DENVER – They speak of Peyton Manning with reverence in the Denver Broncos locker room – talk to any of his teammates long enough and "greatest" will be uttered – and rightfully so. Many of them are fantastic players in their own right, but it's hard to deny they've all benefited from playing with the man who has thrown the most touchdown passes in NFL history. Take Demaryius Thomas. He was a first-round pick, and he was obviously a special talent even with Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton throwing him the ball. But now he is perhaps the best receiver in the NFL. He had 834 yards in 21 games before Manning arrived, and after his 171-yard outburst on Sunday, he has 3,526 yards in 38 games with Manning. Some of that is typical development, but it's crazy to think Manning hasn't had a huge impact on his career. Thomas will be a free agent after the season. Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald have contracts worth more than $100 million. It's possible Thomas, after two-plus stellar seasons with Manning elevating him to an elite level, will join them or at least come close. "He’s the best to ever play the game," Thomas said of Manning. "He made me a better player." Thomas said when Manning arrived before the 2012 season he changed how the receivers ran certain routes. He gave them tips on how to watch film. He said he has learned just by watching how Manning studies film. Thomas talked about what he was thinking as he lined up for the play that became Manning's 509th touchdown, breaking Brett Favre's all-time record. He said he saw how the cornerback lined up and knew how to attack the play ("I came out of the huddle and I was thinking, he’s playing outside, so I have to get on his leverage and beat him"), and it surely seemed like Manning had rubbed off on him. Emmanuel Sanders says he is better off for playing with Manning too. He caught some heat earlier this year for saying Manning was a better leader than Ben Roethlisberger, his old quarterback in Pittsburgh, but that was blown out of proportion. He has since clarified that he meant no disrespect toward Roethlisberger, but he thinks nobody beats Manning when it comes to leadership. Listen to Sanders talk about his mindset since joining the Broncos this year, and it's clear Manning has meant a lot to his career too. "You don't want to mess up," Sanders said. "So every night I go home and I study my butt off, just so I don't disappoint '18.' Everyone knows that he doesn't have too many more years left in his career, and he wants to go out a Super Bowl champion again, and I don't want to be the one holding this group back." In Sanders' first season with the Broncos, he has 38 receptions for 514 yards in six games. He never had more than 67 catches or 740 yards with the Steelers. There are other examples everywhere. Tight end Julius Thomas was a basketball player who played one year of college football. He now leads the NFL with nine touchdown catches and like Demaryius Thomas, is on the verge of signing an enormous contract with the Broncos or somewhere else as a free agent next spring. Eric Decker knows all about that. He signed a five-year, $36 million deal with the New York Jets this past offseason after catching 24 touchdown passes in two seasons with Manning. He has 12 touchdowns in his two-plus seasons without Manning. Running backs benefit from Manning expertly changing the plays at the line. Receivers not only follow Manning's example but they also benefit from Manning always finding them in the right place – ask Demaryius Thomas, whose second touchdown was a 40-yarder that could not have been handed to him in a better place. Or Wes Welker, who found himself wide open for Manning's 508th career touchdown off his quarterback's great pump fake. Coaches owe Manning, too. San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy, who will face the Broncos on Thursday night, got the Chargers' job after a great 2012 season as Manning's offensive coordinator. Broncos coach John Fox had a .507 winning percentage in nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers. His winning percentage with Denver is .722, and that's after going 8-8 in his first Broncos season, which was without Manning. The list is endless. These coaches and teammates are talented in their own right. But Manning has made everyone around him better. The Broncos celebrated him Sunday night as he broke one of the NFL's biggest records. They all owe him a debt of gratitude. "There is no doubt we feel blessed – the Broncos organization, myself personally, I think our coaching staff – he's a tremendous player," Fox said. "I've competed against him for a lot of years, and it's way better having him on our side." - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Monday, Oct. 20
Time for a game. Fill in this blank with an NFL team: Just when we started to trust _____________ they went and laid an egg on Sunday. It's a trick question You'd need way more than one blank to include all the teams that were entirely disappointing in Week 7. A couple teams were at least fortunate enough to save themselves from what would have been a terrible loss. The Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills looked like they were in real trouble in the fourth quarter. The Lions, who were working their way into the circle of trust with a 4-2 start, looked like the same old inconsistent Lions when they fell behind by 10 points to the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter. But the Lions got a long touchdown from Golden Tate, a huge interception and a leaping touchdown catch by Corey Fuller in the final two minutes to get a 24-23 win. The Bills also avoided a bad home upset. They trailed the Minnesota Vikings most of the game, but Kyle Orton led a late drive and hit rookie Sammy Watkins for the game-winning touchdown with one second left to pull off a 17-16 win. Now that the pleasantries are done, let’s look at some of the disappointments on Sunday because there were a few. The Seahawks lead the list. The defending champs are now a mediocre 3-3 after a 28-26 loss to St. Louis. That loss came despite an incredible game from quarterback Russell Wilson. The Seahawks might regret this one when it’s time to sort out the playoff picture. The Seahawks weren’t the only disappointing team. The Cincinnati Bengals weren't favored to win at Indianapolis, but they were a huge disappointment based on how badly they got beat in a 27-0 rout. Then flip a coin to see if the Chicago Bears or Cleveland Browns feel worse after Week 7. The Browns were one of the NFL’s hot teams after blowing out the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. They were 3-2, and quarterback Brian Hoyer was one of the league’s best stories. The Jacksonville Jaguars were 0-6. The Browns were favored by more points than they have been for any road game since re-entering the NFL in 1999. And they lost. Not only did they lose, they lost bad. The Jaguars won 24-6 and it wasn't all that close. Hoyer struggled, completing just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards. The Browns were supposedly entering an easy stretch in their schedule, but it hasn't started well. Like the Browns, the Bears were big favorites and blew it. The Miami Dolphins controlled the game from the start, winning 27-14. The Bears’ defense hasn’t been great, and even more surprising, the offense has been prone to struggling for long stretches. At 3-4, two games behind the Lions and red-hot Green Bay Packers, the Bears are in some trouble. A couple teams had late rallies to avoid what would have been tough losses. Some teams weren’t so lucky. When we get to December, they'll be reminded of those upset losses in Week 7. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Mauro pulled the orange mesh top with the No. 99 on it, wiped his forehead and shook his head.
Evan Silva discusses the matchup for every fantasy football option in every Week 7 game.
(The Sports Xchange) - The Seattle Seahawks traded away wide receiver Percy Harvin because he was becoming too much of a destructive force in the locker room, according to multiple reports. The New York Jets, less than 24 hours removed from their sixth straight loss, acquired Harvin in exchange for a conditional draft pick in hopes of boosting their struggling offense. "Percy is a versatile, dynamic player who has been productive on offense and special teams," Jets general manager John Idzik said in a statement Saturday officially announcing the deal. ...
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns were hoping to have found their quarterbacks of the future after selecting Blake Bortles at No. 3 and Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay is working with a women's shelter to promote the national debut of a mobile app designed to help victims of domestic violence.
Mike Florio welcomes Michael David Smith to the show to make their weekly picks and discuss the one game they disagree about on the winner. Well, he swept me last week. MDS and I differed on three games. He was right (and I was wrong) on each of them. This week, we disagree on only one game. It involves a team on which we’ve disagreed four prior times this year. He’s been right each time, and I’ve been wrong. Coincidentally (or not), he now leads the season-to-date contest by four games. For the week, MDS was 12-3 and I was 9-6. For the year, he’s at 59-32 and I’m at 55-36. Jets at Patriots MDS’s take : I still don’t think the Jets are quite as bad as their record suggests, and one of these weeks I think the Jets are going to win a game when no one sees it coming. But this won’t be the week. Tom Brady has turned things around recently and is playing very well, and the Jets simply don’t have the manpower in the secondary to keep up. MDS’s pick : Patriots 27, Jets 17. Florio’s take : It’s the second annual last trip by Rex Ryan to Foxborough. And likely the final one. Bill Belichick and company send Rex packing with a butt-kicking. Maybe Rex ends up working for Bill in 2015? Florio’s pick : Patriots 34, Jets 10. Falcons at Ravens MDS’s take : The Ravens are playing good football in all three phases of the game, while the Falcons are playing well on offense and special teams but struggling mightily on defense. That will be the difference, as Joe Flacco will put up big numbers against a weak Atlanta secondary. MDS’s pick : Ravens 31, Falcons 21. Florio’s take : Winless on the road and suddenly unable to win at home, the Falcons are still looking for their next victory after that 56-14 thrashing of the Buccaneers. And the Falcons will keep looking beyond their trip to Baltimore. Florio’s pick : Ravens 31, Falcons 20. Titans at Washington MDS’s take : Kirk Cousins has been terrible the last few weeks, but this week he gets to play a bad Titans defense. Look for DeSean Jackson to make a couple of big plays in the passing game and those big plays to be the difference. MDS’s pick : Washington 20, Titans 14. Florio’s take : The one-win Washington team gets a rare chance to pick up a second. There may not be many/any more after it. Florio’s pick : Washington 20, Titans 14. Seahawks at Rams MDS’s take : The Seahawks’ schedule got off to a brutal start, as four of their first five opponents were likely playoff teams. Now the Seahawks are entering the easier stretch of their schedule, and they should make quick work of the Rams. MDS’s pick : Seahawks 28, Rams 14. Florio’s take : The suddenly shaky Seahawks look to re-establish themselves against the regularly-shaky Rams. St. Louis could put up a fight early (like they did at home against the 49ers on Monday night) and then fade late (like they did at home against the 49ers on Monday night). Either way, no one will be thinking the Seahawks are in danger after Sunday. Even if they are. Florio’s pick : Seahawks 30, Rams 17. Browns at Jaguars MDS’s take : The Browns are surprisingly good. The Jaguars are even worse than anyone could have imagined. I expect the Browns to go on a run and establish themselves as AFC playoff contenders. MDS’s pick : Browns 31, Jaguars 13. Florio’s take : It’s a trap game for a team that is used to being the trap team. But the Browns will be favored for the next three weeks. Can they win the games they’re supposed to win? Survey says, “Probably.” Florio’s pick : Browns 27, Jaguars 16. Bengals at Colts MDS’s take : This was the toughest game on the board for me to pick. The Bengals are a better team overall, but they’re without their best player in A.J. Green , they’re coming off a hard-fought overtime loss, and they’re heading to Indianapolis to play a Colts team that’s on extra rest after a Thursday night game. Add it all up and it looks to me like a close win for Indianapolis. MDS’s pick : Colts 21, Bengals 20. Florio’s take : The Colts have had a little extra rest to get ready for a Bengals team that could use a little more after playing five full quarters at home. Indy is rolling; the Bengals find themselves in the middle of an unexpected four-team scrum. Florio’s pick : Colts 30, Bengals 21. Vikings at Bills MDS’s take : Teddy Bridgewater is a talented young quarterback, but he struggled mightily when the Lions brought inside pressure on Sunday, and the Bills have the personnel to get the same kind of inside pressure against the Vikings. Bridgewater is going to have another tough game in another Vikings loss. MDS’s pick : Bills 20, Vikings 10. Florio’s take : It took a week longer than the new owners had hoped, but the Bills get the first win of the Pegula era against the Purple Paste Eaters. Florio’s pick : Bills 24, Vikings 10. Dolphins at Bears MDS’s take : The Bears’ defense is much improved from last year, with free agent addition Willie Young making a huge difference and leading the league with 7.0 sacks. I like Young to get a lot of pressure on Ryan Tannehill as the Bears win. MDS’s pick : Bears 24, Dolphins 20. Florio’s take : The Bears have not yet won at Soldier Field this year. That streak ends on Sunday against a Dolphins team that blew a prime opportunity to upend the Packers. Florio’s pick : Bears 27, Dolphins 17. Saints at Lions MDS’s take : The Saints’ offense is good and their defense is bad. The Lions’ defense is good and their offense is bad. I’ll break the tie by going with home-field advantage, and that means the Lions. MDS’s pick : Lions 23, Saints 20. Florio’s take : The Lions have a great defense, but they haven’t faced an offense quite like the one the Saints have. Sure, Reggie Bush will want some revenge. But he can only do so much to match what the Saints will muster, with two weeks to rest and to prepare for a showdown with the team New Orleans manhandled less than three years ago in the playoffs. Florio’s pick : Saints 34, Lions 27. Panthers at Packers MDS’s take : Cam Newton looks like he’s getting healthier and playing better, so the Panthers should be able to put plenty of points on the board in Green Bay. Unfortunately for the Panthers, their defense is struggling and Aaron Rodgers is at the top of his game, which means Green Bay wins a high-scoring contest. MDS’s pick : Packers 34, Panthers 27. Florio’s take : The Packers have found the gas pedal since losing in ugly fashion to the Lions. The Panthers, as up-and-down as any team this season, keep finding the pedal then losing it. But after giving up 37 points to the Bengals in Cincinnati, the Carolina defense could get shredded in the land o’ cheddar. Florio’s pick : Packers 34, Panthers 23. Chiefs at Chargers MDS’s take : Philip Rivers is playing the best football of his career right now, and the Chiefs’ defense is not playing particularly well. I expect Rivers to have a big game. MDS’s pick : Chargers 30, Chiefs 20. Florio’s take : Before getting a chance to take their best shot at the Broncos in Denver, the Chargers have to withstand the best the Chiefs have to offer, with two weeks to get ready for it. If the Chargers weren’t in the midst of a special season, that would be a real concern. Florio’s pick : Chargers 27, Chiefs 20. Cardinals at Raiders MDS’s take : Give Tony Sparano credit for this — the Raiders looked like they were playing harder for him on Sunday against the Chargers than they had played previously this season for Dennis Allen. Having said that, the Raiders simply aren’t a very talented football team, and the Cardinals should beat them decisively. MDS’s pick : Cardinals 34, Raiders 17. Florio’s take : Another trap game for a team that not long ago was a trap team. Throw in Carson Palmer ’s desire for some warped sense of revenge against the second of two teams on which he quit, and the Cardinals likely won’t be caught napping. Florio’s pick : Cardinals 27, Raiders 23. Giants at Cowboys MDS’s take : The Cowboys’ defense is far from great, but it’s much improved from last year, and it should be able to shut down the Giants, whose offense is struggling. DeMarco Murray will have another big game as the Cowboys play ball control in the second half. MDS’s pick : Cowboys 20, Giants 10. Florio’s take : The Giants are 4-1 at Jerryworld. The Cowboys are 5-1. But these aren’t the same old Cowboys who have dropped four of five at home against their rivals from New York. And these Giants aren’t the team that recently won three in a row, especially with Victor Cruz done for the year and Rashad Jennings gone for now. Florio’s pick : Cowboys 27, Giants 17. 49ers at Broncos MDS’s take : Can Peyton Manning throw for three touchdown passes against a good 49ers defense and break Brett Favre’s NFL record? I think he can, and the Broncos will win an entertaining and close game. MDS’s pick : Broncos 28, 49ers 24. Florio’s take : 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly “evaluated” Peyton Manning in 2012. Harbaugh gets a chance to evaluate Manning a lot more closely on Sunday night. And Harbaugh won’t like what he sees. Florio’s pick : Broncos 31, 49ers 20. Texans at Steelers MDS’s take : The Steelers’ defense was shredded by the Browns on Sunday, but Houston’s offense isn’t as good as Cleveland’s. I think Pittsburgh will win a low-scoring game. MDS’s pick : Steelers 13, Texans 10. Florio’s take : On the rare occasions when the Steelers are backed against the wall, they come out swinging. Facing in prime-time audience at home on Monday night after getting blown out by the Browns, the Steelers will come out swinging. Florio’s pick : Steelers 24, Texans 13.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The youth movement on the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense is accelerating.
Home | Top Artists | Sports Tickets | Concert Tickets | Theater Tickets | Las Vegas Baby | Help | About Us
Copyright © 2007-2015 Name The Stadium ®. All Rights Reserved.
Sitefinity ASP.NET CMS