Tag:Week 15 NFL Pulse
Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:00 pm
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Rodgers breaks Favre's GB single-season TD record

By Will Brinson

The Packers had people worried early, losing to the Chiefs 6-0 as late as five minutes into the second half. But Aaron Rodgers hit Donald Driver for a two-yard touchdown pass to give Green Bay a 7-6 lead.

Oh, and to set the Packers franchise record for single-season touchdown passes. You've probably heard of the guy Rodgers passed: Brett Favre.

Last week against Oakland, Rodgers tied Favre's record, throwing his 39th touchdown pass of the season.

And now Rodgers holds the record himself, having thrown 40 touchdowns and only six interceptions on the season. Though KC is playing well and Green Bay doesn't look like the team that's steamrolled everyone else this season, the Packers are still leading.

Given the Chiefs likely production on offense, Rodgers and company are probably in a race to 21 for a win, which means if the undefeated season continues, Rodgers will likely need to add to his own record.


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1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI


Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Chiefs led unbeaten Packers in second half

By Will Brinson

UPDATE (2:50 p.m. ET): In an LOL-worthy update, Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown literally less than five minutes after I posted this. Packers now lead 7-6. Of course they do. Still, good effort early, KC!

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If you had to pick a team that would handle the unbeaten Packers in their final three games, it probably wasn't the Chiefs. Yet Kansas City is currently beating Green Bay 6-0 early in the third quarter.

Interim coach Romeo Crennel's made some interesting calls -- namely going for it for it on a fourth down that would've netted KC a field goal and a two-possession lead -- but he definitely deserves props for getting his team ready in advance of their toughest matchup of the season, against the NFL's best offense, just a week after their head coach was fired.

With just over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Aaron Rodgers is an unimpressive six of 17 for 59 yards, while Kyle Orton is 14 of 19 for 152 yards.

Since starting their winning streak in 2010 that led to a Super Bowl and up through Sunday, the Packers hadn't trailed in the fourth quarter. They could easily be leading by the time the fourth quarter starts, and they're certainly well within distance of remaining undefeated, but the Chiefs performance early is an impressive addition to Crennel's resume when he applies for the full-time coaching gig.


Follow all the Week 15 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI



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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4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI





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Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 2:37 pm
 

VIDEO: Panthers score on a fumblerooski

By Will Brinson

If you think Panthers coordinator Rob Chudzinski isn't creative, think again -- he busted out a fumblerooski play against the Texans in the red zone, with the Panthers already up 14-0.

It's a pretty aggressive play considering that the Panthers have three guys with over 500 rushing yards on the season and Cam Newton is a beast in the red zone.

But that's precisely why this play worked -- the defense flooded towards Newton when he faked a run to the right, only to have Richie Brockel rumble in on the left side.




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1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI
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.


Follow all the Week 15 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI


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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1 p.m. ET games: MIA-BUF | SEA-CHI | CAR-HOU | TEN-IND | GB-KC | NO-MIN | WAS-NYG | CIN-STL
4 p.m. ET games: DET-OAK | CLE-ARI | NE-DEN | NYJ-PHI



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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