In Tampa Bay, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. left with a dislocated finger before returning, and then left again with an ankle injury before returning later in the team’s loss to the Bucs. The defeat dropped the Giants’ record to 0-4.
In a statement, the team said in part: “It is important that we continue to emphasize that despite our different backgrounds and beliefs, we still love each other and are truly a brotherhood. Our gesture today was an intentional effort to demonstrate that. Make no mistake, we love this great country and have tremendous respect for our military and veterans who have sacrificed so much for our right to express ourselves freely. We passionately want what is best for this country and all its citizens.”
The Vikings had flashes of success with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon early against the Saints, as both scored touchdowns. But their overall ineffectiveness (29 carries, 95 yards) almost cost them late as the offense went into a shell with a big lead.
With an offensive line in flux and facing some difficult assignments against the Eagles’ defensive line, the Vikings need some blocking support. They’re better off going two-tight end over two-back, because second tight end David Morgan is a far better blocker than fullback C.J. Ham.
Manning is much better than he often gets credit for being. Comparing him to his brother, Peyton, is unfair. On its own merits, Eli’s career has included years of clutch play and two Super Bowl rings captured with good-but-not-great teams. He’s sixth all-time in passing yards (51,682) and eighth in passing touchdowns (339), and his consecutive start streak of 210 was the second-longest for a quarterback, behind only Brett Favre. He might not get visibly fired up during games, but don’t let that fool you.
They felt they had to go down and kneel and that’s up to them. Hopefully as we go forward we can start concentrating on football a little bit more. Take the politics out of football. But I think that last week was a good show of unity by the NFL and hopefully this week we can move forward.”