It’s Week 4 of the NFL and everyone’s focus is still on the national anthem protests.
Compared to last week, the protests weren’t as prevalent. Most teams instead decided to stand in solidarity with linked arms rather than sit out the anthem.
About 30 San Francisco 49ers sat out the anthem while the rest of their team stood behind them – hands to their shoulders. The team had not played since September 21, which was before Trump’s “son of a bitch” speech in Alabama.
In a statement released on Twitter the team said:
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 1, 2017
Several 49ers players knelt for the national anthem this afternoon. (via 49ers) pic.twitter.com/WfoiqIOmSp
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 1, 2017
The strongest act of protest came from Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Before his game with the Denver Broncos Marshawn was rocking an “Everybody Vs. Trump” shirt.
Ravens fans switch to boos as the team kneels
Ravens fans cheered as announcer said team endorses kindness, unity, equality & justice then immediately boo when team kneels before anthem pic.twitter.com/GyIHKOsWLB
— Jessie (@JMKTV) October 1, 2017
Browns players raise their fists in protest
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) October 1, 2017
Fans chant “USA” while Packers lock arms during the national anthem
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) September 29, 2017
On Thursday night Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers stressed that the protests were not to disrespect military but rather to stress equality,
“This is about equality. This is about unity and love and growing together as a society, and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people.”
Few Bills players kneel during the anthem
— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) October 1, 2017
Aside from the protests the games this week were exciting.
The Jets managed to best the Jaguars in overtime by ending the game with a field goal, earning a 23-20 victory.
Chandler Catanzaro for the win.#ClemsonNFL
— #ClemsonNFL (@Ex_Tigers) October 1, 2017
Carson Pamer throws a touchdown Pass to Larry Fitzgerald for the overtime win
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) October 1, 2017
In a win against the Patriots, Cam Newton of the North Carolina Panthers became the winningest QB in team history.
Panthers beat Patriots 33-30
— NFL (@NFL) October 1, 2017
Cam Newton had a direct message for the media after the game
Cam Newton had a direct message to the media 👇 pic.twitter.com/1HXbtdWPb7
— Dianna (@diannaESPN) October 1, 2017
J.D. McKissic completes insane pass from Russell Wilson
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2017
JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrated with a kamehameha after scoring a touchdown
JuJu Smith-Schuster hit em with a Kamehameha after scoring a TDpic.twitter.com/kq5wNeiFfw
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) October 1, 2017
Antonio Brown was pissed after not receiving an open pass
Terry Bradshaw's 🗣commentary on Antonio Brown pitching a fit for not getting the ball – "I'd sit 'em, I guarantee…for at least 1 play." 😂 pic.twitter.com/fGXYjdyKum
— Skye Underwood (@SkyeUnderwood) October 1, 2017
Terrell Suggs came out in a Bane mask before losing 26-9
The Bills’ Micah Hyde picked off Matt Ryan
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 2, 2017
After defeating Atlanta 23-17, running back LeSean McCoy Boasted to the Media
Poster child Deshaun Watson became the first rookie with 4 touchdown passes and 1 rush in the Super Bowl era
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2017
OJ Howard’s scored his first career touchdown in a win against the Giants
Giants are now 0-4…
Chargers continue to struggle as the NFL’s smallest stadium has to use covered seats
In NFL's smallest stadium, seats are covered…wow pic.twitter.com/RA3kwV35EH
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) October 1, 2017
Many people in the stands were Eagles fans anyways
Eagles fans have completely taken over the Chargers stadium in LA 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2017
With all it’s presidential drama and rookies breaking records this season might turn out to be pretty fun to watch after all.
I just hope the Chargers don’t have to face an opposing crowd for the rest of the season.