Two weeks later, Jones, who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration committee, is being reclaimed by critics of NFL players’ protests after he said that “if we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”
“They were the ones who came up with this idea that before the game, they would kneel; when the national anthem started, they would stand,” Kilmeade said, recalling the Cowboys’ previous display. “Many people thought that was the way forward, but that wasn’t good enough for Jerry Jones. He just made it clear: ‘I’m not going on the field again. And when it comes to standing for the national anthem, you’ll do it or you won’t play.’”
Tight end Zach Ertz was still Zach Ertz, but wide receivers Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor became upgraded versions of DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper and Jason Avant.
The Eagles against the Vikings went up-tempo to get Foles in a rhythm, and they were aggressive from the get-go in letting him take shots downfield. Foles eluded the Vikings’ swarming pass rush and found his four top targets for chunk plays. Seeing Foles fearlessly connect on long balls several times left Minnesota shell-shocked.
Virginia: The no-nonsense Cavaliers aren’t into style points — a good thing, because they didn’t earn many in a tighter-than-expected matchup with the league’s second-worst team. They trailed at halftime for just the second time, but locked down defensively in the final 20 minutes and created better shots against a Wake Forest team playing one of its better defensive games of the season.
Wake Forest: Manning’s team looked much better than it did three nights earlier at North Carolina State, or last weekend in a 16-point loss to then-No. 7 Duke, leading by three points in the second half. But only one player — 7-footer Doral Moore — hit a field goal in the final 8 minutes, a big reason why the Demon Deacons failed to finish off what would have been their second home upset of a top-10 team in two seasons.
In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer published Thursday, Michaels, who will be calling Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys game, referred to remarks Trump made at a September rally in Alabama. The president told the crowd that an NFL player who “disrespects our flag” should be “fired,” using the phrase “son of a bitch.”