Sam Darnold believes the New York Jets can be competitive. 

The 22-year-old quarterback has been sidelined with mono and New York have been blown out in both of the games he has missed.

Darnold addressed the team's struggles when he met with reporters on Monday. 

"I think, for me, I'm just going to go in there and control what I can control. Obviously, we need to fix some details at other spots as well, we're not blind to that," Darnold told a news conference.

"It's just about going out there in practice, in the meeting rooms, in walkthrough and not being shy about it either, not being worried about anyone's feelings. It's about getting this stuff right and we're going to get it right. It's just a matter of time.

"We're going to go on a little run here. It's going to be fun, but it's going to take a lot of work. I know a lot of the guys on the team are willing to put in that work."

The Jets will have a bye week before facing the Eagles in Philadelphia on October 6.

Darnold said previously he was hoping to be back on the field for that game. 

"Even if everything was great and we were 3-0, I'd want to be out there helping the team," Darnold said. "For me, as a competitor, I've always wanted to go out there and help my team win, so I'm anxious to do that and get healthy as fast as I can."

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell also expects the team to bounce back from their slow start. 

"It's a team thing, it's not just the quarterback," Bell said on Monday. "Football is a game of three phases. It's offense, defense, and special teams, right?

"Offensively we've got to get better. Regardless of if Sam is in the game or not we've got to protect him. We've still got to make plays on the outside. We've got to just clean up the little things and we'll be fine."

The Jets will enter their matchup against Philadelphia with an 0-3 record.

As a new NFL week ramps up, headlines dominated by Antonio Brown could finally wind down.

We take a look at the receiver's next move and various injury updates from around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

Three things that matter

Saquon Barkley out for 4-8 weeks

The New York Giants running back suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and an MRI on Monday confirmed the extent of the damage, but Barkley was in high spirits after the game.

"I'm not out for the season," Barkley told reporters. "I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible. Not for myself, but for my team. That's what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn't able to be out there with those guys."

If Barkley is out the entire two months, he will likely return for the last six regular-season games following the team's bye in Week 11. The state of the Giants at that point will depend heavily on the performance of Daniel Jones as he continues to get comfortable as the starting quarterback.

Cam Newton will sit again with timetable unknown

The Carolina Panthers have already ruled out their franchise quarterback for Week 4 against the Houston Texans and it has been reported he could miss more time before the team's Week 7 bye, but coach Ron Rivera reiterated the starting job will be Newton's when he is healthy enough to return.

"What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot. We want him at 100 per cent when he's ready, so there's no exact timetable for his return," coach Ron Rivera said in a release. "At this point, we're going to go forward with Kyle [Allen] as our starter."

For the time being, Allen proved to be a reliable backup as he threw four touchdown passes on Sunday to help Carolina earn their first win – a 38-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals cut Michael Crabtree

The 11-year wide receiver lasted just three games in Arizona after signing a one-year deal with the team in August.

Crabtree's struggles were evident as he managed just four catches for 22 yards so far this season, though his offensive snaps have been limited the past two games after he was inactive in Week 1.

Two things that don't matter

Julian Edelman unlikely to miss time

The New England Patriots receiver suffered a chest injury in Sunday's win over the New York Jets, though it was reported X-rays of his ribs came back negative and an unnamed source told NFL Media "he'll be good".

Early indications are that the injury is not serious and likely will not force him to miss Week 4, which is lucky for the Patriots considering the team cut Brown and saw Josh Gordon briefly leave Sunday's matchup with an injury before returning.

Brown goes back to school

The receiver re-enrolled at Central Michigan University in the wake of his release from the Patriots on Friday. Brown, who previously attended the school from 2007-09 before declaring for the 2010 draft, is set to take classes online.

Brown tweeted on Sunday that he will "not be playing in the NFL anymore" even though he was rumoured to draw interest from other teams. He continues to deny the accusations of sexual misconduct as well as sexual assault and rape against him, all of which are still being investigated.

One video you have to see

Ravens coach John Harbaugh's analytically-driven approach was praised despite Baltimore's loss at Kansas City on Sunday.

Monday's tweet of the day

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes capped his Week 3 win over the Ravens with a nostalgic concert.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has had an incredible start to life in the NFL and his numbers through his first 20 regular-season games are historically good.

Mahomes, a first-round pick in 2017, was named MVP last season after lighting up the league in his first campaign as the Chiefs' starter and has begun in a similar vein in 2019.

The 24-year-old has led his Chiefs team to a 3-0 record and is the only man to have thrown for over 1,000 yards and reached double figures in touchdowns tossed through three weeks of the campaign. 

With the help of Opta, we take a look at Mahomes' record-breaking first 20 NFL games.

 

PASSING YARDS = 6,576

Prior to Mahomes' arrival, Hall of Famer Kurt Warner held the record for the most passing yards in the first 20 games of a player's career when he accumulated 5,613 for the St Louis Rams.

Mahomes managed to eclipse that figure after just 18 games, and had a staggering 963 more yards by the time he had finished his 20th game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Behind Warner are Andrew Luck (5,289), Marc Bulger (5,272) and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (5,150).

Mahomes is averaging a staggering 328.8 passing yards per game in his career and is averaging almost 400 (398.3) in 2019. He has passed 300 yards in 13 of his 20 games.

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS = 60

The Chiefs' high-octane offense has put up points thanks to Mahomes' production, and he has already thrown 60 touchdowns in 20 games.

That is 13 more than anyone else at that stage of their career, with Warner and former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino having tossed 47.

Current Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was taken two picks after Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft, threw 41 in the opening 20 games of his professional career.

Mahomes has thrown just 13 interceptions in that time and is yet to cough the ball up through the air this season.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley will miss four to eight weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered during the second quarter of Sunday's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to reports.

ESPN claims the longer time frame is considered more likely, offering more specifics than an earlier update by NFL.com that said Barkley was expected to miss "the next several weeks".

The MRI scan Barkley had on Monday confirmed the diagnosis.

Still, in the injury's immediate aftermath the 22-year-old was optimistic he would be back in 2019.

"I'm not out for the season," Barkley said told reporters at his locker after the game. I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible.

"Not for myself, but for my team. That's what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn’t able to be out there with those guys."

The Giants' bye week is in Week 11, in mid-November. If Barkley is out until then, that would be eight weeks, allowing him to return for the last six regular-season games.

Between now and then, New York (1-2) faces the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys in their next six games.

Barkley tweaked his ankle in the second quarter, only to go back into the game. But just a few plays later, he was tackled and needed help to the locker room. He later came out in a walking boot and using crutches.

Entering Week 3, Barkley had rushed for team-high 227 yards, second in the NFL, and had one rushing touchdown in two games. He had eight carries for 10 yards and four receptions for 27 yards before departing on Sunday.

With Barkley out, rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is now the team's leading rusher, with 33 yards on five carries and two touchdowns.

Wayne Gallman is listed as Barkley's backup on the Giants depth chart. He had five carries for 13 yards in Sunday's game and has only seven carries for 30 this season. Elijhaa Penny, with two attempts for three yards, is the only other Giants back with a carry this season. 

Barkley, the NFL's 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year, said on Sunday he is going to do what he can to rehab his ankle as quickly as possible.

"I don't know too much about it," Barkley said. "I got hurt my freshman year in college. Whatever it is, I promise to come back 10 times better, and do what I can to help my team compete.

"That’s the only thing I was focused on, trying to do whatever I can to take that same mindset I have and try to compete at a high level in the weight room, on the football field, with this rehab, to get back on the field."

do what I can to help my team compete.

"That’s the only thing I was focused on, trying to do whatever I can to take that same mindset I have and try to compete at a high level in the weight room, on the football field, with this rehab, to get back on the field."

Cam Newton will be sidelined for at least another week with a foot injury, ruling him out of the Carolina Panthers' Sunday showdown with the Houston Texans

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told a news conference there is no specific timetable for Newton's return.

"What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot. We want him at 100 percent when he's ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return," he said. "At this point, we’re going to go forward with Kyle [Allen] as our starter."

Carolina will feel a bit more confident about moving ahead with Allen after his impressive season debut in Sunday's 38-20 win at Arizona.

The 23-year-old Scottsdale native was 19-for-26 passing with 261 yards and four touchdowns and a 144.4 passer rating against the Arizona Cardinals. 

The Texans should present a more difficult obstacle to Allen and the Panthers' offense than the Arizona defense did in Week 3. 

Newton, who has completed 50 of 89 passes for 572 yards with an interception and two fumbles in two games this season, initially hurt his foot in the preseason and reaggravated the injury in Carolina's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. 

Tom Brady believes Antonio Brown's release from the New England Patriots was a "difficult situation" for all involved.

Brown was released from his contract with the Patriots just 11 days after being let go by the Oakland Raiders after multiple sexual assault allegations against the wide receiver surfaced.

The 31-year-old's former personal trainer accused him of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit, while a second unidentified woman has also made allegations of sexual misconduct.

It subsequently emerged that the anonymous woman alleged Brown has sent threatening text messages to her following the accusations.

Brown has strongly denied the accusations through his attorney and tweeted on Sunday that he has no intention of resuming his NFL career.

Speaking to sports radio station WEEI, Patriots quarterback Brady said that the controversy and fallout had been "unfortunate" but added he cares a lot about his team-mates beyond football.

"I do have a lot of personal feelings, none of which I really care to share," he said. "That is about it. It’s a difficult situation. That’s kind of how I feel."

Brady didn't say any more on Brown specifically but said when he invests in his team-mates he tries to be as open and caring as possible.

"There's a lot of human elements and I think because as a player and a person I care deeply about my team-mates," he said. 

"I want everyone to be the best they can possibly be. From the day I started with this team, even back I'd say in college, it's such a tight-knit group and you want everyone to become the best they can possibly be and you try to provide leadership.

"You try to care for people. You try to provide whatever you think you can to help them reach their highest potential, whatever situation it is. I've had a lot of team-mates over the years. You invest not just your head, but your heart. You invest your soul. That is what makes a great team. That is what makes a great brotherhood. I think in the end, that is the endearing trait about sports.

"I am very optimistic. People who know me, I think know how optimistic I am and just my belief that positivity and optimism can overcome a lot of things. There’s a lot of things that get in the way of that, and again, I think we're in a culture that we want to pass judgment so quickly on people.

"We want to disparage people so quickly. It speaks to me that a lot of people are probably hurting because when you're not feeling great you want other people to know that.

"I think it becomes very emotional and again, it's a tough life. Life is not easy. Football is not easy. Evolving and growing as people is not an easy thing."

On Monday, Brown posted on his Instagram story to suggest he has re-enrolled in classes at Central Michigan University, where he attended between 2007 and 2009.

Jalen Ramsey's trade request has taken an interesting turn after the cornerback called in sick for Monday's Jacksonville Jaguars practice session.

After it was reported that the Jaguars have no interest in trading their star defensive back and that talks with teams had stalled, Ramsey called the team on Sunday night.

According to widespread reports, he said he would not be at practice on Monday because he is unwell and believes he has the flu.

Coach Doug Marrone confirmed the 24-year-old is scheduled to see the team's doctor on Monday to ascertain the extent of his illness.

Asked about the unusual timing of the sickness, the head coach said: "I'm not getting into that - if you're sick, you're sick. I mean, what are you going to do?

"It's happened a bunch. [Players] are sick, they will call in and depending on the type of sickness they stay away because you obviously don't want to get anyone else sick.

"They will see the doctor, he will get back to us and say what is going on and we will take it from there. To me it is nothing as big, but I understand that is probably a big story because of the other things that are surrounding it.

"It has happened before, I don’t want to exaggerate and say hundreds of times, but it has happened quite a bit - and a couple of times since I have been head coach here.

"It is early in the week so we are game planning with the ones we have unless the doctor says something different. I control the things that I can control."

News that Ramsey requested a trade broke last week after he and Marrone were seen getting into a heated argument on the sideline in Week 2's game against the Houston Texans.

It was a meeting with team management that did not go well in the aftermath of that game which led to his trade request.

Ramsey said: "Some disrespectful things were said on their end that made me definitely walk out and call my agent as soon as I walked out, and I told him, I said, 'It's time; my time is up here in Jacksonville. I want to ask for a trade'."

He then held a press conference where he said he did not want to distract from the team's efforts against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, vowing to give his all as along as he remained a Jaguars player.

Despite wanting to leave, Ramsey went on to help the Jags to defeat the Titans, having nine total tackles and one forced fumble in the 20-7 win.

Saquon Barkley is hopeful an ankle injury sustained in the New York Giants' clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not keep him out for the season.

The Giants running back suffered a reported high ankle sprain in Sunday's 32-31 comeback win over the Buccaneers that is expected to cost him significant playing time.

However, Barkley is optimistic he will return before the season is over.

"I'm not out for the season," Barkley told reporters at his locker after the game, via NJ.com. 

"I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible. Not for myself, but for my team. That's what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn't able to be out there with those guys."

Barkley tweaked his ankle in the second quarter, only to go back into the game. But just a few plays later, he was tackled and needed help back to the locker room. He later came out in a walking boot and using crutches.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Barkley did what he could to turn into the Giants' biggest cheerleader.

"Even though I'm not in the game active, I'm still trying to rally the sideline, get the fans into it, that's what it's about," Barkley said.

"It's not about you, it's about the team. Even though I know I’m not playing, I know I can impact the team with my voice. That's why I wanted to get back out there. I wanted to tell my team how happy I am, how proud I am that they worked their tails off and come out with a whole new mentality in the second half, built on that."

Barkley is scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday and reportedly could miss up to eight weeks as he recovers. 

"I don't know too much about it," Barkley said. "I got hurt in my freshman year in college. Whatever it is, I promise to come back 10 times better and do what I can to help my team compete.

"That's the only thing I was focused on, trying to do whatever I can to take that same mindset I have and try to compete at a high level in the weight room, on the football field, with this rehab, to get back on the field."

The Cleveland Browns must not panic despite a sluggish start to the NFL season, which continued with a 20-13 defeat to Los Angeles Rams, according to quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The defeat left the Browns 1-2 for the season, with Mayfield struggling to make his mark in Sunday's encounter.

Mayfield finished 18-of-36 passing for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception and, put under pressure by the Rams' Aaron Donald, was also sacked three times.

The Browns face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4 and Mayfield accepted his performance - as well as those of his offensive team-mates - was not up to scratch, though he believes Freddie Kitchens' side are on the right track as long as they cut out recurring errors.

"Don't hit the panic button," Mayfield told a news conference when asked how the Browns could correct their form.

"I think we realise how close we are but that's where the frustration comes in, we can't keep making the same mistakes, we have to do our job and have to hit the reset button.

"I think we improved in a lot of areas but when you play a team like the Rams the little things will get you.

"[We're] just not executing. Just execution, that's what it comes down to, our red-zone efficiency is a huge area for us to improve on.

"We have to be more consistent with everybody doing their job. It seems right now we either have one guy out of place or I'm not doing my job, it's one thing every play so we've got to eliminate that, first and foremost. Execution is the most important thing.

"The defence played out of their minds. They played great. If we have a defence playing like that then the offence has to pick up their end and that starts with me."

While Mayfield shouldered the responsibility for the Browns' stuttering offensive performance, coach Kitchens insisted it was his decisions that led to the defeat.

"I was proud of how the guys competed tonight, they fought until the end and they just came up short," he told a news conference.

"Defensively they kept battling, offensively it was difficult but they kept fighting and that's all you can ask for. I've got to do a better job for them.

"We just didn't do a good enough job. I didn't, as a coach, do a good enough job of putting these guys in strong situations."

Rams hold off Browns

September 22, 2019

The Los Angeles Rams made it three straight wins to start the NFL season, overcoming the Cleveland Browns 20-13 on Sunday.

A big defensive stop on the final play helped the Rams seal their win at FirstEnergy Stadium.

It was another primetime test for the Browns, who were hosting a Sunday night game for the first time in 11 years.

But a learning curve and a strong defensive performance from the Rams kept Cleveland from picking up the victory and they fell to 1-2.

Three takeaways from the Rams' narrow victory

It wasn't pretty, but it didn't have to be

The Rams barely escaped with a win in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, and again on Sunday against the Browns.

There were plenty of miscues on both sides, which started when the Browns were not able to get into the end zone after a turnover right before half-time. Instead, they settled for a field goal – a costly error seeing how they lost by one touchdown. Cleveland again failed to take advantage of a big defensive play by going three-and-out after a TJ Carrie takeaway.

Meanwhile, Cooper Kupp seemed to be Jared Goff's saving grace. Goff completed 24 of his 38 passes and found the third-year receiver 11 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. 

Another late mistake from Goff put the Browns in position to tie or win, but they could not withstand Los Angeles' defensive pressure.

 

Baker Mayfield needs to keep up the pace

Mayfield has received criticism for holding the ball too long and not finding open receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. He did so once again against the Rams, who have one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in Aaron Donald.

According to Next Gen Stats, even when Mayfield was able to escape pressure, he struggled to connect with his receivers.

Mayfield finished 18-of-36 passing for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked three times.

The Browns, obviously, do well when Mayfield can move quickly. He will need to do so as their schedule is packed with tough defensive units like the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4 and the Denver Broncos in Week 8.

 

Browns' new secondary step up

Cleveland's entire starting secondary were out due to injury, and five (out of seven total injured players) out of the game were part of the defensive unit. But that did not seem to be a big problem against the reigning NFC champions.

The Browns started with risky man-to-man coverage against the talented Rams receiving corp and it worked, forcing Los Angeles to go three-and-out on their first drive. They kept Goff and company touchdown-less through the first half, an area the Rams have struggled with, having scored just one first-half touchdown in their past three games.

In the second half, the defensive backs continued to disrupt Goff.

And another takeaway set up the Browns' final drive.

So, while the offense continue to work through some growing pains, the Browns can look to their secondary for help.

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said the NFL franchise always believed in Daniel Jones after the rookie quarterback inspired a comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Starting in place of veteran Eli Manning, Jones led the Giants (1-2) to their first win of the season – a 32-21 victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Jones completed 23 of his 36 passes for 336 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns (two rushing, two passing). 

Shurmur praised the 22-year-old, who was taken with the sixth pick by the Giants in the 2019 draft.

"Probably the story of the game will be the rookie quarterback," Shurmur said. "I thought Daniel Jones did a pretty good job his first time out.

"I think as he goes along, he'll continue to get better. there were mistakes within there. There were a couple of times when we took a couple sacks, the fumbles, some of that loose stuff, we can work on that, there's drills for that. There's stuff that he did in the game, there's not drills for that. We believed in him from the day we drafted him and first time out he didn't disappoint."

"As you get to appreciate him as a player — there's plenty of things he needs to do better — but there's certain things I knew about this kid when we drafted him," Shurmur added. "He was tough, he was competitive, and in my opinion, he's a winner. Now the rest of it is just pure quarterback stuff and because of those first three things, that's why he's going have a chance moving forward."

Tampa Bay had an opportunity to come out on top in the final seconds after Jameis Winston connected with Mike Evans on a 44-yard pass, which set up a short field goal attempt. But, Matt Gay missed the 34-yard kick wide right, sealing the victory for New York. 

The Giants took the lead one possession earlier on an eight-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run by Jones.

"You never really know how [your debut] is going to go and that is the fun part, that is football," Jones said. "We found a way to win, we battled, and we found a way to finish it. That is what is the most exciting."

Jones said two-time Super Bowl-winning team-mate Manning congratulated him after the win. 

"He was just happy for me," Jones said. "I can't thank him enough for his support throughout the week and today during the game, I am just really grateful."

On an eventful Sunday filled with headlines, Daniel Jones still managed to steal the show.

The New York Giants rookie shined under center as he made his first career start in a 32-31 NFL win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jones – starting in place of veteran quarterback Eli Manning – completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns to snap the Giants' winless start to the season and give New York fans hope for the future.

The 22-year-old helped the Giants rally from an 18-point deficit at half-time and sealed the victory with his go-ahead run into the end zone.

It did not hurt that Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay missed the 44-yard attempt for the win as time expired.

 

Injury report

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the field in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers with an apparent leg injury. 

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels was downgraded to out after leaving with a foot injury against the Philadelphia Eagles, though it was reported that initial tests revealed no broken bones.

New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was ruled out against the New York Jets after suffering a chest injury in the first half. It was later reported that Edelman suffered a rib injury, but X-rays were negative.

After being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for tossing his helmet away as he realised the extent of his injury, Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal exited in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on a cart and was later ruled out with an Achilles injury. He is rumoured to need surgery this week.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton was ruled out after sustaining a quad injury in the first half against the Falcons.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley was downgraded to out after being helped off the field against the Buccaneers. 

By the numbers

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the only player in the last 40 years with 200 or more passing yards and two passing touchdowns in the first half in each of his team's first three games of a season.

The Patriots won their 116th game of the decade, beating the 2000s Colts and breaking the record for most wins by a team in a single decade in NFL history. New England's point differential of +89 (106-17) through the first three weeks of the season is tied for second-highest in league history.

The Miami Dolphins, however, find themselves on the opposite end of that spectrum.

Meanwhile, the Jets broke new ground at Gillette Stadium by scoring their first touchdown in Foxborough in nearly four years.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins extended his streak of 19 games with one or more passing touchdown, making it the longest active streak in the NFL. He finished his outing against the Oakland Raiders 15 for 21 for 174 yards.

Quotables

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell on his frustration after going 0-3: "I'm not frustrated at all. I just know this team has a lot of talent, we just have to put it together. It's a new system, guy's first time playing together, a new coaching staff. We've just got to mesh everything together and we've got to get on board."

Broncos linebacker Von Miller on not catching the quarterback: "I need to find a way to play better. I have to find a way to get sacks and do my job. No one holds me to a higher standard than myself. I could sit here and make excuses, but I got clean rushes today. I just need to find a way to get the quarterback on the ground."

Week 3 NFL scores

Thursday's game

Jaguars 20, Titans 7

Sunday's games

Cowboys 31, Dolphins 6
Bills 21, Bengals 17
Lions 27, Eagles 24
Patriots 30, Jets 14
Colts 27, Falcons 24
Vikings 34, Raiders 14
Chiefs 33, Ravens 28
Packers 27, Broncos 16
Panthers 38, Cardinals 20
Giants 32, Buccaneers 31
Saints 33, Seahawks 27
Texans 27, Chargers 20
49ers 24, Steelers 20

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson still trusts in his players following their 27-24 defeat to the Detroit Lions.

The Eagles narrowly loss on Sunday after multiple dropped passes, including a possible game-winning touchdown.

Philadelphia – Super Bowl champions in 2018 – dropped to 1-2 for the season on the back of consecutive defeats. However, the Eagles still have the trust of Pederson.

"We would love to be ahead, but we have a lot of confidence in our offense to be able to put us back in a position to win these games," Pederson said after the defeat at Lincoln Financial Field. "And, we were there again the last two weeks, we've had opportunity.

"Just got to look at everything. We have trust in our players. Defense had some nice stops late in this game, obviously, we had the blocked field goal for an opportunity there. So, yeah a lot of trust in our guys, and we just have to execute a little better."

The Eagles' injury-ridden receiving corps dropped seven total passes. The most significant miscue came when a Carson Wentz pass slipped through the hands of JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who seemingly had the Lions defender beat on the play.

"In games like this, we know we have to take care of the ball," Pederson added.

Philadelphia will travel to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 4 action.

Emmanuel Sanders said the Denver Broncos are "living in a world of suck" following their winless start to the NFL season.

The Broncos dropped to 0-3 in 2019 after Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Wide receiver Sanders – who finished with just two catches for 10 yards – was asked about Denver's struggles when he met with reporters after the game. 

"Times are rough around here," Sanders said. "Obviously, the past three years — it's been tough. Trying to get it right.

"We sit at 0-3. We're living in a world of suck. Football is still fun, but it's not so much fun when you're losing, especially when you prepare as hard as you can, you go out and have four targets, two catches and 10 yards. But there's always next week, so I'm optimistic."

Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco completed 20 of his 29 passes for 213 yards with an interception against Green Bay, while Courtland Sutton finished with a team-high five receptions for 87 yards. Phillip Lindsay rushed for Denver's only two touchdowns in the loss. 

The Broncos will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4. They last made the playoffs in 2015. 

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