Los Cardenales vencen a las Águilas 23-20.

Oct 28, 2014

Con pase de 75 yardas para anotación de Carson Palmer al novato John Brown, los Cardenales vencen a las Águilas 23-20.

John Brown. Foto: AP

John Brown. (AP Photo)

Octubre 28, 2014. El pasado domingo 26 de octubre, los Cardenales de Arizona se enfrentaron en el estadio de Glendale, Arizona, hogar de los Cardenales, a las Águilas de Filadelfia y los vencieron con un marcador de 23 a 20. Este encuentro se definió en la última jugada cuando Carson Palmer, mariscal de los Cardenales, lanzó un pase de 75 yardas para conectar un touchdown con el novato John Brown, faltando tan solo 1:21 en el reloj de juego y sellando el marcador final 24-20 en favor de los locales.

Con esta victoria los de Arizona se colocan con 6-1 (ganados-perdidos) en el primer lugar de la Conferencia Nacional (NFC sus siglas en inglés), en lo que representa la mitad de la temporada, antes de que den inicio los juegos de post-temporada. Palmer por su parte contribuyó a la victoria con 329 yardas, 2 anotaciones y ninguna intercepción.

 

 

Source & Graphic: NFL Media

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Week That Was – Week 8

Oct 28, 2014

COMEBACKS GALORE: The 2014 season has featured many close games and great comeback victories.

 

October 28, 2014. The DETROIT LIONS overcame a 21-0 halftime deficit en route to a 22-21 come-from-behind win against Atlanta at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Lions, who overcame a 14-point deficit in a 24-23 win against New Orleans in Week 7, are the fifth team in NFL history to win back-to-back games when trailing by at least 14 points one week and by 21+ points the following week.

 

The Lions’ victory marked the sixth time a team overcame a deficit of at least 17 points to win in 2014, the second-most such games through Week 8 of any season in NFL history (2011, eight games).

 

The most comeback wins of 17+ points through Week 8 since 1970:

 

THROUGH WEEK 8
SEASON 17+ POINTS COMEBACK WINS
2011 8
2014 6
1999 5
1987 5
Many 4

 

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HISTORIC SUNDAY: Below is a sampling of the NFL milestones that were reached in Week 8:

 

  • Four quarterbacks – Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (522), Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS (418), Philadelphia’s NICK FOLES (411) and Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK (400) – threw for 400+ yards on Sunday, the most individual 400-yard performances in a single day in NFL history.

 

  • The MINNESOTA VIKINGS earned a 19-13 overtime win at Tampa Bay when rookie linebacker ANTHONY BARR returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown. The game marked the fourth overtime contest in NFL history that was decided by a fumble-return touchdown.

The overtime contests decided by a fumble-return touchdown in NFL history:

DATES WINNING TEAM OPPONENT SCORE FR-TD IN OVERTIME YARDS
10/26/2014 Minnesota Tampa Bay* 19-13 Rookie LB Anthony Barr 27
11/25/2007 San Francisco Arizona* 37-31 LB Tully Banta-Cain 0
12/19/1999 Denver* Seattle 36-30 LB Glenn Cadrez 37
9/4/1983 Baltimore Colts New England* 29-23 LB Johnie Cooks 52
* Home Team

 

  • New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI had nine catches for 149 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns. Gronkowski’s performance marked the fourth individual game with three touchdown catches by a tight end in 2014, already the most of any season in NFL history.

 

  • There were zero punts in the New Orleans Saints’ 44-23 win over Green Bay on Sunday Night Football, marking the third regular-season game in NFL history without a punt. The Packers’ 38-17 Week 4 win against Chicago (9/28/2014) and the Buffalo Bills’ 34-31 victory over San Francisco (9/13/1992) are the only other regular season games to feature no punts.

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QB MILESTONES: Below is a sampling of the quarterback milestones that were reached in Week 8:

 

  • In the Steelers’ 51-34 win against Indianapolis, Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed a franchise-record 40 passes for 522 yards with six touchdowns for a 150.6 passer rating. Roethlisberger’s 522 passing yards are tied with BOOMER ESIASON (November 10,1996) for the fourth-most in a game in NFL history.

 

The quarterbacks with the most passing yards in a single game in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM DATE PASSING YARDS
Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles Rams 9/28/1951 554
Matt Schaub Houston Texans 11/18/2012 527*
Warren Moon Houston Oilers 12/16/1990 527
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers 10/26/2014 522
Boomer Esiason Arizona Cardinals 11/10/1996 522*
* Overtime game

 

Roethlisberger is the first player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games (503 yards vs. Green Bay on December 20, 2009).

 

DATES OPPONENT COMPLETIONS ATTEMPTS YARDS TOUCHDOWNS INTs PASSER RATING
10/26/2014 Indianapolis 40 49 522 6 0 150.6
12/20/2009 Green Bay 29 46 503 3 0 121.9

 

Roethlisberger also improved his record to 100-50 (.667) as a starter in the regular season, joining TOM BRADY (116) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA (108) and TERRY BRADSHAW (102) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to win at least 100 games in their first 150 career starts.

  • In his 100th career regular-season home start, New England quarterback TOM BRADY completed 30 of 35 passes (85.7 percent) for 354 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions for a 148.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 51-23 win against Chicago. Brady has won 87 home starts, the most of any starting quarterback in NFL history in his first 100 home starts in the regular season. His .870 winning percentage at home is the highest of any starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966, minimum 50 home starts).Brady is also the only player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards, a completion percentage above 85.0 percent, five or more touchdowns and no interceptions in a game. He also accomplished the feat against the Tennessee Titans on October 18, 2009.
  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD became one of three quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to start three games in which his team overcame a deficit of at least 21 points to win (TOM BRADY and DREW BLEDSOE).

Stafford (120) threw two touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BOBBY LAYNE (118) for the most touchdown passes in franchise history.

  • Buffalo quarterback KYLE ORTON completed 10 of 17 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 142.8 passer rating in the Bills’ 43-23 win at the New York Jets.Orton is the first player with at least four touchdown passes and 10 or fewer completions in a game since Pittsburgh’s BUBBY BRISTER against Cleveland on December 23, 1990.

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QB-TE DUO: Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO completed four passes to tight end JASON WITTEN against Washington on Monday Night Football and became the first quarterback-tight end duo in NFL history to reach 600 career completions (603).

 

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FOSTER THE RUN: Houston running back ARIAN FOSTER rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 30-16 win against Tennessee. The performance marked Foster’s 31st career 100-yard rushing game, tying PRIEST HOLMES for the most in NFL history by an undrafted player.

 

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FRANCHISE GATES: San Diego tight end ANTONIO GATES had 54 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Denver on Thursday Night Football. Gates (9,610) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (9,584) for the most receiving yards in franchise history.

 

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YOUNG KICKER: Arizona rookie kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO made his only field goal attempt (28 yards) in the Cardinals’ 24-20 win against Philadelphia. Catanzaro has converted all 16 field-goal attempts this season and surpassed St. Louis’ GREG ZUERLEIN (15 in 2012) for the longest streak of consecutive field goals made to start a rookie season in NFL history.

Source and graphic: NFL Media.

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AFC Players of the Week (Week 7 NFL)

Oct 22, 2014

Broncos QA Peyton Manning, Jaguars LB Telvin Smith & Patriots DT Chris Jones Named AFC Players of Week 7

October 22, 2014. (NFL) Quarterback PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos, rookie linebacker TELVIN SMITH of the Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive tackle CHRIS JONES of the New England Patriots are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in the seventh week of the 2014 season (October 16, 19-20), the NFL announced today.

 

OFFENSE: QB PEYTON MANNING, DENVER BRONCOS

  • Manning completed 22 of 26 passes (84.6 percent) for 318 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 157.2 passer rating in the Broncos’ 42-17 win against San Francisco.
  • Playing in his 246th career game, Manning (510) surpassed BRETT FAVRE (508) for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history. Favre surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO’s previous record of 420 touchdowns in his 245th career game.
  • Manning extended his NFL career records for the most 300-yard passing games (87) and four-touchdown performances (33).
  • This season, Manning leads the NFL in passer rating (118.2) and is tied with ANDREW LUCK for the league lead in touchdown passes (19).
  • In his 17th season from Tennessee, this is Manning’s 27th Player of the Week Award, the most of any player since the accolade was instituted in 1984. He most recently won the award in Week 16 of 2013.
  • Manning is the third Broncos player to win an Offensive Player of the Week Award this season, joining teammates JULIUS THOMAS (Kickoff Weekend) and DEMARYIUS THOMAS (Week 5)

 

DEFENSE: LB TELVIN SMITH, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

  • Smith had four tackles, an interception and a sack-fumble in the Jaguars’ 24-6 win against Cleveland.
  • With the Jaguars leading 7-6 in the third quarter, Smith sacked Browns quarterback BRIAN HOYER and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jacksonville linebacker PAUL POSLUSZNY on Cleveland’s 25-yard line. The Jaguars kicked a 30-yard field goal on the ensuing drive to take a 10-6 lead.
  • In the fourth quarter, Smith notched his first career interception and returned it 15 yards to the Browns’ seven-yard line. Two plays later, rookie running back STORM JOHNSON ran for a three-yard touchdown to extend Jacksonville’s lead to 24-6.
  • Smith helped limit the Browns, who entered the game as the AFC’s top rushing offense, to their lowest rushing total of the season (69 yards).
  • In his rookie season from Florida State, this is Smith’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first rookie in Jaguars history to be named Defensive Player of the Week and the first Jacksonville rookie to win a Player of the Week Award since running back-kick returner MAURICE JONES-DREW in Week 14 of 2006 (Special Teams).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS: DT CHRIS JONES, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Jones blocked a potential game-winning 58-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of the fourth quarter in the Patriots’ 27-25 win against the New York Jets.
  • With five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Jones surged into the gap between the long snapper and guard and extended his left arm to block the field-goal attempt, marking the first blocked kick of his career.
  • Jones also started at defensive tackle for the Patriots, posting three tackles.
  • In his second season from Bowling Green, this is Jones’ first career Player of the Week Award.
  • Jones is the first Patriots defensive tackle to win a Player of the Week Award since CHAD EATON in 2000 (Week 16, Defense).

 

2014 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 TE Julius Thomas, Denver DE Cameron Wake, Miami K Dan Carpenter, Buffalo
Wk 2 TE Antonio Gates, San Diego DE Chandler Jones, New England RB-KR C.J. Spiller, Buffalo
Wk 3 QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis DE Corey Liuget, San Diego K Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Wk 4 RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City DE J.J. Watt, Houston K Nick Novak, San Diego
Wk 5 WR Demaryius Thomas, Denver DT Marcell Dareus, Buffalo LB Tank Carder, Cleveland
Wk 6 QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore DT Jurrell Casey, Tennessee P Pat McAfee, Indianapolis
Wk 7 QB Peyton Manning, Denver LB Telvin Smith, Jacksonville DT Chris Jones, New England

 

Other nominees for AFC Offensive Player of Week 7 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Indianapolis running back AHMAD BRADSHAW, who posted 52 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards with two total touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Colts’ 27-0 win against Cincinnati.
  • Kansas City running back JAMAAL CHARLES, who rushed for 95 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown in the Chiefs’ 23-20 win at San Diego.
  • Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO, who completed 16 of 25 passes (64.0 percent) for 258 yards and two touchdowns for a 91.8 passer rating in the Ravens’ 29-7 win against Atlanta.
  • Jacksonville running back DENARD ROBINSON, who rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown.
  • Miami quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL, who completed 25 of 32 passes (78.1 percent) for 277 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 123.6 passer rating in the Dolphins’ 27-14 win at Chicago.
  • Buffalo rookie wide receiver SAMMY WATKINS, who had nine catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills’ 17-16 win against Minnesota.

Other nominees for AFC Defensive Player of Week 7 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Cleveland safety TASHAUN GIPSON, who had four tackles and two interceptions in the Browns’ 24-6 loss at Jacksonville.
  • Buffalo defensive tackle MARCELL DAREUS, who had four tackles and two sacks.
  • Indianapolis cornerback VONTAE DAVIS, who had three tackles and four passes defensed.
  • Buffalo cornerback LEODIS MC KELVIN, who had four tackles and two interceptions.
  • Baltimore linebacker DARYL SMITH, who had 13 tackles.
  • Miami defensive end CAMERON WAKE, who had a sack-fumble that he recovered.
  • Denver linebacker DE MARCUS WARE, who had four tackles and three sacks.

Other nominees for AFC Special Teams Player of Week 7 as submitted by AFC clubs:

  • Kansas City rookie kicker CAIRO SANTOS, who converted all three field-goal attempts, including the 48-yard game winner with 21 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and both PATs.
  • Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI, who converted both field-goal attempts and all three PATs.

 

Source & Graphics: NFL

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Broncos at Chargers preview

Oct 21, 2014

The NFL kicks off Week 8 on Thursday night when the DENVER BRONCOS (5-1) host the SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-2) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver (CBS/NFLN, 8:25 PM ET).

The Broncos and Chargers have met 10 times during the regular season since 2009, splitting the series with five wins apiece.

The Broncos head into Thursday night aiming for their fourth consecutive victory following a 42-17 win over San Francisco on Sunday Night Football. During the game, quarterback PEYTON MANNING passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns for a 157.2 passer rating. At the 3:09 mark of the second quarter, Manning threw his third touchdown of the game (eight yards to DEMARYIUS THOMAS), and the 509th of his career, surpassing BRETT FAVRE (508) for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history.

 

Manning’s milestone touchdowns:

 

MILESTONE TD PLAYER YARDS DATE OPPONENT
1 Marvin Harrison 6 Sept. 6, 1998 Miami
100 Marvin Harrison 11 Nov. 11, 2001 Miami
200 Reggie Wayne 35 Nov. 21, 2004 Chicago
300 Joseph Addai 19 Dec. 9, 2007 Baltimore
400 Demaryius Thomas 71 Sept. 9, 2012 Pittsburgh
500 Julius Thomas 7 Oct. 5, 2014 Arizona
509 Demaryius Thomas 8 Oct. 19, 2014 San Francisco

 

“I’m very humbled and very honored. I certainly think about how grateful I am for all the teammates and coaches that I’ve played with and played for throughout my career, not only here in Denver – in Indianapolis and all the people that have helped me along the way,” says Manning. “We have the Thursday night game this week, so there’s not much of a celebration right now.”

 

Manning enters this week’s matchup with a 9-2 record as a starter on Thursday, and is the all-time leader in passing yards (3,305) and touchdown passes (35) on Thursday.

 

San Diego aims to rebound from a 23-20 loss to Kansas City.

 

“The big thing about all this is that it is a short week so we don’t have time to feel sorry about ourselves,” says San Diego linebacker DWIGHT FREENEY. “I know Denver doesn’t care about last week. We just have to focus on Denver this Thursday night.”

 

Quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Rivers is currently ranked second in the AFC with 1,961 passing yards and ranks third in the conference with 17 touchdowns.

 

Rivers has compiled a 4-1 record on Thursday, including a 27-20 victory over Denver last season. For his career, Rivers is 10-6 as a starter against Denver, and is 20 games over .500 (35-15) when starting against the AFC West. Since 2006, Rivers has the second-most passing yards (12,251) and third-most touchdowns (81) of any player in the AFC against his own division.

 

Rivers’ passing numbers against the AFC West since 2006:

 

RECORD ATTEMPTS COMPLETIONS YARDS TD PASSES PASSER RATING
35-15 1,524 964 12,251 81 94.3

WEEK 8 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-2) AT DENVER BRONCOS (5-1)

SERIES

CHARGERS BRONCOS
THURS. RECORD 7-6-1 8-10
SERIES LEADER 58-49-1
STREAKS 4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. McCoy: 1-1 Fox: 6-3
LAST WEEK L 23-20 vs. Chiefs W 42-17 vs. 49ers
LAST REG-SEA GAME 12/12/13: Chargers 27 at Broncos 20. San Diego RB Ryan Mathews rushes for 127 yards & TD. Chargers rookie WR Keenan Allen has 2 TD receptions (19, 10) in 2nd quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/12/13
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Chad Brown (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (SD), 92 (Den.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SD), 226 (Den.).

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 155-230-1961-17-3-113.0 Manning: 149-217-1848-19-3-118.2
RUSHING Oliver (R): 72-316-4.4-2 Hillman: 55-240-4.4-2
RECEIVING
  1. Allen: 34-354-10.4-0
  2. Thomas: 39-662-17.0-6
OFFENSE 360.0 394.0
TAKE/GIVE +6 +2
DEFENSE 316.4 316.8
SACKS Liuget: 2.5
  1. Miller: 8
INTs Flowers: 2 Talib, Moore: 2
PUNTING Scifres: 45.7 Colquitt: 45.8
KICKING Novak: 62 (20/20 PAT; 14/14 FG) McManus (R): 41 (23/23 PAT; 6/7 FG)

Source & Graphics: www.nflmedia.com

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Cardenales vencen a los Raiders en su casa

Oct 19, 2014

André Ellington de los Cardenales contribuye a la victoria sobre los Raiders de Oakland por medio de 160 yardas conseguidas en 30 corridas de poder. De esta forma los Cardenales se posicionan en el primer lugar de la división con 5 victorias y una derrota.

Oakland, CA. Octubre 19, 2014. El entrenador de los Cardenales de Arizona, Bruce Arians, en conferencia de prensa indicó “No es fácil el camino en la NFL” (Liga Nacional de Futbol por sus siglas en inglés). Y cuando el corredor André Ellington sufrió una lesión en una de sus costillas, no se imaginó que André volvería al campo de juego para llevar a su equipo a la victoria de 24 a 13 sobre su contrincante de Oakland.

Por su parte, el mariscal de campo Carson Palmer realizó su trabajo, pues a pesar de haber sufrido una intercepción, lanzó dos pases de anotación y un total de 253 yardas.

Esta es la primera vez que los Cardenales se posicionan 5-1 en su división y es que, desde 1978, no habían tenido un desempeño como el mostrado no solo el domingo ante los Raiders sino a lo largo de las primeras semanas de la temporada 2014.

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Quick facts on NFL week 7

Oct 19, 2014

 

  • The DETROIT LIONS overcame a 14-point deficit en route to a 24-23 come-from-behind win against New Orleans. It marked the 10th time an NFL team has come back from a deficit of at least 14 points to win in 2014, already tied for the second-most such comebacks through Week 7 of any season since at least 1970.Wide receiver COREY FULLER caught the game-winning five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD with 1:48 remaining in the fourth quarter, marking his first career touchdown catch.
  • Dallas running back DE MARCO MURRAY rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 31-21 win against the New York Giants and became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 yards in each of his team’s first seven games to start a season, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (six games in 1958).
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 255 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 154.5 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-17 win against Carolina. The performance marked Rodgers’ fourth consecutive game with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tied for the longest such streak in a single season in NFL history (TOM BRADY, 2007).Rodgers is the only player in NFL history with at least 18 touchdown passes and one or zero interceptions through his team’s first seven games to begin a season.
  • Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 105.7 passer rating in the Colts’ 27-0 win against Cincinnati. Luck has passed for at least 300 yards in five consecutive games, tying PEYTON MANNING (2009) for the longest such streak in franchise history.Wide receiver REGGIE WAYNE had four catches for 15 yards and became the ninth player in NFL history with 14,000 career receiving yards.

    AHMAD BRADSHAW, who had three catches for 36 yards and one touchdown against the Bengals, leads all NFL running backs with six TD catches this season. He is the first running back with six touchdown catches in his team’s first seven games of a season since San Diego’s GARY ANDERSON in 1986.

    The Colts improved to 5-2, earning the 500th total victory in franchise history. Indianapolis’ all-time record is 500-444-7.

  • Buffalo rookie wide receiver SAMMY WATKINS had career-highs in catches (nine) and receiving yards (122) with two touchdowns, including the game-winning two-yarder with one second remaining in the fourth quarter of the Bills’ 17-16 win against Minnesota.Watkins is the first rookie with at least 100 receiving yards and a game-winning touchdown catch with one second or less remaining in the fourth quarter of a game since 2009 (Tennessee wide receiver KENNY BRITT vs. Arizona on November 29, 2009).
  • Buffalo cornerback LEODIS MC KELVIN recorded interceptions on consecutive defensive plays, becoming the first Bills player to do so since KIRBY JACKSON on October 29, 1989 against Miami.
  • Miami quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL completed 25 of 32 passes (78.1 percent) for 277 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a career-high 123.6 passer rating in the Dolphins’ 27-14 win at Chicago.
  • Tannehill, who also rushed for 48 yards, is the third player in NFL history with at least 275 passing yards, a completion percentage of 78.0 or better and 45+ rushing yards in a single game. He joins KEN ANDERSON (November 3, 1974) and JEFF GARCIA (December 14, 2003) and as the only players to accomplish the feat.
  • Kansas City running back JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 95 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ 23-20 win at San Diego. Charles now has 6,113 career rushing yards, surpassing PRIEST HOLMES (6,070) for the most in franchise history.
    ANDY REID improved his career record in games following a bye week to 14-2 (.875), the most victories of any NFL head coach in games following a bye week.
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2015 PRO BOWL BALLOTING BEGINS ON NFL.COM

Oct 19, 2014

All-Stars to be announced on Pro Bowl Selection Show on  NFL Network on Tuesday, December 23

The polls are now open!

 

Fans can begin voting to select players for the 2015 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, the NFL announced today. Voting is available online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/probowl/ballot.

 

Balloting will conclude on Monday, December 15. The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, December 23 live on NFL Network.

 

Players will later be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft during the week leading up to the game, which will also air on NFL Network.

 

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2014 and televised live on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX. Fans interested in purchasing Pro Bowl game tickets may go to NFL.com/probowl for more information.

 

The Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced” for the second consecutive year.

 

Last season, the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that had existed since 1971 was eliminated. Instead, players are selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.

 

Then, the NFL’s All-Stars will be realigned through a fantasy football-style draft.

 

Four leading vote getters – comprised of two offensive and two defensive player captains – will be joined by two NFL.com fantasy football champions to draft players. One of these champions will earn their spot as part of Lenovo’s Fantasy Coach of the Year program, which provides NFL.com fans a chance to be rewarded for their fantasy football skills. The other champion can compete for a Pro Bowl role by playing at NFL.com/fantasy.

 

The fantasy football champions will have Hall of Fame help. Pro Football Hall of Famers CRIS CARTER (@criscarter80) and MICHAEL IRVIN (@michaelirvin88) will serve as alumni team captains, leading the Pro Bowl team captains and fantasy football champions in the draft process.
Last season, Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS served as alumni captains, as Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game came down to the final play, as Team Sanders missed a game-winning 67-yard field-goal attempt as time expired after Team Rice scored a touchdown and two-point conversion with 41 seconds remaining.

 

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be eligible for the Pro Bowl Draft.

 

NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 19. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

 

Quarterbacks PEYTON MANNING and DREW BREES were the top two vote-getters last year, while running backs JAMAAL CHARLES and MARSHAWN LYNCHand wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON rounded out the top five.

 

The following is a breakdown of positions and the corresponding numbers of players who will be selected (88 total):

 

OFFENSE DEFENSE SPECIAL TEAMS
Wide Receivers (8) Defensive Ends (6) Punter (2)
Tight Ends (4) Interior Linemen (6) Placekicker (2)
Tackles (6) Outside Linebackers (6) Return Specialists (2)
Guards (6) Inside/Middle Linebackers (4) Special Teamer (2)
Centers (4) Cornerbacks (8) Need Player (2-Coach’s Choice)
Quarterbacks (6) Safeties (6)
Running Backs (6)
Fullback (2)

 

Source: National Fotball League

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QUARTERBACKS TAKE CENTER STAGE AS NFL SEASON KICKS OFF

Sep 14, 2014

QUARTERBACKS TAKE CENTER STAGE AS NFL SEASON KICKS OFF

DisplayNFLSHIELDcl2Quarterbacks throughout the NFL find themselves in the spotlight, all hoping to lead their teams to a berth in Super Bowl XLIX on February 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

Last season, quarterbacks around the league posted impressive numbers. The league-wide passer rating (86.0) and touchdown pass totals (804) were both all-time highs. Games averaged 471.2 net passing yards per game, the highest in NFL history. There were 24 individual 400-yard passing games in 2013, the most in a season, and seven quarterbacks posted a 100+ passer rating, also the most ever. And 17 of the 32 NFL teams (53.1 percent) started the same quarterback in every game, the third-most of any season since at least 1970.

A team-by-team look at the NFC’s projected starting quarterbacks on Kickoff Weekend:

ARIZONA: CARSON PALMER enters his second season with the Cardinals after passing for 4,274 yards and 24 touchdowns last year. Palmer, the No. 1 overall selection by Cincinnati in 2003, is the only player in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards with three teams (Cincinnati, 2006-07; Oakland, 2012; Arizona, 2013). Entering his 12th season, Palmer has completed 2,930 of 4,682 attempts (62.6 percent) for 33,739 yards with 213 touchdowns and 152 interceptions for an 85.9 passer rating. Over the final nine games of the 2013 season, Palmer led Arizona to a 7-2 record and completed 201 of 306 passes (65.7 percent) for 2,533 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a 96.5 passer rating.

ATLANTA: Seventh-year quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 4,515 yards last season and aims for his fourth consecutive 4,000-yard season. Ryan holds single-season franchise records for attempts (651 in 2013), completions (439 in 2013), completion percentage (68.6 in 2012), yards (4,719 in 2012) and touchdowns (32 in 2012). A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Ryan has posted a 60-34 career record (.638) as the team’s starting quarterback, including a 36-10 mark (.783) at home. Ryan holds the franchise record for the highest career passer rating with a 90.6 mark and his 23,472 passing yards are the most in team history. His 153 career passing touchdowns are one shy of the club record.

CAROLINA: CAM NEWTON, the No. 1 overall selection in 2011, has passed for 11,299 yards and rushed for 2,032 yards in his first three seasons. He is the only player in NFL history to pass for at least 10,000 yards and rush for 2,000 yards in his first three years. Newton’s 13,331 combined passing and rushing yards are the most ever by a player in his first three seasons. Newton, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, is the only player in league history with at least 50 passing touchdowns (64) and 25 rushing touchdowns (28) in his first three seasons. His 92 combined touchdowns are the second-most all-time in a player’s first three seasons, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (100).

CHICAGO: Ninth-year veteran JAY CUTLER will make his sixth consecutive Kickoff Weekend start for the Bears. In five seasons with Chicago, Cutler ranks first in franchise history in career passer rating (83.1), completions (1,258), attempts (2,090), passing yards (14,913) and passing yards per game (222.6) and is second in passing touchdowns (101). He has five career 3,000-yard seasons, including three with the Bears. Cutler is the only player in franchise history with three 3,000-yard seasons (2009, 2010, 2012). In his career (including the playoffs), Cutler’s teams are 28-3 (.903) when he records a passer rating of at least 100.

DALLAS: TONY ROMO begins his 12th NFL season with a career 63-45 (.583) record as the team’s starter. Last year, Romo started 15 games and threw 31 touchdown passes, tied for the second-most in a single season in franchise history. Romo is the only Cowboys quarterback to throw at least 30 touchdown passes in a season and has accomplished the feat three times (2007, 2011, 2013). A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Romo owns the only four 4,000-yard passing seasons in team annals. He has a career 95.8 passer rating, the best in club history and the fifth-highest mark in NFL annals (minimum 1,500 attempts).

DETROIT: MATTHEW STAFFORD, the No.1 overall selection in 2009, will start on Kickoff Weekend for the sixth consecutive season. Last year, Stafford started all 16 games and passed for 4,650 yards. It marked his third consecutive 4,500-yard season and he is the only Lions quarterback to pass for at least 4,500 yards in a single season. Stafford is the only player in NFL history to record three 4,500-yard seasons in his first five years to begin a career. Since 2011, Stafford has passed for 14,655 yards, the second-most in the NFL during that span, trailing only Drew Brees. In just five seasons, Stafford is already the franchise leader in completions (1,485), attempts (2,497) and passing yards (17,457).

GREEN BAY: AARON RODGERS begins his seventh consecutive season as the Packers’ starting quarterback. Last year, he posted a 104.9 passer rating and Rodgers is the only player in NFL history to post a 100+ rating in five consecutive seasons (2009-13). His career 104.9 passer rating is the highest mark in NFL history (minimum 1,500 attempts) and Rodgers also ranks first all-time in career interception percentage (1.76) and TD/INT ratio (3.62). Rodgers, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl in three of the past five years, ranks third in NFL history in career completion percentage (65.8) and yards per attempt (8.19). In 87 career starts, he has posted a 58-29 record (.667).

MINNESOTA: Entering his 10th NFL season, MATT CASSEL will make his first Kickoff Weekend start for the Vikings. Last season, his first with Minnesota, Cassel appeared in nine games, including six starts. In Week 15, Cassel passed for 382 yards with a 116.6 passer rating in a 48-30 win against Philadelphia. In his career, Cassel has posted a passer rating of at least 100 in 20 games and his teams are 15-5 (.750). A seventh-round pick by New England in the 2005 NFL Draft, Cassel has played in 87 games – making 68 starts – with the Patriots (2005-2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2009-2012) and Vikings (2013).

NEW ORLEANS: DREW BREES passed for 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns last year as he earned his eighth career Pro Bowl selection. Entering his ninth year in New Orleans, he has passed for at least 4,000 yards in each of the past eight seasons – the top eight passing totals in club history – and is the only player in NFL history with multiple 5,000-yard seasons (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013) and consecutive such seasons (2011, 2012, 2013). There have been eight 5,000-yard passing performances all-time and Brees owns half of them (four). Over the past four seasons, Brees has passed for 20,435 yards and is the only player in league annals to pass for at least 20,000 yards in a four-year span.

NEW YORK GIANTS: ELI MANNING, the No. 1 overall selection in 2004, has led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories (XLII, XLVI) and is one of only five players in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowl MVP honors. He has started 151 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. Last year, Manning passed for 3,818 yards and he is the only player in team history to throw for at least 3,000 yards in nine consecutive seasons. Entering his 11th season, Manning is the franchise career leader in attempts (5,008), completions (2,929), yards (35,345) and touchdowns (229). He ranks second in team annals with 85 wins and has compiled an 85-66 career record (.563).

PHILADELPHIA: Entering his third season, NICK FOLES will start on Kickoff Weekend for the first time in his career. Last year, Foles completed 203 of 317 passes (64.0 percent) for 2,891 yards with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions for a league-best 119.2 passer rating, the third-best in a single season all time. His 13.5 TD/INT ratio is the highest in NFL history. In Week 9, Foles completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent) for 406 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark. Foles tied the single-game record with seven TD passes and is the only player in league annals to pass for seven touchdowns and post a 158.3 rating in the same game.

ST. LOUIS: Thirteen-year veteran SHAUN HILL will make his first start since the 2010 season with Detroit (January 2, 2011). In his career, he has appeared in 34 games with 26 starts. He has completed 591 of 954 passes (61.9 percent) for 6,381 yards with 41 touchdowns and 23 interceptions for an 85.9 passer rating. In 2010, Hill started a career-high 10 games and completed 257 of 416 passes (61.8 percent) for 2,686 yards with 16 touchdowns. Hill will be making his second career start on Kickoff Weekend. He started the 2009 season opener for San Francisco and led the 49ers to a 20-16 victory over Arizona.

SAN FRANCISCO: As the team’s starting quarterback over the past two years, COLIN KAEPERNICK has posted a 21-8 record (.724), including a 4-2 mark (.667) in the postseason. Last season, Kaepernick started all 16 games and passed for 3,197 yards with 21 touchdowns and rushed for 524 yards with four touchdowns. Kaepernick was one of three quarterbacks last year with at least 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards (Cam Newton, Russell Wilson). In his 29 career starts (including the postseason), Kaepernick has passed for 6,179 yards with 38 touchdowns and rushed for 1,269 yards with 10 touchdowns.

SEATTLE: RUSSELL WILSON led the Seahawks to the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship last year and became the fourth quarterback to win a Super Bowl in his first or second season in the league. Wilson guided Seattle to a 13-3 record in 2013 and his 24 victories are the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons during the Super Bowl era. Wilson, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons, posted a 101.2 passer rating last year and is the only player in NFL history to record a 100+ rating in both his rookie and second season. He threw 26 touchdown passes last year and his 52 career TD passes are tied for the second-most by a player in his first two seasons in NFL annals.

TAMPA BAY: Entering his 12th season, JOSH MC COWN will make his first start as a Buccaneer on Kickoff Weekend. Last year with Chicago, McCown appeared in eight games, including five starts, and completed 149 of 224 passes (66.5 percent) for 1,829 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception for a career-best 109.0 passer rating. McCown’s interception percentage (.045) is the second-best mark in NFL history. In his five starts last season, he completed 127 of 191 passes (66.5 percent) for 1,543 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception for a 108.2 passer rating. McCown had three 300-yard games in those five starts and posted a passer rating of at least 90 in all five games.

WASHINGTON: ROBERT GRIFFIN III, the 2012 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, has passed for at least 3,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. He will make his third consecutive Kickoff Weekend start for the Redskins. In his first two years, Griffin has completed 532 of 849 passes (62.7 percent) for 6,403 yards with 36 touchdowns and 17 interceptions for a 91.5 passer rating. He has also rushed for 1,304 yards with seven touchdowns. Griffin, who was selected to the Pro Bowl following his rookie season in 2012, is the only NFL player over the past two years with at least 6,000 passing yards, a 90.0 passer rating and 1,300 rushing yards.

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Cardenales de Arizona vencen a Gigantes de New York 25-14.

Sep 14, 2014

Los Cardenales forzaron cuatro pérdidas de balón y vencieron a los Gigantes.

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Septiembre 14, 2014. CCBUSA. A pesar de no contar con el mariscal de campo titular, Carson Palmer, pero con un regreso de patada de 71 yardas, Ted Ginn Jr. (N. 19 de Arizona), en el último cuarto, llevó a la victoria a los Cardenales de Arizona sobre unos Gigantes de Nueva York llenos de errores con un marcador de 25-14.

Jonathan Dewyer (No. 20 de Cardenales) por medio de una carrera de una yarda consiguió una anotación, a su vez, el pateador de Arizona Chandler Catanzaro, conectó cuatro goles de campo, incluyendo uno un minuto después del increíble retorno de balón de Ginn, quien por cierto rompió una tacleada y consiguió esta importante anotación para la victoria de Arizona.

Los Cardenales tuvieron el balón una vez más después de que Quintin Demps (No. 35 de los Gigantes) perdieran el balón durante el regreso de patada.

Por parte de los Gigantes, Eli Manning, lanzó el balón para dos anotaciones, quienes perdieron el balón cuatro veces.

Fuente e imágenes: http://www.nflmedia.com/

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El Linebacker John Abraham Contempla Su Retiro De La NFL

Sep 12, 2014

By Jahaziel Bernal | Bereavision.tv

 

TEMPE, Ariz. – Después de una carrera de 15 años, el linebacker John Abraham de los Cardinales de Arizona contempla su retiro de la NFL.

El lunes, los Cardenales celebraron su primera victoria de la temporada contra San Diego Chargers con un marcador de 18-17. Abraham, 36, sufrió una conmoción cerebral en los primeros minutos del tercer periodo la cual no permitió que regresara al campo.

 

Abraham fue puesto en la lista de reserva el 10 de septiembre y a partir de esa fecha, tiene 5 días para tomar la decisión de continuar o retirarse. Según reportes de ESPN, Abraham “sufre de pérdida de memoria y ha estado así desde hace más de un año”.

 

El entrenador del equipo Bruce Arians dijo que tuvo una larga plática con Abraham sobre su deseo de continuar en este deporte. Arians dijo, “Al llegar a esa edad, y por cualquier razón, si ese juego y esa atmósfera de ‘Monday Night Football’ no te tuvo volando alrededor o más, le falta algo”. “Eso es básicamente lo que el reflejó para mí. ‘Hubo momentos en el juego en que no estaba allí, y eso no es justo para mis compañeros de equipo. Tengo que decidir si esto es algo que realmente quiero hacer.'”

 

El equipo volvió a contratar a Marcus Benard para tomar el lugar de Abraham en la lista; pero en la alineación titular, Sam Acho tomará el lugar del linebacker. Abraham tuvo 11.5 capturas la temporada pasada y en su carrera tiene 133.5 capturas.

 

Los Cardenales han sufrido varias pérdidas de jugadores clave en su defensa este último año, incluyendo a Tyrann Mathieu (lesión), Karlos Dansby, Daryl Washington (suspensión), Darnell Dockett (lesión) y John Abraham (lesión).

 

Muchos se preguntaban si la defensa iba ser suficiente con la pérdida de estos jugadores pero quedó constatado el lunes por la noche, los Cardenales lograron la victoria.

 

Photo Courtesy of: USA Today Sports

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