Both the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots will be hungry to show a positive response to their first defeats of the NFL season in Week 11.

Inspired by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks ended San Francisco’s perfect record with a 27-24 overtime victory at Levi's Stadium on Monday, Jason Myers settling it with a field goal.

The 49ers will look to take their frustration out on the struggling Arizona Cardinals, who have lost three in a row, on Sunday

The Patriots are also 8-1 after going down 37-20 to the Baltimore Ravens at the start of November - they return to action following a bye week with a trip to the Philadelphia Eagles.

We take a look at the Week 11 schedule using Stats Perform data.

 

THURSDAY (all times Eastern)

Steelers (5-4) at Browns (3-6), 8:20pm

- Pittsburgh have won four in a row despite averaging 299 yards per game. The only other time in the last three years that a team won four straight despite averaging less than 300 total yards was the Bears in November 2018 (291 per game).

- The Browns have not committed a turnover in back-to-back games for the first time since December 2016.

- Mason Rudolph is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of his first seven NFL games – injured team-mate Ben Roethlisberger is also on that list.

 

SUNDAY

Jets (2-7) at Redskins (1-8), 1pm

- The Jets have won their last two games against Washington after losing eight of the first nine clashes between the franchises.

- Washington, coming off a bye week, have failed to score 10 points in any of their last three outings.

- The Jets are averaging 164.0 net passing yards per game this season, the lowest mark in the NFL. Their opponents are only fractionally better at 169.7 yards.

 

Saints (7-2) at Buccaneers (3-6) 1pm 

- The Saints earned a 31-24 home win over the Buccaneers in Week 5 and will attempt to record the first season sweep by any team in the series since New Orleans won both in 2014.

- Tampa Bay will be bidding to score 30 points or more in three consecutive games for the second time in franchise history.

- With his season-high 13 catches in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Thomas surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. (61 games) for the fastest player in NFL history (56 games) to reach 400 career receptions.

 

Broncos (3-6) at Vikings (7-3) 1pm 

- The two franchises have won seven games apiece in their 14 previous meetings, with the last 10 contests decided by a margin of eight points or less.

- Kirk Cousins is three touchdown passes shy of 150 for his career after throwing for 15 in six games since the beginning of October. 

- Denver have not forced a single turnover in six different games this season, already tied for the most zero-takeaway outings in any season in franchise history.

 

Bills (6-3) at Dolphins (2-7) 1pm 

- In their last three meetings, Miami have a +13 point differential in the first half while Buffalo are +44 after the interval.

- Buffalo rushed for a season-low 84 yards in a 19-16 loss in Cleveland last week. Since 2017, the Bills are 1-13 when gaining less than 100 yards on the ground, tied for the worst record in such games over that span.

- Miami had three takeaways in a 16-12 win over the Colts last time out, nearly doubling their season total (four to seven), and 13 points off takeaways nearly tripled their season total (seven to 20).

 

Jaguars (4-5) at Colts (5-4) 1pm

- The Jaguars have posted two shutouts over the previous three seasons – and both came against the Colts.

- Nick Foles, named the starter again on his return from injury, has posted a 10-2 record as a starter in November or later since 2016, the best in the NFL (including postseason - minimum 10 starts).

- Each of Indianapolis' nine games have been decided by seven points or fewer, the second-longest streak to start a season in NFL history (Lions had 11 straight in 2016).

 

Cowboys (5-4) at Lions (3-5-1) 1pm

- Dallas have won three in a row against the Lions (regular and postseason), dating back to their 24-20 win in the 2014 Wild Card game.

- The Cowboys were held to just 50 yards rushing in a 28-24 loss to the Vikings last weekend and did not gain a single first down on a run play for the first time since a defeat to Washington 12 years ago.

- Detroit's 20-13 defeat to the Bears last week saw all three Chicago scores coming on passing touchdowns. That was Detroit's fifth consecutive game allowing multiple passing scores, the longest single-season streak for the Lions since the first six games of the 2016 season.

 

Falcons (2-7) at Panthers (5-4) 1pm

- Atlanta have had the better results in this divisional series in recent years, having won three straight and six of the last seven between the teams. 

- Last week's 26-9 victory at New Orleans was Atlanta's third straight on the road in NFC South play, dating back to last December's win at Carolina.

- Christian McCaffrey will be attempting to become the first player with a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games in the same season since another Panther, DeAngelo Williams, did so in 2008.

 

Texans (6-3) at Ravens (7-2) 1pm

- The Texans are 0-5 in road games against the Ravens, including their 20-13 loss in the 2011 postseason. 

- Houston are one of two teams that have not lost by more than seven points over the last two seasons, along with the Chiefs.

- The Ravens have rushed for at least 130 yards in 16 straight games, tied for the longest streak in the Super Bowl era with the 1975-76 Steelers.

 

Cardinals (3-6-1) at 49ers (8-1) 4:05pm

- The Cardinals suffered a third successive loss when going down to the Buccaneers last week - their fifth game decided by three points or less this season.

- San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks was their first in which they forced at least four turnovers since 2016 – when the opponents were Arizona.

- The Niners had a season-low 87 rushing yards against the Seahawks, but still rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 161.8, behind only Baltimore (197.2).

 

Patriots (8-1) at Eagles (5-4) 4:25pm

- The 37 points conceded by New England in the loss to Baltimore were 20 more than they had had yielded in any other contest this season.

- Over their last eight games, the Eagles have alternated either winning two in a row or losing two in a row. They will be looking for a third victory on the spin this weekend.

- After scoring 41 points in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots two seasons ago, Philadelphia have not scored as many as 35 points in any game since.

 

Bengals (0-9) at Raiders 5-4) 4:25pm

- The Bengals are 4-1 in games played in California since 2010. 

- All five of the Raiders' wins this season have come by one possession (eight points or fewer). The only team in the NFL with more one-possession wins this year is Seattle (seven).

- The Raiders have not turned the ball over in their previous three games, only the second time in franchise history they have gone three straight without a giveaway (also in 1979).

 

Bears (4-5) at Rams (5-4) 8:20pm

- Chicago have won six of the last seven games against the Rams, allowing just 10.7 points per game in the six wins but 42 points in the one loss (21-42 in 2013). 

- The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Lions despite putting up just 226 yards of total offense.

- The Rams and Bears have both allowed 18 rushing plays of 10 or more yards, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Offensively, the Bears have just nine rushing plays of 10+ yards, fewest in the NFL, while the Rams have 22.

 

MONDAY

Chiefs (6-4) at Chargers (4-6) 8:15pm

- The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Chiefs with a 29-28 road victory in Week 15 of last season. 

- The Chiefs have lost four of their last six after starting the season 4-0, including a 35-32 loss in the final seconds against the Titans last time out. 

- Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Titans after putting up 140 yards and a score in Week 9 against the Vikings. He is the first player in franchise history with at least 140 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in back-to-back games.

Five months on from the Raptors' stunning NBA Finals triumph in Oakland, the city of Toronto will hope to be celebrating further success after the MLS Cup final.

The Raptors defeated two-time defending champions the Golden State Warriors for their first title, and Toronto FC can add another championship by beating Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

Toronto and Seattle are facing one another in the season decider in MLS for the third time in four years, winning a title apiece at BMO Field before this showdown at CenturyLink Field.

Victory would cap a sensational 2019 for sports in Toronto, but other cities have similarly been able to hail two or more major championships in the same year previously. We take a look at the seven most recent examples.
 

1998: CHICAGO - Bulls (NBA), Fire (MLS)

Michael Jordan's NBA dominance with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s gave the city's other sports teams plenty of opportunities to complete a double. In 1998, two years after the introduction of MLS, early force Chicago Fire were able to deliver.

Jordan ended his final season in Chicago a champion once again, the MVP and Finals MVP as the Utah Jazz were beaten 4-2 in June. Fire then defeated DC United 2-0 at the Rose Bowl in October, capping a fine year for the Windy City.
 

2000: NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK - Devils (NHL), Yankees (MLB)

The sports teams in the greater New York area brought in the millennium in real style as both the New Jersey Devils and the New York Yankees were able to clinch championships.

The second of the Devils' three Stanley Cup successes to date came against the Dallas Stars in June's Game 6, before a New York victory at the World Series was guaranteed as the Yankees faced the Mets four months later. The Yankees won inside five games for a third straight title.
 

2002: LOS ANGELES - Lakers (NBA), Galaxy (MLS), Angels (MLB)

Few cities have enjoyed a year as dominant as Los Angeles did in 2002, with the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy and Anaheim Angels all triumphing.

The Lakers won the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year in June, crushing the New Jersey Nets 4-0, before October brought double delight for the city's sports fans, with Galaxy beating New England Revolution 1-0 as the Angels began their World Series campaign, ultimately edging out the San Francisco Giants in seven games.
 

2004: NEW ENGLAND/BOSTON - Patriots (NFL), Red Sox (MLB)

It should have surprised no one to see the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, their second of three in four years, but it was a far bigger deal to see the Boston Red Sox come out on top in the World Series.

Tom Brady earned his second ring as the Carolina Panthers were edged out in a dramatic fourth quarter in February, before neighbours the Red Sox ended the 'Curse of the Bambino' and an 86-year wait for a championship by thrashing the St Louis Cardinals in October, having earlier come from 3-0 down against the Yankees.

2009: PITTSBURGH - Steelers (NFL), Penguins (NHL)

Pittsburgh sports fans have had plenty to celebrate since the turn of the century. The Pirates have largely toiled in MLB, but the NFL Steelers and NHL Penguins have each seen success - and did so in the same year in 2009.

The Steelers became the first franchise to win six Super Bowls when they held off a fourth-quarter fightback from the Arizona Cardinals in February, while the Penguins avenged their 2008 Stanley Cup defeat to the Detroit Red Wings against the same team in Game 7 in June.
 

2012: LOS ANGELES - Kings (NHL), Galaxy (MLS)

If Toronto can win a second MLS Cup in three years, they will then hope to kick on and pursue Galaxy's record of five titles - the fourth of which came in December 2012, six months after the Los Angeles Kings broke their Stanley Cup duck.

Playing just the second Finals in their history, the Kings dealt established winners the Devils a six-game defeat. Galaxy, far more accustomed with success, then defeated Houston Dynamo for the second year running in the MLS Cup final.


2014: LOS ANGELES - Kings (NHL), Galaxy (MLS)

Having waited so long for a first triumph, the Kings wasted little time at all to double their tally - much like Toronto FC, the Reds will hope.

Another New York outfit, the New York Rangers, were dispatched 4-1 in June, setting up another magnificent double with Galaxy when Bruce Arena's men beat New England thanks to an extra-time Robbie Keane strike in December.

Lamar Jackson is separating himself in the battle for the NFL's Most Valuable Player award, according to Baltimore Ravens team-mate Earl Thomas.

Jackson led the Ravens to a 37-20 win over the previously undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown while running for 61 yards and two scores against a defense many believe to be the best in the NFL.

His display will give rise to talk of the Baltimore quarterback being firmly in the MVP conversation, and Thomas believes Jackson is at the head of the race.

"He played MVP-type football," Thomas said. "He's separating himself."

Tight end Mark Andrews added "That's our MVP and that's the league's MVP, no doubt about it. He's a special player. A guy like that, you can't replace. He's just special."

Jackson, however, is not interested in individual acclaim.

"We got a lot of season left to play, so -- I worry about next game; I don't really care about that," he said of MVP chants sung by the crowd during the defeat of New England.

"I appreciate it; but like I said before, I want something better than that.

"We played tonight like it was a championship game. We've just got to keep going."

The New England Patriots and their undefeated start to the NFL season came to an end following a 37-20 loss to the streaking Baltimore Ravens.

After eight consecutive wins to open the campaign, Super Bowl champions the Patriots fell to the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday.

It was Baltimore's fourth straight victory as they improved to 6-2, while the Patriots dropped to 8-1 – leaving the San Francisco 49ers as the only unbeaten team remaining.

 

Three takeaways from Ravens' win over Patriots

Lamar Jackson is the real deal

If it was not evident already, Baltimore's Lamar Jackson is one of the NFL's best young quarterbacks.

The second-year star out of Louisville threw for 163 yards on 17-of-23 passing for one touchdown and no interceptions. He added another 61 yards on the ground on 16 attempts for another two scores.

Jackson's athleticism was on full display all night as he consistently extended plays with his feet, found open receivers down the field and eluded a pass rush from the Patriots' tenacious defense. 

After dropping back-to-back games to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns in September, Baltimore have quietly won four in a row.

New England's defense have rough night

Through their first eight games, the Patriots had been anchored by their defense.

Heading into Sunday's contest, New England had allowed 10 points or fewer five times, including two shut-out wins over the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.

The Patriots got their first taste of a potent offense on Sunday and they had no answer. Baltimore jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter and managed to pull away in the fourth.

New England's defense surrendered a season-high 37 points and 26 first downs to Baltimore.

Needless to say, the Patriots were not exactly at their best against the Ravens.

Patriots still in the NFL's top tier

As rough as Sunday's loss was, New England are still in the league's upper echelon.

The Patriots remain favourites for the AFC East title. Head coach Bill Belichick does have several challenges ahead of him, though.

New England play the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Kansas City over their next four games after facing little to no competition in the first half of the season.

Based on their track record, one can assume the Patriots will do just fine as long as Belichick's roaming those sidelines and Tom Brady is still under center.

Russell Wilson led the way as the high-flying Seattle Seahawks rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-34 in overtime, while the Miami Dolphins ended their NFL drought.

Seattle quarterback Wilson continued his MVP-calibre season by tying a career high with five touchdown passes for the Seahawks on Sunday.

The Seahawks star hit Jacob Hollister on a 10-yard touchdown on the opening possession of overtime in Seattle, where the home side trailed 21-7 midway through the second quarter.

Seattle also overcame Jason Myers' missed 40-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of regulation as the Seahawks improved to 7-2.

Wilson – who posted his third career game with five TD passes – was 29 of 43 for 378 yards, while Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston finished 29 of 44 passing.

After seven consecutive defeats, the Dolphins finally opened their 2019 account with a 26-18 victory against fellow strugglers the New York Jets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick inspired the Dolphins by throwing three touchdown passes as the Jets suffered their fourth successive loss to Miami.

 

Allen impresses in first start

Brandon Allen was the star of the show for the Denver Broncos. Allen – a fourth-year quarterback – capped his maiden NFL start by leading the Broncos to a 24-19 win over the Cleveland Browns. The 27-year-old, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams two months ago, threw for 193 yards on 12-of-20 passing.

Melvin Gordon had a pair of touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers snapped a three-game losing streak courtesy of a 26-11 win against the Green Bay Packers. Michael Badgley also kicked four field goals.

 

Bears lack bite against Eagles

It was a forgettable outing for the Chicago Bears, who went down 22-14 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Chicago had just nine yards in the first half and trailed 19-0 before the Bears got on the board in the third quarter. Mitchell Trubisky was 10 of 21 for 125 yards and was sacked three times as the Bears crashed to a fourth straight loss.

Sunday's results

Houston Texans 26-3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills 24-9 Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers 30-20 Tennessee Titans
Kansas City Chiefs 26-23 Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins 26-18 New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles 22-14 Chicago Bears
Pittsburgh Steelers 26-24 Indianapolis Colts
Oakland Raiders 31-24 Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos 24-19 Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Chargers 26-11 Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks 40-34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OT)

Cowboys at Giants

The New York Giants (2-6) welcome the Dallas Cowboys (4-3) to MetLife Stadium on Monday. Dallas will be looking to post back-to-back wins after last month's victory over rivals the Eagles ended a three-game losing run.

The Seattle Seahawks were not the only team interested in Josh Gordon, according to his agent.

Gordon joined the Seahawks via waivers after he was released from the New England Patriots off injured reserve following a short stint with the NFL Super Bowl champions.

The wide receiver's agent David Canter told ProFootballTalk that nine different teams showed interest in working out Gordon, though he would not reveal any of their names.

Gordon caught 20 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games before leaving the Patriots.

The 2012 second-round supplemental draft pick out of Baylor was placed on the IR with a knee injury on October 23.

It was reported the injury was minor and Gordon hoped to be released by the organisation so he could join another team.

New England recently acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons last month, so it was becoming obvious Gordon's time could come to an end pretty soon.

Gordon's departure marks the third wideout to leave New England this season after the team traded Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets in August and cut Antonio Brown in September in wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Gordon now joins Tyler Lockett and rookie DK Metcalf as top targets for quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle.

However, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Gordon will not have a role in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he gets adjusted to his new team.

"He's done a lot of good stuff, made a lot of good plays and all that, so we'll find out more next week," Carroll said. "He won't have anything to do with this game."

 

With Week 9 underway, we take a look at all that is happening around the NFL. 

From a few injury updates, the New England Patriots moving on from a key player, and the Washington Redskins possibly starting yet another quarterback — we cover it all in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Redskins' Williams reveals he had cancer

Trent Williams, who just ended his season-long holdout, revealed he was diagnosed with cancer this offseason and had a piece of a tumour removed.

Williams was diagnosed with DFSP – a rare skin cancer that develops in the middle layer of skin. The Redskins player revealed the cancer was weeks away from reaching his brain.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams said the growth started nearly six years ago and he was told by the Redskins it was nothing serious. He thought he was dealing with a cyst until he received the DFSP diagnosis. Williams said he nearly lost his life and spent two weeks in a Chicago hospital without a single visit from anyone in the Redskins organisation.

"I think the diagnosis they gave me at the beginning, they underestimated it. It was far more advanced than they realised," he said.

Broncos QB Joe Flacco to miss 4-6 weeks

The Denver Broncos will be without their starting quarterback for an extended amount of time. Veteran Joe Flacco is expected to miss 4-6 weeks as he deals with a herniated disk in his neck, according to ESPN.

Denver announced earlier this week that Flacco would miss Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, with backup Brandon Allen starting in his place. The Broncos initially feared Flacco's season was in jeopardy, but that feeling seems to have shifted in wake of the recent news.

Flacco, who was traded from the Baltimore Ravens to Denver last offseason, has started eight games this season throwing for 1,822 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions while completing 65.3 per cent of his passes.

Patriots releasing Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon's time in New England has come to an end. Super Bowl champions the Patriots will release Gordon off injured reserve Thursday, according to multiple reports. Gordon, 28, will then be placed on waivers where he hopes to "land in a good and supportive situation," according to ESPN.

Gordon, who caught 20 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games, was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on October 23. It was reported at the time that the injury was minor, and Gordon hoped to be released by the organisation so he could join another team.

New England recently acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons on October 22, hinting that Gordon's time could be coming to an end soon.

Gordon's departure marks the third wideout to leave New England this season after the team traded Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets in August and cut Antonio Brown in September in wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Two things that don't matter

Redskins QB Haskins "excited to put a first start on film"

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins could finally get his chance to start as veteran Case Keenum remains in the concussion protocol. Haskins took the majority of the first-team snaps on Wednesday and Thursday, putting him one step closer to making his first NFL start. 

"I get hyped every day I get to put a helmet on," Haskins said. "Even more excited to put a first start on film, even more excited about it."

Washington have struggled to find consistency with their quarterbacks this campaign since Alex Smith suffered a horrific season-ending leg injury during Week 11 last term. Keenum started the first four games of the year, but left Week 4's game against the New York Giants early with a foot issue. Haskins went in to replace Keenum, but he completed just nine of 17 passes for 107 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Redskins opted to go with Colt McCoy, who had not played since December after suffering a season-ending leg injury, in Week 5 over Haskins. Keenum returned as the starter for Weeks 6-8, but was replaced by Haskins last Thursday in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings when McCoy entered the concussion protocol at half-time.

Haskins, 22, has completed 54.5 per cent of his passes for 140 yards with four interceptions and no touchdowns in two appearances. 

Jets' Adams upset about trade talks; Bell comments

Jamal Adams was not holding back in expressing his frustration with the Jets, saying the trade talks that went on behind his back "definitely hurt." 

Adams said: "The [Los Angeles] Rams don't take calls on Aaron Donald. The Patriots don't take calls on Tom Brady. That's where I hold myself in that regard. Regardless of that I understand that you have a job to do. That's the way I took it."

Le'Veon Bell, who held out all of the 2018 season in hopes of reaching a new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and then later signed with the Jets, says he understands Adams' frustration and that he would have reacted the same way when he was his team-mate's age.

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly offered a first-round pick for Adams, but that was not enough for New York. 

One video you have to see

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who dislocated his right kneecap in a victory against the Broncos, looks good in practice. He was taking snaps behind quarterback Matt Moore.

Thursday's tweet of the day

The Browns had high hopes this season, but are 2-5 entering Week 9. Odell Beckham Jr. admitted Thursday he and quarterback Baker Mayfield are still figuring out a learning curve.

A decade after saying he had no interest in playing American football, retired track icon Usain Bolt is now saying that he would consider playing in National Football League (NFL) but only if certain teams came calling.

Quarterbacks around the league are on the mend.

We dive into the latest injury updates around the league and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Brees expects to play Week 8

While no definitive decision has been made, veteran New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees told reporters he anticipates he will be ready to take the field against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday after missing the last six weeks with a thumb injury.

Brees underwent surgery and sported a brace on his hand as he recovered but was seen throwing earlier this month. In his absence, Teddy Bridgewater has proven to be a reliable backup by winning five straight starts.

Mahomes throws at practice after knee injury

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was not running, but he was active during the team's workout and has yet to be ruled out for Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Matt Moore will get the majority of reps at practice this week, though Mahomes will toss the ball and take part in individual drills.

Reigning MVP Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap in last week's win over the Denver Broncos but reportedly could return in as soon as three weeks. The Chiefs are hopeful he could return in Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers, though they could choose to wait until after the team's Week 12 bye.

Darnold has ripped toenail removed

Another day, another odd setback for the New York Jets quarterback. Sam Darnold practiced on a limited basis Wednesday because he had a ripped toenail removed after Monday's loss to the New England Patriots. The good news is coach Adam Gase said Darnold will be able to participate in individual drills and is still expected to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Sam will do individual drills, we'll evaluate him after," Gase told reporters. "Hoping to get seven-on-seven in, not sure if we're going to put him in team periods yet. Kind of that toe, we're just trying to make sure that he's good, feels good with the shoes that he's got.

"So we'll kind of progress as we go through practice. If he ends up getting a 'Did Not Participate', he'll at least do individual and then we'll see where he's at after that."

Two things that don't matter

Brady embracing career uncertainty

Patriots star Tom Brady is in his 20th season with the Super Bowl champions and said he wants to keep playing into his mid-40s, but he could become a free agent after this campaign, leaving his future with the franchise in question.

"That is the great part for me, I don't know," Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" in Boston. "I think that has been a unique situation that I have been in because I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years you kind feel like [there is] the responsibility to always fulfil the contract.

"One day I will wake up and I will feel like, 'OK, that will be enough'. When that day comes, that day comes. I don't know if it will be after this year. I don't know if it will be five years from now. I don't have to determine those things right now, either. That is kind of a good part of where I am at. Just take advantage of the opportunities that I have this year and do the very best I can do and then those decisions come at probably more appropriate times."

Reid motivated entering matchup with former team

The veteran safety has been preparing to face the 49ers since San Francisco opted not to re-sign him after the 2017 season, which ultimately paved his path to the Carolina Panthers.

"I just don't forget," Eric Reid told reporters.

Reid, who later filed a collusion grievance against the NFL along with quarterback Colin Kaepernick stating teams would not sign the pair due to their stances against social injustices, added he does not feel "bitter" or want "revenge," just a win.

One video you have to see

Kansas City are ready to light up Green Bay.

Wednesday's tweet of the day

Too soon, Myles Garrett.

Trades were all the talk around the NFL on Tuesday.

We look at those transactions and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Broncos trade Sanders to 49ers

It was reported that the Denver Broncos dealt two-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tand a fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers, with NFL Media noting the latter were in on Mohamed Sanu before he went to the New England Patriots. In return, the Broncos received third- and fourth-round picks in 2020 from the Niners.

Sanders, who should welcome the change of scenery joining a playoff contender, has 565 catches for 7,391 and 39 touchdowns over 134 career games with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Broncos.

Patriots acquire Sanu from Falcons

Super Bowl champions New England acquired the wide receiver from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round pick. Sanu farewelled the Falcons and their fans on Twitter.

Sanu played at Rutgers with the McCourty brothers and Patriots assistant Steve Belichick before being drafted in 2012 by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he remained until he signed with Atlanta in 2016. He has 33 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown this season.

Hall of Fame cornerback Brown dies aged 78

No cause of death has been made public, but support has been overflowing on social media.

Willie Brown will be best remembered on the field for his interception of the Minnesota Vikings' Fran Tarkenton in Super Bowl 11 in 1977 that became an iconic moment in the game's history.

He later served as a defensive backfield coach for the Oakland Raiders from 1979 to 1988 and also was the head coach at Long Beach State in 1991.

Two things that don't matter

Peterson says he's 'ready to go'

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson insisted he will play against his former team in Minnesota on Thursday despite an MRI revealing a Grade 1 high ankle sprain and a Grade 2 low ankle sprain. Peterson initially injured his ankle during Sunday's game against the 49ers after fumbling, finishing with 20 carries for 81 yards. 

The 34-year-old, who has a long history of injuries, has rushed for 307 yards and one touchdown on 83 carries in six games this season. 

XFL reveals schedule for 2020 season

The league is set to open play February 8 when the D.C. Defenders visit the Seattle Dragons. The XFL's eight teams, which have been divided into two divisions, will have 10 games from February 8 to April 12 before the playoffs begin later that month and the championship game takes place April 26.

"It's a big moment for us,'' XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said. "We've got great time slots on the weekends. We think it's a well-designed schedule in terms of competitive balance.''

One video you have to see

Dion Jordan looks ready to get to work.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Le'Veon Bell held nothing back as he bashed the NFL and defended his quarterback on Twitter after Sam Darnold was heard on "Monday Night Football" saying he was "seeing ghosts."

The unbeaten New England Patriots extended their winning streak on Monday before reportedly adding to their roster by trading for Mohamed Sanu the following day.

According to multiple reports, New England have acquired the wide receiver from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round draft pick.

ESPN, citing unidentified league sources, first reported the move.

Sanu seemingly confirmed the trade on Twitter as he thanked the Falcons, saying he was "forever grateful for the opportunity".

The Patriots were thought to have previously made a move for Sanu during the 2019 NFL Draft, but the Falcons held off until closer to the trade deadline, which falls on October 29.

Sanu, 30, played at Rutgers with the McCourty brothers, Devin and Jason, and Patriots assistant Steve Belichick before being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2012 draft. Sanu remained in Cincinnati until he signed with Atlanta in 2016.

He has 33 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown this season.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady later tweeted "See you soon" to Sanu.

Sam Darnold said he was just being "straight up" with his on-field comment that was picked up during the New York Jets' resounding defeat to the New England Patriots.

The Jets quarterback was heard on the field mic saying "I'm seeing ghosts" when down 24-0 in the first half of Monday's contest at MetLife Stadium.

By the end of the game, Darnold had gone 11-of-32 for a career-low 86 yards and tied a career-high four interceptions as the Pats (7-0) went on to triumph 33-0.

It was just Darnold's second game back since recovering from mononucleosis and he vowed to learn from a tough evening after the Jets fell to 1-5.

"When I talk to the coaches, I just got to be straight up and, for me, I have just got to see the field a lot better; that's kind of what that means," Darnold replied when asked about his "ghosts" comment. 

"It was a rough night out there and obviously I got to be better and learn from the mistakes but we will get better.

"I definitely think I was pressing too hard, trying to get a 24-point score in one play. I just got to take it one play at a time and continue to play the game the way it's meant to be played."

The New England Patriots started fast on Monday to coast to a 33-0 rout of the New York Jets and remain undefeated.

New England, off to their third 7-0 start in history, completed a season sweep of the Jets, who dropped to 1-5, and again did not concede a single point.

Tom Brady was up to his usual tricks, New England's defense played lights out and Sam Darnold had a disappointing follow-up after returning as the Jets quarterback a week ago.

 

What else can you say about Tom Brady?

At this point in his career it is clockwork. Brady continuously defies the odds when he steps onto the field and comes away with easy wins as he did on Monday.

He was near perfect, throwing one interception, but the veteran quarterback brushed it off and kept the offense rolling.

Brady finished 31-of-45 passing for 249 yards and one touchdown. He did not lead a balanced attack with 249 passing yards to 74 rushing, but he did look to running back Sony Michel for a bulk of the team's scores once they were deep in the red zone.

Patriots' defense continues to dominate

We already know Brady is reliable under center, but New England's defense have turned a tide since coach Bill Belichick assumed the role as coordinator. The mastermind has helped put together the league's best defensive unit in nearly every category. 

The Patriots' defense entered the game with as many touchdowns (three) as they have allowed through six games. They are also allowing just 6.9 points per game.

It was an obvious mismatch against the lowly Jets on paper, but it was made more apparent come game time.

New England finished with six turnovers (four interceptions, two fumbles) and just 154 total yards allowed.

 

There is an argument that New England have not had a true test. A fact that may remain until the Patriots' match-up with the Baltimore Ravens in two weeks. If the defense continues to steamroll lesser sides, it should be primed for another big performance against a tougher offense.

Sam Darnold's return came to a screeching halt

It was unfair of the football gods to have this match-up on the calendar at this time. No one could have foreseen Darnold coming down with mono but when he did return last week, he played well.

Darnold entered the Week 7 matchup with the Patriots off one of the best performances of his young career. In the Jets' first win of the season, a 24-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the second-year signal caller finished with a 71.9 per cent completion rate, 338 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

It was a much different story this time around.

He opened the game with horrible decision making that led to an early pick and he never recovered.

Darnold finished 11-of-32 passing for 73 yards, no touchdowns and the four interceptions.

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

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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.

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