The last week of byes: The Panthers, Colts, Jets and 49ers are off.
“Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger,” he added. “There is no greater unifier in this country than sports and, unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics.
“I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal,” Kraft continued. “Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
Patriots players have not protested during the anthem, and two of the team’s most prominent members — Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady — also have had ties to the president.
Who’s on the NFL coaching hot seat? There are compelling cases to be made for and against Chuck Pagano, Hue Jackson, Ben McAdoo and Dirk Koetter.
Laughable, ridiculous: Jerry Jones has two words for those reports that he could be ousted as the Dallas Cowboys’ owner.
A Papa John’s apology: The pizza purveyor is sorry it blamed sagging sales on the NFL’s national anthem demonstrations.
The Falcons locked themselves into the No. 2 spot in the NFC with a 38-32 win over the New Orleans Saints, while the Seahawks (10-5-1) claimed the No. 3 position by fending off the San Francisco 49ers, who put up a surprising effort in a 25-23 loss at home.
In the night game, Aaron Rodgers continued his late-season tear, ripping the Lions for four touchdowns and 300 yards passing in Green Bay’s 31-24 victory. That secures the Packers the fourth seed in the playoffs; they will host the Giants in the first round. Detroit, meanwhile, will now head to Seattle to start the postseason.
They say success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. Against that backdrop, it’s easy to forget just how much of a gamble the risky Romo hire was for CBS Sports boss Sean McManus.