It was big news when the NFL announced that the Super Bowl would be heading to the the New York area, but they recently took some of the luster away revealing that tailgating before the game would not be allowed. It is unclear if people attending the game were going to tailgate in the first place, but it is in the tradition of football and especially in New York. The NFL is claiming that due to security reasons, they must suspend tailgating to provide adequate space for checking of cars.
Also in another unusual rule about attending the game, you must get dropped off at the game, but not in a taxi, black car or by foot. It seems rather ridiculous, but safety is always the number one concern especially with an event as big as the Super Bowl. Now the NFL just has to worry about it snowing on game day.
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Dallas at Chicago
Time: 8:30 PM (ET)
Defense? Who said anything about defense? The Dallas Cowboys were absolutely manhandled tonight as the Chicago Bears scored on every possession of the game. The Cowboys were also very strong on offense, but the Bears defense was able to make enough stops to keep this one from being close. The Bears might also have a QB controversy brewing as backup Josh McCown threw for 5 TDs tonight in the blowout. For Dallas they need to figure things out fast on the defensive side or it will be another disappointing end of the season for Tony Romo and company.
UPDATE: Bears defeat Cowboys 45-28
OS REWIND: Rob Gronkowski Out For The Season With ACL Tear
The Patriots suffered a major loss yesterday in their win over the Browns, when star TE Rob Gronkowski took a shot to the knee. He was then carted off the field and the crowd feared the worst. It now seems that their worst fears may be reality, as reports are coming in that Gronkowski has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
For both the Patriots and Gronkowski this is devastating news in both the short and long term. Now heading into the playoffs the Pats will be without their most dynamic weapon on offense, and after seeing how they played without Gronk earlier this year that is not a good thing. For Gronk’s long term outlook we can only hope that he is able to recover fully and get back on the field sometime, but all the injuries he has faced in his career are quite overwhelming.
OS REWIND: Must Watch NFL Sunday – Week 14
Welcome to another weekend of NFL Sunday games, this time with week 14. If you enjoyed all of the AFC games last weekend, the NFC has some HUGE games on today with major playoff implications lingering. For the first time in a few weeks, we’ll actually have a good amount of action lasting the entire 10 hours throughout the day filled with great action. The AFC has a few games on our radar as well, but not bigger than our afternoon and prime-time NFC games featuring possibly the top 4 in the conference. After the jump, you can view what we’ll be watching for today’s festivities.
OS REWIND: Start ‘Em Or Sit ‘Em: Fantasy Football Playoffs Edition
Usually in the NFL, if you’re a head coach and your team loses 11 straight games then you’re going to be on the hot seat. For Gary Kubiak, that seat exploded today when the Texans fired him after 8 seasons with the organization. Everything started out like normal for the Texans this season, as they won their first two games; but then the wheels completely feel off, and they now rest at the cellar of the NFL. Things will not get easier for Houston either with them needing to find a new coach this off-season and also figure out the situation at the Quarterback position.
At this moment, they would have the #1 pick in the NFL Draft in May and taking a QB could be a real possibility with Matt Schaub most likely being finished with the team. The good news for the Texans is that they have one of the more talented teams in the league; and with a few key moves this off-season, it should be able to get right back into the thick of things in the AFC in the coming years.
Houston at Jacksonville
Time: 8:25 PM (ET)
Network: NFL Network
We’re now sure how it’s possible the NFL could allow a primetime game featuring not only the AFC, but the two worst teams in the league to have a Thursday Night meeting. If you’re still trying to take in if this game is real for your NFL football fix tonight, you’re sadly not dreaming. The 2-10 Houston Texans travel down to Florida for meeting against the 3-9 Jacksonville Jaguars. Before the NFL season began, many were looking at the Texans as legitimate Super Bowl contenders for next February, but that’s become out of the question with the team dropping 10 consecutive losses. The Jaguars remain the only team in the NFL this season without a victory at home, as we expect that to change tonight.
Houston’s almost guaranteed to have the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and a loss tonight could inch them closer to achieving that. We’re not sure if the Jaguars will tank tonight’s game with a chance to have a respectable 2nd-half of the season winning 3 of their last 4 games; with a few more remaining before the month ends. We’ll most likely be watching the game on league pass tonight, but will monitor the score during Clippers and Grizzlies commercial breaks.
UPDATE: Jaguars Defeat Texans 27-20.
Watch game highlights after the jump along with a recap.
The time has finally come. Fantasy Football playoffs are upon us. The dreams of an entire season are on the line. The countless hours stressing over your lineup while frantically making changes every 30 seconds will be put to the test because all the chips are in. The ability to hold this matchup over your buddies for 364 days and bragging rights is priceless.
So let us do how we usually do and break down who you should keep on the bench this week and who you should plug into the starting lineup.
Click image to watch Ron Burgundy & Peyton Manning’s conversation
The Anchorman 2 promo is in full swing, as the legendary Ron Burgundy stopped by ESPN yesterday to interview Peyton Manning. Much like you might expect, the talk between the two was quite hilarious, especially when Ron said that Peyton’s face looks as succulent as a baby lamb. He then went on to show his admiration for the Broncos mascot Thunder, and shared some of his stories from when he played QB.
Peyton couldn’t control his laughter, and we doubt you will be able to either.
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OS REWIND: Will Ferrell Did An Actual News Broadcast As Ron Burgundy In North Dakota
Big waves came down upon the college football and NFL scene today, when Oregon junior Quarterback Marcus Mariota revealed that he is going to return for his junior season for the Ducks. The implications for next years NCAA season are huge because now the Ducks will once again be considered a top team and be vying for one of the elusive four playoff spots.
As far as the NFL is concerned, Mariota was considered a top QB prospect this season; and many experts had him pegged to go in the top 10 of the draft. A similar situation to Mariota is when Matt Barkley stayed for his final year at USC and went from a top 10 prospect to falling to the much later rounds. In Mariota’s case, we hope this decision doesn’t backfire for him.
OS REWIND: This T-Shirt Has To Sting For Oregon Fans
New Orleans at Seattle
Time: 8:30 PM (ET)
Seattle’s defense was the story of this game as they shut down Drew Brees and the Saints. The Seahawks were able to take a huge halftime lead and disrupt the Saints the entire night. At this point it appears that the strongest team in the NFC and maybe the entire NFL resides in Seattle. For the Saints they don’t have too much time to dwell on this one as they must now game plan for the surging Panthers and Cam Newton.
UPDATE: Seahawks defeat the Saints 34-7.
Giants Improve Their Record To 5-7 With 24-17 Victory Over Redskins. Washington’s Postseason Chances Over
After starting the season 0-6, the New York Giants won 4 consecutive games before their heartbreaker loss at home against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. For their 2nd straight NFC East rivalry game, they traveled to the DMV for a game against the Washington Redskins. For once this season, the NY Giants weren’t the target of criticism last night and came into tonight’s game level-headed. Robert Griffin III has been the constant target of media scrutiny after publicly blaming his team for a loss and not taking credit as the star of the team.
While he’s visibly still not back to his former elite form even in week 13, he’s still been trying to play through the pain. RG3 ironically had a better game than Eli Manning throwing for over 207 yards (no INTs) with a passer rating of 102, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Giants signature late heroics down the stretch. New York also saw a spike in their run production that had been lacking all season from Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis, which was enough to give their offense some balance. The Redskins opened the 3rd quarter with a FG, but in the 4th it was all the Giants Andre Brown scoring a rushing TD and Josh Brown chipping in a 39-yard FG.
Watch highlights after the jump.
Click image to watch Russell Wilson “SportsCenter Conversation” On ESPN
Tomorrow night, Russell Wilson will be playing in potentially the biggest regular season game of his career. While most of you remember Seattle’s big blowout victory over the San Francisco 49er, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints will be their toughest task yet. Already having the league’s best record for aspirations to potentially win Super Bowl XLVIII next year, the Seahawks will be looking to show the world why they’re elite without the NFL’s best record.
An eager Wilson sits down with ESPN to talk about Monday Night Football’s big showdown to discuss his preparation and admiration for Brees. After the jump, you can watch the interview, along with a bonus clip “Russell Wilson’s Special Wallet.”
Welcome to Sunday week 13 action for the NFL. Thanksgiving Thursday action ended with some controversy, as Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin allegedly interfered with a punt return from Jacoby Jones stepping onto the field that would hinder a full TD return. Imminent disciplinary action is expected to be handed down to not only Tomlin but the organization as well. Today’s action is centered mainly on some huge AFC games, with some reflecting final playoff standings and others as a lead-in to a late playoff push. There’s also a huge NFC West game on the horizon for action, which neither team will want to lose; whether its playoff positioning or trying to join the wildcard race. For the next 12 hours, you can enjoy the first day of December in proper pigskin form. Check after the jump to see what we’ll be watching today.
OS REWIND: Start ‘Em Or Sit ‘Em: Week 13 Fantasy Football Notes
For many Fantasy Football leagues tomorrow is the final Sunday of the regular season. The final chance to clinch a playoff birth and keep your title hopes alive. With bye weeks over, you should have the majority of your lineup at your disposal minus any injury issues. Knowing who to start or sit this week may be the biggest decision you make, and lucky enough for you we are here to give you all the tips.
If you’re one game back from making the playoffs, pay attention.
OS REWIND: Fantasy Football News & Notes (Week 12 Recap)
Watching the NFL on Thanksgiving day is almost as much a part of the tradition as turkey itself. Over the years there have been many moments that have stood out and forever be remembered in NFL lore. So to celebrate on this day of thanks, we decided to pick out some of our favorite NFL Thanksgiving day moments that we are thankful for. So before you load up on turkey and watch football all day, take a trip down memory lane with us.