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Seahawks' Defense Recaptures Swagger After Earl Thomas' Outburst

Earl Thomas helped the Seattle Seahawks regain their focus and swagger when he had an outburst at several defensive linemen in a walkthrough on Thursday.

Thomas noticed several of his teammates sharing sunflower seeds in a way that suggested a lack of concentration.

"It started with some remarks, and it turned into something beautiful, man," Thomas said in a private moment at his locker after Seattle (7-4) handed Arizona (9-2) its first defeat since Oct. 5. "I wasn't thinking clearly. I kinda challenged some guys. Maybe it was a little harsh, but I apologized, and it led to something great -- us understanding each other more, and love and togetherness and playing for our brothers.

"I've got to work on my delivery. Some of my leadership skills ... I think I keep it real sometimes too much. But that's how I grow. Whenever I make boneheaded decisions, I learn from it, man. And I think that's a big reason why we played the way we did today."

"Oh, (Earl) said some good stuff at the walkthrough, and he didn't apologize," said All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, Thomas' fellow Legion of Boom mainstay. "It was very specific, more than it's been in a long time."

Sherman wouldn't name the specific individuals to whom Thomas was directing his displeasure, but the cornerback did say, "The ones he was talking to ... they played a hell of a game today."

Via Michael Silver/NFL.com


Ryan Mallett Out For Season With Pectoral Injury

Ryan Mallett will miss the rest of the 2014 season for the Houston Texans with a torn pectoral muscle.

Mallett sustained the injury during the game, but was able to play through it. In two starts for the Texans, Mallett completed 41 of his 75 pass attempts for 400 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to become the Texans' starting quarterback again.

Via John McClain/Houston Chronicle


Heisman Trophy Race Down To Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon

The 2014 Heisman Trophy appears to be down to a two-player race between Marcus Mariota and Melvin Gordon.

Bovada has pulled other players such as J.T. Barrett, Trevone Boykin and Jameis Winston off the board.

Mariota is a 1/3 favorite, while Gordon sits at 2/1.

Via Chip Patterson/CBS Sports



NFL Evaluating Dominic Raiola's Cut Block On Moore

Jim Caldwell said the NFL is looking into Dominic Raiola's cut block on New England Patriots defensive lineman Zach Moore.

Caldwell said he spoke with Raiola, but he kept the nature of their conversation private. Caldwell said the Detroit Lions are not considering punishment for Raiola but would not answer whether Raiola could miss Detroit's game Thursday against Chicago.

Caldwell said he had not heard anything in regard to that type of discipline from the league.

"Game to game it's always different," Caldwell said. "There's always issues and things that you've got to manage and handle. If that does arise, we'll find a way to get around it."

Via Michael Rothstein/ESPN


Johnny Manziel's Entourage Involved In Fight

A Cleveland Browns fan sparked a massive fight at The 9 when he approached Johnny Manziel and his "entourage" late Friday night, according to a police report obtained today by Scene.

Cleveland police were called to the apartment's lobby at 2:36 a.m. for a report of a "riot" involving 20 men and two security guards.

The alleged victim, 33-year-old Chris Gonos, reported to police that he and his girlfriend spotted Manziel while waiting for an elevator at the high-end apartment complex, where many Cleveland professional athletes live, and professed his love to the rookie quarterback.

Gonos told police he pointed Manziel out to his girlfriend: "That's Johnny Manziel." Then he approached him.

According to the report, "at this time victim stated to the unidentified male, 'I'm the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug.'"

Gonos stepped towards Manziel and was promptly punched in the face, the alleged victim's account to police says, followed by a beat down by Manziel's crew, giving the man a "swollen lip, right eye swollen, red face." A security guard intervened and also was hurt.

Gonos reportedly pled guilty in 2013 in federal court to charges of "conspiracy to structure financial transactions to evade filing currency transaction reports."

Via Doug Brown/Clevescene.com


Rams' Fans In Los Angeles Show Support By Attending Game At San Diego

The St. Louis Rams could relocate back to Los Angeles this offseason and fans of that possibility drove down to San Diego for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

“If anyone understands what St. Louis fans are going through, it’s Los Angeles fans,” said Tom Bateman, director of the Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams booster club. “We loved our team and it broke our hearts when they moved. We want our team back. This is our father’s team and our grandfather’s team.”

Bateman’s club was among about a half dozen or so Rams booster clubs from Southern California that gathered in one section of the massive parking lot/tailgate area surrounding Qualcomm Stadium to root for their favorite NFL club.

Via Jim Thomas/St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Odell Beckham Jr. Could Only Make Catch With One Hand

Odell Beckham Jr. made one of the greatest one-handed touchdown catches in football history during the New York Giants' loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

“One hand was the only way to get to that ball,” said Bekcham.

“I saw a picture of it,” Beckham said about an hour after the game, “and it kind of felt like just my fingertips had it. I felt it on those three fingers. But I never felt like the ball wasn’t secure. I knew I had it.’’

Via Peter King/Sports Illustrated


Lynch Meets With Media Postgame, Gives 'Yeah' Answers

Marshawn Lynch met with the media following the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Arizona Cardinals to comply with the NFL's media policy, but he only gave one-word responses.

How did your back feel?  “Yeah.”

Thoughts on how the defense played?  “Yeah.”

Anything to add about today?  “Yeah.”

Talk about the Cardnals defense.  “Yeah.”

What did you think of Russell Wilson's day, overall?  “Yeah.”

Via Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk


Arian Foster Inactive For Week 12

Arian Foster is inactive for the Houston Texans' Week 12 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Foster is still recovering from an injured groin.

Foster ranks third in the NFL with 822 yards.

Alfred Blue will receive most of the carries at running back for the Texans.

Via Kevin Patra/NFL.com


Rose Bowl Can Support Just One Team On Interim Basis

The Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams are seriously exploring a move to Los Angeles for the 2015 season, but only one of them could play in the preferred location of the Rose Bowl.

While the Pasadena government has enacted changes in recent years that would allow the number of games played at the Rose Bowl to increase as well as secure the necessary infrastructure to house an NFL team on an interim basis, it could not do so for two teams seeking to play there for a few years under such circumstances.

 

The NFL prefers to have two teams move to Los Angeles at the same time to share the risk and rewards associated with stadium development.

Via Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports