The National Football League saw some unbelievably entertaining games this past weekend, but unfortunately, the games were sidelined by protests throughout the National Football League. Dating back to the Colin Kaepernick ordeal, and then strung on by some comments by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, NFL players and coaches took their stand this past weekend. One of the biggest stands we’ve ever seen in US Sports history.
It started with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens in London. The Jaguars all stood, but they locked arms in unity as the national anthem was being played. That included their owner Shad Khan. Players throughout the National Football League kneeled, the most amount ever in the league. Some of the biggest news came in Chicago where Pittsburgh’s head coach Mike Tomlin had told the media before the game they would not partake in the song.
The Tennessee Titans were another team that did not come out of the tunnel as well. These displays were the biggest headlines in the National Football League this weekend. Let’s take a look at some of the headline games that I know I bet on this last weekend.
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Thursday Night Sees 80 points
Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns, and Jared Goff was fantastic, but the Rams needed 41 points to beat the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers rallied for 19 fourth quarter points to make the game interesting. Goff ended up with 292 yards and 3 touchdown passes in the game Brian Hoyer wrapped up the primetime game with 332 yards and 2 touchdowns, including 142 to Pierre Garcon.
Jacksonville Smacks Baltimore in London
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens went to London and it was the Blake Bortles and Mercedes Lewis show. The two connected three times in a 44-7 win over the Ravens. The Jaguars moved to 2-1 with their impressive display. This game was never close, as it was 10-0 after 1 and 23-0 at halftime. Alex Collins of all people was the top offensive threat for Baltimore in this game.
Bears Upset Steelers in Chicago
In one of the biggest surprises of Week 3 – the Chicago Bears downed the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game went to overtime, where Jordan Howard broke off a 19 yard touchdown run. The Steelers continue to show their struggles away from home. It was a breathe of fresh air for Chicago to see Howard wrap up 138 rushing yards in the win.
Falcons Win Wild One in Detroit
The Atlanta Falcons needed an official’s review to go their way to move to 3-0. Matt Ryan threw for 294 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the call at the end was the biggest news. Golden Tate looked to get in, but the officials looked at it again, and saw a knee down, plus issued a 10 second run off. In what seems like a very silly NFL rule – the Lions and their faithful left disappointed on Sunday.
Brady Leads Comeback Win
Tom Brady was fantastic again, and the New England Patriots needed every last bit of it. Brady connected with Brandin Cooks late in the game to seal a 36-33 win over the Houston Texans. For Houston, DeShaun Watson was pretty effective in this true road game. The Patriots also were pleased to see their stud tight end Rob Gronkowski not only play, but catch a touchdown.
Jets Whip Dolphins
The New York Jets were a surprise winner, as they saw Josh McCown complete all but 5 passes in the game. Robby Anderson caught a touchdown pass, and Bilal Powell rushed for another. The New York defense was the big story, as they held Miami scoreless until the final play of the game. New York was projected by many to possibly finish 0-16.
Elliott Nails Game Winner in Philadelphia
Jake Elliott had his greatest moment in the National Football League with a 61 yard field goal as the time expired on Sunday. Oh – and the win for the Eagles came over divisional rival New York. The best news for the Giants was Odell Beckham Jr rising from the dead, with two touchdown receptions.
Packers Down Bengals In Overtime
Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers into overtime, and Mason Crosby took care of it in overtime. The Cincinnati Bengals led 21-7 and 24-17 after three periods. Green Bay saw Geronimo Allison finish the game with more than 110 receiving yards in the win. The loss for Cincinnati dropped them to 0-3.
Redskins Pound Raiders
Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins were impressive with a 27-10 win on Sunday Night over the Oakland Raiders. The biggest factor in this game was the terrific Washington defense which led the Raiders to just 10 second half points.
Cowboys Win Monday Night Football
Ezekiel Elliott scampered for 80 yards and a touchdown, while Dak Prescott rushed in the game winning touchdown as Dallas downed Arizona 28-17. Dallas really started the game slow, as they needed a late second quarter touchdown to get on the scoreboard in the first half. The Cowboys moved to 2-1 with the win.
That’s a look at the National Football League for Week 3. It was a tremendous week, and we are really excited about the action coming up this weekend in Week 4. You can bet on week 4 here.