The Tennessee Titans have suspended in-person club activities after eight positive tests for coronavirus.

Three Titans players and five personnel officials returned positive COVID-19 tests, the NFL announced.

The Minnesota Vikings, whom the Titans defeated 31-30 on Sunday, have also put a halt to in-person activities.

"Out of the abundance of caution, the organisation has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus," the Titans said in a statement.

"Several tests have come back positive and [we] are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow [Wednesday]."

An NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) statement added: "On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives. The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today. Likewise the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities.

"Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments.

"All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available."

ESPN reported the Titans' facility will be shut down until Saturday, throwing their Week 4 clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday into doubt.

The Vikings are scheduled to face the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Patrick Mahomes appeared to question his number four ranking in the NFL's Top 100 list during the Kansas City Chiefs' Week 3 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, but he claimed that is not what he was referring to.

After looping a two-yard touchdown pass to left tackle Eric Fisher in the fourth quarter on Monday, 2018 NFL MVP Mahomes counted to four on his right hand before shrugging as he jogged to the sidelines.

It was the fourth touchdown the Chiefs quarterback had thrown for and it sealed a 34-20 triumph over reigning MVP Lamar Jackson's Ravens.

Mahomes finished the game 31-of-42 for 385 yards passing, making him the fastest to reach 10,000 career passing yards.

After leading Kansas City to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years in February, Mahomes placed lower than expected in the NFL's Top 100 list last offseason.

Asked if his gesture after Fisher's touchdown was a reference to his ranking, he said with a smile: "I think it was like four touchdowns in the game, I think, at that point."

Mahomes was 17-of-21 for 219 yards and three touchdowns against the blitz versus Baltimore and he praised his offensive line and his route runners for helping him achieve such success.

"They definitely had a blitz package that we weren't necessarily prepared for, but at the same time we had talked about stuff that they could do," he said.

"So, I mean, obviously we had some un-scouted looks, but I thought the o-line did a great job of picking those up, even though they were getting in gaps they hadn't hit so far this season. It's about communication throughout the game and making adjustments. I thought we did a good job of that."

He added: "With our defense, when you go in training camp against coach Spags [defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo], you're getting a heavy dose of blitzes from everywhere.

"I thought guys accepted that challenge in training camp and it paid off today. We may not have seen some of the exact blitzes, but we've seen blitzes with fire-zone pressures and cover zeros. Guys sped up their routes, and the offensive line gave me enough time."

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell said Patrick Mahomes showed just why he was worth so much during the Kansas City Chiefs' win.

Mahomes threw four touchdown passes and rushed in for another as the Chiefs beat the Ravens 34-20 in a blockbuster NFL clash on Monday.

The 25-year-old signed a 10-year, $503million contract extension earlier this year and Campbell said Mahomes showed why he got that deal.

"They don't give that guy half a billion dollars for no reason," Campbell told reporters.

"He's an incredible talent, he just made play after play. I know who we are and what we're capable of and he was able to go out there and do some great things against us so you've got to take your hat off to him and give him some respect.

"I'm looking forward to earning the right to try and face them again because I'm very confident if we play the game we're supposed to we can hang with those guys."

The Ravens had no answers as Mahomes dominated, with Lamar Jackson finishing with just 97 passing yards and 83 rushing.

But Campbell backed the Ravens to bounce back after their first loss of the NFL season.

"We prepared for it, we just didn't execute," he said.

"You've got to take your hat off to them, they played a great football game, we tried to make a run late and we just didn't have enough to get it done. This team, we'll be just fine."

The Ravens face the Washington Football Team in Week 4 on Sunday.

The Chicago Bears have named Nick Foles as their starting quarterback ahead of their Week 4 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bears moved to 3-0 for the season on Sunday after a 30-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Foles was introduced for Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter with the Falcons leading by 13 points and inspired a stunning comeback, throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

Coach Matt Nagy confirmed to reporters that Foles will start against the Colts on October 4, saying: "He's our starter moving forward."

Speaking after the win over the Falcons, Trubisky accepted he had left Nagy with little choice but to bench him, having thrown an interception shortly before being pulled.

"The only thing I can control is me playing better when I have those reps in the first half, and I didn't do that," he said, as per the Chicago Sun-Times.

"So, I gave [Nagy] the opportunity to pull me. He did."

Nagy also confirmed Tarik Cohen will be placed on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season after the running back tore the ACL in his right knee.

"You love the kid. He's worked hard to get to this point. We'll be in his corner and he'll be in our corner," he said.

Cohen, a fourth-round pick in 2017, signed a three-year contract extension worth $17.3million on September 20.

 

Doug Pederson will not consider succumbing to the "knee-jerk reaction" of benching quarterback Carson Wentz following a tie with the Cincinnati Bengals that extended their winless start to the season.

The Eagles are still without a victory after they were held 23-23 by the Bengals and rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, with both teams seemingly happy to settle for that result at the end of an uninspiring overtime period.

Philadelphia have gone 0-2-1 in the opening three games having suffered defeats to the Washington Football Team and Los Angeles Rams.

There are clear holes on both sides of the ball for the Eagles but it is Wentz who has received the brunt of the criticism for their disappointing start.

The second overall pick in the 2016 draft, Wentz has completed only 59.8 per cent of his passes and has thrown just three touchdowns compared to six interceptions, with the Bengals picking him off twice on Sunday.

So far this season, Wentz is averaging 4.59 net yards per pass attempt, his worst performance in that category since his rookie year (5.58).

The Eagles stoked talk of a potential changing of the guard at quarterback during this year's draft when they stunningly selected Jalen Hurts in the second round.

However, Pederson rejected any possibility of Hurts coming in for Wentz.

Asked what it would take to consider changing quarterbacks, Pederson said: "No. No, you don't go there. That's a knee-jerk reaction.

"That's a reaction to things that sometimes are … the aura that's out there, right? That's not what we believe internally. And we're going to continue to get better.

"Carson's our quarterback. We're going to get it fixed, he's going to get it fixed. We got a long … listen, we're only a half game out of first place for goodness sakes. The whole division isn't playing very good football. We're not that far off."

Wentz was considered a frontrunner for the MVP award in the 2017 season, when he went 11-2 as a starter and led the league in touchdown percentage (7.5), throwing 33 scores and just seven interceptions.

However, a torn ACL meant he had to watch from the sidelines as backup Nick Foles improbably led the Eagles to glory with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

He endured an up and down season in 2018 and a back injury meant he was again sidelined for the playoffs, in which Foles guided the Eagles to a Wild Card round win over the Chicago Bears. Wentz played just nine snaps of last season's Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks before suffering a concussion.

Despite their struggles, the Eagles are in striking distance of the NFC East division lead. Both Washington and the Dallas Cowboys have started 1-2 while the New York Giants are 0-3.

The Eagles will attempt to claim their first win of the season when they visit the 2-1 San Francisco 49ers in Week 4.

Joe Montana described an attempted kidnapping of his grandchild as a "scary situation" after preventing an intruder from taking the nine-month old.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed on Sunday that San Francisco 49ers legend Montana and his wife Jennifer intervened after a woman entered their Malibu home and picked up the child, who was sleeping in a playpen at the time.

Jennifer Montana was able to prise the child from the woman's arms following a tussle.

The woman fled the scene but was later arrested on burglary and kidnapping charges.

Montana posted on Twitter: "Thank you to everyone who has reached out. Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well.

"We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time."

Montana is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, having won four Super Bowls in his 13 seasons with the 49ers before playing the final two years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Aaron Rodgers said the Green Bay Packers were always going to need to put up big numbers against Drew Brees and the star quarterback is enjoying the trust being shown by head coach Matt LaFleur.

The Packers defeated Brees' Saints 37-30 on the road at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, with Rodgers passing for three touchdowns and 283 yards.

It means the Packers have gone 3-0 to start the NFL season and an in-form Rodgers is encouraged by the team's performances, especially against a team led by the quality Brees possesses.

"Any time you're playing a Drew Brees team you know you have to score, he's such a dynamic player," Rodgers said. 

"The two times we've played here before it felt like they put up 50 both times, I know they got 52 in one of them. 

"We knew the type of game [they would play], they've got a lot of playmakers and Drew obviously knows how to deal the ball.

"But right now, our offense, I feel really good about it. We got in a good flow, I feel like again Matt had a nice flow with the calls, we did a good job on third downs for the most part and were opportunistic with some big plays when we needed it.

"We got a lot of guys involved, had a number of guys catch passes and a number of guys we needed to play well played well."

Rodgers' scoring passes were recorded at five yards to Allen Lazard, 18 yards to Marcedes Lewis and one yard to Robert Tonyan.

The 36-year-old feels the team are being trusted to make the right decisions by second-year head coach LaFleur.

"I really like the timing on certain calls," Rodgers said. 

"Sometimes, you've got to kind of dig deep at certain times and hold on to something and trust the players. I really appreciate the flow that we had and the trust in us to make the plays."

The Saints are 1-2 from their three games and head coach Sean Payton admitted the team are not performing how they need to.

"We're not playing well enough. Let's not fool ourselves. We're making too many mistakes," Payton said. "We're not playing disciplined enough on both sides of the ball."

Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a comfortable NFL win, while the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks stayed unbeaten.

Brady's Bucs were largely untroubled by the Denver Broncos as they claimed a second straight win on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Russell Wilson made history for the red-hot Seattle Seahawks, who overcame the Dallas Cowboys.

Like Seattle, the Packers are 3-0 after holding off the New Orleans Saints.

 

BRADY LIFTS BUCCANEERS AFTER STRONG START

Brady threw three touchdown passes in the first half as the Buccaneers enjoyed a 28-10 win over the Broncos.

The six-time Super Bowl champion finished the game with 297 yards after completing 25 of 38 passes.

Brady threw two TD passes to Mike Evans in the second quarter, having found Chris Godwin with a 10-yard pass in the first.

"He [Evans] is a great red-area threat, and I think his size, his quickness, his elusiveness, his hands – everything," the QB said.

"Mike is one of the great receivers in the NFL so I've got to find ways to get him the ball and get him into space, not just in the red area but all over the field. It's my job to find the guys that are open and get it to them."

The Buccaneers are 2-1 and top of the NFC South.

 

SEAHAWKS, PACKERS STAY PERFECT

Wilson starred again as the Seahawks edged the Cowboys 38-31.

The quarterback threw five touchdown passes, including 315 yards on the back of 27 of 40 completed passes.

Wilson's 14 TD passes through the first three weeks of an NFL season are a record, eclipsing Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes' 13 to begin 2018.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were too strong for the Saints 37-30.

Alvin Kamara brought the Saints level late in the third quarter after an incredible run following a pass from Drew Brees (completed 29 of 36 passes for 288 yards and three TDs).

But the Packers closed out victory in the fourth quarter, with Rodgers (21 of 32 for 283 yards and three TDs) and Robert Tonyan combining for a crucial TD.

 

LIONS HAND CARDINALS FIRST LOSS, JETS SLIP TO 0-3

Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals fell to their first loss of the season, beaten by the Detroit Lions 26-23.

Murray, the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had a difficult outing, intercepted three times. He finished 23 of 35 for 270 yards and two TDs.

Matt Prater kicked two fourth-quarter field goals for the Lions, including a 39-yarder as time expired.

The New York Jets fell to 0-3 after suffering a 36-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Carolina Panthers recorded their first win of the season thanks to a 21-16 success over the Los Angeles Chargers.

 

Week 3 scores:

Chicago Bears 30-26 Atlanta Falcons
Buffalo Bills 35-32 Los Angeles Rams
Cleveland Browns 34-20 Washington Football Team
Tennessee Titans 31-30 Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots 36-20 Las Vegas Raiders
San Francisco 49ers 36-9 New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles 23-23 Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21 Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts 36-7 New York Jets
Carolina Panthers 21-16 Los Angeles Chargers
Detroit Lions 26-23 Arizona Cardinals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-10 Denver Broncos
Seattle Seahawks 38-31 Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers 37-30 New Orleans Saints

Pete Carroll lauded Russell Wilson after the Seattle Seahawks overcame the Dallas Cowboys to continue their winning start to the NFL season.

Wilson threw five touchdown passes in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Cowboys as the Seahawks improved to 3-0.

The quarterback's 14 TD passes through the first three weeks of the season is an NFL record, eclipsing Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes' 13 set in 2018.

Seahawks head coach Carroll hailed Wilson's red-hot start to the campaign.

"He's a great player. He's a great player, he's got extremely qualified guys catching the ball," he told reporters.

"Greg [Olsen] had some big plays and DK [Metcalf] had huge plays, 100 and something yards today, and Tyler [Lockett].

"He's just got really good football players to work with and he trusts them, he believes in them, he knows the system, he's taking advantage of a whole array of things that we're doing, all different kinds of styles and throws and movements and all that.

"He's just on it. You're watching a great football player do what he does best and I'm just really excited about what happens the next time we go out."

Wilson completed 27 of 40 passes for 315 yards and five touchdowns.

Top of the NFC West, the Seahawks face the Miami Dolphins in Week 4.

Russell Wilson eclipsed Kansas City Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes for an NFL record as the Seattle Seahawks preserved their 100 per cent start to the season.

Wilson became the quarterback with the most passing touchdowns through the first three weeks of an NFL season in the Super Bowl era on Sunday.

The Seahawks QB threw five passing TDs in a 38-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys, taking his season tally to 14 and breaking the record previously held by Mahomes (13) in 2018.

MVP candidate Wilson also became the fifth player in league history to throw at least four touchdown passes in three consecutive games, joining Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Drew Brees and Mahomes.

Wilson – a Super Bowl champion and seven-time Pro Bowler – was 27-of-40 for 315 yards and five touchdowns without an interception as the Seahawks improved to 3-0.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan insisted the players were behind head coach Dan Quinn despite blowing another lead.

The Falcons became the first team in NFL history to have back-to-back games in which they blew a 15-plus point fourth-quarter lead and lost, as per STATS, after Sunday's 30-26 defeat to the Chicago Bears.

Atlanta led 26-10 heading into the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but slipped to 0-3 to put the pressure on Quinn.

But Ryan, who completed 19 of 38 passes for 238 yards, a touchdown and an interception, said the players also needed to improve.

"We've got his back. We've got to play better as players and that's what you have to focus on," he said.

"When things aren't going good or going well, it's easy to look around and see what everybody else is doing or where everybody else is screwing up.

"The only way we're going to improve as a unit is if we all kind of look in the mirror and find ways to improve individually and make sure that we're the best version of ourselves individually when we go out there."

Ryan said he was frustrated after the Falcons also blew a 39-24 lead to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2.

The QB lamented Atlanta's inability to get any momentum going in the fourth quarter against Chicago.

"We just needed to get into that first first down and we weren't able to do it. It's a credit to them," Ryan said.

"Chicago played well in that fourth quarter, they did a nice job, but we've got to find a way to get it done.

"We've got to find a way in one of those drives to get that first first down, get a little momentum going, put them on their heels a little bit and secure that ball game. We weren't able to do it."

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