SportsPulse: NFL insider Jarrett Bell on how the football world responded to President Trump’s comments on national anthem protests, as well as how Week 3 of the season was full of upsets and wild finishes.
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While reaction to President Trump’s statements about NFL players dominated conversation around the league Sunday, there was some rather compelling football being played on the field. Here are takeaways from each game:
Washington Redskins 27, Oakland Raiders 10: The Silver and Black’s offense was more black and blue, as Derek Carr couldn’t get anything started under the constant threat of pressure and generated just 128 total yards. Washington’s aerial attack, meanwhile, finally clicked for Kirk Cousins this year. Even with Jordan Reed out, the Redskins had no trouble slicing up the Raiders. Chris Thompson (six catches, 150 yards, TD) is one to keep an eye on.
Green Bay Packers 27, Cincinnati Bengals 24: The good news is the Bengals finally found their offense and reached the end zone for the first time this season. (Who would have thought throwing to A.J. Green would work?). The bad news? Aaron Rodgers is still among the NFL’s most clutch passers. He led a game-tying touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter and, in classic Rodgers style, took advantage of a free play in overtime to hit a 72-yard pass to set up the game-winning field goal from Mason Crosby.
Tennessee Titans 33, Seattle Seahawks 27: It’s time to sound the annual alarm after another slow start for the Seahawks, who allowed the Titans to rush for 195 yards. Seattle QB Russell Wilson had his best statistical performance this year (4 TD throws, 373 passing yards) but got little support from his own run game.
Kansas City Chiefs 24, Los Angeles Chargers 10: The 3-0 Chiefs own the NFL’s most exciting offense, thanks to the duo rookie running back Kareem Hunt (172 rushing yards, TD) and Tyreek Hill (77 receiving yards, TD). But Kansas City is the best team in the AFC because of a defense that intercepted Philip Rivers three times Sunday.
Jacksonville Jaguars 44, Baltimore Ravens 7: The Jags continue to be one of the most confusing teams in the NFL after this lopsided win at London’s Wembley Stadium. While they clearly have the talent on defense, as two more sacks and three forced turnovers against Baltimore illustrate, Jacksonville’s…