A Recap in Emojis: NFL Week 3

NFL Week Three coverage was dominated by protests, the president and the national anthem. While this week, teams and players (and the media) took more of a stance on the issue, it’s not a new issue. While many are divided on the issue, it’s important to understand the meaning behind the protests. To learn more about the why of the protests read this from Eric Reid.

The slate of football included quirky penalties, plays and celebrations. Thursday Night Football kicked the week off with a high-scoring match-up between the Rams and the 49ers.  The “old”, fun Odell Beckham Jr. returned. The Patriots almost dropped a game at Foxborough. Did I mention that this week was a bit crazy — aside from empty sidelines during the anthem, etc?

Here’s who earned this week’s emoji awards:


 Aaron Rodgers won 27-24 his first overtime game (in eight career tries) against the Cincinnati Bengals.


The Atlanta Falcons won by 10-second runoff against the Detroit Lions. (The Lions seemed to have scored a touchdown to win, with eight seconds left, but the call was overturned. With less than 10 seconds left to play, the Falcons won. The Lions were out of time….)


 The Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie Jake Elliott converted a 61-yard field goal to beat the New York Giants. (This was the longest field goal in the history of Lincoln Financial Field. No biggie. *brushes shoulder*)


Odell Beckham Jr. is in a league of his own. He’s the fastest player to reach 300 career catches. Plus, I mean, his touchdown celebrations Sunday were…interesting.



 Deshaun Watson made Tom Brady sweat on Sunday. The Texans threatened to win a game at Foxborough, with a rookie quarterback. The rookie quarterback finished with 301 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Impressive numbers against Tom Brady & Co. (The Patriots earned a game-winning touchdown with 33 seconds left.)


 The NFL in London. All the games are straight garbage.


 The verdict is in: Joe Flacco is not elite. He played his worst game and did so against the Jaguars.


The Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears pre-halftime show…. Here’s how it went:

  1. The Bears blocked the kick
  2. The Bears attempted to run for a TD
  3. There was an illegal bat
  4. The Steelers left the field
  5. Then, the penalty was enforced
  6. The Bears ruined their chance at a touchdown before halftime (penalty), instead kicks a field goal.



The Browns were a road favorite for the first time in five years, and still lost. In due time, Browns fans….


Von Miller’s “too slow” move on Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor earned him a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. While it was a stupid flag (in my opinion) it cost the Broncos 15 yards and precious game time.



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