November 20, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS (8-2) AT ATLANTA (2-8) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PST. Line: Saints by 91/2. Over-under: 53. Sam Farmer's pick: Once dominant at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons are 2-3 there this season and in the running for the No. 1 pick. The Saints have revived their defense and Drew Brees will always give opponents problems. Saints 27, Falcons 14
November 19, 2013 |
Retired pro football player Marvel Smith and his wife, Kellie, have listed their home in a gated community in Calabasas for sale at $1.825 million. Built in 1992, the 4,510-square-foot main house and 521-square-foot guesthouse sit on a third-acre lot with a swimming pool, lawn and a barbecue center. Features include a formal entry, high ceilings, an open floor plan, five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Smith, 35, played offensive tackle in the NFL. During his nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers he earned two Super Bowl rings.
November 19, 2013
Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore underwent emergency surgery Monday to stanch bleeding in the muscle sheath in his lower left leg, a condition known as lateral compartment syndrome that can cost patients a limb or even their life. Moore is out indefinitely. Moore left the Broncos' 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half Sunday night in Denver and was replaced by veteran Mike Adams . During the night, Moore called the team's athletic trainer, Steve Antonopulos , because he was still experiencing pain and swelling, interim Coach Jack Del Rio said.
November 18, 2013 |
They are the darlings of the NFL - Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Francisco - but it isn't always the November darlings that wind up lifting the Lombardi Trophy in February. Last season, for instance, the eventual-champion Baltimore Ravens lost four of five games in December before igniting in the playoffs and going on their run. There are similar stories for other recent Super Bowl winners. So, while it's easy to be distracted by the so-called elite teams in the NFL, there's also a second tier of teams who have risen from the ashes of shaky starts and, though they don't lead their respective divisions, have played their way to relevance.
November 17, 2013 |
Eleven weeks of NFL Sundays are in the books, and this much is undeniable: Nobody's perfect. The Denver Broncos knocked the NFL's last remaining undefeated team off its perch Sunday night, beating the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 27-17, to claim a share of first place in the AFC West. Both teams are 9-1. Peyton Manning was sharp, but it was Denver's defense that set the tone, upstaging a stifling Chiefs defense that rumbled into Sports Authority Field having allowed a league-best average of 12.3 points in its first nine games.
November 15, 2013
Re "The NFL's bully boys," Opinion, Nov. 12 Neal Gabler takes the abuse of boys and men through football to a new dimension. The social abuse that football inflicts on its players is profound and is reflected in their job prospects. In the old days, when football heroes actually graduated, they didn't go from hero to zero in one day in June. Instead, they went to work in America's factories, where they were frequently promoted to foreman because of the tactical skills learned in the game.
November 14, 2013 |
NFL tonight INDIANAPOLIS (6-3) AT TENNESSEE (4-5) TV: NFL Network, 5:30 PST. Line: Colts by 3. Over/under: 421/2. Sam Farmer's pick: Nothing like the smelling salts of a 30-point loss to St. Louis to jar the Colts awake. They have a chance here to open a three-game lead in the AFC South, and they aren't going to let a backup quarterback beat them. Colts 24, Titans 17
November 13, 2013 |
The New England Patriots weren't the only team to video an opponent's hand signals. But the Patriots paid the price for Spygate. The New Orleans Saints didn't invent the concept of paying cash bonuses for huge hits. But Bountygate set that franchise back in a big way. When it comes to identifying bad behavior and treating it like a rogue incident that needs to be stamped out - as opposed to a practice that's commonplace all over the league - no one is more effective than the NFL. This does not bode well for suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, who could wind up being cast as the lone rotten apple in a barrel filled with shiny red ones.
November 12, 2013 |
So the secret is finally out: The National Football League is an anachronism. Not the game, which is as ever. But the league's culture. The NFL's out-of-touch, out-of-time "context" has been on vivid display during the ongoing contretemps between Miami Dolphin guard Richie Incognito and his offensive tackle teammate Jonathan Martin. When Martin left the team complaining of an unsafe workplace environment due to harassment by Incognito and other Dolphins, he launched a national conversation about bullying, hazing, physical and verbal abuse, and athletes' antics.
November 12, 2013 |
At the first sign of a real fight, when forced to publicly defend their actions, with lights shining on their warped culture, the bullies did what bullies always do. The bullies curled up, covered up and quit. This week, on one of the most delightful nights in the history of "Monday Night Football," the vulgar and abusive locker-room culture fostered by the Miami Dolphins was rendered appropriately incognito by the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 22-19 shaming. Did you see it?