The air is crisp, pumpkins adorn doorsteps and leaves are turning beautiful colors. Fall also means football season, and since the first kickoff, we’ve been seeing some other interesting colors ― the true colors of football coaches, owners and fans. Recently, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, for example, boasted that he would bench any player in his organization who “disrespects the flag” during the national anthem. This, of course, stems from a backlash to a smattering of player protests throughout the NFL in the last few weeks, including locked arms, bent knees and refusals to leave the locker room by such teams as the Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and even the Washington team (mascot name withheld out of respect for Native Americans).
Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Chiefs for 20 seasons for Kansas City Star Joined ESPN in 2013 Follow on Twitter The Chiefs lost their first game of the season against the Steelers and are headed into a key two-game stretch against AFC West opponents. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs might prefer to have a full week, or even longer, to heal their assorted wounds after losing their first game of the season on Sunday. No such luck. The Chiefs play Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders, and on top of that will have to deal with the flight to Oakland. “Coming off a physical game, you know you’re going to have another big divisional game [and] travel,’’ quarterback Alex
OAKLAND — There’s plenty of blame to go around for the Raiders’ 17-16 loss to the Chargers Sunday and their surprising, but well-deserved, 2-4 record. You can blame the Raiders’ defense for not stopping Chargers running back Melvin Gordon on third down with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter. You can blame the Raiders’ long snapper, Jon Condo, for his errant point-after delivery following the Raiders’ second touchdown of the game, or kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, for missing the extra point that proved to be the difference Sunday. You can blame head coach Jack Del Rio, or offensive coordinator Todd Downing, or the referees for Sunday’s loss, too. But Raiders quarterback Derek Carr prefers that you blame
Martavis Bryant's return to action for the Pittsburgh Steelers hasn't gone as many had hoped it would. With just 17 catches for 231 yards this year, the wide receiver has requested a trade from the Steelers, according to ESPN and NFL Network. Bryant missed the 2016 season while serving a yearlong suspension. In 2015, he had 50 catches for 765 yards and six touchdowns. But Bryant has yet to have more than five catches in a game this year, and he eclipsed 50 yards just once (91 against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2). The trade deadline is on Oct. 31. PHOTOS: Best of NFL Week 6
How did the VFL's fare in week 6 of the NFL season? We have the latest in our VFL in the NFL report. Robert Ayers, de, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – One tackle in the Bucs 38-33 loss to the Cardinals Derrek Barnett, de, Philadelphia Eagles – Two tackles including a half sack and a tackle for loss in the Eagles 28-23 win over the Panthers Eric Berry, s, Kansas City Chiefs – Berry is out for the year with an Achilles injury Tyler Bray, qb, Kansas City Chiefs – Bray was inactive Justin Coleman, s, Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks had a bye Britton Colquitt, p, Cleveland Browns – Seven punts for an average of 51 yards in the Browns 33-17 loss to the Texans Dustin Colquitt, p, Kansas City Chiefs – Four punts