Week 7 of the 2012 NFL season will feature several marquee matchups. Some of the big matchups this week include the Baltimore Ravens visiting the Houston Texans, the Washington Redskins visiting the New York Giants, and the Pittsburgh Steelers going to Paul Brown Stadium to play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. The Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers are the teams on bye this week.
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2012 NFL Week 7 TV Schedule (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Stadium golf took on a new meaning for Phil Mickelson, who overshot the big money targets on his 100-yard shot at halftime of Monday night’s Broncos-Chargers game. He still raised $50,000 for First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books for needy children.
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Mickelson goes long in stadium shot, raises $50K (The Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Quentin Jammer intercepted Peyton Manning and returned it 80 yards for his first career touchdown, and Antonio Gates scored his second TD of the game, extending the San Diego Chargers’ lead to 24-0 over the Denver Broncos at halftime on Monday night. Before Jammer’s TD, the Broncos appeared on their way to their first score of the game with Manning’s 55-yard pass to a wide-open Eric Decker. But he tripped himself, got up and was tackled at the Chargers 30-yard line. Manning clapped both hands to his helmet in disbelief, yet another sign of frustration by the star quarterback. After Denver’s 4-yard gain, Manning threw an incomplete pass and then his short pass intended for Matthew Willis was intercepted by Jammer at the San Diego 20. Jammer went 80 yards and just made it into the corner of the end zone with 6 minutes to play in the second quarter for his first TD in 11 years in the NFL. He has never lived up to expectations of a No. 5 draft pick. With 24 seconds left before halftime, Philip Rivers hit Gates with an 11-yard TD pass, making it 24-0. Gates had five catches for 68 yards. The Chargers racked up seven penalties for 55 yards in the first half. Rivers was 11 of 17 for 131 yards, two TDs and one interception in the half; Manning was 11 of 16 for 142 yards and the interception. The Chargers led 10-0 after a sloppy first quarter. Gates caught a 15-yard touchdown from Rivers and Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal for the Chargers, who were trying to take a two-game lead over Denver atop the AFC West heading into their bye week. Two Denver fumbles led to both of San Diego’s first two scores. Broncos wide receiver Trindon Holliday, claimed off waivers from Houston last week, dropped a punt to kill their second possession of the game. The Chargers recovered to set up Novak’s field goal at 8:59. Rivers was under heavy pressure and made some errant throws early while San Diego’s running game stalled. But another Broncos’ miscue set up his TD pass to Gates at 8:16. Omar Bolden fumbled a kickoff return and the Chargers recovered, leaving Manning shaking his head. The Broncos are 0-2 on the road in Manning’s first season since leaving Indianapolis. – By By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer (© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Chargers Lead Broncos 24-0 At Halftime
SAN DIEGO – Halftime notes form a glorious night by the sea: The Denver Broncos have been a good second-half team this year. They’ll need to be Monda…
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Halftime: Chargers 24, Broncos 0
Here at Shutdown Corner, we’ve documented the bizarre exploits of Jeff Triplette, the NFL’s worst non-replacement ref, for quite some time. There was the Monday Night Football game last season, when Triplette started making stuff up on a call/no-call in a game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. To be fair, Jeff, it’s tough to know the difference between a hold and not a hold when the signals you’re getting from your home planet are interfering with the frequency of your wireless microphone. And of course, you remember his handiwork in this season’s Week 4 game between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. In this game, Triplette completely lost control of the action with a series of strange calls that would embarrass a PAC-12 official. In Monday night’s game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, Deputy Dawg was at it again. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was called for two false starts in the first half — once for barely moving his hands pre-snap in a shotgun formation, and once for moving his head under center pre-snap. Atlanta Falcons President and NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay recently said that pre-snap quarterback movement would be a greater point of emphasis this season, but anyone would have to agree that this was a bit much. Referred to as the “Peyton Manning Rule,” it’s a recently spotlighted potential penalty against quarterbacks who try to draw defenders offside with movements instead of hard counts. But Triplette, as is his wont, took things too far. Perhaps he was confused by the presence of Manning in this game, and figured — what the heck! “I’ve never seen that called twice in a game in my life,” ESPN’s Jon Gruden said. “I’d be interested to see what Jeff Triplette is seeing here.” “I know the emphasis is on the hands, but the [hand movement] has got to be more exaggerated than what we saw, in my opinion,” said Gerry Austin, ESPN’s roving officiating expert and a former Super Bowl referee himself. “And also, I didn’t think the head bob was sufficient. I think [the defenders] are jumping on the hard count.” Rivers has long been a master of the hard count; his ability to draw defenders offside is an important color in his palette. It’s interesting to note that before tonight’s game, Rivers had no false start penalties in 2012 … or, in 2011, 2010, 2009, and on and on. In fact, these are the first false start penalties of Rivers’ career, and he’s been in the league since 2004. So, there’s no actual precedent, and no specific rule interpretation — point of emphasis or not — that would lead a reasonable and qualified official to throw those flags. “This wasn’t a rule change, this was a point of emphasis this year,” McKay said in September .
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Jeff Triplette continues to amaze by calling bizarre false starts on Philip Rivers (Shutdown Corner)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Antonio Gates caught a 15-yard touchdown from Philip Rivers, Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal and the San Diego Chargers took a 10-0 lead over the Denver Broncos after a sloppy first quarter Monday night.
Chargers lead Broncos 10-0 after 1st quarter (The Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither is inactive for Monday night’s game against Denver, meaning rookie Mike Harris will be called on to protect Philip Rivers’ blind side.
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Rookie LT Harris starts for Gaither vs. Broncos (The Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO — There are no surprises on either inactive list for the Denver-San Diego game. San Diego tackle Jared Gaither is out, as expected, with a…
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Inactive lists for Monday night
Denver Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter did not appear on the team’s injury report at the end of the week, but was downgraded to “out” after coming down with an illness. Porter did not accompany the team on their trip to San Diego and will be replaced in the starting lineup by either Tony Carter or Chris Harris. For the San Diego Chargers, they’ll be without left tackle Jared Gaither, who is out with a groin injury. Signed to a four-year, $24.5 million contract extension in March, Gaither missed the first four weeks of the season with a back injury. Undrafted rookie Michael Harris will make his fourth start of the season at left tackle. Denver : QB Caleb Hanie, RB Knowshon Moreno, TE Julius Thomas, G C.J. Davis, DT Sealver Siliga, LB Steven Johnson, CB Tracy Porter
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Tracy Porter, Jared Gaither headline Broncos, Chargers inactive lists (Shutdown Corner)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has a complete triceps tear and is out for the season, coach John Harbaugh announced to reporters on Monday.
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NFL roundup: Ravens’ Ray Lewis out for the season (The SportsXchange)