Another NFL Sunday has come and gone. The Rams (3-2) lost a tight game to the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) at the Coliseum. Earlier, the Chargers (1-4) beat the New York Giants (0-5) at MetLife Stadium. And the national anthem remained a hot topic.
Case Keenum led three second-half scoring drives in relief of Sam Bradford, and the Minnesota Vikings spoiled prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's debut with a 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night.
Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal in the closing seconds after Harrison Smith intercepted Trubisky, and the Vikings (3-2) came away with the win after dropping two of three.
Called on after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games, Trubisky played like he belonged. The No. 2 overall pick was 12 of 25 for 128 yards with a touchdown.
Miami Dolphins players Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas remained in a stadium tunnel Sunday during the playing of the national anthem before the team's game against the Tennessee Titans.
A week earlier, the same three players had taken a knee during the anthem in London, before their game against the New Orleans Saints.
The change in location for the players was a result in a change of team policy by coach Adam Gase, who talked to several players before deciding not to allow players to kneel on the sideline during "The Star-Spangled Banner."
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL Players Assn., tweeted a statement Monday saying the union had been informed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the league "would respect the Constitutional rights of our members without retribution."
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who stated Sunday that "if there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play." Other teams have reportedly instructed their players to stand for the anthem as well.
Smith said in his statement: "No player is disrespecting our Country or our Flag" by kneeling during the anthem.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the NFL can't leave the impression it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and any Cowboys making such displays won't play.
Jones had his strongest comments so far on the national anthem controversy Sunday night. They started with his response to a question about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis after about a dozen San Francisco players knelt during the anthem.
"I know this, we cannot in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag," said Jones, also the team's general manager, after a 35-31 loss to Green Bay.
Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns to help the Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated with a 42-34 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday night in a game where J.J. Watt broke his left leg.
Deshaun Watson's 48-yard touchdown pass got the Texans within six early in the fourth quarter before Smith extended the lead for Kansas City (5-0) to 32-20 on a 10-yard pass to De'Anthony Thomas with about nine minutes left. Tyreek Hill padded the lead when he returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown.
Watson threw for 261 yards and five touchdowns, but the Texans (2-3) failed to re-create the magic they found last week when they scored a franchise-record 57 points in a victory over Tennessee.
Houston Texans star J.J. Watt injured his left knee in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The defensive end fell to the ground while being blocked midway through the quarter Sunday night.
Watt remained on his hands and knees for a couple of minutes while trainers checked on him. They flipped him onto his back and were looking at his left leg. He was then helped to his feet and looked to be in a lot of pain and didn't appear to be able to put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field by two Texans officials.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff had an opportunity to deliver his first career game-winning drive, but came up just short in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks 16-10.
Goff was responsible for a pair of turnovers late in the fourth quarter. He had a pass intended for tight end Tyler Higbee intercepted by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and then fumbled the ball away on a strip sack by defensive end Frank Clark.
The Rams held the Seahawks to a field goal, giving Seattle a 16-10 lead with 1 minute 12 seconds left.