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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.

RAMS

Turnovers doom Rams in loss to Seahawks 16-10

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.

Goff threw the Rams into the red zone with a completion of 35 yards to tight end Tyler Higbee followed by a 20-yard dart to receiver Robert Woods.

After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Goff's first pass to running back Todd Gurley fell incomplete. His next strike led rookie receiver Cooper Kupp into the end zone, but he couldn't hang on to the ball. 

He went back to Kupp on his final throw, but the Seattle defense locked down and the receiver never had a chance.

The Rams (3-2) head to Jacksonville next week to face the Jaguars (3-2).

The Seahawks (3-2) now lead the NFC West have their bye next week and will face the New York Giants (0-5) on Oct. 22.

CHARGERS

Chargers steal first win of season in New York with 27-22 victory over Giants

The Chargers finally notched their first win of the season, outlasting a badly beaten up Giants 27-22 at MetLife Stadium.

Philip Rivers recovered from his fifth interception of the season – a poorly thrown ball in the end zone that was intended for Keenan Allen – to throw three touchdowns, including a go-ahead toss to Melvin Gordon in the fourth quarter.

That score was set up by an incredible play from Melvin Ingram, who sacked Eli Manning, forcing a fumble that Ingram sprinted into a pile to recover.

Gordon gained 163 yards from scrimmage while the Charger defense sacked Manning five times.

Tre Boston intercepted the Giants quarterback, who lost four receivers to injury during the game, on fourth down in the final minute to seal Anthony Lynn’s first professional victory. 

Results

NFL Week 5: Scores and schedule

Today's schedule

CHARGERS 27, at New York Giants 22

Seattle Seahawks 16, at RAMS 10

at Philadelphia Eagles 34, Arizona Cardinals 7

at Cincinnati Bengals 20, Buffalo Bills 16

New York Jets 17, at Cleveland Browns 14

Carolina Panthers 27, at Detroit Lions 24

at Indianapolis Colts 26, San Francisco 49ers 23, OT

at Miami Dolphins 16, Tennessee Titans 10

Jacksonville Jaguars 30, at Pittsburgh Steelers 9

Baltimore Ravens 30, at Oakland Raiders 17

Green Bay Packers 35, at Dallas Cowboys 31

Kansas City Chiefs 42, at Houston Texans 34

 

Monday's schedule

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday's result

New England Patriots 19, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14

Notes

Vikings spoil Mitchell Trubisky's debut, beat Bears 20-17

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. 

The interception came after the Bears (1-4) took over on their 10 with 2:32 left in the game. Smith picked off a pass intended for Zach Miller on the right sideline at the 22. 

The Vikings got the ball at the 28, and Forbath booted the winner with 16 seconds left. 

Bradford could barely move after missing three straight games because of swelling and soreness in his left knee. 

He was just 5 of 11 for 36 yards and was sacked four times — including a safety by Leonard Floyd. 

Keenum replaced him with 25 seconds left in the first half and went 17 of 21 for 140 yards and a touchdown. 

Jerick McKinnon had a 58-yard touchdown run. Everson Griffen contributed a strip-sack against Trubisky that led to a field goal, and the Vikings beat Chicago on the road for just the third time in 17 games. 

 

Miami Dolphins coach says his players aren't allowed to kneel on sideline during the national anthem anymore

Miami Dolphins' Julius Thomas (89), Michael Thomas (31) and Kenny Stills take a knee as the national anthem is played before their game against the New Orleans Saints in London on Oct. 1. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
Miami Dolphins' Julius Thomas (89), Michael Thomas (31) and Kenny Stills take a knee as the national anthem is played before their game against the New Orleans Saints in London on Oct. 1. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

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."

“It comes from me,” Gase said during a news conference. “I thought it was time for us to address it. I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people. It doesn’t matter what I think. This is what we’re doing.”

NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith: 'No player is disrespecting our Country or our Flag'

DeMaurice Smith (Mark Tenally / Associated Press)
DeMaurice Smith (Mark Tenally / Associated Press)

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.

Jerry Jones: Cowboys ‘will not play' if they disrespect flag

The Dallas Cowboys and staff stand on the sideline during the playing of the national anthem before their game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 8. (Ron Jenkins / Associated Press)
The Dallas Cowboys and staff stand on the sideline during the playing of the national anthem before their game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 8. (Ron Jenkins / Associated Press)

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.

"We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we're clear."

Notes

J.J. Watt suffers broken leg in Texans' loss to Chiefs

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. 

Watt, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, was injured in the first quarter, and the team announced that he sustained a tibial plateau fracture, but didn't provide any details on how long he'll be out. The defensive end returned this season after missing the last 13 games last year after his second back surgery. 

The Texans cut their deficit when Watson threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Fuller in the third quarter. But the 2-point conversion failed, leaving them down 23-13. 

Kansas City's Charcandrick West caught two touchdown passes and Travis Kelce had eight receptions for 98 yards in the first half, but didn't return after halftime and the team said he was being evaluated for a concussion. 

The Chiefs were up by six when Smith found West on an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 13-0 in the second quarter. Houston rookie D'Onta Foreman fumbled two plays later to give Kansas City the ball right back and the Chiefs tacked on a field goal. 

Foreman stepped out of one tackle before plowing over Marcus Peters as he tried to tackle him before two other Chiefs finally brought him down after a 25-yard gain that got Houston to the 10 on the Texans' next drive. The Texans cut it to 16-7 when Watson found DeAndre Hopkins in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown pass with about two minutes left in the first half. 

Smith then connected with West again, this time on a 4-yard TD pass to put the Chiefs up 23-7 at halftime. 

The Chiefs led 3-0 early after a 35-yard field goal by Harrison Butker on their first drive. Watt was injured on the play before the field goal and fell to the ground while being blocked. 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. He remained on the sideline under a tent for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart and then taken by ambulance to the hospital. 

Butker added another field goal early in the second quarter to make it 6-0. 

Kansas City rookie Kareem Hunt had 29 carries for 107 yards to give him four 100-yard rushing games this season. 

Hopkins had four receptions for 52 yards with three touchdowns after catching two late scoring passes when the game was out of reach.

Notes

Texans' J.J. Watt carted off with a knee injury in game against Chiefs

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. 

The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned this season after missing the last 13 games of last season after his second back surgery. 

He remained on the sideline under a tent for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart. 
 

RAMS

Seahawks 16, Rams 10: Seattle adds to lead after Goff's fumble

RAMS

Seahawks 13, Rams 10: Blair Walsh makes a 49 yard field goal

RAMS

Rams 10, Seahawks 10: Seattle makes a field goal before halftime

RAMS

Rams 10, Seahawks 7: Jimmy Graham catches 60th touchdown pass

RAMS

Rams 10, Seahawks 0: L.A. interception sets up another field goal

RAMS

Rams 7, Seahawks 0: Tavon Austin scores first touchdown of season

CHARGERS

Chargers 27, Giants 22: Gordon scores go-ahead touchdown

CHARGERS

Giants 22, Chargers 20: L.A. cuts into New York's lead with a field goal

Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger has five passes intercepted in loss to Jaguars

What happened in Pittsburgh?

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had five passes intercepted in the Steelers' 30-9 loss today to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger's five turnovers were a career high and included two pick-sixes. It's also a franchise record for the Jaguars.

Jaguars cornerback Tashaun Gipson had two interceptions with linebacker Telvin Smith and safety Barry Church coming up with the pick-sixes on back-to-back drives by the Steelers. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey also had an interception.

Prior to today's game, Roethlisberger hadn't had a multi-interception game this season. His  previous high of four passes picked off happened in a 2008 game.

CHARGERS

Giants 22, Chargers 17: Odell Beckham Jr. goes deep for a touchdown

CHARGERS

Chargers 17, Giants 16: Rivers connects with Henry for a TD

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