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Cowboys get by Patriots in wild OT win; Cardinals romp past Browns; Lions NFL’s only winless team

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 10/17/2021 Mark Maske, Cindy Boren, Des Bieler
The Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb beat the Patriots' Jalen Mills for the game-winning touchdown in an overtime thriller. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) © Maddie Meyer/Getty Images The Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb beat the Patriots' Jalen Mills for the game-winning touchdown in an overtime thriller. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

An exciting day of NFL action wasn’t over until a wild late-game sequence between the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots, and even then it wasn’t over. An interception return for a touchdown, a 75-yard scoring pass and a 49-yard field goal, all in the final two and a half minutes of regulation, only served to send the game into overtime. Dallas finally prevailed on a touchdown pass in the extra session, and we could all exhale and take stock of what had happened with two games left in Week 6.

One notable result happened many hours earlier, when the Jacksonville Jaguars got their first win of the season with a close victory in London over the Miami Dolphins. That left the Detroit Lions, who later fell to 0-6 against the Cincinnati Bengals, as the NFL’s only winless squad. As of last week, the league had just one unbeaten squad, and the Arizona Cardinals retained that status with a resounding win over the Cleveland Browns.

The Baltimore Ravens moved to 5-1 with a lopsided win over the previously 4-1 Los Angeles Chargers, and the Green Bay Packers notched the same record with a victory in Chicago that included Aaron Rodgers taunting Bears fans. The Rams had no trouble getting to 5-1 against the host New York Giants, while the Las Vegas Raiders began the post-Jon Gruden era with a convincing triumph at Denver.

The Minnesota Vikings again had a game come down to the wire before snatching an overtime win from the Carolina Panthers, while the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs had fewer stressful moments in wins over, respectively, the Houston Texans and Washington Football Team. Read below for details and analysis of the Week 5 action.

8:01 PM: Cowboys beat Patriots in OT thriller on Prescott-to-Lamb TD

It’s over in Foxborough, Mass.

The Dallas Cowboys won a superb game, 35-29, with a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dak Prescott to wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in overtime.

The Patriots had the ball first in extra time but punted, opting against a fourth-and-three attempt from their own 46-yard line.

The Cowboys moved 80 yards to win it and improve their record to 5-1. The Patriots dropped to 2-4, with all four losses coming at home.

Prescott threw for 445 yards and three touchdowns. Two of them went to Lamb, who had nine catches for 149 yards.

By: Mark Maske

7:49 PM: Cowboys and Patriots in OT in Foxborough

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots are headed to overtime in Foxborough, Mass., tied at 29.

It has been an eventful and entertaining game at Gillette Stadium.

The Cowboys grabbed a 26-21 lead with just less than 2½ minutes to play when cornerback Trevon Diggs intercepted a pass by his former college teammate at Alabama, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, and raced 42 yards for a touchdown. It was Diggs’s league-leading seventh interception of the season, two of which he has returned for touchdowns.

The Patriots responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jones to wide receiver Kendrick Bourne that victimized Diggs. They added a two-point conversion for a 29-26 advantage with just more than two minutes remaining.

The Cowboys got even on a 49-yard field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlein with 20 seconds left. They’d faced a third-and-25 play after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. But quarterback Dak Prescott connected with wide receiver CeeDee Lamb for 24 yards.

Zuerlein had missed from 51 yards with just less than three minutes to go.

Prescott has thrown for 374 yards and two touchdowns entering overtime. The Cowboys had 487 yards of total offense in regulation.

It is the second overtime game of the day and the 10th of the NFL season.

By: Mark Maske

7:45 PM: Raiders start post-Jon Gruden era with win at Denver

The Las Vegas Raiders have been through all sorts of turmoil of late, but they were able to begin the post-Jon Gruden era on a very happy note with a win Sunday at Denver.

Derek Carr threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns while the Raiders’ defense mostly throttled the Broncos until late in the fourth quarter, and Las Vegas came away with a satisfying, 34-24 victory over a hated division rival.

Henry Ruggs had three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders, who also got two touchdowns from Kenyan Drake, a running back Gruden signed to a sizable contract in the offseason but had used sparingly in the first five weeks. Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdowns for Denver but was also picked off three times, was sacked five times and lost a fumble in an ineffective outing.

Gruden resigned on Monday after the revelation of racist, homophobic and misogynistic language he used in emails over a span of several years. Las Vegas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia served as interim head coach Sunday.

By: Des Bieler

7:13 PM: Cardinals, NFL’s only unbeaten team, improve to 6-0

(Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) © Emilee Chinn/Getty Images (Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals came into Cleveland Sunday as the NFL’s only unbeaten team, and they left with that status very much intact after a resounding victory over the Browns.

Arizona’s 37-14 win over previously 3-2 Cleveland improved the Cardinals’ record to 6-0, a mark they have reached just twice before in a franchise history that stretches back to the NFL’s founding in 1920. Per the Arizona Republic, they were 6-0 in 1922, when the Cards were based in Chicago, and in 1974, when they called St. Louis home.

When the team notched a 5-0 record last week, it was the first time that had happened since the franchise moved to Arizona in 1988. The Cardinals have not won an NFL championship since 1947, but through six weeks, this year’s team has the look of one that could end the league’s longest title drought.

By: Des Bieler

6:49 PM: Browns’ Kareem Hunt carted off with leg injury

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was carted off the field after suffering an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. Hunt was shown grabbing the back of his leg before needing help in getting to the sideline.

Cleveland was already playing without starting running back Nick Chubb, who was out with a calf injury. The Browns announced Sunday that Hunt was out for the rest of the game.

Earlier in the game, the Browns briefly lost wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a shoulder injury, and quarterback Baker Mayfield went to the medical tent on the sideline to get checked for a shoulder injury. Cleveland trails Arizona late in the fourth quarter, 37-14.

By: Des Bieler

6:30 PM: Baker Mayfield stays in game for Browns

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield stayed in the game in Cleveland after having his left shoulder examined in the medical tent on the sideline following a third-quarter hit.

Mayfield already is playing with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

He landed heavily on that shoulder and remained down on the field while his teammates gathered around him.

But after making two trips to the medical tent, Mayfield was back on the field for the Browns’ next possession. They trail the Arizona Cardinals, 30-14, entering the fourth quarter.

By: Mark Maske

6:17 PM: Odell Beckham Jr. returns for Browns

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has returned to the game in Cleveland for the Browns.

Beckham had been called questionable to return because of a shoulder injury. He had been examined in the medical tent on the Browns’ sideline, then jogged to the locker room.

The Browns trail the Arizona Cardinals, 23-14, in the third quarter.

By: Mark Maske

6:13 PM: Derek Carr has big first half in first game without Jon Gruden

In his first game since Jon Gruden’s resignation, Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has played very well in the first half. Carr completed 13 of 19 passes for 210 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 140.2 rating as the Raiders went to the locker room with a 17-7 lead over the host Denver Broncos.

Of Carr’s 13 completions, eight went to different players, including a 48-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Henry Ruggs on the game’s opening drive. The Las Vegas defense racked up three sacks and had an interception off Denver quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who also threw a touchdown pass but managed just 99 yards on 17 pass attempts.

Gruden, who was given a 10-year, $100 million contract to be the Raiders’ head coach in 2018, stepped down on Monday after the revelation of further emails in which he had made a number of offensive remarks over a number of years. Gruden coached the Raiders last week after a 2011 email had come to light in which he used racist language to describe NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.

Following Gruden’s departure, the Raiders are being led by interim head coach Rich Bisaccia, who is also the team’s special teams coordinator. Gruden had played a major role in the running of Las Vegas’s offense, but Carr said earlier this week he had confidence in offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

“I’ve heard [Olson’s] voice through the headset, I know how he calls the game and I know how he thinks,” Carr said then. “We’re in the same room. Every conversation I had with coach Gruden, I had with Oly this whole time. And so us three, and now Johnny Mo [senior offensive assistant John Morton], we were all together all the time. It’s not going to be anything crazy new, but there are philosophies that some people have.”

By: Des Bieler

6:09 PM: Patriots take 14-10 lead over Cowboys into second half in eventful matchup

The New England Patriots lead the Dallas Cowboys, 14-10, after an eventful first half in Foxborough, Mass.

The Cowboys appeared to have taken the lead late in the half on a fourth-down quarterback sneak by Dak Prescott from the New England 1-yard line. Prescott extended the ball toward the goal line, but the football was knocked free and the loose ball was recovered in the end zone by the Patriots. The on-field officials called a touchdown, ruling that Prescott had gotten the ball to the goal line before losing possession.

But that ruling was reversed on the ensuing instant replay review, apparently correctly. The play was called a fumble and the Patriots were awarded possession via a touchback. They ran out the clock on the first half from there.

Prescott had a first-quarter touchdown pass but also threw an end zone interception in the second quarter.

The Patriots scored two touchdowns in their first seven offensive plays of the game. They had a second-quarter touchdown that would have given them a 21-7 lead nullified by a holding penalty. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones lost a fumble on a sack by the Cowboys’ Randy Gregory on the following play.

The Patriots also had a punt blocked by the Cowboys, leading to the sequence with Prescott at the goal line in the final two minutes of the half.

By: Mark Maske

5:53 PM: Browns get Hail Mary to end first half, cut deficit vs. Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals know something about completing Hail Marys, having memorably gotten one last season to beat the Buffalo Bills. The tables turned on Sunday, though, when the Cleveland Browns ended the first half with an improbable completion to cut their deficit against Arizona.

Baker Mayfield hit Donovan Peoples-Jones as time ran out in the second quarter for a 57-yard touchdown. The ensuing extra point pulled the Browns to within 10 points of the visiting Cardinals at 24-14.

If Arizona goes on to lose the game, that play will loom very large because the Cardinals were in control for most of the first half. Mayfield turned the ball over twice while the Cards were able to hold onto it and hit on some big plays.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray had two touchdown passes, including a 22-yard connection to wide receiver Christian Kirk and another on which wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins juked a pair of defenders and bowled another over for a nifty score. The Cardinals’ defense, which has been a surprisingly strong unit thus far this season, had two sacks and the two turnovers — but it failed to knock the ball down on the final play of the first half.

By: Des Bieler

5:27 PM: Odell Beckham Jr. heads to Browns’ locker room with shoulder injury

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. headed to the locker room after being examined in the medical tent on the Cleveland Browns’ sideline for an apparent injury to his right shoulder.

Beckham left the game against the Arizona Cardinals and appeared to be in discomfort on the sideline before being taken to the tent. He later exited the tent and jogged to the locker room. The Browns called Beckham questionable to return to the game with a shoulder injury.

He has two catches for 42 yards in the game. The Browns trail the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, 20-7, in the second quarter in Cleveland.

By: Mark Maske

5:04 PM: The Vikings’ season has been nutty. This time, they won in OT.

Kirk Cousins passed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, for the Vikings. (Jacob Kupferman/Associated Press) © Jacob Kupferman/AP Kirk Cousins passed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, for the Vikings. (Jacob Kupferman/Associated Press)

The Minnesota Vikings held off a Carolina Panthers team that put together a scrappy fourth quarter and went on to win, 34-28, in overtime, the fourth time in six Vikings games that have ended on the final play.

For the second time in NFL history — the last was in 2018 — at least one game has gone to overtime over the first six weeks of the season and the Minnesota Vikings have to be wondering, “why us?” It’s been that kind of season for a team that has clawed its way to 3-3. Minnesota lost its opener on a field goal as time expired, missed a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation in Week 2, won on a field goal as time ran out in Week 5 and now have had a walk-off touchdown in overtime.

Kirk Cousins’s 27-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Osborn on the first possession of overtime ended the game and capped a 373-yard, three touchdown performance. Dalvin Cook rushed for 140 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries and Adam Thielen caught 11 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.

The Panthers had lost three games in a row after their 3-0 start and trailed at halftime for the first time this season. For most of the game, Sam Darnold was acutely feeling the loss of running back Christian McCaffrey, who has missed three games with a hamstring injury. He was placed on injured reserve, ineligible to play again until Week 9.

The Panthers tied the score at 28 with a 96-yard touchdown drive that included two fourth-down conversions. Carolina briefly took a third-quarter lead on a touchdown off a blocked punt, but the Vikings scored 16 consecutive points for a 28-17 lead that the Panthers narrowed to 28-20 with a field goal.

With just over two minutes left in regulation, the Panthers took over at their 4 and, on fourth-and-10, Darnold found Ian Thomas for a 41-yard pass. On fourth-and-six at the 32, Darnold found D.J. Moore for a 26-yard pass. Then he threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson and completed the two-point conversion pass to Tommy Tremble to tie it.

The Vikings had a chance to win it with 5 seconds left in regulation, but Greg Joseph’s 47-yard field goal attempt was wide right.

By: Cindy Boren

4:48 PM: Vikes-Panthers gives the NFL at least one OT game each week this season

The Vikings-Panthers overtime game in Charlotte means the NFL has had at least one overtime game in each of the first six weeks of the season.

The Vikings-Panthers game is the ninth overtime game in the league this season.

Kicker Greg Joseph missed a 47-yard field goal attempt for Minnesota with one second remaining in regulation. Joseph sent the kick wide right.

By: Mark Maske

4:45 PM: Lamar Jackson sets record for most wins before the age of 25

Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson is now all alone at No. 1 in an NFL category that reflects immediate, consistent success in the league. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images) © Patrick Smith/Getty Images Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson is now all alone at No. 1 in an NFL category that reflects immediate, consistent success in the league. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Given all the success Lamar Jackson has already enjoyed in the NFL, including league MVP honors after the 2019 season, it’s remarkable to be reminded that he’s still just 24 years old.

The Ravens quarterback’s consistently high-level play for Baltimore helped him set an NFL record Sunday for the most wins, 35, before the age of 25. With his team’s 34-6 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, Jackson broke a mark he was sharing with Dan Marino entering Week 6.

Marino had notched 34 wins before the age of 25 while starring for the Miami Dolphins from 1983 to 1986. Jackson doesn’t have his next birthday until Jan. 7 — two days before the Ravens’ regular season finale — so he will have 10 more chances to extend his record.

According to NFL Research, next on the list is the New England Patriots’ Drew Bledsoe, at 32, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger (29).

By: Des Bieler

4:40 PM: Raiders score touchdown on opening possession in Denver

If players for the Las Vegas Raiders were unnerved by more than a week of controversy and the resignation of Jon Gruden as the team’s coach, they didn’t show it in the early stages of their game Sunday in Denver.

The Raiders scored a touchdown on their opening possession. Quarterback Derek Carr threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Henry Ruggs.

The Raiders lead the Broncos, 7-0, in Rich Bisaccia’s debut as interim head coach.

Gruden announced his resignation Monday after revelations that he used racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails over a span of approximately seven years before he returned to coaching with the Raiders in 2018.

By: Mark Maske

4:19 PM: Packers top Bears, increase lead atop NFC North

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown against Chicago. (David Banks/AP) © David Banks/AP Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown against Chicago. (David Banks/AP)

As Aaron Rodgers was only too happy to remind Chicago Bears fans, he still owns them. The Green Bay Packers quarterback’s late rushing touchdown helped his team beat Chicago, 24-14, and improve his career record against the Bears to 21-5.

Trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter at 17-7, rookie Bears quarterback Justin Fields led a touchdown drive that ended with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Darnell Mooney. However, Rodgers then completed three straight passes for 62 yards, setting himself up for his second career touchdown on the ground versus Chicago. His two touchdown passes Sunday increased his total against the Bears to 57, with just 10 interceptions.

Packers running back Aaron Jones chipped in with 110 yards from scrimmage and a score. After an injury to David Montgomery and Damien Williams’s placement on the reserve/covid list, Chicago was down to its third-string running back, rookie Khalil Herbert, who stepped up ably with 97 rushing yards and a touchdown.

The win increased the NFC North lead for Green Bay (5-1) to two games over Chicago (3-3). The Minnesota Vikings entered Sunday at 2-3 while the Detroit Lions fell to 0-6 and, with a win earlier in the day by the Jacksonville Jaguars, became the league’s only winless team.

By: Des Bieler

4:17 PM: Chiefs get back to .500 with big second half at FedEx Field

Patrick Mahomes maneuvers during the Chiefs’ victory over the Washington Football Team. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) © John McDonnell/The Washington Post Patrick Mahomes maneuvers during the Chiefs’ victory over the Washington Football Team. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t exactly cure all that has ailed them this season. There still were turnovers on offense. There still was a breakdown or two here and there on defense.

But they could feel a whole lot better about things after getting back into the win column by beating the Washington Football Team, 31-13, at FedEx Field.

The Chiefs evened their record at 3-3.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 32 of 47 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns.

“I think guys just dug down deep,” Mahomes told CBS after the game.

Mahomes threw a pair of first-half interceptions. The first was on a deflected pass that led his mother to take to social media to defend him. The second was on the sort of ill-advised throw — after a mishandled snap and while being tackled — that Mahomes recently had said he needed to avoid.

But the Chiefs rolled up 499 yards of total offense. They outscored Washington, 21-0, in the second half.

Perhaps they’re not quite back to being the Chiefs as everyone has come to know them in recent years. Not yet, at least. But this was a step in the right direction.

Washington fell to 2-4 on the day that it honored Sean Taylor by retiring the late safety’s No. 21.

By: Mark Maske

4:00 PM: Raiders poised for first game with Rich Bisaccia as Jon Gruden’s replacement

Rich Bisaccia takes over as interim head coach of the Raiders. (David Becker/AP) © David Becker/AP Rich Bisaccia takes over as interim head coach of the Raiders. (David Becker/AP)

The Las Vegas Raiders play Sunday as Denver in their first game under their interim head coach, Rich Bisaccia.

Bisaccia was appointed following Jon Gruden’s resignation Monday after revelations that Gruden used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in emails over a span of approximately seven years before he returned to coaching with the Raiders in 2018. Owner Mark Davis, General Manager Mike Mayock and Bisaccia addressed Raiders players about the situation Wednesday before the team began preparations for this game.

“What I said to the players this morning is that there is a spectrum of opinions out there about Jon Gruden, from total condemnation to full empathy and everything in between,” Mayock said in a news conference Wednesday. “And what I said to the players basically is that you’re entitled to your position. You’re entitled to your opinion on that. But ultimately what we’ve preached since the day I’ve been here with Coach Gruden and just about every other team in the world preaches is the team has got to come first at some point.”

Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib, the NFL’s first openly gay active player, was excused from team activities Wednesday at his request before returning for Thursday’s practice. Raiders players expressed a mixture of personal fondness for Gruden with condemnation of Gruden’s words.

The team is on a two-game losing streak and has a record of 3-2 entering the game against the Broncos, scheduled for 4:25 p.m. Eastern time. Mayock said Wednesday that Raiders players must show their professionalism.

“There was a gamut of emotions in the room about how they feel,” Mayock said. “And each of them is entitled to that emotion. But I really do believe that going forward what you’re going to see is a team that’s 3-2 and saying we’ve got to go play Denver and all — every single one — of our goals is still out there.”

By: Mark Maske

3:58 PM: Aaron Rodgers taunts Bears fans after scoring late TD

Chicago Bears fans absolutely, positively did not need any more reasons to hate Aaron Rodgers.

But the Green Bay Packers gave them a couple more, anyway, on Sunday while clearly taking delight in rubbing salt in their wounds.

After scoring a six-yard rushing touchdown that greatly increased Green Bay’s chances for a win late in a game at Chicago, Rodgers celebrated by yelling at the Soldier Field crowd, “I still own you! I still own you!”

Rodgers’s claim to possession of Bears fans may rest on dubious legal grounds, but as a practical matter, he ain’t wrong. Going into Sunday’s game, Rodgers had racked up a 20-5 career record against Chicago, with 55 touchdown passes and just 10 interceptions, plus a 107.2 rating.

By: Des Bieler

3:51 PM: Chargers’ luck runs out in Baltimore as Ravens close in on big win

The Los Angeles Chargers’ game in Baltimore was supposed to be an intriguing matchup between AFC contenders with superstar quarterbacks and matching 4-1 records.

Not so much, as it has turned out.

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are in total control and lead Justin Herbert and the Chargers, 34-6, in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens have played a series of thrilling games this season but are getting a break from such dramatics Sunday. Jackson has thrown a touchdown pass and the Ravens have a rushing touchdown by each of the veteran running backs they signed around the start of the season: Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman.

The Chargers’ luck has run out, at least on this day. Coach Brandon Staley has been aggressive, as always. But the Chargers failed on fourth and three from their own 39-yard line and on fourth and one from their own 19-yard line. Each led to a Ravens’ field goal.

By: Mark Maske

3:48 PM: Once again, nothing is going well for the winless Lions

Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah catches a two-yard pass for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. (Duane Burleson/AP) © Duane Burleson/AP Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah catches a two-yard pass for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. (Duane Burleson/AP)

And then there was one last team, at least for this week.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ victory in London left the Detroit Lions all alone as the NFL’s only winless team and the Lions showed no sign of changing their status against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The good news for the Lions is that going winless — which will require losing 17 games with an expanded schedule this year — is very difficult. Since 1944, only five teams have accomplished that feat: the 1960 Dallas Cowboys (0-11-1), the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14), the 1982 Baltimore Colts (0-8-1), the 2008 Lions (0-16), and the 2017 Cleveland Browns (0-16).

The rest of the Lions’ schedule features games against the Rams, Eagles, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Cardinals, Falcons, Seahawks and Packers.

By: Cindy Boren

3:19 PM: Trevon Diggs, Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith active for Cowboys

Cornerback Trevon Diggs, left tackle Tyron Smith and running back Ezekiel Elliott are all active for the Dallas Cowboys for their late-afternoon game at New England.

Each had been listed as questionable on the injury report.

Diggs, the NFL’s interception leader, missed practices Wednesday and Thursday because of a sprained ankle. He was a limited participant in Friday’s practice.

Elliott was limited in practices all week because of a rib and back injury. Smith was plagued by a neck injury.

By: Mark Maske

3:18 PM: Brandon Staley’s fourth-down gambles end badly

Brandon Staley isn’t shy about letting his quarterback try to convert on fourth down. (Gail Burton/Associated Press) © Gail Burton/AP Brandon Staley isn’t shy about letting his quarterback try to convert on fourth down. (Gail Burton/Associated Press)

In his first season as the Los Angeles Chargers’ head coach, Brandon Staley has shown no fear of going for it on fourth down — even when the Chargers are deep in their own territory.

Many times, it was worked and given his team a boost. But in the fourth quarter of the game in Baltimore, his brazenness backfired. On fourth-and-one at the L.A. 19, the Chargers went for it and Justin Herbert’s pass fell incomplete. That left the Ravens with an easy opportunity to add to their lead and they did just that, with Justin Tucker kicking a 39-yard field goal for a 27-6 lead.

That was the second time Staley’s strategy failed and led to easy points for the Ravens. With the Chargers down 14-0 early in the second quarter, Staley kept his offense on the field facing fourth-and-three at their 39. Herbert’s pass was incomplete and Tucker kicked a 59-yard field goal.

The Chargers were, at that point, 2-for-8 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth down.

By: Cindy Boren

2:59 PM: It’s ugly for the Giants

It just keeps getting worse for the New York Giants.

On the day they are honoring their 2011 Super Bowl championship team, the Giants trail the Los Angeles Rams, 28-3, at halftime in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Giants are 1-4, staring at 1-5. They don’t have a playoff victory since that last Super Bowl title. They’ve made one postseason appearance since then. They were booed off the field following the first half Sunday, and it appears increasingly inevitable that co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch will have to perform another organizational housecleaning.

By: Mark Maske

2:50 PM: After mother’s defense, Patrick Mahomes throws indefensible interception

The interceptions keep coming for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, even after his mother took to social media to defend him earlier Sunday.

Mahomes threw his second interception of the first half at FedEx Field on a play that exhibited the poor decision-making that Mahomes vowed a week earlier to avoid.

He dropped the ball after taking the snap, picked it up off the ground, then tried to throw a pass as he was being tackled. The fluttering throw landed in the hands of Washington Football Team safety Bobby McCain.

The Chiefs trail, 13-10, at halftime.

WFT live updates: Washington Football Team leads Chiefs, 13-10, at halftime

Earlier, Randi Mahomes wrote on Twitter that a deflected-pass interception was not her son’s fault.

“Ok PEOPLE,” she wrote, “that should not be an interception on the QB… that should be a fumble or anything else.. just putting it out there.. GO CHIEFS..”

By: Mark Maske

2:22 PM: Stafford-to-Kupp TD on fourth down ups Rams’ lead over Giants

The Los Angeles Rams are rolling, not surprisingly, at MetLife Stadium.

They lead the New York Giants, 14-3, in the second quarter.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has touchdown passes to wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.

The three-yard connection to Kupp came on a fourth-and-one play, as Kupp maneuvered himself nimbly into the front corner of the end zone.

By: Mark Maske

2:21 PM: Ravens lead Chargers, 17-0, after extending string of touchdown drives

The Ravens made it touchdowns on six straight possessions over two games and lead the Los Angeles Chargers, 17-0, in the second quarter in Baltimore.

The Ravens scored touchdowns on their final four drives in rallying to beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-25, in overtime last Monday night. They scored touchdowns on their first two possessions against the Chargers.

The streak ended with a punt by the Ravens on their third drive Sunday. Then kicker Justin Tucker added a 52-yard field goal after the Chargers failed on a fourth-and-three try from their own 39-yard line.

By: Mark Maske

1:53 PM: Patrick Mahomes throws interception for fifth straight game

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said after the Kansas City Chiefs’ loss to the Buffalo Bills a week ago that he had to reevaluate his on-field decision-making and stop throwing interceptions.

It’s not working quite yet.

Mahomes has been intercepted in five straight games after throwing a first-quarter interception Sunday to the Washington Football Team’s Kendall Fuller on a deflected pass.

Even so, the Chiefs lead, 10-3, in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mahomes has completed nine of 13 passes for 145 yards.

By: Mark Maske

1:36 PM: Myles Garrett’s Halloween decorations troll the NFL’s QBs

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, the NFL’s sack leader, wants everyone to have a happy Halloween, everyone, that is, except for NFL quarterbacks.

In celebration of the occasion, the ghoulish Garrett turned his front yard into a graveyard, with an enormous skeleton standing over headstones featuring the names of quarterbacks he has sacked (Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson and Ben Roethlisberger as well as Kyler Murray and Mac Jones.) The Browns face Murray and the Cardinals Sunday and Jones’s Patriots on Nov. 14.

“I was looking closely to see how many of those guys he’s actually sacked already and how many are still on the schedule,” Browns defensive line coach Chris Kiffin told Cleveland.com Friday. “So I think he had it pretty well thought out. It’s perfect.”

Running back Kareem Hunt thought it was “real funny” and Coach Kevin Stefanski said it was “more creative” than his decorations.

Quarterbacks might not agree and they’re certain to have seen the display, thanks to TMZ.

“The backstory of the cemetery? I’m kind of a troll a little bit, and people in my house like to have fun,” Garrett said (via the Akron Beacon Journal). “My family and friends, they thought it would be something cool to do for Halloween.”

By: Cindy Boren

1:34 PM: Giants rule out Kadarius Toney with ankle injury

The New York Giants ruled out rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney from returning to their game against the Los Angeles Rams because of an ankle injury.

Toney had three catches for 36 yards before exiting.

The Giants lead the Rams, 3-0, in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium.

Toney was active for the game after being listed as questionable on the injury report because of an ankle injury. Fellow wideouts Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton are on the game-day inactive list for the Giants, along with running back Saquon Barkley.

By: Mark Maske

1:22 PM: Cardinals have one new positive coronavirus test, game at Cleveland remains on

The Arizona Cardinals had an additional positive coronavirus test result returned Sunday for defensive lineman Corey Peters. That was the lone new positive test result for the Cardinals and their game at Cleveland remains on as scheduled Sunday afternoon, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Cardinals said they placed Peters on their covid-19 reserve list.

They’ll play the game without Coach Kliff Kingsbury following his positive coronavirus test, announced by the team Friday.

Quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive tackle Zach Allen also tested positive and will miss the game, the Cardinals said Friday. The team placed linebacker Chandler Jones on its covid-19 reserve list Tuesday, reportedly because of a positive test. General Manager Steve Keim reportedly also tested positive.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers are to share the head coaching duties against the Browns.

By: Mark Maske

1:10 PM: Urban Meyer gets first NFL win as Jags beat Dolphins on field goal as time expires in London

It took a trip overseas, an equally downtrodden opponent and a wild finish. But the Jacksonville Jaguars finally got into the win column for Coach Urban Meyer and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

They beat the Miami Dolphins, 23-20, on kicker Matthew Wright’s 53-yard field goal as time expired at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

The Jaguars snapped their 20-game losing streak dating to last season’s opener. They won for the first time in six games this season since hiring Meyer as their coach in the offseason and using the top overall selection in the NFL draft on Lawrence, the former Clemson standout.

Wright provided his game-winner after Lawrence connected for a nine-yard completion to wide receiver Laviska Shenault over the middle on fourth and eight from the Miami 44-yard line. The Jaguars managed to stop the clock with one second left with a timeout.

The Jaguars didn’t have a field goal all season until Wright connected from 40, 54 and 53 yards Sunday. On his 54-yarder with less than four minutes to play, the ball seemed headed wide right before hooking back through the uprights and sailing just over the crossbar.

The Jaguars got a touchdown in the final minute of the first half and another on their opening possession of the second half to turn a 13-3 deficit into a 17-13 lead. The second touchdown pass of the day from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle put the Dolphins back in front, 20-17, with just more than 10 minutes remaining, before Wright’s final two field goals for the Jaguars.

Tagovailoa had those two touchdown passes but also threw an interception in his return from a three-game absence due to fractured ribs. The Dolphins’ record dropped to 1-5. Coach Brian Flores had two failed instant-replay challenges in the fourth quarter, the first on a Dolphins’ incompletion and the second on a punt that was ruled not to have touched the fingertip of the Jaguars’ returner on its way to the end zone.

By: Mark Maske

1:05 PM: Joe Burrow focuses on voice, as well as game, management

Joe Burrow was checked out for a throat contusion after the overtime loss to the Packers. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) © Kareem Elgazzar/AP Joe Burrow was checked out for a throat contusion after the overtime loss to the Packers. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Joe Burrow had an unusual week as the Bengals prepared to face the Lions.

Burrow spent the week on “voice rest” after being taken to a Cincinnati hospital last Sunday as a precaution because of a throat contusion he suffered in the Bengals’ overtime loss to the Packers. Burrow did not stay overnight, but the 3-2 Bengals were taking no chances with the No. 1 player taken in the 2020 draft. He skipped his weekly news conference, being advised by the medical staff to speak as little as possible.

“Everything’s going good,” Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday. “We’re just limiting what he has to say and how he’s gotta use his voice through today.”

The injury, the result of trauma to the neck, was an odd one, but has the potential to be serious.

“If people have trouble breathing or your voice changes, you’ve got to be very aware with someone who got hit in the throat that they don’t have significant injuries,” Timothy Kremchek, Cincinnati Reds’ medical director and a consultant for NFL players at Beacon Orthopaedics, told Cincinnati.com last week. “Typically they’ll go to the hospital and be evaluated by a CT scan just to make sure there are no fractures or threatening injuries.”

Burrow was cleared to play Sunday and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in every game this season. If he can do so against the Lions, he would join Dan Marino as the only other quarterback in his first or second season to throw multiple TD passes in his team’s first six games of the season.

Bengals receiver Tee Higgins saw no difference in the quarterback during Wednesday’s walk-through, saying he was “the regular old Joe.”

By: Cindy Boren

1:00 PM: Daniel Jones, Kadarius Toney active for Giants as Saquon Barkley sits out

Quarterback Daniel Jones is active for the New York Giants for their game against the Los Angeles Rams in East Rutherford, N.J., while tailback Saquon Barkley is on the inactive list.

Jones was cleared under the concussion protocol. He practiced on a limited basis Thursday and was a full participant in Friday’s practice.

Barkley is inactive because of his ankle injury. He’s joined on the game-day inactive list by wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton.

Rookie wideout Kadarius Toney is active. He had been listed as questionable on the injury report because of an ankle injury.

By: Mark Maske

12:50 PM: Jaguars tie the score on a ‘bend it like Beckham’ field goal

Dolphins defensive back Brandon Jones reacts after Matthew Wright's kick took the scenic route through the uprights. (Matt Dunhan/Associated Press) © Matt Dunhan/AP Dolphins defensive back Brandon Jones reacts after Matthew Wright's kick took the scenic route through the uprights. (Matt Dunhan/Associated Press)

Anyone seen David Beckham?

How else to explain a 54-yard field goal attempt by Matthew Wright that appeared headed way, way right before suddenly curving between the uprights and tying the score for the Jaguars in London’s Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium?

Even Wright seemed surprised, but not as surprised as CBS’s Kevin Harlan, who could only laugh after his errant call.

“54 yarder...nope...aaaaannnnd, got it!” he said. “Got it! How about that?”

By: Cindy Boren

12:50 PM: Panthers remain without Christian McCaffrey

The Carolina Panthers will remain McCaffrey-less.

The Panthers placed running back Christian McCaffrey on the injured reserve list Saturday. He has missed two games because of a hamstring injury and now is not eligible to play again until Week 9.

Rookie Chuba Hubbard is expected to start at running back when the Panthers host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

They’ve lost two straight games since a 3-0 start to the season.

McCaffrey was injured in the Panthers’ third game of this season. He was limited to three games last season because of a variety of injuries.

By: Mark Maske

12:45 PM: T.Y. Hilton expected to make season debut for Colts

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is expected to make his season debut Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts activated him Saturday from the injured reserve list. He has been sidelined because of a neck injury.

Hilton is a four-time Pro Bowl selection in nine seasons with the Colts. He’s a five-time 1,000-yard receiver.

The Colts certainly need the help. They’ll take a 1-4 record into their game Sunday at home against the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

By: Mark Maske

12:37 PM: Joe Mixon is active for Bengals

Tailback Joe Mixon is active for the Cincinnati Bengals for their game at Detroit.

He had been listed as questionable on the injury report because of an ankle injury.

Mixon has run for 386 yards and three touchdowns in five games this season for the Bengals, who are 3-2.

By: Mark Maske

12:14 PM: Jags had a fourth-quarter lead ... but no longer

The Jacksonville Jaguars, trying to end their 20-game losing skid, actually had a fourth-quarter lead in London.

That didn’t last.

The Jaguars were ahead of the Miami Dolphins, 17-13, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They rallied from a 13-3 deficit with touchdowns in the final minute of the first half and on the opening possession of the second half.

But the Jaguars were stopped on a fourth-and-one try from the Miami 9-yard line in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Coach Urban Meyer opted against a field goal that would have made it a seven-point lead. The Jaguars failed to capitalize on an interception thrown by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

The Dolphins moved back in front, 20-17, with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the game on Tagovailoa’s second touchdown pass of the day to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.

By: Mark Maske

11:23 AM: Jags trail at half in London but have some rare momentum

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) celebrates with wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) after they combined for a touchdown late in the first half. (Ian Walton/AP) © Ian Walton/AP Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) celebrates with wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) after they combined for a touchdown late in the first half. (Ian Walton/AP)

The Jacksonville Jaguars trail the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, at halftime at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

But they actually have a little bit of momentum heading into the second half as they attempt to win for the first time with Urban Meyer as their coach and end the franchise’s 20-game losing streak dating to last season’s opener.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones with 40 seconds remaining in the half. Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders missed a 58-yard field goal attempt as time expired, and the Jaguars will have the ball first in the second half.

The Jaguars’ touchdown in the final minute of the second quarter came after Meyer’s game management left him open to some questioning. He opted to punt on four and 15 from the Miami 40-yard line with just more than two minutes remaining in the half, trailing by 13-3.

But it worked out for the Jaguars. They downed the punt at the Miami 3-yard line, held the Dolphins without a first down to force a punt, and began a drive in their opponent’s territory for the first time this season. The Jaguars, after starting at the Miami 49-yard line, converted on fourth and six from the 35-yard line on their way to their touchdown.

Score one for Meyer there.

By: Mark Maske

11:00 AM: Watch as Lamar Jackson is caught off guard by Louisville’s announcement

Lamar Jackson was Louisville’s first Heisman Trophy winner and soon his No. 8 will be retired by the school. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press) © Chuck Burton/AP Lamar Jackson was Louisville’s first Heisman Trophy winner and soon his No. 8 will be retired by the school. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press)

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson thought he was just fulfilling a media obligation when he stepped into the team’s media room to speak with reporters back home, where he had starred at the University of Louisville.

Instead, he got one of the biggest surprises of his young life and was a little at a loss for words as school officials informed him that his No. 8, worn during his Heisman Trophy-winning career at the school, would be retired in a ceremony during the Nov. 13 game against Syracuse. The Ravens play a Thursday night game against the Miami Dolphins that week, so Jackson is expected to attend.

Jackson is in pretty heady company, joining Johnny Unitas as the only Louisville players to have their numbers retired. The No. 16 of Unitas, a Hall of Famer, was retired in 2003.

“That’s unreal. You can’t really put that in words,” Jackson said, growing emotional and adding, “I ain’t gonna cry on camera though.”

At Louisville, Jackson was the youngest Heisman winner at 19 years, 337 days in 2016. (His 4,928 yards of offense that season ranks second in Heisman history to Ty Detmer, who had 5,022 with BYU in 1990). He also became the first Heisman winner with at least 30 touchdown passes and at least 21 rushing touchdowns. He rushed for 1,538 yards, most by a Heisman-winning quarterback. He also set or tied 42 single-game, season and career records at Louisville during his three seasons.

He hasn’t let up in the NFL, either. He was named MVP of the 2019 season, becoming only the second player (besides Tom Brady) to win the award by unanimous vote and was the second-youngest player to win, behind Jim Brown. With Jackson under center, the Ravens are 8-0 in the month of October.

Now, at 24, he’s in the conversation for a second MVP award.

By: Cindy Boren

10:21 AM: Tagovailoa off to hot start, Dolphins lead Jags in London

Tua Tagovailoa looks to throw in the first half Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London. (Ian Walton/AP) © Ian Walton/AP Tua Tagovailoa looks to throw in the first half Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London. (Ian Walton/AP)

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is off to a good start in London in his return to the Miami Dolphins’ lineup from a three-game absence due to fractured ribs.

Tagovailoa has completed 11 of 14 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins have turned their first two offensive possessions into a touchdown and a field goal. They lead the Jacksonville Jaguars, 10-3, in the second quarter at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tagovailoa is wearing a flak jacket under his jersey to protect his ribs, according to the CBS broadcast. He threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.

He was replaced temporarily by backup Jacoby Brissett on a third-and-one play on the Dolphins’ field goal drive. Brissett provided a 25-yard completion to tight end Durham Smythe.

The Jaguars, in their sixth game of the season, finally made their first field goal. Yes, their first field goal of the season. It was a 40-yarder by kicker Matthew Wright in the first quarter. They’re trying to win for the first time under Coach Urban Meyer and avoid a 21st straight defeat dating to last season, before Meyer’s arrival.

By: Mark Maske

10:15 AM: WFT moves ahead with Sean Taylor number retirement despite criticism

The Washington Football Team absorbed criticism for the timing of its announcement that it will retire the No. 21 jersey number of late safety Sean Taylor at Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at FedEx Field.

The team made its plans public abruptly last week amid the controversy over revelations about emails that came to the NFL’s attention as a result of the investigation into Washington’s workplace misconduct. Some fans and other observers expressed their dismay and, in some cases, outrage.

The led Jason Wright, the team’s president, to issue an apology.

“To our fans: I’m sorry,” Wright wrote on Twitter. “We’re sorry. We will do better.”

Wright also wrote: “We wanted to do something long overdue by retiring players’ numbers. Months ago we planned for Bobby Mitchell and Sean Taylor to be the first two. Seeing the reaction, I’m very sorry that the short notice does not properly reflect the impact Sean had.”

Jon Gruden announced his resignation Monday as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after revelations about racist, homophobic and misogynistic language he used in emails to Bruce Allen, Washington’s former team president, and others.

The NFL has continued to decline to release evidence related to the Washington investigation despite calls by the NFL Players Association and former team employees for that to occur.

A person familiar with the situation said last week that the league did not intend to reopen the probe or release to the public materials from the investigation overseen by attorney Beth Wilkinson. No other NFL employees or team officials leaguewide are expected to be disciplined by the league office based on the content of the emails uncovered during the investigation, that person said.

Washington hosts the Chiefs at 1 p.m. Eastern time Sunday.

By: Mark Maske

9:45 AM: ‘SNL’ comes for the NFL after a week of bad optics

“Saturday Night Live” wasted no time and pulled no punches in weighing in on the NFL after a week of leaked sexist, misogynistic, homophobic emails led to the resignation of Jon Gruden as Raiders coach (and that was only the beginning of the league’s PR problems).

In its cold open, Colin Jost took the mic as Commissioner Roger Goodell to “assure you, all 32 teams in our league understand that diversity is our strength. And I know our Black coaches would agree. Both of them.”

Jost’s Goodell added, “When you see me on TV, it’s never good. This time, one of our coaches is accused of racism, misogyny and homophobia. But hey, at least no one’s talking about concussions.”

Jost introduced James Austin Johnson as Gruden, saying he “got on his knees and begged, and you know how much I hate seeing someone kneel.”

A number of cast members stepped up as possible replacements for Gruden, including Pete Davidson. “It is an honor to take over this storied franchise and a real shame that I have to immediately resign,” he said. “They just found my emails, too, and they are so much worse than the old coach’s.”

Chris Redd as appeared as the former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “So much stuff coming out about the NFL is maybe racist, kinda,” he said. “Huh. I wonder if anyone tried to warn people about this before.”

Finally, the perfect coach emerged. LeVar Burton, played by Kenan Thompson, is “someone even Twitter can get behind,” just as he was in the search for the late Alex Trebek’s successor on “Jeopardy.”

By: Cindy Boren

9:31 AM: What to watch for Sunday in fantasy football

Bengals at Lions, 1 p.m.

Managers of Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd will want some reassurance that their guys are still capable of big weeks — actually, they’d settle for solid weeks — amid Ja’Marr Chase’s apparent takeover of this offense. Also hoping for some more receptions are those with Joe Mixon on their rosters. His dinged-up ankle isn’t as big an issue, in terms of the Cincinnati RB fulfilling his draft cost, as a lack of involvement in the passing game even after the departure of Gio Bernard.

One more down week for T.J. Hockenson, and his managers may have to go into panic mode. The third-year TE started hot this season but has just eight catches for 74 yards and no touchdowns in his past three games combined. A fantasy asset could emerge elsewhere among the receiving corps, though, in the wake of a broken collarbone suffered by WR Quintez Cephus.

Raiders at Broncos, 4:25 p.m.

With Jon Gruden gone, will the Raiders’ offense look different under interim coach Rich Bisaccia? Might the team even do something crazy like, say, give $11 million RB Kenyan Drake some touches? The Las Vegas attack, which has stagnated the past two weeks, could certainly use a new wrinkle or two.

Jon Gruden’s emails were jarring. To some in the NFL, they weren’t surprising.

Denver WR Courtland Sutton has 19 targets over his past two games, and his 7-120-1 eruption last week could signal a strengthening grip on top-dog status in the absence of Jerry Jeudy. Javonte Williams managers are still waiting for their guy to go off, but a breakout week feels like it’s just around the corner. Possibly even this corner!

Cowboys at Patriots, 4:25 p.m.

If Dalton Schultz has yet another big game, his managers might want to see what they can get for him in a trade. The fourth-year TE has been surprisingly productive, but his targets could drop precipitously if and when, as expected, WR Michael Gallup returns from injury following Dallas's Week 7 bye. Over their past four games, the Cowboys have averaged a gaudy 201 rushing yards, which is not only great news for Ezekiel Elliott managers but has made fellow RB Tony Pollard a decent flex play.

In the eyes of Bill Belichick, Rhamondre Stevenson is guilty of two cardinal sins: He fumbled away the ball in Week 1, and he’s a rookie. Stevenson promptly entered the doghouse, but he was allowed back on the field in Week 5, and while he didn’t exactly excel, Damien Harris’s health and own fumbling issues could open opportunities for the first-year back, who looked intriguing in the preseason.

By: Des Bieler

9:24 AM: Cards-Browns game remains on, still no covid-related schedule disruptions this season

The Cardinals will face the Browns without Coach Kliff Kingsbury on the sideline following his positive coronavirus test. (Jae C. Hong/AP) © Jae C. Hong/AP The Cardinals will face the Browns without Coach Kliff Kingsbury on the sideline following his positive coronavirus test. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The Arizona Cardinals had coronavirus-related issues during the week and are temporarily without their coach, Kliff Kingsbury, after his positive test for the virus. But their game Sunday at Cleveland remains on as scheduled, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The NFL reaches the Sunday of Week 6 of its season with no disruptions to its schedule because of the coronavirus. No games have been postponed.

The Cardinals, the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team at 5-0, face the Browns at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time. They announced Kingsbury’s positive test Friday and said that he would miss the game. Kingsbury becomes the first NFL head coach to miss a game this season under the coronavirus protocols.

Quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive tackle Zach Allen also tested positive and will miss the game, the Cardinals said Friday. The team placed linebacker Chandler Jones on its covid-19 reserve list Tuesday, reportedly because of a positive test. General Manager Steve Keim reportedly also tested positive.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers are to share the head coaching duties against the Browns.

By: Mark Maske

9:12 AM: NFL back in London with Dolphins-Jaguars game

The NFL plays for a second straight Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. (Steve Luciano/AP) © Steve Luciano/AP The NFL plays for a second straight Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. (Steve Luciano/AP)

The NFL plays its second and final game in London this season when the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars meet Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Jets, 27-20, last Sunday in the same stadium.

The Dolphins and Jaguars enter this game with a combined record of 1-9. The Jaguars are winless this season under their already beleaguered new coach, Urban Meyer, and their prized rookie quarterback, Trevor Lawrence. They’ve lost 20 straight games dating to last season.

Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass during Friday’s practice. (Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters) © Paul Childs/Action Images Via Reuters Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass during Friday’s practice. (Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters)

The Dolphins, at 1-4, are one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams. They’re welcoming back quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was activated Saturday from the injured reserve list after missing three games because of fractured ribs.

Tagovailoa and backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett are both active for the game. Neither was on the game-day inactive list released Sunday by the Dolphins. Brissett had been listed as questionable on the injury report because of a hamstring injury.

The NFL plans to play four international games per season beginning next year as part of its move to a 17-game regular season. The league announced Tuesday that three German cities — Munich, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf — are candidates to host games.

By: Mark Maske

9:02 AM: NFL set for first slate of Sunday games since Jon Gruden’s resignation

Jon Gruden resigned Monday as coach of the Raiders. (Rick Scuteri/AP) © Rick Scuteri/AP Jon Gruden resigned Monday as coach of the Raiders. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

The Sunday of Week 6 of the NFL season arrives amid the controversy that has raged for more than a week over the racist, homophobic and misogynistic language used in emails by Jon Gruden, who resigned last week as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

The furor over Gruden’s conduct comes during what had been, to that point, a promising season for the NFL marked by competitive games, strong TV viewership and no significant coronavirus disruptions.

Gruden’s emails were sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington Football Team, and others. They came to the league’s attention as a result of the investigation into Washington’s workplace. The NFL has remained adamant that it won’t reopen the probe into the Washington Football Team or release materials related to investigation conducted by attorney Beth Wilkinson. The NFL Players Association and others continue to press the league to make more information available.

“Our players deserve a full accounting of any other NFL misconduct, which is why we once again call for the league to release all of the emails from the Washington investigation,” DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA’s executive director, wrote Friday on Twitter. “Any evidence or knowledge that this has been suppressed must be brought to light.”

By: Mark Maske

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