Roethlisberger explained that the team captains asked Villanueva to meet them at the top of the tunnel, and amid chaos from Bears fans in the area and the anthem music starting, the players stopped short and Villanueva was left alone. Roethlisberger estimates players were about 20 feet behind Villanueva. I regret not going down to Al, but Al didn’t know that we weren’t there, Villanueva said. Al thought we were standing with him. There was no division there. … It was just the way it appeared through pictures.
Heyward said the captains have spoken with Villanueva, who was with the team during Monday’s meetings. Villanueva told Heyward he was shocked by the pictures, Heyward said.
Villanueva insisted Monday he was not making a statement, that saluting the colors had everything to do with miscommunication and nothing to do with him setting himself apart from the organization, the coaches or the players who have helped craft his improbable success story.
Right tackle Ryan Schraeder, who sustained a concussion during last week’s win over Green Bay, was ruled out for Sunday’s matchup with the Lions on Friday. Former Bronco Ty Sambrailo will play in place of Schraeder in what will be Sambrailo’s eighth career start in three NFL seasons. Detroit’s flurry of pass-rushers, led by Ziggy Ansah, is sure to be a challenge for a new starter such as Sambrailo, as well as established left tackle Jake Matthews. — Vaughn McClure
I understand why people are offended by people protesting the national anthem, Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith said. My father served 25 years. When he dies, he’s going to be wrapped in an American flag. But my dad is also out of the Army, and he drives trucks all over the country, and he’s a black man everywhere he goes, and sometimes he has racial incidents still today. That doesn’t protect him, just because he served our country. And I think that’s important.
So what happens now? Was Sunday a flare-up of emotion and timing? Where does this all go now, while the players continue to care about what they care about while so many outside voices holler at them to just shut up and play football?
My hope would be that we can kind of keep ourselves away from it and kind of ignore it, center Eric Wood said Monday. But I don’t know that that’s realistic. Guys feel really passionate about this. Hopefully a lot of good can come out of it. I know a lot of guys are deeply upset, especially strong supporters of the country and the military. … I would hope it doesn’t just come at each side taking shots at each other. I don’t think it’s good for the game, I don’t think it’s good for the country. But realistically, more protests, more issues could come about from it.
McDermott was not aware Monday whether his team would demonstrate during the national anthem in Atlanta.
That’s really a question for them at this point, he said. We are focused on the Atlanta Falcons, and what’s going to happen this weekend is what’s going to happen. I don’t have a crystal ball, unfortunately. We got to make sure we’re focused on the task at hand, and that’s a football game and putting our best foot forward in Atlanta.
So what exactly happened? With 4:50 left in the game, Ball State took a 21-20 lead and was minutes from pulling the upset.
Before you know it, RG’s not playing (the final three games of 2013). I’m not sure if that was his whole plan, but when the whole thing went about, we hear that Mike Shanahan’s not coming back the next year, then we hear the quarterback like, ‘Hey. Mm hmm.’ Like, basically saying that you got me out of here not playing last year, the last few games, then that’s what happens. You get fired.
After last Thursday’s surprising loss to the Chiefs, the Super Bowl champions will be motivated to bounce back. New England has not lost consecutive games since closing the 2015 season with two losses.
The Saints also will be looking to rebound from their season-opening loss in Minnesota and avoid a loss in their home opener for the third straight year. If they are going to upset the defending Super Bowl champions, they will have to find some way to establish what was a stagnant rushing game against the Vikings.
After watching what the Chiefs did on the ground, the Saints will surely try to exploit the New England defense, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady just might have his way against the Saints defense. It could be a shootout between Brady and Saints QB Drew Brees.
We want them to do what’s in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys, Jones said. That’s where the obligation is. And again I don’t want to get into this area of debate. But I do want to emphasize how important it is to me that we respect the sanctity of the flag.
Coach Jason Garrett has called the anthem sacred, but he chose not to comment Saturday after a rally in Alabama on Friday night during which Trump said, Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now? Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’
According to this week’s rankings, they are the league’s worst undefeated team. Cam Newton was still way off against Buffalo and now has to deal with no Greg Olsen. Their defense looks very good, but there needs to be more proof against a legitimate offense, which they will see in their second home game.
Jameis Winston didn’t need to do much after finding Mike Evans for six, as the running game and defense took over nicely for the Bucs. That’s a terrific delayed start, making us believe Tampa Bay will live up to the Hard Knocks hype.
Only eight teams got through the first two weeks of the season undefeated, not including the two teams (Dolphins and Buccaneers) that weren’t able to play two games in the first two weeks. So consider yourselves lucky that two of those eight play each other in Week 3, the Falcons and Lions in Detroit, a couple teams that could very well still be around in January.
At the other end of the standings, the nine 0-2 teams will be sweating it out. And �� oh joy �� two of them face each other, too, the Browns and Colts. Four of those teams face opponents that haven’t lost yet: the Jets, Chargers, Bears and Saints. An 0-3 start is tough to sell, even for teams that aren’t really trying to win, not to mention any AFC East teams based in East Rutherford, in particular.
Meanwhile, the first of five international games arrives, with the Ravens and Jaguars meeting in Wembley Stadium. Ready for the season’s first 15-hour viewing day?
Eagles coach Doug Pederson called Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s touchdown celebration Sunday unfortunate during his day-after news conference, suggesting that it’s not something that will simply be forgotten.
The Lions defense ranks seventh in total yards allowed at just 289 per game. The Falcons struggle on the road at times, and Matthew Stafford is clicking with his wide receivers right now.
Detroit sports fans are in need of a boost with the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons struggling. They should have a good chance at celebrating the Lions’ first 3-0 start since beginning the 2011 season 5-0.
Here are a few other NFL questions for Week 3:
Brady lit up the Saints (0-2) in one of the most efficient high-volume games of his career (30-of-39 passing, 447 yards, three TDs). The big rebound wasn’t a surprise against a weary defense that got ripped by Sam Bradford and the Vikings last Monday, but the way it went down was unique.
The Patriots went into the game with only three healthy wideouts: Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett. Without Danny Amendola (concussion) and Julian Edelman (knee/IR), running back Rex Burkhead got work in the slot and scored the team’s first TD. Tight end Rob Gronkowski stretched the field outside for an incredible second TD from Brady.
By the end, Dorsett (knee), Burkhead (ribs) and Gronkowski (groin) all joined Amendola in ailing. Hogan (knee) had to miss a few plays. In all, six Patriots not named Brady rushed the ball, and nine Patriots had at least one reception.
Carr’s two interceptions in his first two Ravens starts match the total posted during his final 52 games with the Cowboys dating back to late in the 2013 season. Carr said the main reason for the increase in turnovers and seamless fit in Baltimore’s secondary stems from the Ravens playing a defensive style similar to that in Kansas City �� the team that did draft him in the fifth round �� by utilizing his press-coverage skills more than the Cowboys did during his five seasons in Dallas.
I like playing aggressively at the line of scrimmage, getting my hands on the wide receiver and mixing some different coverage in between, said Carr, who signed a four-year, $23 million contract with Baltimore in the offseason. Plus with our front seven, quarterbacks aren’t getting too much time back there.
Minnesota is optimistic Sam Bradford can return from his bruised knee for a key NFC home game against Tampa Bay. If that’s the case, it becomes a battle of former Florida State stars Jameis Winston and Dalvin Cook. The latter will help the Vikings finish in the red zone, while the Bucs will struggle on a few drives in deep.
New Orleans is already on the brink of having its playoff hopes dashed thanks to its still-atrocious overall defense. Even without Greg Olsen and with some kinks in the short passing game, Cam Newton can enjoy rearing back and firing deep in this game. Drew Brees will see more pass-rush discomfort, as a rally falls short for him and his own big targets.
Even though I’m thankful the BILLS won today, I’m really upset and sad about what’s happening. And I imagine many of you are too. I love the game of football and all that it means to the players, fans and cities across THIS country…but with all that’s going on it’s hard. The only time I will ever take a knee is to pray and to thank the Good Lord for what he’s given me. We all have our issues. We all need to try and appreciate and understand each other and help each other and that goes for our PRESIDENT TOO. I don’t have all the answers. But I do know that we need to UNITE not SEPARATE. I hope next week we can STAND , LOCK ARMS and become ONE FAMILY.
Touchdown . The Jaguars were in total control of the game early. A methodical seven-play, 80-yard drive was capped by a 17-yard Blake Bortles touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis. The drive took just 3:53 off the clock. 10-0, Jaguars
Field goal . A 23-yard field goal from Jason Myers capped a nine-play, 58-yard scoring drive for the Jaguars. 3-0, Jaguars
Kickoff. The Jaguars won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half.
All members of both teams, including coaches and trainers, either linked arms or took a knee (or both) during the playing of the U.S. national anthem. Jaguars owner Shad Khan joined, as did former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
Field goal. Back to a three-score game. Dustin Hopkins’ 28-yard field goal capped a nine-play Washington drive that burned 5:52 off the clock. 27-10, Redskins
Field goal. The Raiders failed to turn the Redskins’ turnover into six points, but they were able to cut Washington’s lead down to two scores with a 22-yard Giorgio Tavecchio field goal. 24-10, Redskins
Samaje Perine had the ball knocked loose, and the Raiders recovered deep in Redskins turnover �� exactly the play Oakland needed to keep itself in the game. Perine left the game with a hand injury.