From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 6 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stressed the importance of his team taking advantage of their next two home games to get back on track: "I'd say more than anything, we get a chance to fight in front of our home fans. There's no moral victories, there's no things of that such other than finding our ways to fight to get our football team the wins that we need to get. That's really all we’ll think about and all we'll focus our time on."

— Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson on next week's NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys: "Anytime Dallas loses it helps, because here's the thing — I know the sky is falling outside. … Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No. But all we need to do is try to be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we're in first place."

— Not only were the Los Angeles Chargers embarrassed on "Sunday Night Football," Pittsburgh Steelers fans also took over their stadium, and the team were not happy: "I don't know what that was. Don't do that at our own stadium," Melvin Gordon said after the game. "It already felt like it was their stadium … I don't understand that."

— Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker had some harsh words for the officiating crew after the team's Monday loss to the Green Bay Packers: "Extremely pissed off right now," Walker said. "It is what it is. Disappointed. Hurt. We had that game."

— Packers kicker Mason Crosby on his first Lambeau Leap after sealing his team's win: "That was special. It's something I've always wanted to do."

— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke candidly about coach Jason Garrett on 105.3 The Fan radio: "If I totally disagreed with [Jason] Garrett's philosophy, he wouldn't be the head coach."

— Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera gave a sincere injury update on quarterback Cam Newton: "I think people need to understand that the young man has done everything we've asked. I'm trying to stay true to what I told him. We're not going to put that kind of pressure on him. So, until we have it confirmed with our doctors and stuff like that, we're going to continue to do what we're doing."

— Jay Gruden on life after being fired by Washington Redskins: "Pretty quiet ... Bored out of my mind."

— NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay declined to discuss whether pass interference replay is really working this season:  "I don't think we would give a summation of whether a rule that's been in place for six weeks is working or not working," McKay told reporters. "We want to get the egregious ones, and we want to get them overturned."

— Less than a week after leaving the door open for a potential NFL return, Rob Gronkowski appears to have shut it again: "I'll give an answer. When I retired, I retired for a reason: because I needed to step away," Gronkowski said. "So it would be a no. There it is."

Aaron Rodgers led the way as the Green Bay Packers edged the Detroit Lions 23-22 in NFL action.

It might not have been pretty, but the Green Bay Packers are now the best team in the NFC North after Monday's victory.

Both Green Bay and Detroit entered the clash with just one loss each and the winner would not only begin to separate themselves from the bunch but show they can be a true contender — an improvement from last year when both the Lions and Packers missed the playoffs.

Rodgers inspired the Packers to a narrow win in a back-and-forth game highlighted by some impressive throws and lots of field goals.

Packers quarterback Rodgers finished 24-of-39 passing for 283 yards and two touchdowns with one interception as Green Bay improved to 5-1.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who started the game on fire, went 18-of-32 passing for 265 yards with the team falling to 2-2-1.

 

Three takeaways from Packers' win over the Lions:

Lions got off to a hot start and then ...

There was quite literally no one but the Lions stopping the Lions in the first quarter.

After opening the game with a flea flicker for their longest play from scrimmage all season – 66 yards – the Lions were in a perfect position to score a touchdown on their first drive.

However, Stafford tripped on an ensuing play in the red zone — a miscue that resulted in Detroit eventually settling for a field goal.  

But that was the team's only mistake to start Monday. They continued to run through, around and past the Packers defense to score 13 unanswered points through one and a half quarters. It was the first time Green Bay trailed by more than one score all season and Stafford's 168 yards in the first quarter alone were the most for any Lions signal-caller ... ever. But Detroit's hot start was diffused when Rodgers and company finally got on a roll.

Give Rodgers an inch and he'll make you pay

Sure, the Lions played a superb first quarter but once they started making mistakes, the momentum started to go in the Packers' favour. 

The Lions made a critical error on special teams halfway through the second quarter when they were called for having too many men on the field and drew a five-yard penalty. It was enough to give the Packers a first down and bring Rodgers back on to the field. He converted it into a touchdown and Green Bay eventually tied the game 13-13 just after half-time.

But still, even with the momentum, Rodgers still needed some missing pieces. Wide receiver Davante Adams missed another game with turf toe and while Aaron Jones played, he was not as effective as he was last week. Rodgers managed to find Allen Lazard, the team's unlikely hero on offense, on a critical fourth-quarter drive.

This late touchdown helped set up the game-winning moment.

It was Mason Crosby's night

Rodgers certainly gets credit for setting up Crosby's kicks, but the veteran kicker was a perfect three-for-three on the night with his most important kick coming with two seconds left on the clock and the Packers trailing by two.

Perhaps better than the go-ahead kick was the celebration after.

There is not much analysis here; we are just glad Crosby stuck the landing after being helped into the stands for his own Lambeau Leap.

Davante Adams will miss the Green Bay Packers' Week 6 matchup against the Detroit Lions as he continues to deal with a toe injury. 

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Adams would not be fit to take part in Monday's match.

The game will be the second Adams has missed after being diagnosed with turf toe. He was seen at Packers practice this week but did not participate.

Adams was injured during a Week 4 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter, watching the end of the game from the sidelines in what he described as "a little bit of pain".

The Packers played well without Adams last week, beating the Dallas Cowboys 34-24, with tight end Jimmy Graham and receivers Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling expected to get more targets in his absence.

Adams, selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, was quarterback Aaron Rodgers' top target as he had 25 receptions for 378 yards through the first four weeks of the season.

All eyes were on the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys showdown that unfolded in the first Sunday afternoon game since 2001 to be broadcast to 100 per cent of the national audience, and it did not disappoint.

Green Bay led 24-0 midway through the third quarter before Dallas put the pedal to the floor, but it was too little, too late as the Packers won 34-24.

Packers running back Aaron Jones erupted for a career-high 182 scrimmage yards – 107 rushing and 75 receiving – and four touchdowns on 26 touches, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards without an interception.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Denver Broncos spoiled Melvin Gordon's long-awaited return from his contract holdout with a 20-13 victory over the Chargers to end the team's eight-game losing streak. It was thanks to a stout defensive effort that forced three turnovers and a flawless performance by veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.

Things went from bad to worse for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, who were routed by the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots respectively, to remain winless.

The Cincinnati Bengals were also defeated for the fifth straight game to drop to 0-5, but at least they put up a fight before falling 26-23 to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, who gave head coach Kliff Kingsbury his first NFL win.

Injury report

A scary scene unfolded in Pittsburgh as quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out after taking a brutal hit to the chin from Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas. Rudolph laid motionless on his back for several minutes as the Steelers' medical staff attended to him on the field, and he was later carried off to be taken to a hospital after apparent problems with the cart.

Rudolph was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion, which will be closely monitored this week after the Steelers switched to third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges. Team-mate and receiver James Washington was also ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles was questionable to return with a quad injury but moved to fifth on the NFL's all-time in all-purpose yards list first.

Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks left the team's London game against the Raiders due to an elbow injury and did not return.

Chargers center Mike Pouncey was questionable to return after suffering a neck injury.

By the numbers

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady moved to third on the NFL's all-time passing yards list during Sunday's game against the Redskins after surpassing Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (71,838). Brady is set to pass Peyton Manning (71,940) for second in career yards in his next game.

The Bengals are 0-5 for the first time since 2008. It is the seventh time Cincinnati have started 0-5 since 1990, which is the most in the NFL in that span.

Christian McCaffrey had a historic day in Carolina, as the Panthers running back logged 237 total yards to become the first player since Jim Brown in 1963 to total 175-plus yards from scrimmage in four of a season's first five games. McCaffrey also reached a max speed of 21.95 mph on his 84-yard touchdown run Sunday, which is his fastest speed this season.

Quotables

Steve Smith Sr. was grateful to be back in Carolina as he was inducted into the Panthers' Hall of Honour: "I'd like to thank Mr. Tepper for bringing me back … I never thought I'd be back in this stadium, but I am and I'm happy to be here."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden on dropping to 0-5: "If the key works Monday I'll keep working."

Thomas was remorseful for his brutal hit on Rudolph: "I was just trying to get to the ball and make a play for my team. I hit the strike zone, I didn't go high. I didn't try to intentionally hurt him. I'm worried about him. I heard he's at the hospital and my prayers go out to him and his family."

Week 5 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Dolphins and Lions

Thursday's game

Seahawks 30, Rams 29

Sunday's games

Eagles 31, Jets 6
Panthers 34, Jaguars 27
Vikings 28, Giants 10
Texans 53, Falcons 32
Saints 31, Buccaneers 24
Bills 14, Titans 7
Cardinals 26, Bengals 23
Patriots 33, Redskins 7
Ravens 26, Steelers 23
Raiders 24, Bears 21
Broncos 20, Chargers 13
Packers 34, Cowboys 24

Week 5 is underway and there are quite a few developments that could make a huge difference in the weekend's scheduled contests.

From Colt McCoy's debut to Odell Beckham Jr. drama, we take a look at what is happening around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

Three things that matter

Colt McCoy's 2019 debut against Patriots

The Washington Redskins are still trying to figure out their quarterback situation and have decided they would rather have Colt McCoy under center than Dwayne Haskins or Case Keenum after their 24-3 loss to the New York Giants in Week 4. McCoy has been recovering from a broken leg he suffered in December 2018 but has been deemed ready for a return to the field against the New England Patriots in Week 5.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden expects McCoy to be challenged in his debut against the undefeated Patriots (4-0).

"This will be a great test for him," Gruden told reporters at a news conference on Friday. "He hasn't faced [a] live rush since Philadelphia last year. I think that'll be the biggest test for him."

McCoy's debut will come against the NFL's best defense in 2019, as New England have only given up an average of 6.8 points this year.

Saquon Barkley ruled out for Week 5

Videos surfaced of Giants running back Saquon Barkley looking light on his feet on Thursday after he suffered an ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, but he will not play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Barkley was initially expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury, but it appears that his timetable for return could be pushed up.

New York are riding a two-game winning streak since they benched Eli Manning in favour of Daniel Jones, and unfortunately, they will have to wait a few weeks before they are at full strength.

Davante Adams out with turf toe

The Packers are 3-1 but could be in danger of dropping a second straight game now that their top receiver is inactive.

Green Bay's offense has not been great this season, but Adams leads the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (378). He has not caught a touchdown yet in 2019, but without him the Packers' options will be limited against a solid Dallas Cowboys defense.

Two things that don't matter

Stefon Diggs fined for skipping practice, meetings

There is speculation that Stefon Diggs wants out of Minnesota, and while he denies asking for a trade he has been skipping practice and team meetings ahead of Week 5.

The Vikings have fined the wideout for his absences.

Do not make too much of this though, as plenty of players have skipped practice because of unhappiness with their situations.

Minnesota gave Diggs a five-year, $72million extension before the 2018 season and do not seem keen on letting him go too soon.

Odell Beckham Jr. comments on Week 4 skirmish

The Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. got into an altercation with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey in Week 4 and addressed being fined for the incident on Friday.

"I've come a long way,"  Beckham told reporters when alluding to a run-in he had with Josh Norman four seasons ago. "I probably would've been suspended for the next game if I would've done what I wanted to do – or more, knowing how I get treated. It was just something I had to [do] for my team-mates and not hurt them even more than the 15-yard penalty."

The Browns (2-2) have bigger problems though, as they will face the undefeated San Francisco 49ers on Monday and are looking to move past .500.

One video you have to see

This touchdown catch Tyler Lockett made on Thursday is ridiculous.

Friday's tweet of the day

Russell Wilson is still riding high from Thursday's win.

It has now been 1,000 days since Colin Kaepernick last played an NFL game and, in that time, 80 different quarterbacks have started in the regular season.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick, still just 31, completed 17 of 22 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown in a Week 17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the 2016 season. Only four players that week had a better quarterback rating than Kaepernick's 122.3.

However, Kaepernick - who had started to kneel during the national anthem earlier that year in protest over racial injustice - has not even had a sniff of an opportunity since, while countless teams have kicked the tyres on numerous other signal callers.

Here is the list of every quarterback to have started a game since Kaepernick's last appearance.


NFC North: Mitchell Trubisky, Mike Glennon, Chase Daniel (Chicago Bears), Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions), Brett Hundley, Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)

NFC East: Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys), Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Daniel Jones (New York Giants), Carson Wentz, Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles), Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Josh Johnson, Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum (Washington Redskins)

NFC South: Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons), Cam Newton, Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen (Carolina Panthers), Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater (New Orleans Saints), Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

NFC West: Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert, Drew Stanton, Josh Rosen, Sam Bradford, Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals), Jared Goff, Sean Mannion (Los Angeles Rams), Brian Hoyer, C.J. Beathard, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens (San Francisco 49ers), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)

AFC North: Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens), Andy Dalton, Jeff Driskel (Cincinnati Bengals), DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan, Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns), Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Mason Rudolph (Pittsburgh Steelers)

AFC East: Tyrod Taylor, Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen, Derek Anderson, Matt Barkley (Buffalo Bills), Jay Cutler, Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill, Brock Osweiler, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen (Miami Dolphins), Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Luke Falk (New York Jets)

AFC South: Tom Savage, Deshaun Watson, T.J. Yates (Houston Texans), Jacoby Brissett, Scott Tolzien, Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassel, Blaine Gabbert (Tennessee Titans)

AFC West: Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco (Denver Broncos), Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers), Derek Carr, EJ Manuel (Oakland Raiders)

Here are a few observations from the extensive list:

- Only six franchises (the Lions, Falcons, Cowboys, Seahawks, Patriots and Chargers) have had one starter for all 35 games since Kaepernick's last appearance. 

- Three teams - the Cardinals, Dolphins and Redskins - have started six quarterbacks since the beginning of the 2017 season. The Bills, Jets and Broncos have all had five, and Washington could add another to their lengthy list should they turn to rookie Dwayne Haskins in the coming weeks.

- Of the 80 quarterbacks, 16 are out of the league - either due to being unsigned or retired. Former Steelers signal caller Landry Jones recently became the first player to sign with the upcoming XFL.

- Keenum, currently keeping Haskins on the sideline in Washington, is the only player on this list to have started for three different teams (Vikings, Broncos and Redskins) since 2017. A further 11 have started for two teams.  

Avonte Maddox and Jamaal Williams provided positive updates after suffering injuries on Thursday.

From updates on scary injuries that happened in Thursday's Philadelphia Eagles-Green Bay Packers matchup to the latest talk on when Melvin Gordon will actually return to the field now that his holdout is over, we run down all of the top headlines from Friday.

Three things that matter

'Thursday Night Football' brought scary injuries

Thursday's game ended with a pair of scary injuries as Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox and Packers running back Jamaal Williams had to be taken off on stretchers and both players went to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. 

Maddox, who had a violent head-on collision with a team-mate, shared an update on Friday, saying everything is going well, adding that he appreciated "the prayers and get well wishes". The Eagles confirmed on Friday that Maddox was diagnosed as having a concussion and neck injury, but that he was cleared to return on the team flight to Philadelphia, where he will undergo further testing.

Williams, on the other hand, took a scary hit from Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett in the 34-27 loss. "Appreciate it everyone for checking on me, I'm Gucci," he wrote on Friday on Instagram. Packers coach Matt LaFleur did not give an update on Williams' injury after the game, though the team announced the running back has feeling and movement in all of his extremities.

Davante Adams also was injured, disclosing after the game that he suffered a turf toe injury. While it was not nearly as serious as Maddox's and Williams' injuries, the Packers wide receiver said he was "in a lot of pain".

Will Melvin Gordon play against the Dolphins on Sunday?

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told reporters on Friday there is a chance Melvin Gordon will play in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins after holding out the start of the season. When Gordon returned to the team earlier this week, there was some speculation the Chargers would ease him back in as a starter. 

"There's a chance," Lynn told reporters. "He's looked fine. He's in good shape, but he hasn't been practising football, so obviously he's not ready to go back in there and carry the load right now but you never know, he may have to."

Los Angeles are having issues with depth at running back with Justin Jackson, who was seen in a boot at practice and limited on Thursday due to a calf injury, ruled out.

"We do what we gotta do to win," Gordon said when asked if he will be ready to play. "For the most part, I think I'll be alright."

Amari Cooper 'in good shape' to play despite ankle issue

Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints despite some uncertainty about his status as he deals with an ankle issue, owner Jerry Jones confirmed on Friday. 

Asked whether Cooper will be a full-go for Week 4, Jones said: "Yes, I feel very good about that," adding, "I think we're in good shape."

Cooper has been limited this week in practice and underwent a "precautionary" MRI exam on Wednesday. Coach Jason Garrett told reporters on Thursday that the receiver has been dealing with a "foot and ankle thing" from Sunday's game against the Dolphins, though the MRI came back negative.

He was sidelined for much of training camp and the preseason with a left foot strain, but he returned to practice in early September and was on the field in Week 1. 

Two things that don't matter

Jalen Ramsey's questionable against Broncos

There is still a chance Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey will play against the Denver Broncos. 

Ramsey's second child was born on Friday and he had stepped away from the team on Wednesday to be with his family in Nashville. The Jaguars are leaving open the possibility that he will return in time for Sunday's game by listing him as questionable for back/personal reasons. 

Ramsey did not practice this week, sitting out Monday because of an illness and Wednesday with a back injury. Marrone said Jacksonville are hopeful Ramsey will play, but he will be evaluated once he returns. Earlier this week, he reiterated his demand to be traded.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur explains odd play-calling decisions

The Packers had a chance to win Thursday's game against the Eagles when they got down to the one-yard line while trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but many questioned coach LaFleur's play calls when Green Bay passed the ball four times.

When asked why the Packers did not run the ball, LaFleur said: "That's a great question," while admitting, "Unfortunately it didn't work out for us."

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the game that he felt "good about all four calls" and did not have any regrets.

"We had a couple opportunities there I think to score and we just didn't quite execute," Rodgers said. "It hurts, obviously, the way they were stopping the run, we felt good about those four calls and I liked the calls and I felt like we were close on a couple of those to really scoring and tying it up."

One video you have to see

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham called out a reporter for doubting his team, and then told his mum about it on the phone in the locker room after Thursday's game.

Friday's tweet of the day

There has been some debate over the quarterback situation in Washington as to whether rookie Dwayne Haskins should start over Case Keenum. Haskins is not sweating it, though. He said: "I want to be like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, and that's something that doesn't happen overnight. Tom didn't play at first; Aaron Rodgers didn't play at first."

Davante Adams suspects he sustained a turf toe injury that kept him out of the latter stages of the Green Bay Packers' 34-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The wide receiver was heavily involved in the early stages for the previously unbeaten Packers, amassing 158 yards on eight catches by half-time.

However, Adams suffered his injury when bringing in his 10th catch of the game in the fourth quarter.

"It just kind of rolled up on me and my foot just got stuck in the ground a little bit and folded over," Adams, who finished with a career-high 180 yards, told reporters afterwards.

"It's a turf toe situation. We've just got to take a look and see what the deal is."

Adams was therefore sidelined for the Packers' two trips to the red zone late on as Green Bay failed to convert on four attempts from the Eagles' one-yard line before Aaron Rodgers threw an interception that sealed the game for Philadelphia.

"Obviously I would've been out there if I could, but I'm in a little bit of pain, and it was tough," Adams added.

"With a toe injury and the type of player I am - what my game is based on is explosion and things like that, so if I can't get out there and really do my thing how I want and I'm in a lot of pain, I'm sure my team-mates understand that.

"But it's tough, because I feel like those are the type of moments that I'm built for and I've been able to capitalise in bringing home a win - or help bring home a win - for my team in the past, so it sucks."

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox was sent to hospital after leaving Thursday's win over the Green Bay Packers on a stretcher following a nasty head-on collision with a team-mate.

The Eagles prevailed 34-27 away to the Packers but Philadelphia were left sweating on Maddox, who laid motionless on the field for several minutes as medical staff tended to him.

After the game, Philadelphia announced that Maddox had "movement in all extremities" but "for precautionary reasons he has been sent to the hospital for further evaluation."

With just over a minute remaining, Green Bay tight end Robert Tonyan caught a pass near the goal-line.

As Maddox tried to wrap up Tonyan for the tackle, Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo came in to assist and his helmet smashed into the side of the former's helmet.

Players from both teams knelt on the field, some praying at Lambeau Field.

The Eagles selected Maddox, 23, in the fourth round out of Pittsburgh in last year's draft.

The Philadelphia Eagles came away with a 34-27 win over Green Bay Packers thanks to a big defensive play in the closing seconds.

Philadelphia picked off Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the red zone to halt the star veteran's chance at a comeback in prime-time NFL action on Thursday.

Carson Wentz and the Eagles are now at .500 with a 2-2 record, while Rodgers' first interception of the season dropped the Packers to 3-1.

The ending, however, was overshadowed by a scary injury to Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox, who was taken off the field on a stretcher with just over a minute remaining.

After the game, the Eagles issued a statement saying that Maddox had movement in all his extremities and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Here are three takeaways from the Eagles' road win over the Packers.

 

Eagles made the most of their targets

It was the talk of the week and it was paired with a viral video that showed a local Philadelphia hero and a truly priceless recollection of the Eagles' trouble holding on to the ball. 

Philadelphia had dropped 11 passes leading up to their trip to Green Bay. It is the most in the NFL and four of those dropped passes came in the fourth quarter with the team trailing by a single touchdown. The Eagles needed to hold on to the ball if they wanted to win and escape ridicule. They did that well Thursday. 

There were only a handful of dropped passes, by our count two, and that was with seemingly good coverage downfield. Hopefully, the slippery hands, and jokes that come with it, have been put to rest.

Packers' Davante Adams shines

Davante Adams was rightfully frustrated after having just four catches in Week 3. The two-time Pro Bowl receiver was the second-most targeted wideout last year with only the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones getting more looks. So, when the Packers star had the low number, Rodgers made sure to heavily target Adams in the quick turnaround.

In the first half alone, Adams tallied eight catches for 158 yards, showing a glimpse of the star wideout he was last season. His first-half yardage was the most by a Packers receiver in a first half since 1998.

Adams finished with 10 catches for 180 yards after missing the last five minutes of the game with a potential toe injury. Considering the last offensive drive ended with that interception, he was sorely missed.

Both Rodgers and Wentz silenced critics

The oft-injured Wentz and the seemingly hot-and-cold Rodgers were said to be facing their demise. Wentz was leading a 1-2 Eagles team into Thursday night and Rodgers has been overshadowed by a younger generation of QBs with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and rookie Kyler Murray.

However, both signal-callers showed that they are not going anywhere, barring injury, in an offense-heavy contest. Despite miscues on both sides – a botched red-zone attempt where the Packers elected to throw the ball on the one-yard line for all four downs followed by a three-and-out from the Eagles – Wentz and Rodgers showed they are still more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard.

While the Packers offense needed to find their footing, Rodgers was still very close – on multiple occasions – to completing the comeback. He finished 34-of-53 passing for 422 yards, two touchdowns and the lone pick.

Wentz's 16-of-27 night for 160 yards and three touchdowns helped lead the Eagles to victory after back-to-back losses.

The Green Bay Packers have enjoyed a perfect start to the season but star quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes there is room for improvement. 

Green Bay boast a 3-0 NFL record after Sunday's 27-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

However, Rodgers said the Packers' offense must step up ahead of Thursday's showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"It's time for us to do our part on offense," Rodgers told reporters on Tuesday. "Moving forward, we're going to play a stretch of really good football teams. At some point, we can't expect our defense to shut everybody down. They have been, but at some point, the offense is going to have to wake up and start making some plays."

Green Bay enter Week 4 averaging 19.3 points per game, which ranks 23rd in the NFL this season.

Rodgers ranks 23rd in passing yards (674) and has thrown four touchdowns through three games. 

"We've never wanted to just manage the football game around here," Rodgers said. "The standards are very high for us. We've got to play a lot better on offense. We've played some good defenses, no doubt about it, but the standard and expectations are very high here, and we haven't met them on offense."

The Packers' defense has been stellar this season, though, allowing just 11.7 points per contest. This is second to reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots, who have allowed just 5.7 points per game.

Regardless, Rodgers wants the Packers to be at their best in the coming weeks. They will host the Eagles (1-2) before travelling to the Dallas Cowboys on October 6.

"We've got a great opportunity in front of us to go 4-0 and get a little bit of rest," Rodgers said. "We’re feeling good about where we're at. But offensively, we'd like to be feeling a little bit better."

 

Through three weeks of the NFL season, a quarter of the teams are still yet to taste defeat.

While some of those were expected to excel - see the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys - others, such as the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, have all started strongly after losing seasons in 2018.

This weekend sees the 3-0 Patriots and Bills face off, while the 2-0-1 Lions host Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Here we take a look at the eight undefeated teams and determine when their first defeat might come, if at all...

DETROIT LIONS (2-0-1)

Upcoming games: vs Chiefs, @ Packers, vs Vikings, vs Giants, @ Raiders, @ Bears

Are the Lions for real? Or did they get fortunate facing a Los Angeles Chargers team that shot themselves in the foot and an injury-ravaged Philadelphia Eagles after their opening tie with the Arizona Cardinals?

Their luck might soon run out, though, as their next three games - against the Chiefs, Packers and Minnesota Vikings - could easily leave them 2-3-1 and behind in the ultra-competitive NFC North.

BUFFALO BILLS (3-0)

Upcoming games: vs Patriots, @ Titans, vs Dolphins, vs Eagles, vs Redskins, @ Browns

Sean McDermott's team nearly suffered their first 'L' on Sunday, only to rally and beat the winless Cincinnati Bengals. 

A daunting clash with the Pats represents a good barometer of where this Bills team is and, even if they go down to Tom Brady and Co, their upcoming contests suggest they can remain firmly in the wildcard mix come November and December.

DALLAS COWBOYS (3-0)

Upcoming games: @ Saints, vs Packers, @ Jets, vs Eagles, @ Giants, vs Vikings

Everything is rosy in JerryWorld at the moment, with coordinator Kellen Moore overseeing a more potent offense thanks to quarterback Dak Prescott taking a significant step forward.

Get past the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football and the Cowboys might march all the way to 10-0 before visiting the Patriots. But New Orleans, coming off an impressive win in Seattle, are a formidable foe at home and should end Dallas' winning streak.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-0)

Upcoming games: vs Eagles, @ Cowboys, vs Lions, vs Raiders, @ Chiefs, @ Chargers

Rookie head coach Matt LaFleur is certainly enjoying life at the helm in Titletown and Green Bay host the depleted Eagles this week.

The Pack's offense - LaFleur's speciality - has largely underwhelmed, though, and a Week 5 trip to the talented Cowboys looks likely to spell the end of their unbeaten run.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-0)

Upcoming games: vs Browns, @ Rams, @ Redskins, vs Panthers, @ Cardinals, vs Seahawks

San Francisco have the earliest possible bye in Week 4 so their unbeaten run will last until at least Week 5, when they should have too much and be too fresh for a Cleveland Browns team flattering to deceive.

However, after that it's a visit to the Los Angeles Rams, where Sean McVay's offense might prove a bridge too far for the Niners' quietly impressive defense. San Francisco's playoff hopes likely hinge on home games against the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-0)

Upcoming games: @ Lions, vs Colts, vs Texans, @ Broncos, vs Packers, vs Vikings

Reigning MVP Mahomes and the Chiefs offense looks even better than it did in 2018 but they have a tricky run of games coming up against teams with playoff aspirations.

A Week 7 Thursday night trip to the Denver Broncos might spell the end of their unbeaten run. Vic Fangio's 0-3 team could conceivably be 2-1 now and Von Miller and Bradley Chubb have to get it together eventually, right?

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-0)

Upcoming games: @ Bills, @ Redskins, vs Giants, @ Jets, vs Browns, @ Ravens

New England can thank the schedule-makers for a start that has seen them breeze past the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets - who are a combined 0-9.

A stiffer test against the Bills lies in wait next, but New England have won seven in a row in Buffalo. The Pats could easily be 8-0, but a trip to their nemesis Baltimore - against a Ravens team coming off a bye - might prevent them from winning nine straight.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-0)

Upcoming games: vs Buccaneers, @ Seahawks, vs 49ers, @ Falcons, vs Bengals, @ Steelers

Many tipped the Rams to take a blip after their Super Bowl appearance, but here are they are 3-0.

The sternest assignment in their next six games is a trip to Seattle - though New Orleans showed the Seahawks are beatable in the Pacific Northwest. After that, the schedule is kind - particularly now Pittsburgh have lost Ben Roethlisberger - so the Rams look the most likely to be the last unbeaten team standing.

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

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. 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday after suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb against the Los Angeles Rams last week.

The injury – to his throwing thumb – is a blow to a Super Bowl-hungry team and the veteran's absence could go a long way toward shaping the NFC playoff picture. He is expected back within eight weeks after the Saints opted not to place him on injured reserve.

Before the thumb issue, Brees had missed just one game to injury in his 19-year NFL career. Now, he will miss the next six, at least: against the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals before the 40-year-old and the team hope he returns against the Atlanta Falcons, after the Saints' Week 9 bye.

Brees' backup — either Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill or a mix of the two after head coach Sean Payton refused to commit early this week — will be faced with a stout first challenge visiting Seattle and things will not get easier when the Saints return home to host the star-powered Cowboys.

New Orleans should survive the next two weeks against Tampa Bay and Jacksonville before maybe even leaving Chicago with a win if Mitchell Trubisky is limited. The Cardinals could also be beaten as they continue to get comfortable with first-year duo Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury.

But even when Brees does return, there is no guarantee the 12-time Pro Bowler will return to his record-breaking form which made a case for MVP last season before he was outshined by Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes. And, while he is building his strength back after his procedure, teams around the league will be getting stronger, as well.

The Saints are not the only NFC South team struggling, as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is also dealing with an injury and Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is still establishing himself. So, the Falcons will certainly look to take advantage with the hope of creating another space ahead of New Orleans that the Saints will not be able to catch them down the road when Brees is back.

Compared to the Brees-less Saints, it could be argued that other NFC contenders like Los Angeles and Dallas have lighter schedules during that period. The Green Bay Packers, on the other hand, have some tough opponents and no bye until Week 11.

Rams: Browns, Buccaneers, Seahawks, 49ers, Falcons, Bengals, Bye
Cowboys: Dolphins, Saints, Packers, Jets, Eagles, Bye, Giants
Packers: Broncos, Eagles, Cowboys, Lions, Raiders, Chiefs, Chargers

The Rams have the most to gain from the Saints' loss, while the Cowboys have a shot at a top-two seed. Then there are the San Francisco 49ers, who could potentially secure an NFC wild-card spot under Jimmy Garoppolo if Brees cannot quite bounce back.

The Saints could struggle with Bridgewater at quarterback given he was reliable yet unimpressive Sunday as he substituted for Brees, finishing 17 of 30 for 165 yards with no touchdowns. Then again, it was just his seventh time seeing action in a game in the last three seasons, so there are still some kinks to work out.

After all, it is hard to forget the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII with Nick Foles filling in for injured starter Carson Wentz.

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