reports.

"When we are trying to deal with an issue like the launch, we are trying to protect the runner and the hitter," McKay continued. "Some hits, a defensive player is leading with his head and not using his arms and really is exposing himself to injury as a flagrant foul is committed."

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Knox carted off field; has movement, Lovie says

By Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED: Coach Lovie Smith said Johnny Knox has movement in his extremities.

"Johnny has total movement throughout his body, has total use of all his extremities," Smith told reporters.

Obviously, that's exceptional news.

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Already down a receiver after the Bears waived Sam Hurd on Friday, Johnny Knox appeared to be hurt seriously early in the first quarter of the Chicago-Seattle game.

After catching a pass from Caleb Hanie in the flat, Kam Chancellor caused Knox to fumble, and as Knox tried to recover the ball, he was blasted by Anthony Hargrove. The upper half of Knox’s body bent backward as his momentum tried to continue forward.

Knox

Earl Thomas ultimately recovered the ball for the Seahawks, but Knox remained on the turf for several minutes afterward. He was strapped to a body-board and taken off the field on a cart. Knox, whose helmet was removed, was moving his hands and arms as he was led off the field. He then gave a brief thumbs-up to the crowd.

He has a back injury and won't return to the game.

(H/T to Bubba Prog for the GIF)

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