Lynch, who was the Broncos’ first-round pick in 2016, will get his third career start. Lynch lost back-to-back training camp battles with Siemian for the starting job and had not practiced until earlier this month because of his shoulder injury.
Dennison has come to town, and McCoy has promptly run the ball out of the shotgun on just 30 of his 170 rushing attempts this season. He has been more effective under center, averaging 4.2 yards per carry to 3.7 yards per attempt out of the shotgun, but the overall package is way down.
Goodell has tried to thread an impossible needle: maintain the league’s respect for the flag, anthem and military while also giving players the freedom to protest racial injustice.
Wentz goes into a bye with his team at 8-1. His passer rating is an exceptional 104.1, and he’s on pace for 4,021 passing yards 41 TDs with fewer than 9 interceptions. He’s also on pace to add 375 rushing yards. Anything close to keeping up with that while Philadelphia locks down the No. 1 seed in the NFC would make Wentz a lock for MVP.
What Brady is doing at age 40 to carry a team that has had its share of defensive and running game issues is unprecedented. Smith has faded hard, while Brees and Wilson might be cancelling each other out.
It was a 14-point swing going into and coming out of halftime that swung the momentum in Carolina’s favor for good. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said he “had an idea” where Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler was going to throw the ball late in the first half.