Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time.
The two NFC East rivals combined for more punts (nine) than points (six) in the first half, which ended 3-all on a pair of short field goals — from 30 yards by New York’s Aldrick Rosas, and 28 by Washington’s Nick Rose. The big play on Washington’s lone scoring “drive” of the half? A 37-yard flag
COSTA MESA — Anthony Lynn has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, moments that he still claims as the highlights of his football career.
His third-most memorable game might have happened on Nov. 22, 2001.
The Chargers head coach was in his second season as a Denver special teams assistant when the Broncos visited Dallas on Thanksgiving – a game the Cowboys nearly stole thanks to three touchdowns in the final nine minutes .
This Thursday, Lynn will be back in the city again for a holiday kickoff at 1:30 p.m. This time, he’ll face the Cowboys as his Chargers
After Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster scored a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, he and teammate Le’Veon Bell celebrated by re-enacting last week’s scuffle between Bengals’ A.J. Green and Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey.
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What was the reasoning
Sean McVay described the play in the meeting room, a version of the old “hook and lateral.” Jared Goff would throw a screen to Cooper Kupp, who would pitch the ball to a sprinting Tavon Austin. Eyes rolled.
“We’re just like, ‘Yeah, right, this is the NFL,’” Rams running back Todd Gurley said with a laugh.
McVay called the play in the red zone last Sunday, all three players executed it perfectly, and it picked up 9 yards and set up a go-ahead field goal in the second quarter of what turned into a blowout victory.
This is McVay: young, excitable, full
COSTA MESA — The Chargers are tied for the worst record in the AFC West. But in an NFL season with few dominant teams, they can still make plenty of noise through the final eight weeks.
“I like our chances,” Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday, after his team’s bye. “I’d like to be in a better position, but everything’s still in front of us. The whole division is still in front of us. We’re not out of this yet.”
Might the rest do the Chargers (3-5) some good? This season, 18 teams have played games after a weekend off — including
CARSON — Melvin Gordon ran the ball from the 1-yard line. And then he ran it again. And again. And again.
He never got over the goal line, squandering a short field following the Chargers’ fumble recovery at Denver’s 45-yard line. They beat the Broncos anyway, 21-0 , but memory of that sequence still left Coach Anthony Lynn fuming on Sunday.
“That was absolutely terrible,” Lynn said. “Anytime we have the ball on the 1-yard line and I give it to my back four times in a row, and we don’t get it in — that’s awful.”
Denver entered StubHub Center as
The Broncos are hurting, literally and metaphorically.
Emmanuel Sanders, who accounts for a fifth of the team’s receiving yards, has been ruled out for Sunday’s trip to Los Angeles with a sprained right ankle. The same injury will sideline Isaiah McKenzie, a fifth-round pick who ranks among the league’s top punt returners. Leading receiver Demaryius Thomas is set to play at StubHub Center, but may be slowed by a lower leg bruise.
Up front, Denver could be without right tackle Menelik Watson, who is day-to-day with a strained right calf. His backup, Billy Turner, is on injured reserve thanks to
OAKLAND — Melvin Gordon isn’t a fan of goal-line leaps. But if it’s the only way to score, well, he’ll take the risk.
In a 17-16 road win over the Raiders on Sunday, the Chargers running back vaulted into the end zone for his team’s first points of the game. That scoring play echoed one that he pulled off in Week 1 against Denver , one that saw him cover three yards through the air.
For Gordon, however, it also called to mind an unpleasant memory from last season.
“I did it against the Jaguars ,
LOS ANGELES — The Rams picked quite a time to show their trust in rookie John Johnson.
With starting safety Lamarcus Joyner, out of the lineup Sunday with a hamstring injury, the Rams chose to bench their other starter, Maurice Alexander, and replace him with Johnson, a third-round draft pick.
Like many bold moves, it worked. Alexander had been increasingly unreliable, both on pass defense and in run support. Johnson broke up a pass early in the game and then, five minutes into the second quarter, Johnson intercepted Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and returned the ball 69 yards.
The turnover set up