The Packers, who are in the middle of their bye week, return to game action on Nov. 6 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
Maclin: It’s cool. Any time you have an opportunity to bring a positive light on our game to different places, it’s always a good thing. Being able to play in a stadium like Wembley and see the fans over there and how they react to American football is pretty cool.
I had a chance to see downtown a little bit, had a little signing down there and interact with the fans, take pictures and talk some football.
O: Are they pretty knowledgeable about the NFL?
Yes, the Saints capitalized on Brett Hundley’s inexperience. But a balanced attack paved the way for success. Led by Mark Ingram’s 105 yards and a touchdown, the Saints gashed Green Bay for 161 rushing yards and two scores. That represented the third outing of at least 140 yards on the ground for the Saints this season. Meanwhile, Drew Brees recorded another 300-yard passing day.
The Saints are suddenly leading the division at 4-2, but there’s ample time and opportunity for any of the division’s other teams to catch up.
But despite their shaky start, Brees & Co. now look like the most stable group of the bunch.
The protection is spotty, Ajayi has precious little room to run and the receiving corps doesn’t specialize in moving the chains or making splash plays downfield. Gase’s attack is the first since the 2014 Buccaneers to be shut out four times in the first half of the season’s first seven games.
Now that Williams is healthy, the Ravens will have to prove that they can dominate more capable opponents.
Eagles players went to Harrisburg to lobby Pennsylvania legislators to pass the Clean Slate Act, which would give some nonviolent offenders a better chance to succeed after paying for their crimes.
It’s even possible that Okung and other players could decide to skip next week’s meeting if their unhappiness with the league continues.
I am disappointed that further progress has not been reached on discussions with the league, Okung said Thursday. NFL officials appear unmotivated and don’t share the same sense of urgency. Increasingly, the meetings appear unproductive at best and disingenuous at worst. Furthermore, the ongoing disparagement of Colin Kaepernick is a factor needing remedy for the players and public to feel heard and for real progress to be made.
Wentz was the better quarterback on Monday night, but Kirk Cousins threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Monday night was a win for Philadelphia, but it suffered a big loss with Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters. Peters left the game in the third quarter with his leg in an aircast.
Redskins 24, Eagles 34. After giving up the field goal, Cousins works 75 yards down field with a series of six short passes for Washington touchdown. He throws a 12-yard pass to Reed to bring the Redskins within 10 points as we approach the 2-minute warning.
But a good finish to the first half of the season means nothing unless we pick games better in the second half of the season, which is getting closer. Week 8 brings a shorter slate but plenty of chances to fly out of the gate.
Anybody claiming to have the NFC South figured out is lying. One week Newton looks like Superman, then next week he looks like he’s got Kryptonite strapped to him. The Atlanta Falcons admittedly still haven’t found an offensive identity. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are young and not ready to make a push. But what about the New Orleans Saints?
Some placed Sean Peyton on the hot seat after his team’s 0-2 start. But on Sunday, he guided his team to its fourth straight victory by topping the Green Bay Packers 26-17.
Rodgers and the Packers are hoping the team will remain in playoff contention with backup Brett Hundley as the starter, giving Rodgers a chance to play again this season if his collarbone heals quickly enough. If the 4-3 Packers — having lost 26-17 to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in their first game without Rodgers — are out of the playoff hunt, there’s no reason for Rodgers to push to return before the season ends.
When Rodgers fractured his left collarbone in 2013, he did not have surgery. He missed seven games and returned for the regular-season finale at Chicago, throwing a fourth-down touchdown pass in the final minute to beat the Bears and send the Packers into the playoffs as the NFC North champions at 8-7-1.
Here are three questions with Ravens receiver Jeremy Maclin:
Omnisport: You’ve done the London trip twice now in your career. What’s it like playing over in Wembley Stadium?