The Rams (8-3) held off the New Orleans Saints (8-3) for a 26-20 victory today at the Coliseum.
The Rams gave up an early touchdown run and late touchdown pass. They did not force a turnover. And after sacking Drew Brees twice on the first series, they could not unnerve the future hall of famer the rest of the game.
But the Rams defense still proved stout on Sunday, neutralizing the NFL’s most productive offense en route to a 26-20 victory before an estimated crowd of 60,000 at the Coliseum.
New Orleans Saints at RAMS, 1:25 p.m.
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders, 1:25 p.m.
Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers, 5:30 p.m.
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens, 5:30 p.m.
CHARGERS 28, at Dallas Cowboys 6
The San Francisco 49ers have some sort of plan for Jimmy Garoppolo, but so far it hasn’t involved throwing a pass.
But all that changed in the final seconds of the 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday as the veteran backup made his debut and completed two straight passes in the final 66 seconds.
Garoppolo came into the game after rookie start C.J. Beathard suffered an apparent knee injury in the red zone. Beathard walked off the field under his own power, which is a good sign going forward, but that forced San Francisco to play Garoppolofor the first time.
On his first snap, Garoppolo ran the ball for a four-yard gain. A false start by guard Erik Magnuson backed up the 49ers to the 19-yard line. Garoppolo then connected with receiver Aldrick Robinson for a nine-yard gain.
As the clock ticked, Garoppolo quickly gathered the offense and snapped the ball in the waning seconds before completing a 10-yard pass to receiver Louis Murphy for a touchdown.
The 49ers lost 24-13, but this should give rookie coach Kyle Shanahan and company plenty to think about.
It was bound to happen eventually.
The Raiders’ streak of games without an interception ended today when Oakland was the beneficiary of a few lucky bounces.
Denver Broncos second-year pro Paxton Lynch, making the third start of his career, threw a pass to tight end Virgil Green on second and goal from the 1-yard line and saw the ball carom off of his player, a defender and ultimately end up in the lap of linebacker Navarro Bowman, who was lying on the ground.
It was an unfortunate play for Lynch, and was set up by what appeared to be a 20-yard touchdown reception by running back Devontae Booker. Only a video replay determined Booker was down at the one.
The Raiders capitalized on the Broncos’ mistake, turning their first interception of the year into a nine-yard touchdown reception by receiver Amari Cooper.
Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib have been ejected for mixing it up during the first quarter of a game at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.
It’s not clear where the aggression started Sunday, but at one point, Crabtree was blocking Talib and ran the corner out of bounds and into the ground.
UPDATE: Upon further review, It appears Talib ripped a chain off of Crabtree’s neck for the second year in a row. He did the same last year in the teams’ regular-season finale.
Talib threw a punch. Crabtree threw a punch. Both players ended up getting ejected along with Raiders guard Gabe Jackson, who was thrown out for making contact with an official.
As Talib left the field, he made his way directly through the Raiders’ sideline, prompting Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch to run over to escort him off the field.
Greg Olsen hasn’t played since Week 2 because of a foot injury.
The Carolina Panthers tight end finally made his return Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only to exit the game in the third quarter because of an injury to his foot.
Olsen had one catch for 10 yards on four targets. He’s had just four total catches for 38 yards this season.
Olsen has had more than 1,000 yards receiving in three straight seasons for the Panthers.
Last season, he had 80 catches — 54 for a first down — for 1,073 yards with three touchdowns.
Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain was ejected for throwing a punch at Patriots receiver Danny Amendola during the third quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium.
The above gif isn’t that clear but it appears to be more of a common shove than a punch, but the officiating crew at the game felt otherwise.
McCain had an interception, two tackles and one pass breakup before he was ejected.
The Eagles lead the Bears 24-0 at halftime. That’s to be expected.
The Bears have exactly zero first downs at the start of the third quarter. That’s … not good.
Chicago has punted on five of their six first possessions — they took a knee to get to halftime on the seventh.
The only time they tried something different was when they missed a 56-yard field goal after recovering an Eagles fumble near midfield.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t been asked to do much so far. He’s completed six of his 11 passing attempts for 39 yards.
UPDATE: It happened!
Trubisky completed a 12-yard pass to tight end Daniel Brown on third and 10 for the team’s first first down of the game in the third quarter.
Seven NFL players have continued their protests during the national anthem before the league's early games.
Eagles safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod continued raising their fists, while defensive lineman Chris Long put his arm around Jenkins.
Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters stayed in the locker room during the anthem, and Tennessee wide receiver Rishard Matthews stayed off the field as well until after the anthem ended. Matthews is inactive for the Titans with an injured hamstring. Most of the Indianapolis Colts locked arms on their sideline.
Well, that didn’t go the way Miami drew it up.
After halting the Patriots with a three-and-out, the Dolphins sat back with their special teams unit and waited for New England to punt the ball.
Instead, safety Nate Ebner took a direct snap and ran it up the right side of the Patriots’ offensive line for a 14-yard gain on fourth and eight.
The play ultimately led to a two-yard touchdown run by running back Rex Burkhead to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead over the Dolphins.