NFL team owners have almost universally defended players who boycotted the national anthem over the weekend amidst criticism from President Donald Trump. However, nearly all of them stopped short of addressing the issue that inspired the anthem protest in the first place: systemic racism. Trump on Friday called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee or otherwise sit out the anthem, a trend that then-San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spearheaded last season as a way of addressing racial discrimination and police brutality. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL.com last year.
There’s nothing flashy about the Bills offense. And that’s just fine with them. The Bills smothered the Broncos to improve to 2-1 with a 26-16 win at home. The Bills picked off Trevor Siemian twice, sacked him three times and kept the clamps on the Broncos, despite being outgained 366-272. But though they gave up yards, they forced the Broncos into field goals when need be, which was the difference. And while they were doing it, quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a quietly effective day. He was 20-of-26 for 213 yards and two touchdowns, after a disastrous day in a Week Two loss at Carolina. But the Bills have the ability to keep games close and grind away at teams, and that’s enough for them to cover
The Cavaliers celebrated Friday night like a team that had been dominant on the road. Six days after putting up 626 yards of total offense and looking opportunistic on D, the Wahoos were just on the outside of the danger zone early against Boise State. The Broncos had gone 80 yards in seven plays to take the lead on the opening possession and UVa's offense had responded with a three-and-out that amassed just a single yard.