NFL players across the league knelt, locked arms, raised their fists and even refused to come out of the locker room during the national anthem Sunday. They were joined by coaches and even owners.
Yes, DeShone Kizer is a rookie. That doesn’t temper the fact that Cleveland continues to have far too many quarterbacking mistakes. The Browns have thrown more interceptions (five) than any other team while allowing the second-highest number of sacks (10) as Kizer takes his lumps learning how to read NFL defenses.
Philip Rivers is again playing at a high level after dipping in 2016. He ranks among the NFL’s top 10 quarterbacks in passer rating (106.4) and completion percentage (73.6) while also having thrown four touchdown passes with just one interception.
Younghoe Koo. After besting incumbent kicker Josh Lambo in the preseason, Koo could be out of a job by the time you read this. The undrafted rookie had a field goal blocked that would have sent the Broncos game into overtime, and he missed a 44-yarder in the closing seconds against Miami.
The Chargers have lost twice by a total of five points, which is a far better showing than any of the NFL’s other winless teams.
First-year head coach Anthony Lynn has to prove he can stop L.A.’s ongoing penchant for shoddy special teams and failing to come through in the clutch. The Chargers also must make hay in the NFL’s only division that features three undefeated clubs in Denver, Oakland and Kansas City, which visits Sunday.