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Why Defensive Injuries will keep Chargers out of Playoffs. posted by Chargers Fan

The chargers have the highest percentage of touchdowns allowed in the Red Zone in the NFL. That is not a playoff caliber team. That means not only are the Chargers giving up points, they are letting offenses sustain drives, which eats up clock, energy, and manpower. The Chargers can make the playoffs, but that means they have to be good again on defense, and that starts with getting healthy.

But the Chargers have the bye week to regroup and assess it’s gaping holes on defense. It shouldn’t be too hard as the Chargers, as late as five games into the season, where dominating on the defensive side of the ball. The rushed the passer, stuffed the run, had take-aways, and shut receivers down.

In fact, they led the NFL is scoring defense. They man handled Arizona, left the defending Super Bowl champs in the dust, and had their way with the Buffalo Bills as they notched a shut-out, the definition of a complete defensive performance.

But that only worked because the Chargers had youthful speed and depth to constantly rotate in and keep offenses on their heels. Rookie Jerry Attaochu is able to speed around tackles and get to the quarterback in no time. Rookie Jason Verrett with a sub 4.4 40 speed can keep up with any receiver in the league but also has the bulk to come up and stuff the run from the outside. Manti Te’o’s ability to read the line allows him to fill running gaps better than anyone in the league.

But all of that talent is of no use when all of the players sit watching the games from the sidelines for long periods of time.

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What Lamar Miller’s Injury means for the Dolphin run game posted by Dolphins Fan

If you thought the Miami Dolphins were in dire straits at the running back position when they lost Knowshon Moreno with a season ending injury, things got even worse when Lamar Miller left the San Diego game with an injury.

This is a make or break moment for the Dolphins as they will have to dig deep into their roster for production on the ground.

Miami has struggled this year but the one lone bright spot has been their run game, averaging almost 130 yards a game. It was a constant, and a point of stability for an otherwise struggling offense. Moreno and Miller work a great one, two duo.

Miller was having a breakout season, setting a career high in rushing touchdowns when he got his third in Week 6 against the Packers. He averaged more than five yards per carry in three of the first four games and ran for a career-best 108 yards on 15 carries in Week 3 against the Chiefs. 

The fourth round pick was on pace for 200 carries and more than 1,000 yards, both of which would be career highs. But now with both of these work horses out, the odds of maintaining that level of production is quite unlikely.

 So now the offense falls on the arm of quarterback, Ryan Tannehill. He hasn’t been electric but now he will to step up. If there was ever a moment to solidify oneself as the framchise quarterback for this team, the quarterback to build a team around for years and years to come, this is that moment.

If Tannehill can navigate the rest of this season relatively unscathed, he will get amazing on the job training in shouldering an entire offense. He will build the confidence of his teammates that

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Why the Lions cannot overlook the Dolphins. posted by Lions Fan

With a restful bye-week, the Lions square off against the Miami. The Dolphins, many people may not think so, but are a very dangerous team, most recently showcased by their 37-0 route of the San Diego Chargers last week.

Ryan Tannehill is a highly accurate quarterback who can shred defenses with a barrage of crossing routes or beat you with his legs. Something the Lions need to game plan for.

Now the Lions have an excellent run defense and they will needto be more eye disciplined than ever as Tannehill runs read-options. They must stay on their assignments, linebackers and defensive ends must be disciplined and not overrun their assignments as they follow the ball through the mesh point so that Tannehill doesn’t slip out of the pocket and gash them with chunk yardage on the ground, which while is devastating from a yardage stabd point, is also demoralizing when a quarterback is eating up yardage on the ground.

On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins have a great pash rush and Lions’ right tackle Waddle will need to play his very best in order to give Stafford time to get the ball out to their playmakers.

One way to combat an effective pass rush are quick screens and short hot routes. Something the Lions naturally do well, so look to them to start their tempo with high percentage, quick release passes.

This is in no way a ‘gimme’ win for Detriot and they will need to play their very best if they stand a chance to win. Odds makers only have them favored by a few points so it’s going to be a dog fight. Hopefully with the returning healthy starters back in the line up, it will give the Lions offense a much needed boost.

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The 2014 San Diego Chargers posted by Chargers Fan

The San Diego Chargers were able to sneak in the postseason with a 9-7 record last year. Quarterback Philip Rivers looked like a goner before the start of the 2013 season as he had a career-low 6.8 YPA while surrendering 16 interceptions. But he was able to turn things around with the improved offensive line of the Chargers.

The Chargers have baffled many by their poor blocking in years. With the signing of King Dunlap last year as well as the drafting of D.J. Fluker, the Chargers were able to improve their offensive line. Fluker played well in his rookie year while Dunlap was a key acquisition surrendering only three sacks the past year.

The Chargers also boast of two solid interior linemen in Chad Rinehart and Nick Hardwick. Pedestrian Jeromey Clary will be challenged by rookie Chris Watt at right guard, and this would only improve the offense of the Chargers.

Rivers will also be looking to throw to sophomore Keenan Allen who compiled 71 receptions, eight touchdowns and 1,046 yards in his rookie season.  But Allen is pretty much what the Chargers have at receiver as Malcom Floyd is coming off an injury and Vincent Brown remains a project.

The Chargers defense has a lot of holes to be filled. The team was 23rd in the league in yards allowed, 29th in pass defense, and 27th in rush defense. But the defense should improve this year with the return of Melvin Ingram. The best pass-rusher in the team, Ingram was out for the first part of the season with a torn ACL.

But the Chargers’ defensive front and linebackers will also need to perform well if the team hopes to book a second straight playoff appearance.

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Joe Anello

Black Monday 2012: The Aftermath posted by Joe Anello

Black Monday was billed to be one of the worst/busiest in the NFL’s history, and it certainly lived up to that hype on the eve of the New Year. A whopping seven head coaches were fired on Monday, with a few fates to be possibly determined at a later date. Included in the dismissals were a number of general managers. Let’s wrap around the league!

Philadelphia Eagles fire HC Andy Reid

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made a difficult decision in letting go his franchise’s winningest head coach, but it was the right one. Reid’s message had been lost in the later of his 14 years on the job. He’s still a fantastic head coach, but it was time for everyone to move. Reid could land somewhere like Arizona, but we’ve already heard that San Diego won’t be interested. Philly sounds like its leaning towards a coach with legitimate experience that can come in and quickly turn things around. This firing was probably a year too late, to be fair.

Chicago Bears fire HC Lovie Smith

Check back for an in-depth analysis of this coaching move. 

San Diego Chargers fire GM A.J. Smith and HC Norv Turner

Speaking of firings a year too late, this pair of “winners” shouldn’t have been allowed to be on the San Diego staff for 2012. Turner’s already being mentioned as a possible OC for a number of openings, the most notable of which is in NY for the Jets. But he’s likely rebuffed them already, per the Jets’ usual. Smith was a volatile front office guy, something that should have gotten him canned years ago. He let most of this team’s “immense talent” fall by the wayside or leave via free agency.

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The Opening Drive: Week 16, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

Week 16 in the NFL season has arrived! With two weeks left in the season, I don’t need to tell you how important these games are for those teams still in the hunt. It’s time to get into all the storylines in The Opening Drive!

(12-2) Atlanta Falcons at

(4-10) Detroit Lions

Saturday night football has arrived! And it’s… relatively meaningless. The Falcons are very close to locking down their one seed (only need one win) and the Lions could be another embarrassing loss away from blowing things up. This could be an entertaining (but non-competitive) contest to open the week.

(6-8) New Orleans Saints at

(8-6) Dallas Cowboys

I’ve already seen a LOT of coverage for this game, which only features one possible playoff participant. The Cowboys can win the division if they win their final two games, and that starts with an interesting match-up against the Saints. Drew Brees won’t take it light on a Dallas secondary that has been hit-or-miss this year. But I think the Saint defense won’t play as well as it appeared to last week versus the Bucs.

(5-9) San Diego Chargers at

(6-8) New York Jets

Wait. There has to be a reason I put this game on the list. THE GREG MCELROY ERA HAS BEGUN! But honestly, I don’t know if any of the Jets’ quarterbacks will be on the roster next season. And the Chargers? They’re a train wreck. AND I LOVE IT.

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The Opening Drive: Week 12, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

With Thanksgiving taking up time with travel, family, and friends, I decided to forgo the now-typical Thursday posting of The Opening Drive. But don’t worry, week 12 in the NFL still has a few games worth checking out this weekend!

(6-4) Seattle Seahawks at

(4-6) Miami Dolphins

Wait, am I liking Seattle on the road? That’s a switch. Miami’s been disappointing in its last few outings, so another loss essentially eliminates them from the postseason picture. If Seattle can pound on Miami’s front seven with Marshawn Lynch, Russell will likely see his receivers in single coverage on the outside against lesser corners. That’s a recipe for success.

(9-1) Atlanta Falcons at

(6-4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game of the day. Tampa Bay’s offense has been nearly dominant as of late, and they’re matching up against an Atlanta defense that can’t halt the run with any regularity. Doug Martin could be in line for a ridiculously awesome fantasy stat line today. Get him in your starting line-up. I really like the Bucs are home here.

(8-2) Baltimore Ravens at

(4-6) San Diego Chargers

I appreciate everyone thinking the Ravens are weak enough that they could travel across the country to San Diego... after a Sunday night game… against the always physical Steelers… and lose. Wait, I may have just talked myself into taking the Chargers. Wait, I’m taking the Chargers? Screw that noise. They’re terrible.

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The Final Drive: Week 8, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

Week eight in the NFL brought disaster upon several supposed contenders and cleared up the divisional pictures.  A few days late or not, we can’t have a week go by without an edition of The Final Drive!

(3-4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36

(5-3) Minnesota Vikings 17

I guess the Vikings aren’t ready to be contenders just yet. Falling at home against a team on short rest and traveling for a Thursday night game? Thursday nights are built for the home team to get a win, but the Vikings failed to produce points. I put most of that on Christian Ponder, who honestly just looked terrible. Credit the Buccaneers for never taking their foot off the gas in this one, especially when there were several opportunities to lose the momentum.

(2-6) Cleveland Browns 7

(3-4) San Diego Chargers 6

Wow. San Diego only managed to put up two field goals against a team that has severe scoring issues. So yeah, I’d say Norv Turner’s job is in trouble. But where have I heard that before? Anyways, Cleveland really looks like a team that could be a legitimate contender in a few years if they stay on this track. Good for them.

(3-4) Detroit Lions 28

(4-4) Seattle Seahawks 24

Somehow Seattle’s defense took Calvin Johnson completely out of the game but let Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew wreck them. The fact that those two pass-catchers stepped-up like they did gives more weight toward their possible development. Matthew Stafford had an outstanding game through the air, even managing to outshine Russell Wilson’s best game of the year. While the offensive signs should be encouraging for Seattle fans, the loss is still painful.

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Reid and Turner back for 2012: Really? posted by Joe Anello

Black Monday came and went, but the coaching news continued on Tuesday with releases in Chicago and major retentions in San Diego and Philly. Were they the right moves? Let’s break ‘em down!


San Diego Chargers retain General Manager A.J. Smith and Head Coach Norv Turner

OH COME ON!!! I was finally ready to break-up the Turner/Philips romance. However, you can chalk up this stay of execution to a few select reasons. First, key players (i.e. Rivers) probably bitched enough to convince management that it would cause chemistry issues to change coaches. Second, who were they going to get that was even marginally better? Turner’s still got swagger when it comes to his offense, so I’m not sure who was out there (that would come to San Diego) that would be a marked improvement. Maybe Cowher or Gruden if they got extraordinarily lucky, but I’m sure they were rejected outright on those fronts. Finally, it’s the AFC West. A couple plays would have made the difference in getting the Chargers to the playoffs, so they don’t need to improve much to get there next year.

Right Call?

Fudge no. I’m sure team President Dean Spanos thought it’d easier to improve with continuity than an overhaul. I don’t care. I still think both of these guys needed to be put down. I’m still shocked they have their jobs. You let me down Dean.


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Joe Anello

The Final Drive: Week 17, 2011-12 posted by Joe Anello

The 2011 NFL regular season ended with a bang with some great finishes and superb drama on Sunday. Records were set by a back-up QB, a team captain was benched for “quitting” and a fat-handed QB lost missed out on the post-season. The Final Drive must begin!

(15-1) Green Bay Packers 45
(10-6) Detroit Lions 41

This makes me beyond furious. Mike McCarthy takes out his MVP quarterback and starts a fourth year back-up with one career start in Matt Flynn, and f*cking records are broken. Six touchdowns? 480 yards? Who wouldn’t want to be Matt Flynn right now? That guy is about to make BANK as a free agent. Blow me Green Bay. Take your awesome quarterback development and blow me.


(6-10) Miami Dolphins 19
(8-8) New York Jets 17
Mark Sanchez: 3 interceptions. Santonio Holmes: benched and called out as a whiny quitter by his teammates.  (Seriously. Worst team captain ever.) Bart Scott: flips off a photographer and refuses to talk to the media (For once). Finally seeing theses loathsome Jets miss the playoffs is SO satisfying to me. Take it Rex Ryan. Take it hard.

(8-8) Philadelphia Eagles 34
(5-11) Washington Redskins 10

I don’t give a crap about the result of this game. What I do care about is DeSean Jackson deciding to actually play like he means it and be remorseful for his completely idiotic actions this season in the last game of the year. I’d be surprised (not stunned though) if the Eagles kept Jackson around. Maybe franchise him and get him on a one-year deal, but you would have thought he’d have been on better behavior once he showed up to 2011.

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Redskins hire Joe Barry as defensive coordinator (Yahoo Sports)

Joe Barry is the new defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. The San Diego Chargers' linebackers coach was hired Tuesday by Redskins coach Jay Gruden after a nearly three-week search for a replacement for Jim Haslett. Barry has been a defensive coordinator once before. He was on the staff of the 2008 Detroit Lions, the only 0-16 team in NFL history. [read full article]

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QB Stephen Rivers transferring after released by Vanderbilt (Yahoo Sports)

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Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: The disappointment scale, and Peyton (Shutdown Corner)

Peyton Manning summed up the disappointment and finality of losing in the playoffs pretty well after his Denver Broncos were eliminated. "If you get into playoffs and you get into the competition, there is only one team that is going to leave happy," Manning said. "I don’t think Pittsburgh is any less disappointed than we are and whoever loses next week between New England and Indy is not going to be any happier than we are. That is football. That is what you sign up for and I guess if you don’t want to potentially deal with the disappointment then you shouldn’t play." There are some good points in there. Realistically, however, it's far more complicated. Each team's disappointment level is different when it is eliminated from the playoffs. Manning should know. We rank his top five playoff disappointments in the video at the top. He has had a few. Sunday was a really rough one for Manning and Denver, but was the Broncos' disappointment level the highest of the four eliminated teams? Let's look, in order of disappointment from least to most: Carolina Panthers: Let's be real. They had arguably the luckiest ride to the divisional round in NFL history, winning a terrible division with a winning streak against four losing teams and then drawing the Ryan Lindley-led Arizona Cardinals in the wild-card round. They had so much house money it was pouring out of their pockets. They had no real shot of beating Seattle and at least they didn't embarrass themselves. DISAPPOINTMENT LEVEL: Bummer, dude. Baltimore Ravens: A few ways to look at it. They were a No. 6 seed, and would have been sitting at home had the San Diego Chargers handled business in Week 17. So a playoff spot and a win over the Steelers before losing at the top seed isn't the worst thing. But blowing two 14-point leads, then seeing the No. 2 seed lose the next day? That stings. DISAPPOINTMENT LEVEL: Can't bear to watch the game film, ever. Dallas Cowboys: This lingers a while. They had a really good team (probably the No. 1 seed in the NFC if Tony Romo doesn't get hurt against Washington) and many chances to win on Sunday. And yes, that Dez Bryant non-catch is what they can replay over and over and over all offseason. It's not a total disaster because overall the season has to be considered a success for a franchise that wasn't expected to go 12-4 or win a division title. Still, they'll look away anytime the Bryant highlight comes on. DISAPPOINTMENT LEVEL: Wake up in a cold sweat a few times each month this offseason. Denver Broncos: In hindsight, you could see it coming. Manning struggled physically late in the season, and that just continued against the Colts. Still, for THE Super Bowl or bust team in the NFL this season, a one-and-done was a brutal blow. It was a franchise changer. General manager John Elway fired coach John Fox, who had a 46-18 regular-season record in four years, and told the rest of the staff they were free to look elsewhere. So, yeah. This is the team with the most disappointment over its playoff exit. DISAPPOINTMENT LEVEL: The franchise might not be the same, literally. Anything more to say? Now, ranking the remaining four teams: 4. Indianapolis Colts I like the Colts' story, mostly because Andrew Luck is clearly the future of the league and it's great to see him making strides when so many other young quarterbacks aren't. Maybe this is just this year's playoff team that forgets all its regular-season flaws and rolls into the Super Bowl. I can't buy in that much yet. 3. Green Bay Packers I wish Aaron Rodgers was healthy. That would make for a really fun NFC championship game. But Rodgers is not healthy and I'm not sure he can beat Seattle on one leg. Not in Seattle, anyway. 2. New England Patriots A small change in the top two. Not really because of the Patriots. I love the job the coaches did against Baltimore. Not just the trick plays, but deciding in the second half that the best chance to win is to put the ball in Tom Brady's hands ever play. I love it even more because when people stuck in 30 years ago try to say "You have to run the ball to win in the playoffs!" I have a box score to send them as proof that's not true. 1. Seattle Seahawks It's time to move them into the top spot, a spot the Patriots have held for a long time. Their defense is absolutely stifling right now, playing at least as well as at this time last year. And the offense is impressive too. If Russell Wilson is going to be as surgical from the pocket as he was against Carolina, how do you slow down the Seahawks? I don't know either. They're the best team at this moment. They have a great shot at a repeat. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab [read full article]

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NFL Playoffs Winners and Losers: Not again, Bengals (Shutdown Corner)

One play summed up yet another miserable Cincinnati Bengals playoff performance. With his team trailing by 16 points in the fourth quarter, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton sacked himself. Under some pressure, Dalton stepped up, saw nothing and slid for a 3-yard loss. It was a pitiful play in a terrible 26-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Bengals somehow went one-and-done in the playoffs again. That’s four years in a row. A lot will be said, again, about Dalton. Although the Arizona Cardinals might disagree, a quarterback never wins or loses a game by himself. And CBS' analysts spent a long time near the end of the game and in the postgame show making sure everyone knew it wasn’t Dalton’s fault. But Dalton was not good. He was 18 of 35 for 155 yards. He had reasons. Receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham were out with injuries. They joined receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert, who long ago suffered season-ending injuries. And the Bengals’ replacements weren’t good. But, still, Dalton didn’t make many plays on his own. The Bengals gave him $17 million guaranteed in 2014 as part of a new contract, and they probably expect him to make some plays once in a while. They definitely don’t need him sacking himself in the fourth quarter of a playoff game. Dalton’s contract is basically year-to-year, and one has to wonder how many years the Bengals will ride with him. Especially once his salary increases to $10.5 million in 2016. Coach Marvin Lewis heads into another long offseason, too. He’s 0-6 in the playoffs, tying Jim Mora for the worst record without a win in NFL playoff history. He has gone 11 seasons as head coach without a playoff win. Like Dalton, that’s not all his fault. But the Bengals didn’t do much to get creative on Sunday. When the Bengals punted on fourth-and-3 from the Colts’ 39-yard line on their first drive, that set the tone. "It's disappointing, but I don't know any other way,” Lewis said after the game, via Joe Reedy of Fox Sports Ohio. Part of that makes sense. Making the playoffs four straight seasons is very tough, and Lewis isn’t going to revamp everything he does based on some failures in a one-and-done postseason. But something has to change. What the Bengals are doing is just good enough to result in the same sad ending year after year. Here are the rest of the winners and losers from the NFL's wild-card weekend: WINNERS Demarcus Lawrence: Lawrence, the Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end, is not a household name. He almost was. With a little more than two minutes remaining in the Cowboys’ playoff game against the Detroit Lions, and Dallas leading 24-20, Lawrence recovered a fumble. Just falling down would have practically assured Dallas of a win, just its second in the playoffs since the end of the 1996 season. But he decided to run. And he was stripped of the ball and the Lions recovered, keeping their hopes alive.  Have you heard of Marlon McCree? The San Diego Chargers safety picked off a pass that should have wrapped up a win over the New England Patriots in a 2006 AFC divisional playoff game, but he ran with the ball and Patriots receiver Troy Brown stripped him. New England recovered and went on to win, eliminating the 14-2 Chargers from the playoffs. Lawrence was on his way to being lumped in with McCree, but the Cowboys bailed him out. He recovered the game-sealing fumble in the final seconds on a fourth-down sack, and he stayed down. And, thankfully for him, he didn’t go down in NFL history for the wrong reason. Denver Broncos: A matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, assuming running back Le’Veon Bell could play next week, would not have been easy for the Broncos. Not that the Indianapolis Colts will be easy, but it’s probably a little more agreeable to the Broncos. Also for the Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens might give the top-seeded New England Patriots a better game than the winner of the Bengals-Colts game would have. The Patriots have blown out both of those teams already this season. The Ravens have been a tough opponent for the Patriots through the years. And the Broncos would be pretty big underdogs if they have to go to New England for an AFC championship game. All in all, the Broncos had to be pretty pleased with that Ravens upset. Joe Flacco: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh called Flacco the best quarterback in football after Saturday's win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is ridiculous and what Harbaugh has to say, but Harbaugh couldn’t say it with a straight face if Flacco didn’t keep giving him a reason. Whether it’s because he’s tremendously clutch or fortunate to repeatedly get hot at the right time that everyone will remember, Flacco has been a much better quarterback in the postseason. Against the Steelers, Flacco had his seventh straight game with at least a 95 quarterback rating. He had a 114 rating in the Ravens’ win. Flacco has never put up a rating of better than 93.6 in any regular season and his career rating is 84.8. Whatever postseason magic Flacco has, he’ll bring it to New England. The Ravens weren’t a particularly great team this season, with a 1-6 record against winning teams in the regular season, and the win coming back in Week 2. But, like their quarterback, they seem to be able to turn it on in January. Odds are Flacco can’t keep playing at the same level as the game’s best quarterbacks forever in the playoffs, but are you willing to bet against it? LOSERS Bruce Arians: Of all the coaches who lost their playoff debuts, Arians might shoulder the least blame of them all. No plays on his sheet were going to help. Quarterback Ryan Lindley was just helpless. The whole time you had to wonder how bad rookie Logan Thomas is, because he never got a chance as Lindley was flailing away. The Cardinals just had no chance. That doesn’t mean it should be any easier for Arians. He waited a long time to get a chance to lead his own team into the playoffs. And to have it end in such ignominy, with his team setting an NFL playoff record with just 78 yards, will make for a long offseason. Especially since, had quarterback Carson Palmer stayed healthy, it's probable the Cardinals would have been resting at home this week as the NFC's No. 1 seed. Referee Pete Morelli and crew: Whether or not you’re in the vast majority that thinks the Detroit Lions were absolutely robbed when the officials picked up a pass interference penalty flag on the Dallas Cowboys after calling it , the fact that 95 percent of the talk surrounding the NFL’s wild-card weekend centers around the officials is pretty bad for the league. Morelli’s explanation didn’t help much. He admitted the officials should have gotten together before he called the pass interference and then reversed it, which is obvious. That fueled a lot of the outrage. Handling it the way they did led to an army of people on social media finding every still shot available that proved the fix was in, and complaining about every other call against the Lions and non-call against the Cowboys. Yes, everyone saw Dez Bryant come on the field to argue right after the call, and, yes, we’re aware he didn’t draw a penalty. The NFL probably has a lot more explaining to do on the controversial call. Especially since it wants to be transparent and all.   - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab [read full article]

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