We dive into the biggest headlines from around the NFL in the latest edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Bennett suspended for Week 7

Eyebrows were raised when the New England Patriots defensive end was absent from practice on Tuesday, and it was later reported he was banned for one week due to conduct detrimental to the team.

Michael Bennett, an 11-year veteran who was traded to New England in March, later addressed the situation and clarified the origin of the ban.

"On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension. I apologise to my team-mates for any distraction this may have caused," he told ESPN.

Bennett has played on just 35.7 per cent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this season and will not be able to return until Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns.

Kitchens confident Mayfield will be healthy after bye

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield injured his hip in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks on a scramble, but his head coach shut down any doubt regarding his availability for the team's matchup against the Patriots after their bye week.

"He'll be in better shape physically and he'll be in a better place mentally, too," Kitchens told reporters.

The Browns held Mayfield out of practice on Tuesday as a precaution, but Kitchens assured there's "no doubt" he will be 100 per cent ready to face New England in Foxboro on October 27. 

Hicks hits IR with elbow injury

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks initially suffered the injury in the team's Week 5 loss to the Oakland Raiders in London. He will now miss the next eight weeks at least, though Bears coach Matt Nagy left the door open for him to potentially return later this season. Hicks had six tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery, and one tackle-for-loss through four games before getting hurt.

The move comes one day after the team placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve as he continues to deal with a hip injury. It is certainly not ideal with Chicago slated to host the 5-1 New Orleans Saints in Week 6.

Two things that don't matter

Controversial Lions-Packers ending discussed at league meetings in Florida

Nothing can be done at this point, but the NFL appeared to at least acknowledge the magnitude of the mistakes made Monday night as NFL vice-president of operations Troy Vincent noted the second hands to the face call on Detroit Lions defensive lineman Trey Flowers is "not something that you want to see called."

Vincent added he would reach out to Lions owner Martha Ford and general manager Bob Quinn to personally relay the message.

The league's allowance of instant replay to review pass interference this season was also discussed, though NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay declined to discuss whether it is actually working.

"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.

Gronkowski dismisses idea of NFL return

There has been speculation over whether the former tight end will return to the NFL, but Rob Gronkowski recently gave his most definitive answer yet.

"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." 

Gronkowski had left the door open for a potential return to the field when he made his debut as Fox's newest NFL analyst last week, though he appears to have shut it again.

"I never say no, because I've said no, and everyone's like, 'Yeah, he's kidding. He's coming back,'" Gronkowski said. "But it's a no. In my mind, that's how it is. It's a no.

"I'm very satisfied where I'm at. I say it all the time: I would have never left the game if I was going to be itching every single day. I've said that before, many times.

"I had those thoughts, too. 'Would I be missing it?' And I just knew that it needed to be done. I'm very satisfied where I'm at."

One video you have to see

There were plenty of feel-good moments in Week 6.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Antonio Brown is trying to stay relevant after he filed a number of grievances with the Patriots and Raiders.

Change does not appear to be looming in Tampa Bay.

But we take a look at the adjustments to come with the latest injury updates around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Winston's job appears safe... for now

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not ready to throw in the towel just yet, as head coach Bruce Arians confirmed the team are not looking to make any changes under center at this time.

"No. I look at the reasons why. What happened?" Arians told reporters. "If it happens again, yeah, it'll concern the hell out of me."

Jameis Winston, who is in the final year of his rookie contract after his fifth-year option was picked up, threw five interceptions and had two fumbles against the Carolina Panthers, though Arians admitted the team's battered line was partly to blame.

"I think when you get hit — I don't care if you're Tom Brady — when you get hit early in games, it's different," Arians said. "And we got him hit early in the game, excluding the first play. We got him hit too much early in the game."

Cooper diagnosed with thigh bruise

Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets, though one report suggested there is "no indication of long-term damage." Cooper could, however, be dealing with the "horribly painful" ailment at a time when Dallas faces a must-win scenario in Week 6 against NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cooper, who has 32 catches for 512 yards and five touchdowns this season, also battled foot and ankle injuries earlier this season.

Barkley ramps up workout after tweeting he'll "be back soon"

The New York Giants got a little healthier as the star running back was joined by fellow back Wayne Gallman (concussion), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) and tight end Evan Engram (knee), who all missed Thursday's loss to the New England Patriots. Each player took part in individual drills during the team's light practice.

Saquon Barkley has missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, but all signs point to him returning ahead of schedule, possibly this week against the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants do not want to rush him, but the hype video he tweeted this weekend indicates he is itching to get back on the field.

Two things that don't matter

Rudolph eyeing Week 8 return

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph entered the concussion protocol last week after being knocked out by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas in Week 5. However, he practiced just three days after taking the hit, a positive sign that he should be back after the ransacked Steelers get some much-needed rest on their bye.

The team had a morale-boosting win in primetime on Sunday with third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges at the helm, thanks in large part to a stout performance by running back James Conner, though he did suffer a game-ending quad injury in the third quarter. His status will also be closely monitored before the Steelers return to action against the Miami Dolphins.

Brady won't lure Gronkowski out of retirement

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is happy to see his former team-mate thriving in life after football and does not want to disrupt that peace.

"I'm so happy that he's enjoying his time, his life. He seems to really be doing a lot of great things. He knows how I feel about him. I want what's best for him. He's the only person that can make those decisions. I don't lobby for those things," Brady said on Monday morning in his weekly appearance on WEEI, a Boston sports radio station.

Rob Gronkowski retired in March and started work last week as an NFL analyst on Fox, where he said that he will always leave the door open to unretire. But it appears unlikely to happen any time soon.

"He's given a hell of a lot to our team already over a long period of time, and I think people should be very appreciative for what he's brought to the team and what he's brought to the region," Brady said. "I think he's just a very special guy. He's at a different phase of his life."

One video you have to see

Not only were the Los Angeles Chargers embarrassed on Sunday Night Football, Steelers fans also took over their stadium.

Monday's tweet of the day

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is pumped to be back after serving a six-game suspension for PEDs.

Tom Brady will not attempt to persuade former New England Patriots team-mate Rob Gronkowski to come out of retirement.

Tight end Gronkowski retired during the offseason and has since moved into the media, starting work as an NFL analyst for Fox.

Ahead of the game between his old team and the New York Giants last Thursday, the 30-year-old said on television he would need to be "feeling it big time" to make a playing comeback.

In his absence, tight ends Ryan Izzo and Matt Lacosse have combined for only nine receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown for the Pats, but quarterback Brady feels Gronkowski is now "at a different phase of his life".

"I'm so happy that he's enjoying his time, his life. He seems to really be doing a lot of great things," Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI, a Boston sports radio station.

"He knows how I feel about him. I want what's best for him. He's the only person that can make those decisions. I don't lobby for those things.

"He's given a hell of a lot to our team already over a long period of time, and I think people should be very appreciative for what he's brought to the team and what he's brought to the region.

"I think he's just a very special guy. He's at a different phase of his life."

Patriots owner Robert Kraft sparked speculation over a return recently when he said Gronkowski had yet to file his retirement papers. Kraft added that he would "pray and hope" that the three-time Super Bowl champion may yet play again.

New England are 6-0 this season and sit first in the AFC East. They make the trip to divisional rivals the New York Jets in Week 7.

The New England Patriots continued their red-hot start to the season as they cruised to a 35-14 win over the New York Giants.

The Pats were not at their best at Gillette Stadium on Thursday but were able to hold the Giants to a scoreless second half, having led at the midway point.

They scored twice off defence and special teams, while forcing four turnovers to remain undefeated with a 6-0 record atop the AFC East.

Rookie Daniel Jones made some good plays but had his struggles against a strong Patriots defence.

 

Three takeaways from Patriots' win over the Giants

Giants defence did all it could

The Giants' defense is not New York's strongest point this season as it ranks 30th in yards allowed per game, but that unit did everything it possibly could in this game.

New York tallied a touchdown after a fumble recovery on a sack, put plenty of pressure on Tom Brady and even had an early fourth-down stop following another on third-and-one that made a big statement for the suspect unit early in the game.

But it ended up mattering little as the special teams gave up a touchdown in the first quarter and a fumble was returned by the Patriots for another in the fourth quarter as well. In addition to that, the Patriots got another short field off a bad Jones interception in the second quarter.

This defense played catch up admirably throughout, but New England were playing with a stacked deck in the scoring department.

There's a reason the Patriots dominate rookies

With the defeat of Jones and the Giants, Bill Belichick is now 12-0 against rookies at Gillette Stadium and it was infinitely clear why on Thursday. New England is tough to play in, but the Patriots also brought the pressure throughout the game and confused the rookie QB on multiple occasions, resulting in interceptions.

Take Jones' third interception for example. What looked like a simple read as it was a corner route where the quarterback is supposed to decipher whether the corner drops or stays with the wide receiver going underneath. But because the Patriots dropped the safety and let Stephon Gilmore slip back, Jones read the safety and looked to assume Gilmore stayed up in Cover 2.

That was not what happened, though, and Jones threw the corner as Gilmore was waiting there for it.

The zone defenses messed with Jones throughout and when he got stuck thinking too much he was either hit on the arm to force an interception, or pressured into a sack. He simply waited too long to throw the ball away and it cost him.

Belichick knows how to humble an up-and-coming rookie and that's exactly what he did on Thursday as Jones finished 15-of-31 passing for 161 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

A remarkable achievement on both sides

While Jones had his struggles, he also did something no quarterback had done this season against the Patriots — he threw a touchdown pass.

It was a little bit of a fluke as a corner fell down right after the reception, but it was dropped into the bucket nicely and Golden Tate went on to score a 64-yard touchdown.

It was a very nice play by the Giants, but it must be mentioned the Patriots did not give up a touchdown pass until Week 6. They have faced some bad teams with bad quarterback play, but it remains a remarkable achievement in the modern game.

Tom Brady added another milestone to his Hall-of-Fame career during the New England Patriots' 35-14 win over the New York Giants on Thursday.

The six-time Super Bowl champion moved past Peyton Manning on the all-time passing yardage list and now sits second with 72,757 yards - only New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (74,845) has more.

Brady needed just 18 yards heading into Thursday's game and got them on a 19-yard completion to running back Sony Michel at the 14:20 mark of the first quarter.

The 42-year-old finished Thursday's game completing 31 of his 41 throws for 334 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Brady also rushed for six yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. 

The Patriots remain undefeated in the AFC East after recording their sixth win of the season.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been officially ruled out of Thursday's road game against the New England Patriots as he continues to rehab his high ankle sprain.

The Giants will also be without tight end Evan Engram, the team's leading receiver (373 yards), who is dealing with a sprained MCL.

Receiver Sterling Shepard, in the league's concussion protocol for the second time this season, is also out, along with running back Wayne Gallman, Barkley's top back-up who is missing for the same reason.

The injuries leave New York (2-3) short-handed against the league's top-ranked defense, an undesirable scenario for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones' first meeting with undefeated New England (5-0).

Barkley was able to return to practice last week but the team announced on Wednesday he will miss the Week 6 contest.

He was aiming to beat his initial four to eight-week timetable for recovery, but the Giants are taking a cautious approach in easing him back into action.

The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year injured his ankle in the second quarter of the team's Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and missed the subsequent games against the Washington Redksins and Minnesota Vikings.

Despite missing the past two weeks entirely and most of the game in which he was injured, Barkley still leads the Giants in rushing with 237 yards. 

Gallman is next with 107 and Jones will enter the Patriots game as the team's active rushing leader with 78 yards, 25 more than projected starting running back Jon Hilliman.

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has joined FOX Sports as an NFL analyst, the broadcaster announced on Tuesday.

Gronkowski in March retired following nine seasons in the league, all spent with New England, despite only turning 30 last May.

A second-round selection of the Patriots in 2010, he finished his career with five Pro Bowl selections, four first-team All-Pro honours and three Super Bowl victories.

Gronkowski will make his first appearance in his new role on Thursday, when his former team the Patriots host the New York Giants in Week 6.

"I'm extremely excited to be joining FOX Sports," Gronkowski said. "For the past 25 years, they've offered viewers top-notch NFL programming from the field to the booth to the studio.

"Their deep talent roster is unmatched, which was important for me as I embark on this new chapter in my life because I'll be able to learn from the best in the business."

Gronkowski is New England's all-time leading touchdown scorer and is tied for the second-most receiving scores in postseason history.

He is also the NFL's postseason leader among tight ends in catches (81) and receiving yards (1,163).

NFL Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots released veteran tight end Benjamin Watson.

The Patriots signed Watson in the offseason to help fill the void left by star Rob Gronkowski's retirement, however, the 38-year-old was suspended for the opening four games of the season after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Watson was eligible to return this week but was never activated by the Patriots, who had talked him into coming out of retirement earlier this year.

"The God of victory is also God in failure," Watson tweeted on Monday. "I gave my all, but it was not enough to earn a spot on the @Patriots roster.

"I'm beyond disappointed but even more upset for my family who has supported me with all the love a husband and father could ask for. They are my heroes. Rom 8:28"

Watson began his career with the Patriots, who drafted him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

He also had stints with the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens in an NFL career that has seen him rack up 530 catches for 5,885 yards and 44 touchdowns.

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

Tom Brady moved third on the NFL's all-time passing yards list during the New England Patriots' win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

The legendary Brady surpassed Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (71,838) and finished the day at 71,923.

Entering the match-up, Brady needed 264 yards to move up a place and he did just that in the third quarter with a 15-yard completion to receiver Julian Edelman.

Brady will pass Peyton Manning (71,940) for second in career yards in his next game, but he still has a way to go before he catches New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who tops the list with 74,845 yards entering the day.

New England left Washington with a 33-7 win, Brady finishing 28 of 42 for 348 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

The New England Patriots placed Stephen Gostkowski on the injured reserve amid reports the kicker could miss the rest of the NFL season.

Reigning Super Bowl champions the Patriots announced the move on Wednesday, with Gostkowski moved to the IR due to an undisclosed ailment.

According to ESPN, Gostkowski has a left hip injury that will require season-ending surgery, though he expects to be rehabilitated by next season.

The news comes hours after it was reported that New England were looking to work out free-agent kickers amid Gostkowski's struggles.

Gostkowski missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks. However, he has made seven of eight field goals this season, with his only miss coming from 48 yards.

According to reports, the workouts scheduled for Wednesday are "consistent with their due-diligence approach at all positions to keep emergency lists updated," adding the timing of the workouts makes sense because of Gostkowski's performance lately.

The 35-year-old Gostkowski signed a two-year contract worth $8.5million with New England in April. 

The Patriots (4-0) are slated to visit the Washington Redskins (0-4) on Sunday.

After weeks of quarterback headlines, one team's kicker injury has proven to be significant as well.

But we will also evaluate the progress other injured players have made in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Jets could delay Darnold decision 

The second-year quarterback practiced on Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with mononucleosis last month, but the New York Jets may not reveal this week's starter until Sunday. Jets head coach Adam Gase was optimistic Sam Darnold could play, but will keep the Philadelphia Eagles guessing for now.

"I like our odds better than what they've been," Gase told reporters before practice. "Last week, if we would've been playing again, I would've said it's very low. I like the fact that things have looked and progressed in the right direction. But I don't know what that 5 percent is. There's some grey still there."

Darnold has yet to be cleared for contact, but that could change as early as Friday after he participated in non-contact drills. In the meantime, backup Luke Falk is staying warm in case he needs to start again.

Smith reappears after mysterious absence

The star linebacker returned to practice after a mysterious absence kept him off the field on Sunday and away from the Chicago Bears early this week. But his status for Sunday's game in London is less certain even though he told reporters he plans to play.

"We'll see," Bears coach Matt Nagy said.

Roquan Smith was a surprise inactive just before Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings for a "personal issue," and it was rumoured he had not been acting like himself around the team facilities in recent days. It marked the first game he has missed since being drafted in the first round in 2018, though he appears ready to get back on track after entering Week 4 with 24 tackles this season.

Barkley seen running at practice

The second-year running back showed off his superhuman skills as he took a significant step in his high ankle sprain recovery by running at practice, giving hope that he could return ahead of schedule.

"Some people's doctors had him at eight weeks. Not my doctors," New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur told reporters.

Saquon Barkley avoided surgery and the injured reserve list, and did not appear to have "any sort of limp or limitation" at any point of Wednesday's training session.

Two things that don't matter

Gostkowski needs season-ending surgery

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was placed on injured reserve and reportedly is dealing with a hip injury that will sideline him for the rest of 2019, though he is expected to be rehabbed by the 2020 season.

News of the procedure comes hours after it was reported that New England were looking to work out free agent kickers amid Gostkowski's struggles. The 35-year-old has missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks, though he has hit 7 of 8 field goals this season.

Ramsey still absent from Jaguars

Disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey has not practiced since the Jacksonville Jaguars' victory over the Tennessee Titans on September 19 and remains away from the team for various reasons, from injuries to the birth of his second child. Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone did not reveal any new updates.

"Talking to Jalen today, basically it's a day-to-day type thing," Marrone said.

Meanwhile, Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice because of the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Denver Broncos.

One video you have to see

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb had no shame against the Baltimore Ravens.

Wednesday's tweet of the day

Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald paid special tribute to owner Bill Bidwill, who died Wednesday, aged 88.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 4 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice on Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald potentially passing his all-time record of 1,549 career catches: "I told him, Larry, if you break one of my records, I've still got 36 more."

— Turns out Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Gardner Minshew goes by something else in the locker room: "His name is 'Jock Strap King'," Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette said after Sunday's game. "He's stronger than you think. I don't know if the moustache gives him power or what."

— Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd did not sugar-coat the team's blowout loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers in primetime: "We got embarrassed," he told reporters after the game. "Straight like that. It sucks."

— Steelers receiver Donte Moncrief remains in a limited role after dropping five passes through the first two weeks, but head coach Mike Tomlin could change that soon: "I like his attitude and work," Tomlin said. "You don't have to be in this a long time to realise the boomerang comes back around. He needs to be ready for it when it does."

— During his weekly segment on WEEI, New England Patriots star Tom Brady urged quarterbacks to be more careful when they run the ball: "A lot of quarterbacks who do run, they're trying to make yards and it's great. At the same time, you're susceptible to big hits."

— Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert would rather not block every down: "If I had a choice, I'd run routes every single play."

— Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien on scoring seven points on five red zone drives against the Carolina Panthers: "We should have more. We should be down there more and we need to produce more."

— Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is still unhappy with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey for allegedly choking Odell Beckham Jr.: "Did you see the video?" Kitchens asked reporters. "OK. That's my response. We're moving on to San Francisco. Everybody saw the video."

— Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is not bitter about facing his former team for the first time since being traded: "It's another game, man," he said. "It's going to be a fun one because I know a few of the guys out there. But it's going to be a good one. Can't wait."

— Bradley Chubb's torn anterior cruciate ligament is not the first major injury the Denver Broncos defensive end has suffered: "In high school. It was actually crazy. Seven years to that exact date I tore my ACL, on the same day, September 29, 2012, and then September 29, 2019. It's crazy how that works. That was my first injury. Like I said, it made me who I am today."

Every game day in the NFL brings the potential for big surprises, but few deliver the twists and turns we saw in Week 4.

Jameis Winston threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a wild 55-40 victory, despite Jared Goff's career-high 517 passing yards on Sunday.

In Detroit, the Kansas City Chiefs scored a touchdown in the final seconds to remain undefeated and foil the Lions' upset bid via a 34-30 triumph.

In another surprising turn of events, the Cleveland Browns took control of the AFC North for the first time since 2014 as second-year rusher Nick Chubb exploded for three touchdowns in Baltimore against the league's third-ranked rushing defence – the Ravens, who fell 40-25.

Chubb was not the only running back with a huge Sunday. Jacksonville Jaguars star Leonard Fournette racked up a career-high 225 yards on 29 carries as he and quarterback Gardner Minshew rallied the team to a 26-24 win over the Denver Broncos, who have lost eight straight games dating to last season.

And on a day that saw young quarterbacks Josh Allen (concussion) and Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) lost to injury, rookie QB Daniel Jones completed 23-of-31 passes for 225 yards to become the first New York Giants quarterback to win his first two career starts since Danny Kanell in Weeks 7-8 of the 1997 season.

 

Injury report

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky left the game against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder and was later ruled out.

The Los Angeles Chargers suffered a litany of injuries as defensive end Melvin Ingram hurt his hamstring against the Miami Dolphins. Los Angeles also lost receiver Dontrelle Inman (quad), linebacker Denzel Perryman (concussion) and tight end Sean Culkin (ankle).

Browns receiver Jarvis Landry went into the medical tent at the end of the third quarter against the Ravens. He was eventually ruled out as the team announced he was being evaluated for a concussion.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen entered the concussion protocol after leaving the loss against reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots early in the fourth quarter. Allen was trying to run for a first down when Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones knocked him down with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

By the numbers

Allen stopped the Patriots from extending their impressive stoppage streak.

Meanwhile, another Bills player set his own record as Frank Gore became just the fourth running back in NFL history to rush for 15,000 career yards, joining Emmitt Smith (18,355 yards), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269).

Tennessee Tians QB Marcus Mariota is the only quarterback who has started every game this season and has yet to turn the ball over. The Titans also found a way to keep Mariota from getting sacked against the Atlanta Falcons after giving up a league-high 17 sacks through the first three weeks.

The Buccaneers-Rams matchup became the first game in the Super Bowl era where both teams made a field goal of at least 58 yards. Tampa Bay's 55 points in the win were also the most points in a game in franchise history.

Regardless of how the Cincinnati Bengals-Pittsburgh Steelers showdown plays out on Monday night, the Browns will finish Week 4 in first place in the AFC North for the first time since Week 10 of the 2014 season.

Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald reached 1,326 catches against the Seattle Seahawks and passed Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,325 catches) for second all-time on the NFL receptions list. He trails only Jerry Rice with 1,549 receptions.

Quotables

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield when asked if Rex Ryan's criticism fuelled the team's win: "Absolutely not. Rex Ryan does not get any credit for this week's win. No."

Bills head coach Sean McDermott voiced his concern for Allen after the quarterback was drilled by Jones with a helmet-to-helmet hit: "There's no room in football for a play like the hit on Josh Allen."

The Carolina Panthers have bounced back since their winless start, but Christian McCaffrey still thinks the team are behind: "It's huge for us. We're 2-2, but frankly we should be 4-0. That's the way we're going look at it, it's a week-to-week league. Sixteen, one-week seasons, so we're moving on to Week 5 and learn from the tape to see what we can do better."

Week 3 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

49ers and Jets

Thursday's game

Eagles 34, Packers 27

Sunday's games

Giants 24, Redskins 3
Chiefs 34, Lions 30
Titans 24, Falcons 10
Browns 40, Ravens 25
Raiders 31, Colts 24
Patriots 16, Bills 10
Panthers 16, Texans 10
Chargers 30, Dolphins 10
Buccaneers 55, Rams 40
Seahawks 27, Cardinals 10
Bears 16, Vikings 6
Jaguars 26, Broncos 24

The perfect location for a wedding? A church? A tropical beach? Or, New Era Field?

Buffalo Bills broke new ground in the NFL on Sunday as, with the assistance of several greats, a couple were married during the half-time break in the match against the New England Patriots.

In true Bills Mafia fashion, Buffalo great Jim Kelly gave the bride away, while retired defensive tackle Kyle Williams presided over the nuptials.

Retired running back Thurman Thomas and retired receiver Steve Tasker were also in attendance — along with thousands of fans.

According to reports from WIVB-TV, Mackenzie Park and Jordan Binggeli won a contest to become the first couple to be wed on the field during half-time of an NFL game.

The couple's first date was a Bills game 11 years ago, which probably helped them see off the 1,400 other applicants.

"Everything's coming full circle, and still loving the Bills. Oh yes, we’ve been through everything - live, eat, breathe, die Bills," the bride said

Half-time is normally 12 minutes, but the Bills got special approval from the league to extend it to 14 minutes for the ceremony.

Park and Binggeli also received a special gift: tickets to Super Bowl LIV. Now their team just has to get there.

The Bills were 13-3 behind at the time of the wedding and, unfortunately for the bride and groom, suffered a 16-10 defeat.

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