Once again, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the national anthem. Meanwhile, the Christian Hackenberg experiment is going as expected. In the first half, the Jets’ quarterback went 2 for 6 for 14 yards with a 42.6 passer rating. On the other end of the quarterback spectrum, Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, and Marcus Mariota impressed. In non-quarterback news, Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey looked downright dominant and Jaylon Smith got the start for the Cowboys.
The Seahawks won their game against the Vikings on Friday but suffered a pretty big loss too, as left tackle George Fant was lost for the season with a knee injury. You can read about that plus Michael Bennett continuing his protest, Russell Wilson and Sam Bradford looking sharp, Dalvin Cook excelling and Blair Walsh’s revenge in Friday’s roundup.
They play Sunday night at Dallas against the Cowboys, who will be without Ezekiel Elliott and have key injuries at other positions. The Eagles have a great opportunity to all but wrap up the division title, which is already a near certainty.
The win Sunday night in Denver was routine and the Patriots are spending the week in Colorado, practicing at the Air Force Academy, for this weekend’s meeting with the Raiders in Mexico City. The AFC East race is over. It’s all about the race with the Steelers for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
That would put things in a different context. Whether the Giants are persuaded by that remains to be seen.
Trubisky time. … It clearly is time for the Bears to turn to prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. It’s not all Mike Glennon’s fault, for sure. But Thursday night’s 35-14 loss at Green Bay was dreadful, and there’s no reason not to get the Trubisky era underway.
Bravo, Deshaun Watson. The rookie quarterback for the Houston Texans giving his first NFL game check to three workers in the team’s cafeteria who’d suffered major losses from the flooding in Houston was classy and touching. What more can you say? …