Falcons-Broncos to play in 2019 Hall of Fame Game

The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos will kick off the National Football League’s 100th season in the city where the league was born. The Falcons and Broncos are scheduled to face each other in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. ET in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ​

The game marks the fourth appearance by each club in the annual preseason classic. Both teams own 1-2 records in the Hall of Fame Game series.

Broncos owner PAT BOWLEN and cornerback CHAMP BAILEY, and former Falcons tight end TONY GONZALEZ will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame two days later. The other members of the Class of 2019 include GIL BRANDT, TY LAW, KEVIN MAWAE, ED REED and JOHNNY ROBINSON. The Class of 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Tickets for the 2019 Hall of Fame Game and the Enshrinement Ceremony go on sale Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. ET at: www.profootballhof.com/tickets

“We are fired up to kick off the NFL’s 100th season in the Hall of Fame Game,” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said. “We are honored to play in Canton and be a part of the celebration for all of the inductees. This is also an opportunity for us to strengthen our connection and our brotherhood with additional time on the field.”

Broncos coach Vic Fangio commented, “With Mr. Bowlen and Champ Bailey part of this year’s induction class, it’s an honor for the Broncos to play in the Hall of Fame Game. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of Broncos fans in Canton, and it’s also special for us to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we’ll use to our advantage.”

The 2019 Hall of Fame Game will be televised nationally by NBC and called by the Sunday Night Football team, and broadcast nationally on radio by Westwood One.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a key component of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village that is underway around the Hall’s campus, was labeled as among “13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums” by Forbes.

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NFL announces schedule changes

​The NFL announced today a scheduling change for Week 10, as well as the teams and times for the Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16.

In Week 10 (November 11), the Miami Dolphins at Green Bay Packers game will move from 1 PM ET on CBS to 4:25 PM ET on CBS. Additionally, the Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs game originally scheduled at 1 PM ET on FOX will be cross-flexed to CBS.

In Week 15, the two games played on Saturday, December 15, both televised by NFL Network, will feature the Houston Texans at the New York Jets at 4:30 PM ET followed by the Cleveland Browns at the Denver Broncos at 8:20 PM ET.

In Week 16, the two of four possible matchups on Saturday, December 22 on NFL Network have been determined with the Washington Redskins visiting the Tennessee Titans at 4:30 PM ET followed by the Baltimore Ravens at the Los Angeles Chargers at 8:20 PM ET. The Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants at the Indianapolis Colts games will both be played at 1 PM ET on Sunday, December 23.

The following is the final Week 10 NFL schedule (all times ET):

Thursday, November 8

Carolina at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon

​Sunday, November 11

Detroit at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX
New Orleans at Cincinnati 1:00 PM FOX
Atlanta at Cleveland 1:00 PM FOX
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS
Arizona at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS
Buffalo at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
Washington at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
New England at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland 4:05 PM FOX
Miami at Green Bay 4:25 PM CBS
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM CBS
Dallas at Philadelphia 8:20 PM NBC
 

Monday, November 12

New York Giants at San Francisco 8:15 PM ESPN

The following is the Week 15 NFL schedule (all times ET):

Thursday, December 13
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon  
Saturday, December 15
Houston at New York Jets 4:30 PM NFLN  
Cleveland at Denver 8:20 PM NFLN  
Sunday, December 16
Arizona at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX  
Tampa Bay at Baltimore 1:00 PM FOX  
Detroit at Buffalo 1:00 PM FOX  
Green Bay at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX  
Oakland at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS  
Dallas at Indianapolis 1:00 PM FOX  
Washington at Jacksonville 1:00 PM FOX  
Miami at Minnesota 1:00 PM CBS  
Tennessee at New York Giants 1:00 PM CBS  
Seattle at San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX  
New England at Pittsburgh 4:25 PM CBS  
Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams* 8:20 PM NBC  
Monday, December 17
New Orleans at Carolina 8:15 PM ESPN  

The following is the Week 16 NFL schedule (all times ET):

Saturday, December 22
Washington at Tennessee 4:30 PM NFLN  
Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers 8:20 PM NFLN  
Sunday, December 23
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX  
Cincinnati at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS  
Tampa Bay at Dallas 1:00 PM FOX  
Minnesota at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX  
New York Giants at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS or FOX  
Jacksonville at Miami 1:00 PM CBS  
Buffalo at New England 1:00 PM CBS  
Green Bay at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS or FOX  
Houston at Philadelphia 1:00 PM CBS  
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona 4:05 PM FOX  
Chicago at San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX  
Pittsburgh at New Orleans 4:25 PM CBS  
Kansas City at Seattle* 8:20 PM NBC  
Monday, December 24
Denver at Oakland 8:15 PM ESPN  

 * – Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change

Gonzalez thinks Mahomes can break Manning’s single-season record for TD passes

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is off to a fantastic start. After three games, Mahomes has thrown for 13 touchdowns and no interceptions, which breaks Peyton Manning’s record of 12 touchdowns after the first three games.  A record Manning set back in 2013. The two-time Super Bowl champion would finish 2013 with 55 touchdown passes, which is the record most TD passes in a single-season.

According to Hall of Famer and former Chiefs great Tony Gonzalez, Mahomes has a chance to break Manning’s record for touchdown passes in a season.

“You know what, if you would have asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have been like, ‘Hell no, not even close.’ Right now looking at it, yeah; He’s on his way,” Gonzalez told TMZ Sports.

“He’s never had a bad game yet dating back to last year. A true hallmark of a champion is consistency, and how you bounce back when you get your a** kicked. It’s coming; he’s going to get his butt kicked eventually. I like to see how he responds, but right now, I have no reason to doubt him.”

The 2nd-year player needs to average around three-plus touchdowns a game to break Manning’s record. Impossible? No. However, at some point, Mahomes may have moments when he looks like a first-year starter, but based on what we have seen to this point, I don’t know when that is going to happen.

I don’t think Mahomes breaks the record. He’ll have a great season, and maybe he gets in the 40s, but 55 touchdown passes won’t happen this season for Mahomes.

Talib and Crabtree suspended two games by NFL for fight

MICHAEL CRABTREE of the Oakland Raiders and AQIB TALIB of the Denver Broncos have been suspended without pay for two games each for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game between the Raiders and Broncos.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspensions.

In his letter to Crabtree notifying him of the suspension, Runyan wrote:

“The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began with 12:31 remaining in the first quarter – less than three minutes into the game.  First, you punched a Broncos opponent Chris Harris in the midsection, resulting in him being removed from the game.  Then, on the subsequent play, you blocked a different Broncos opponent (Aqib Talib) into the sidelines beyond the yellow media border, well after the play was over.  Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and League personnel, including one of our Game Officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation.  Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent’s facemask and threw a punch at him…Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations.”

In his letter to Talib notifying him of the suspension, Runyan wrote:

“The series of flagrant violations for which you are being disciplined began less than three minutes into the game.  First, while competing on the field of play, you deliberately ripped your opponent’s chain from his neck just as you did last year when you played against him.  Then, when the two of you went to the ground after a subsequent play, you aggressively removed his helmet and threw it in his direction, endangering him and various sideline personnel in the near vicinity.  Finally, once you were momentarily separated from your opponent, you again engaged him and threw a punch…Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations.”

Crabtree is suspended for games against the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs and will be eligible to return to the Raiders’ active roster on Monday, December 11 following the team’s December 10 game against Kansas City.

Talib is suspended for games against the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets and will be eligible to return to the Broncos’ active roster on Monday, December 11 following the team’s December 10 game against the Jets.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspensions may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

Broncos’ Brandon Marshall on Vick’s comments about Kap: ‘Those words should never have come out of his mouth from a black man to another black man’

Broncos LB Brandon Marshall has been a huge supporter of Colin Kaepernick.

Marshall and Kaepernick  have known each other for years. They were college teammates at Nevada, and they are fraternity brothers as well.

Marshall, who took a knee during the national anthem last season, was disappointed in Michael Vick’s comments about Kaepernick’s hair.

Marshall told TMZ Sports his reaction to VIck’s comments:

“The black community, we grew up loving Michael Vick. He was transcendent to the quarterback position. How he ran with the ball. He was just this hot, dynamic player. And off the field, he was this hip-hop guy as well. If you didn’t like sports, you would see Mike Vick. If you did like sports, and if you did like hip-hop, you would see how he kind of crossed over. And it was amazing. I’m like ‘yo this dude is it.’ For him to say all that, and I understand he went through what he went through, but he should never have thought that way. Those words should have never came out of his mouth from a black man to another black man, it was just crazy,” said Marshall.

I believe Vick was coming from a good place. All Vick was trying to do was help Kaepernick. Unfortunately, Kap’s hair has nothing to do with him securing a spot on a NFL roster.

Do you agree with Marshall? Comment below!

 

 

Terrance Knighton retires

Terrance Knighton has decided to retire, and go into coaching according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 30-year old Knighton played 8 season in the NFL. “Pot Roast,” was signed by the Patriots last off-season; Knighton was ultimately released in August.

Knighton played for Jaguars, Broncos,  and Redskins.

Enjoy retirement!

Broncos not interested in Romo?

We might be able to take a team off the list in the Tony Romo sweepstakes. Broncos’ GM John Elway said today that the plan is for the Broncos to “stay the course” and go with Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian at the quarterback position next season.

Also, according to Elway, there has not been any talk about between him and the Cowboys about Romo.

Elway is at the league meetings in Phoenix, AZ.

Here is the quote via Denver Post writer Nicki Jhabvala’s Twitter feed:

Ware calls it quits!

Citing long-term health and quality of life, former Cowboy and Bronco LB Demarcus Ware calls it quits after 12 seasons.  Ware, who is eighth on the all-time sacks list (138.5), seemed like he had some football left in his 34 year-old body. I guess health is more important at this time. The next question is about Ware and the Hall of Fame. Ware has more sacks than two recent Hall of Famers (John Randle and Richard Dent); he is one sack behind 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Jason Taylor.  Based on the numbers, and winning a Super Bowl in 2015, it is safe to say he is a Hall of Famer!