Where’s Ryan Lindley when you need him?
The Seahawks hope they aren’t asking themselves that Sunday night. Arizona was forced to play its third-string quarterback last December because Carson Palmer was hurt the last time these teams met. Seattle used that good fortune to pummel the Cardinals, 35-6, for the win that got the Seahawks another NFC West title. The Seahawks say they welcome the challenge of facing Palmer, who is having an MVP-like season. They want to get the best — and that’s what they are getting in a game they must win to rally to another division championship.
Will the Seahawks get to face Pittsburgh’s backup QB in two weeks?
Unlikely. There is talk Ben Roethlisberger may try to play this weekend for the Steelers against Cleveland seven days after he was carted off his home field because Oakland’s Aldon Smith fell on Roethlisberger’s foot; he is listed as questionable. A smarter move would be resting Roethlisberger against the woeful Browns, taking the Steelers’ bye next week to rest some more, then returning refreshed when Pittsburgh plays at Seattle on Thanksgiving weekend. Sorry, Seahawks, you already are getting Blaine Gabbert next weekend, when San Francisco comes to town. It looks like also getting Landry Jones the week after that might be too much to ask.
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How rare are players’ blow-ups at media members?
Not as rare as one might think. When I covered the Raiders in the early 2000s, it happened. I mean, covering Bill Romanowski, Ted Washington and friends each day on a franchise that was the last to have a media-relations staff wasn’t exactly all atta-boys between reporters and players in the locker room. It’s just that now the media have social-media accounts and camera phones to instantaneously broadcast any rants against them. Even if they can’t take video per teams’ locker-room policies between games, reporters can tweet what happens immediately. That’s what happened in the Dez Bryant episode this past week. It’s a far more visceral — and attention-grabbing — way than we used to have to in print inside the next day’s newspaper.
Why will Los Angeles get two teams?
The nation’s second-largest market has waited 20 years to get an NFL team back in town. It now appears Los Angeles is going to get two. The proposal for a shared stadium in L.A. suburb Carson, to which the Chargers and Raiders would relocate, is reportedly gaining support among league owners. They must approve the move of any team anywhere. The Carson project is competing with another, one-team stadium on Inglewood land owned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke; that team would be his Rams in a move from St. Louis. But St. Louis is finally getting momentum behind a plan to replace the drab Edward Jones Dome. There is no such traction — at least not yet — for new stadiums in San Diego or Oakland. Plus, this week the Carson group announced Disney chief executive Bob Iger is the head of its Chargers-Raiders venture. Disney owns ESPN, so Iger already has deep connections — and deep financial ties — to the league. It’s starting to seem like a fait accompli that the Chargers and Raiders will move to Carson. A league vote is expected next spring.
Whom did the NFL fail to consult about its new Thursday night uniforms?
That’s easy: the colorblind. Those folks had a horrid time trying to watch the Jets in all green play the Bills in all red on television Thursday. Heck, even those who aren’t colorblind did. This is a new league initiative in which each team playing on Thursday nights will wear all one color. So get ready for the Jacksonville Jaguars in all gold. But couldn’t the NFL have waited one more week to debut this idea? Turns out red-green colorblindness is the most common type.