NFL

Tom Brady named AFC offensive player of the month

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — A month ago, there were people wondering if Tom Brady was too old. Those people are getting hard to find at the moment. The Patriots quarterback was named AFC offensive player of the month after four straight standout games. Brady had a 129.1 passer rating, with 1,268 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading the Patriots to…
  • New: 4 min ago

Von Miller’s sack streak leads to AFC defensive player of the month

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The weather is starting to cool, and Von Miller is just heating up. The Broncos linebacker was named AFC defensive player of the month for October after a dominating string of performances. Miller had 7.0 sacks during the month, which led all NFL players. He’s working on a streak of six consecutive games with a…
  • New: 16 min ago

Chris Johnson is “frustrated” with diminished Jets role

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Jets running back Chris Johnson has something in common with Jets fans. He’s “frustrated” with the way things are going. The artist formerly known as CJ2K is on pace for about half a K this season, with just 268 yards on 67 carries with one touchdown. “Of course I’m frustrated,” Johnson told Brian Costello of the New…
  • New: 41 min ago

Eric Decker invites Jets fans to share their love, Jets fans pour out rage

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Jay Busbee) — Sometimes even good intentions turn south in a hurry. The New York Jets' Eric Decker decided to reach out to his beleaguered, tormented fan base on Twitter and offer a bit of love ... and swag: #jetsnation , tell me why you love the @nyjets using #jetsdiehardfan and I'll send a signed prize to my favorite. — Eric Decker (@EricDecker87) October 29, 2014 Unfortunately, with their...
  • New: 48 min ago

Taylor Lewan pleads guilty to two misdemeanors

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Since he was accused of hitting an Ohio State fan after his final home game at Michigan 11 months ago, Taylor Lewan has insisted he was innocent. Now he has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in connection with the incident. Lewan, who was the Titans’ first-round draft pick this year and is a starting offensive…
  • New: 51 min ago

Nate Washington: Mettenberger has better understanding of NFL than Roethlisberger did

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Wide receiver Nate Washington entered the NFL with the Steelers in 2005, where he became teammates with second-year quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Washington is now in Tennessee and playing with rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who made his first start against Houston last week. Washington liked what he saw from Mettenberger and compared him favorably to Roethlisberger…
  • New: 1 hr 36 min ago

Panthers forced to resort to Canadian rookie at left tackle

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The Panthers were hoping they might be able to stash David Foucault on the practice squad this year. Instead, he’s starting at left tackle for the Panthers tonight against the Saints. This is hardly the situation they envisioned, when mainstay Jordan Gross announced his retirement this offseason. The plan was to shift Byron Bell over to…
  • New: 1 hr 50 min ago

PFT’s Week Nine picks

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — Last week was a good week.  For me.  Not for MDS. We disagreed on two games, and my faith in the Steelers and Saints finally paid off. So that five-game lead MDS enjoyed has shrinked/shrunk/shrunken/whatever to three.  And we disagree on three games this week.  They also happen to be the biggest three games of…
  • New: 1 hr 50 min ago

Mark Barron wasn’t a fan of Lovie Smith’s defense

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — When the Buccaneers traded former seventh overall pick Mark Barron to the Rams for a pair of draft picks this week, it was easy to say that Barron being a poor fit for the defense run by head coach Lovie Smith was the chief reason for the move. Barron did nothing to defuse that notion…
  • New: 2 hr 23 min ago

Torrey Smith sees some good in Vontaze Burfict

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — After a pair of WWE-style toe holds against the Panthers earlier this month, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict instantly became known as the dirtiest player in pro football.  Ravens receiver Torrey Smith agrees with that sentiment, with a caveat. During the third quarter of Sunday’s game at Cincinnati, Smith ran a slant route from the “X”…
  • New: 2 hr 41 min ago

Johnny Manziel has been freelancing with the scout team

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Many figured that Johnny Manziel would be on the field for the Browns by now. Apparently, that number included Manziel, who is getting a little antsy on the bench behind utterly sufficient Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. Safety Donte Whitner said he could see Manziel getting frustrated, but not in a destructive way. “We talk back…
  • New: 2 hr 54 min ago

Ronnie Hillman limited after hurting shoulder in practice

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has made the most of the opportunity provided by Montee Ball’s injury over the past few weeks and there’s been talk that he’s earned a bigger piece of the pie in the backfield even after Ball returns to action. That makes it a very bad time for Hillman to get injured, which…
  • New: 3 hr 25 min ago

Belichick, Welker say they’ve moved on

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick was furious with his former receiver, Wes Welker, after last year’s AFC Championship Game. Welker knocked then-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib out of the game with a block that Belichick called “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.” But as they prepare to face each other on Sunday, Belichick and Welker both…
  • New: 3 hr 37 min ago

Alex Smith practices in full, says shoulder feels fine

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that quarterback Alex Smith sprained his right shoulder while beating the Rams last Sunday, which meant Wednesday’s practice would be one to watch for a gauge of how Smith is feeling as the team heads toward a meeting with the Jets. There wound up being nothing much to worry about…
  • New: 3 hr 52 min ago

Thursday morning one-liners

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Bills LB Nigel Bradham is making a name for himself. You can find stats to prove anything, including that the Dolphins are the second-best team in football. The emergence of Patriots WR Brandon LaFell follows a familiar script. This is fun: The New York Daily News came up with a list of teams worse than…
  • New: 3 hr 56 min ago