Heading into Raiders Week off a dud

A late-game collapse by the Steelers on Sunday allowed the Raiders a fourth-quarter comeback capped by a game-winning field goal as time expired.

"They outplayed us defensively," Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark said. "Their defense made the stops when they needed to, and we didn't. It wasn't from a lack of trying. Maybe it was trying too hard."

Could Denver have been trying too hard on Sunday against the Texans? That’s hard to imagine. But there’s still a grain of truth there.

What happened against Houston was nothing more or less than a better team beating a lesser one. No one likes admitting when their team simply doesn’t have the players or the chops to overcome their opponent, but Denver fans are going to have to accept it this time. Ironically, the Texans have spent years building a team that could beat Peyton Manning.

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NFL bans Mays one game for Schaub hit

According to Adam Schefter, the hit by Broncos linebacker Joe Mays on Matt Schaub during Sunday's loss to the Texans has landed Mays a one-game suspension from the league.

Mays, who will appeal the ruling, has been effusively and repeatedly apologetic for the blow, which cost Schaub a significant chunk of his left earlobe.

The fifth-year player had earlier been penalized $7,875 for a Week 2 hit on Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

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NFL: Point of lockout is to improve officiating

Even after Monday debacle, NFL holding firm in referee negotiations
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

The league believes that the short-term pain of a football nation up in arms will be worth it two to four years down the road if they can improve the overall quality of officiating by adding what would be a taxi squad of three additional crews. In other words, it’s likely that Goodell understands that solving the lockout by abandoning the demand for the extra officials would be a popular move today, but the NFL would still have what it considers the problem of not being able to replace underperforming officials.

The owner$ can't po$$ibly believe what they're $aying, or expect u$ to believe it, can they?

What did you expect them to say?

NFL supports decision to not overturn Seahawks' touchdown
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While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.

Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.

The result of the game is final.

Surely, these fans will be mollified by the league's response.

Doug Farrar, Kevin SeifertMike Sando, Tom LeyLindsay Jones, and Alex Marvez analyze the league's statement.

Plus, reaction to the call from Bill Barnwell, Mike Lombardi, Mike SilverPeter King, Don Banks, Greg Bishop, Jason Whitlock, and Bill Simmons.

Even bookies are more humane than Roger Goodell

Some Bettors Get Relief on Game Decided by Botched Call
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The site, Sportsbook.com, sent e-mails to bettors who had put money on Green Bay, alerting them to the unusual decision that their bets would be refunded in the form of a free play on the site. At least one bettor, writing on a Twitter account said to be that of the Canadian journalist Glen McGregor, posted a picture of his computer screen showing the message and quoted the Web site’s head oddsmaker, Russ Candler, as saying, “I can’t stand winning unfairly.”

Darren Rovell hears the blown call may have resulted in a swing of as much as $250M, as bets favoring Green Bay apparently comprised around 70-85% of the action in Vegas and online.

Now that the scabs are affecting the gambling world, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe this thing really might get resolved--and soon.  Despite the fact that the NFL wants you to think they are as pure as Tim Tebow, the truth is much more sinister (see: Mara, Tim and Rooney, Art).

Don't mess with the bookies or you get the horns concrete boots, Roger.

Edit: Turns out Sportsbook.com is only offering refunds to gamblers outside the U.S.

Jerrah doe$n’t care

Jerry Jones thinks you're stupid
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Jones said he hadn’t received any phone calls about the controversy: “I just read a little note in the paper that the Seahawks pulled it out,” he said, quickly switching the subject to praise Seattle’s team.

Pressed further on the matter, Jones made his best sales pitch.

“We can have all kinds of what-ifs,” Jones said. “We’ve played three games and we’ve got 16 to play. It’s exciting. It gives us a lot to talk about on our shows that we have. But fundamentally, when I look at where the league is over the first three ballgames, it’s great. Lot of competition.”

That's pretty much all we need to know about the impact of last night. We'd love to hear where Pat Bowlen stands on this.

What we’ve all been dreading Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There are plenty of reasons to be a fan of the NFL over other sports.

It's an exciting game with supreme athleticism, choreographical beauty, and intellectual strategy. At turns, a football game can be won by the strongest men, while at others, its smartest can rule the day. It is played by nimble 330-pound men and brutally strong 230-pounders alike.

For the most part, it is a fair game.

Never before have I thought about why I love the NFL and considered officiating. But I have often viewed soccer matches and boxing bouts, noted the notoriously inconsistent officiating, and found myself grateful to not be a fan of either sport.

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It only took three weeks for the scab officials to decide a game

Reggie Bush just tweeted it best:

These refs gotta go I'm sorry

The Packers and Seahawks battled for several hours tonight only to watch the scab officials make two different calls on the last play of the game, which was a Hail Mary that was clearly intercepted by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings.  Unfortunately for the Packers, the scabs decided to give the reception (and the touchdown) to Golden Tate of the Seahawks.  Worse, the call stood after the review (which never should have been reviewed to begin with, we should note).  In short, the Packers got screwed.  

Hey, at least it wasn't the Broncos that got jobbed.

I'd wager that this sort of thing might bring Roger Goodell to the negotiating table, but that would require the lapdog to quickly place a call to his masters, Kraft and Jones.  Jones is too busy taking care of his gay cowboy situation.  

Theater of the absurd: Warren Sapp & Brandon Marshall

Ever wonder what would happen if Warren Sapp and Brandon Marshall were in each other's vicinity?

Well, wonder no longer.  Sapp decided to go first last Friday on the Dan Patrick Show, when he said:

Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe, who is he to talk? He’s the first 100-catch receiver, back-to-back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don’t know this? No, of course he doesn’t, because it’s not about Brandon Marshall...it ain't about the past, it’s about me. It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.

Retard?  Nice, Warren.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 3 - Packers @ Seahawks

Enjoy the game, everyone!

Andy Benoit, Khaled Elsayed, and Benjamin Hoffman preview the matchup.

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