Washington 10, Chiefs 0: A lengthy 14-play, 50-yard drive wrapped up with a 19-yard field goal by Washington’s Dustin Hopkins. It almost screeched to a halt with a Jordan Reed fumble that Kansas City recovered inside its own 10-yard line, but video review overturned the call because the tight end’s knee was down. Washington has been well-balanced as an offense so far, with 79 passing yards and 41 rushing yards.
Cornerback Marcus Peters appeared to have Pryor, who is 6’4, covered pretty well on the deep pass, but the wideout used his size and some impressive concentration to haul in the catch.
The Broncos have shut down better backs than Orleans Darkwa all season. Denver held Ezekiel Elliott to just 8 yards. Melvin Gordon had 54 against the Broncos, LeSean McCoy managed just 21 yards, and Marshawn Lynch couldn’t get more than 12 yards.
Darkwa was the team’s leading rusher coming into this game with just 122 yards total over five games. He nearly matched that against the Broncos.
Being able to get things going on the ground does take a little pressure off of Manning and the offensive line. And while the line still let Manning take three sacks on Sunday, they actually were more consistent with opening lanes for Darkwa against Denver.
The offense deserves recognition, but the Giants defense was pretty damn good too.
Before Sunday, the Giants had one interception all season. They doubled up that number on Sunday, picking off Trevor Siemian twice. Janoris Jenkins returned one 43 yards for a touchdown.
The San Diego Chargers selected Manning with the No. 1 pick, but he was a member of the team for only 45 minutes before he was traded to the Giants for No. 4 overall selection Rivers. The Chargers also received a third-round selection in the deal, as well as first- and fifth-round picks in 2005.
But the reason for the blockbuster deal Manning’s desire to avoid playing in San Diego came with little explanation. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith only said that it was the wishes of Eli’s father and former Saints quarterback Archie Manning that forced the deal.
[Eli Manning’s agent Tom Condon] told me that Archie wishes that we do not select Eli and that they think he would be a good fit in New York (with the Giants), Smith said in 2004, via the San Diego Union Tribune. We understand his position and certainly understand his interest in New York, but we will do what we think is the best for the franchise.
Reid told TheMMQB.com that the meetings were a starting point and he would continue to kneel for the national anthem.
This is a long-term project, if you want to call it that, Reid said. There wasn’t much that was going to happen in a two-hour meeting. We are going to continue to meet, continue to have dialogue and figure out a way to get these issues on track.
We started [kneeling] to raise awareness and to effectuate change. We’re on the path to make the change we think we can make; we are just not there yet.
The players’ union and the league issued a joint statement just before the annual fall owners meetings began.
Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities, the statement said. NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change. We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together.
The league itself held non-profit status and had been exempt from taxes since 1942, which sounds ridiculous considering the amount of revenue it generates each year. But it’s important to know that the league office was the entity with the exemption. The 32 individual teams are subject to taxes.
The NFL was able to secure tax-exempt status as a trade association, but these days, it doesn’t really resemble one of those. The public began to focus on the fact that the league wasn’t paying taxes on its revenue, and with a commissioner who was making around $44 million a year at last count, that was bound to raise some eyebrows. So the league voluntarily gave up its tax-exempt status in 2015.
The issue is more about pain tolerance than anything. Koetter said there is no risk of further injury.
The way I understand it, he will be cleared medically to play, Koetter said. I know Jameis can handle a lot of pain — that’s not gonna be an issue — I think it’s going to be more of, ‘Does Jameis feel like he can play at the level he needs to play at?’ Obviously, the No. 1 thing in all of this is Jameis’ long-term health. That has to be the No. 1 thing.
When the Panthers brought Peppers back, they were hopeful he would be able to fill a ‘veteran depth’ role on the defensive line while the young guys got the chance to have break out seasons. Instead, it is Peppers who is having another break out season and is reminding Panthers that this new guy in town might just be the same guy they drafted in 2002. I’d say the Panthers made a good decision to bring him back, wouldn’t you?