The Indianapolis Colts handed the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of the NFL season with a 19-13 victory on Sunday.

When Jacoby Brissett took over under center for the Colts after Andrew Luck's shock retirement, the team were quickly counted out. However, thanks in part to Brissett's efforts, Indianapolis entered Week 5 at .500 and have made the case they are still playoff contenders.

The Chiefs, who entered Week 5 undefeated, posed a stiff challenge for Brissett and the Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. Brissett played well, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes might have been a little better, but the Colts won.


Three takeaways from Colts' upset on the road against Chiefs

What happened to the touchdown duel?

One could have pegged this as a high-scoring showdown with both Mahomes and Luck running the show. But not many would have thought the same would be true with Mahomes and Brissett. The two entered the week tied for the league lead in touchdown passes (10), which drew comparisons between Mahomes, the gunslinger, and Brissett, a third-round pick that bounced from New England to Indy.

With those numbers, some expected the two to trade scores all night long but that just was not the case. Chalk it up to a good night on the ground from the Colts and an equally good night from Indianapolis' defense, which dismantled a shaky Kansas City offensive line. It left the quarterbacks to combine for just one scoring pass.

Brissett finished 18-of-29 passing for 151 yards and one interception while Mahomes put up 321 yards and the lone brilliant touchdown on 22-of-39 passing. Mahomes also threw one interception.

The Colts needed a big day on the ground

The Chiefs may be known for some positive things, including a high-powered offense, but one thing they have struggled with is stopping the run. As good as Brissett has been, the Colts needed yards on the ground as well.

Kansas City have arguably the worst rushing defense in the NFL, allowing 5.9 yards per carry, the worst mark in the league, and ranking 30th in yards allowed per game (149.8). But Indianapolis, who ran the ball well to start the season, struggled to do so in their past two games. The Colts had not rushed for more than 100 yards in either of their past two games.

This week, however, Marlon Mack, who has been battling an ankle injury, led the charge. He was a game-time decision on Sunday and he got the start, finishing with 132 rushing yards.

Indianapolis totalled 180 rushing yards on the night. Kansas City need to find a solution to their porous rush defense.


Kansas City need to protect Mahomes better

The Chiefs need to stick Mahomes in bubble wrap. Whatever needs to be done to protect the reigning MVP must be done after he was sacked a game-high four times on Sunday. He had been sacked three total times leading up to the game, but against the Colts things got worse for the quarterback.

Not only was Mahomes sacked four times but he also seemed to tweak his ankle in the second half, which seemed to have affected his movement – and for Mahomes, that is a big part of his game.

To make matters worse, Kansas City have had to play without injured left tackle Eric Fisher so backup Cameron Erving has taken his place, but it was Erving who stepped on Mahomes' ankle during the game.

All eyes were on the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys showdown that unfolded in the first Sunday afternoon game since 2001 to be broadcast to 100 per cent of the national audience, and it did not disappoint.

Green Bay led 24-0 midway through the third quarter before Dallas put the pedal to the floor, but it was too little, too late as the Packers won 34-24.

Packers running back Aaron Jones erupted for a career-high 182 scrimmage yards – 107 rushing and 75 receiving – and four touchdowns on 26 touches, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards without an interception.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Denver Broncos spoiled Melvin Gordon's long-awaited return from his contract holdout with a 20-13 victory over the Chargers to end the team's eight-game losing streak. It was thanks to a stout defensive effort that forced three turnovers and a flawless performance by veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.

Things went from bad to worse for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, who were routed by the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots respectively, to remain winless.

The Cincinnati Bengals were also defeated for the fifth straight game to drop to 0-5, but at least they put up a fight before falling 26-23 to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, who gave head coach Kliff Kingsbury his first NFL win.

Injury report

A scary scene unfolded in Pittsburgh as quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out after taking a brutal hit to the chin from Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas. Rudolph laid motionless on his back for several minutes as the Steelers' medical staff attended to him on the field, and he was later carried off to be taken to a hospital after apparent problems with the cart.

Rudolph was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion, which will be closely monitored this week after the Steelers switched to third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges. Team-mate and receiver James Washington was also ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles was questionable to return with a quad injury but moved to fifth on the NFL's all-time in all-purpose yards list first.

Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks left the team's London game against the Raiders due to an elbow injury and did not return.

Chargers center Mike Pouncey was questionable to return after suffering a neck injury.

By the numbers

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady moved to third on the NFL's all-time passing yards list during Sunday's game against the Redskins after surpassing Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (71,838). Brady is set to pass Peyton Manning (71,940) for second in career yards in his next game.

The Bengals are 0-5 for the first time since 2008. It is the seventh time Cincinnati have started 0-5 since 1990, which is the most in the NFL in that span.

Christian McCaffrey had a historic day in Carolina, as the Panthers running back logged 237 total yards to become the first player since Jim Brown in 1963 to total 175-plus yards from scrimmage in four of a season's first five games. McCaffrey also reached a max speed of 21.95 mph on his 84-yard touchdown run Sunday, which is his fastest speed this season.


Steve Smith Sr. was grateful to be back in Carolina as he was inducted into the Panthers' Hall of Honour: "I'd like to thank Mr. Tepper for bringing me back … I never thought I'd be back in this stadium, but I am and I'm happy to be here."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden on dropping to 0-5: "If the key works Monday I'll keep working."

Thomas was remorseful for his brutal hit on Rudolph: "I was just trying to get to the ball and make a play for my team. I hit the strike zone, I didn't go high. I didn't try to intentionally hurt him. I'm worried about him. I heard he's at the hospital and my prayers go out to him and his family."

Week 5 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Dolphins and Lions

Thursday's game

Seahawks 30, Rams 29

Sunday's games

Eagles 31, Jets 6
Panthers 34, Jaguars 27
Vikings 28, Giants 10
Texans 53, Falcons 32
Saints 31, Buccaneers 24
Bills 14, Titans 7
Cardinals 26, Bengals 23
Patriots 33, Redskins 7
Ravens 26, Steelers 23
Raiders 24, Bears 21
Broncos 20, Chargers 13
Packers 34, Cowboys 24

Richie Incognito revealed the Oakland Raiders took Khalil Mack's pre-game comments "personally" before they beat the Chicago Bears in London on Sunday.

Star pass rusher Mack faced the Raiders for the first time since he was moved to the Bears, whose much-vaunted defense had led the league in sacks and takeaways since acquiring the 28-year-old in the blockbuster trade last year.

Mack had said he "liked" the term "vindictiveness" ahead of the reunion, but he was largely anonymous as the Raiders' offensive line did not give up a sack in a 24-21 success.

With all the talk on Mack and the Bears' defense prior to the game, guard Incognito admitted Oakland were keen to change the narrative.

"Of course we take that personally," he told Omnisport.

"He's over there talking about how he's looking forward to playing us and all this stuff.

"There's history. We came out and were physical with him. They didn't like it."

The Raiders stormed into a 17-0 lead and although Chicago fought back and led in the fourth quarter, rookie running back Josh Jacobs scored a touchdown to cap a 13-play, 92-yard drive with under two minutes remaining to give Oakland an advantage they would not relinquish.

Ironically Jacobs, who finished with two touchdowns and 123 yards on the ground, was selected with a draft pick the Raiders acquired in the Mack trade.

"We took the challenge head on," offensive tackle Kolton Miller added.

"We heard a lot about these guys being the number one defense in the league. We didn't really see on our film guys being able to run the rock on them.

"We took that challenge and we really took it to them and that helped our passing, helped us establish good field position. We played for four quarters."

There was supposed to be a deafening rendition of 'Return of the Mack' in London on Sunday, but Josh Jacobs and the Oakland Raiders' offensive line found the mute button.

All the build-up to the first NFL game at Tottenham between Oakland and the Chicago Bears centred around star pass rusher Khalil Mack - who was shipped to the Windy City just over a year ago - and his reunion with the franchise that let him go rather than paying him the $141million he received across six years from his current team.

Great pass rushers are, according to Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, "hard to find" and yet he had Mack, the man who came into this contest as analytics website PFF's top-ranked edge rusher in 2019. Since he was acquired, the Chicago defense had led the league in takeaways and sacks and conceded the fewest points.

Gruden had done his best to ignore 'Return of the Mack' all week, telling reporters he had no desire to discuss it, but his game-planning showed it was lodged firmly in his head, like that annoying song on the radio that lingers throughout the day.

Mack was double-teamed constantly, running plays were directed away from him and quarterback Derek Carr got the ball out quickly or rolled to the opposite side of the field to negate his threat.

By half-time, the Raiders were 17-0 up and threatening a beatdown having accumulated 208 yards of offense on a much-vaunted defense.

No one could hear 'Return of the Mack'. Instead it was running back Jacobs, the man selected with one of the picks Oakland acquired in the Mack trade, who was making all the noise having scored the first touchdown.

Then came the key change from Oakland's second offensive play of the second half. Carr's toss to Jacobs failed to find its intended target and a mad scramble for the ball ensued. Who came up with it? Khalil Mack. You knew that he'd be back.

The man who had been compared to NBA superstar LeBron James by team-mate Prince Amukamara for his ability to raise the game of those around him had provided a spark.

Suddenly the Bears were alive - Allen Robinson caught two touchdown passes and made another obscene catch, Tarik Cohen took a punt return 71 yards and Sherrick McManis forced a turnover by punching the ball out on the goalline. With less than eight minutes to go, Chicago were 21-17 ahead.

However, the most important series of the night was still to come. A 13-play, 97-yard drive dominated by who else but Jacobs, who reached out to score what proved to be the winning score in a 24-21 success.

Mack finished with three tackles, one quarterback hit, one fumble recovery and no sacks. Jacobs, meanwhile, had 26 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

It was music to the ears of Gruden.

Tom Brady moved third on the NFL's all-time passing yards list during the New England Patriots' win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

The legendary Brady surpassed Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (71,838) and finished the day at 71,923.

Entering the match-up, Brady needed 264 yards to move up a place and he did just that in the third quarter with a 15-yard completion to receiver Julian Edelman.

Brady will pass Peyton Manning (71,940) for second in career yards in his next game, but he still has a way to go before he catches New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who tops the list with 74,845 yards entering the day.

New England left Washington with a 33-7 win, Brady finishing 28 of 42 for 348 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

Mason Rudolph was taken to hospital after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was knocked out of the Week 5 game with the Baltimore Ravens.

Rudolph's injury occurred in the third quarter of Sunday's game as he was attempting to make a throw, only to take a hit from Baltimore safety Earl Thomas before he got the pass off.

The 24-year-old immediately fell to the ground and laid flat on his back for several minutes as the team's medical staff attended to him on the field.

Eventually able to stand up under his own power, Rudolph was helped off but was seen saying to the team's trainers: "I'm good."

Pittsburgh ruled him out for the remainder of the game with concussion before confirming the third-round pick in the 2018 draft had gone to hospital for further evaluation.

The Steelers are already without Ben Roethlisberger, who was ruled out for the season after needing surgery on an elbow injury suffered in Week 2.

With Rudolph also out, Devlin Hodges - who signed with the franchise as an undrafted free agent in 2019 – came in to take over at quarterback.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wants to be like Golden State Warriors and NBA All-Star Stephen Curry when he takes the gridiron.

Wilson and Curry are champions in their respective sports – the former an NFL Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks in 2014.

Curry has led the Warriors to three NBA titles since being drafted by Golden State in 2009.

After the Seahawks' narrow 30-29 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, Wilson said he is inspired by Curry.

"I think about Steph Curry and how he shoots a basketball — that's how I want to throw a football," Wilson said. "Put it on the money, make some crazy throws, make some crazy plays.

"I love watching sports, and he's one of my favourite guys to watch with how he shoots a basketball."

Wilson had an MVP-calibre performance to help push Seattle to 4-1 fir the season after finishing 17-of-23 passing for 268 yards against the Rams.

But nothing was as impressive as his first-half touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett that pretty much should have never happened.

The completion probability of the exact play was a mere 6.3 per cent, according to Next Gen Stats, and made for a Curry-like shot except for this time the ball was in Wilson's hands.

The pass to Lockett was one of four touchdown throws Wilson had on Thursday.

"He's been phenomenal," Lockett said. "The biggest thing is he's just doing his job. He's doing everything that we expect him to do and even more. He's putting us in a position to be great, to be able to win, to be able to finish games, to finish drives. That's what you want in a player. That's what you want in a captain."

Wilson continued his near-perfect performance, finishing with a 151.8 quarterback rating, to solidify one of the best starts of his career.

"It was just one after another after another after another after another," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said.

The Seahawks will take their momentum on the road to face the Cleveland Browns on October 13.

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Clay Matthews will miss at least a month after suffering a broken jaw.

The Rams' defense has not been great over the past two weeks and they are about to be short-handed.

Matthews suffered a broken jaw in Thursday's 30-29 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and needs surgery, coach Sean McVay told reporters on Friday.

It is unclear exactly when Matthews suffered the injury but it could have come on a questionable roughing-the-passer call in the waning moments of the game.

Matthews, 33, has six sacks in five games for the Rams this season.

He signed a two-year deal with Los Angeles before the season after spending his previous 10 years with the Green Bay Packers.

Week 5 is underway and there are quite a few developments that could make a huge difference in the weekend's scheduled contests.

From Colt McCoy's debut to Odell Beckham Jr. drama, we take a look at what is happening around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

Three things that matter

Colt McCoy's 2019 debut against Patriots

The Washington Redskins are still trying to figure out their quarterback situation and have decided they would rather have Colt McCoy under center than Dwayne Haskins or Case Keenum after their 24-3 loss to the New York Giants in Week 4. McCoy has been recovering from a broken leg he suffered in December 2018 but has been deemed ready for a return to the field against the New England Patriots in Week 5.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden expects McCoy to be challenged in his debut against the undefeated Patriots (4-0).

"This will be a great test for him," Gruden told reporters at a news conference on Friday. "He hasn't faced [a] live rush since Philadelphia last year. I think that'll be the biggest test for him."

McCoy's debut will come against the NFL's best defense in 2019, as New England have only given up an average of 6.8 points this year.

Saquon Barkley ruled out for Week 5

Videos surfaced of Giants running back Saquon Barkley looking light on his feet on Thursday after he suffered an ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, but he will not play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Barkley was initially expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury, but it appears that his timetable for return could be pushed up.

New York are riding a two-game winning streak since they benched Eli Manning in favour of Daniel Jones, and unfortunately, they will have to wait a few weeks before they are at full strength.

Davante Adams out with turf toe

The Packers are 3-1 but could be in danger of dropping a second straight game now that their top receiver is inactive.

Green Bay's offense has not been great this season, but Adams leads the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (378). He has not caught a touchdown yet in 2019, but without him the Packers' options will be limited against a solid Dallas Cowboys defense.

Two things that don't matter

Stefon Diggs fined for skipping practice, meetings

There is speculation that Stefon Diggs wants out of Minnesota, and while he denies asking for a trade he has been skipping practice and team meetings ahead of Week 5.

The Vikings have fined the wideout for his absences.

Do not make too much of this though, as plenty of players have skipped practice because of unhappiness with their situations.

Minnesota gave Diggs a five-year, $72million extension before the 2018 season and do not seem keen on letting him go too soon.

Odell Beckham Jr. comments on Week 4 skirmish

The Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. got into an altercation with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey in Week 4 and addressed being fined for the incident on Friday.

"I've come a long way,"  Beckham told reporters when alluding to a run-in he had with Josh Norman four seasons ago. "I probably would've been suspended for the next game if I would've done what I wanted to do – or more, knowing how I get treated. It was just something I had to [do] for my team-mates and not hurt them even more than the 15-yard penalty."

The Browns (2-2) have bigger problems though, as they will face the undefeated San Francisco 49ers on Monday and are looking to move past .500.

One video you have to see

This touchdown catch Tyler Lockett made on Thursday is ridiculous.

Friday's tweet of the day

Russell Wilson is still riding high from Thursday's win.

NFL players typically thank colleagues, coaches and God after games, but Kirk Cousins was grateful to his 'brain coach' for a record-breaking day in London three years ago.

British fans are accustomed to watching sluggish, error-prone displays from tired teams in London yet Cousins, then with the Washington Redskins, bucked the trend when it comes to performances across the pond.

Jet lag appeared to be no issue for Cousins as he completed a franchise-record 38 passes for a career-best 458 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-27 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.

It was no coincidence. Cousins had been preparing for the Transatlantic jaunt with Dr. Tim Royer, a neuropsychologist who had monitored data from around 750 nights of the quarterback's sleep and implemented methods to ensure he could quickly adjust when jumping across multiple time zones.

"I knew when he had too much light sleep, when he had a good amount of deep sleep, how many times he woke up in the night," Dr Royer told Omnisport.

"It was very interesting to see how his performance on gameday directly correlated to his sleep cycle. The quality of your sleep dramatically affects your production of testosterone.

"Testosterone is kind of like the goose that laid the golden egg in sports; if your testosterone is high, it makes you more confident, you have better muscle mass and you're more driven. The overall stamina that you have is incredible."

Dr. Royer had worked with the NBA's Orlando Magic, who travelled to London earlier in 2016, and was able to share his data on the impact of long-haul flights with Cousins and how his methods could speed up the adjustment process by "at least 50 per cent".

"If somebody does a trip like that, you're typically going to see the impact on their testosterone at somewhere around a 15-to-20 per cent drop off," Dr. Royer explained.

Dr. Royer theorised that for every hour travelled from west to east, it would take Cousins a day and a half to adjust, meaning that, without introducing methods to combat jet lag, the quarterback would need around a week from arriving in London to fully acclimatise due to daylight saving time.

Yet Cousins' preparations began the moment Washington's game against the Detroit Lions finished the week before.

"We told him, 'On the bus, stay away from the windows'," Dr. Royer said.

"In a room, get away from any exposed sunlight. Wear sunglasses.

"We introduced light therapy - much like you would use for seasonal-affective disorder - high-volume light.

"We started to move the light that he was exposed to with a bio light in the morning so he started waking up an hour earlier each day.

"It was still dark out in D.C. but we used blue light. In the human body, the circadian rhythm gets set by blue light.

"We increased his EEG [electroencephalogram] feedback so he was getting a lot of feedback on his brain, making sure it was calibrating correctly and introducing a slowing-down response in the body."

Dr. Royer thought Cousins was already "close to London time" by Thursday, the day the team actually boarded their flight for London.

Cousins' sleep cycles from Friday and Saturday night "were identical" to those he had in Washington, setting him up for a record-breaking day on Sunday.

"He was right on. I expected him to do well. It wasn't coincidental," Dr. Royer said.

This weekend the Oakland Raiders face the Chicago Bears in Premier League side Tottenham's stadium in the first of four NFL games in London this season.

Oakland arrived in England on Monday - a change from last year when they touched down in London two days before being beaten by the Seattle Seahawks.

The Bears, meanwhile, only landed in the English capital on Friday. So does the arrival time have an impact?

"The arrival time has very little to do [with it]," Dr. Royer argued.

"It's the work you do behind the scenes. Things like your pancreas, your digestive system, they're very rhythmic. They work on how you're releasing melatonin.

"Once you disturb that, it makes it very difficult to perform at a high, accurate level - whether it's basketball, football, whatever."

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been ruled out of his side's Week 5 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Barkley looked good during limited practice work this week, but the team are not ready to put him on the field this Sunday.

Pat Shurmur told reporters earlier this week that Barkley "felt good" in his recovery from an ankle sprain as he worked with New York's training staff.

Head coach Shurmur initially held off ruling the RB out of contention to face the Vikings but the team did make that decision on Friday, announcing he would miss the home game.

Barkley injured his ankle in the second quarter of the Giants' Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had to be helped to the locker room. He came back to the sideline using crutches and wearing a walking boot.

He was reportedly optimistic about beating the initial recovery timetable of four to eight weeks and while that does look likely, the Giants are taking a cautious approach in easing Barkley back.

The 22-year-old, who has not been placed on injured reserve or required surgery, also missed the team's Week 4 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Barkley, selected with the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, had rushed for 227 yards, second in the NFL, and had one rushing touchdown in two games entering Week 3. 

He then had eight carries for 10 yards and four receptions for 27 yards before leaving the Bucs game.

Last season, he led the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and scored 15 total touchdowns to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honours.

The Giants and Vikings both hold 2-2 records going into Sunday's game.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is going to need at least one more week of recovery before returning to the field. 

Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters on Friday that Darnold has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Eagles as he continues to recuperate from glandular fever. 

Darnold was scheduled to undergo bloodwork and have an ultrasound on his spleen on Friday morning to determine whether he was ready to play, but Luke Falk will get the call instead. 

"When we told [Darnold], the first thing he says is, 'I feel like I'm letting the other guys down,'" Gase said, via NFL Media. "He did everything he was asked to do. It just didn't work out for him."

Darnold had not lifted, run or thrown since being diagnosed last month but ramped up his workouts this week after being cleared for non-contact drills on Monday, offering hope that he could make his return on time.

He did note on Thursday that, as badly as he wanted to return to the field, he did not want to take any unnecessary chances. 

"It's a tough thing because you want to stay safe," Darnold told reporters. "I want to make sure that I'm safe out there and that I'm not gonna die... For me, sitting back and watching the team play and not having anything to do with the win or the loss, it's not a good feeling for me."

Darnold, selected by the Jets with the No. 3 pick in the 2018 draft, has been out since September 12. 

In two games, Falk has gone 32 of 47 for 296 yards and one interception. He has also been sacked seven times.

The Jets (0-4) travel to face the Eagles (2-2) on Sunday, with kickoff set for 1300 ET. 

An emotional Russell Wilson expressed his gratitude to former Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen after throwing four touchdowns in a 30-29 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday.

Allen, who died in October 2018 aged 65, was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor prior to the game having bought the franchise and kept them in Seattle in 1997.

He was at the helm in 2012 when the team drafted Wilson, who led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title the following season.

Wilson delivered another performance that showed how shrewd that third-round selection was on Thursday, completing 17 of his 23 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns in Seattle's victory, though they were indebted to Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein missing a 44-yard field goal with 15 seconds to go.

Speaking to Fox in his on-field interview after, a tearful Wilson said: "I was just a little emotional because we had the tribute to Paul today.

"He gave me an opportunity, you know? I'm just grateful that he gave me an opportunity, God did and Paul, this organisation. I love playing here.

"It's a good team over there that we played tonight and we're a great team too. We found a way."

Wilson later posted a video on his own Twitter account in which he said: "Paul, we did this one for you".

Seattle improved to 4-1 with the victory and gained a crucial win against their NFC West rivals as the Rams lost a second straight game to drop to 3-2.

Wilson later presented the game ball to Bert Kolde, the Seahawks' vice chairman and one of Allen's former friends and colleagues, in the locker room and told him he felt he might have had an impact on Zuerlein's missed field goal.

"When we gave the ball to Bert I said, 'I think Paul blew that one just a little to the right," Wilson added.

The Seattle Seahawks edged the Los Angeles Rams 30-29 in an NFL thriller on Thursday.

The two teams were separated by just one point at half-time after an impressive first half from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and a solid two quarters in Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp's homecoming.

They were again separated by just one point before the two-minute warning after the Rams were rolling and Seattle sputtered.

But in true Seahawks fashion, they sealed a 30-29 victory after Wilson executed a late scoring drive.


Three takeaways from another narrow Seahawks victory

What can't Russell Wilson do?

The eighth-year veteran is quietly having the best start of his career and it was highlighted in primetime against the Rams as he finished 17-of-23 passing for 268 yards and four touchdowns.

After Los Angeles put up 14 unanswered points following a missed Seahawks field goal late in the second quarter, Wilson led a scoring drive in the third and another to open the fourth. But at this point, the Seahawks were still trailing.

He continued to escape the clutches of Aaron Donald and Clay Matthews late in the game – only getting sacked once – and had one last scoring drive in him to give Seattle their go-ahead touchdown that almost did not happen after a bobbled catch.

Wilson, however, remained composed despite a late slip up under the two-minute mark that could have ended the game. The Seahawks secured an impressive interception to give Wilson and company the ball back, but he could not get the first down. Despite the rare mistake, it was another nail-biting win that Wilson has become famous for, and much like coach Pete Carroll who was yelling and sprinting down the sideline after a missed Rams field goal, Wilson could barely control his emotions after the game.


Todd Gurley gets going

The Rams underutilised their star rusher on Sunday. Todd Gurley finished with a career-low five carries in the team's 55-40 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But they looked to the three-time Pro Bowl player for 15 carries and 51 yards to help open up the field for quarterback Jared Goff.

It was not an amazing performance, but it was one the offense needed if it wanted a chance. He accounted for two touchdowns on the ground against a tough Seahawks defense and showed that not only could he could still get it going, but that the Rams' offensive line can create opportunities for him.

He finished the night with 15 career games having multiple rushing touchdowns – passing Eric Dickerson for the most in Rams history.


Jared Goff was way too hot and cold

It seems like Goff cannot string along enough successful plays to keep momentum on the Rams' side. It was apparent on Sunday, when LA just could not turn the tide despite their late efforts, and it happened again in Seattle.

He, again, looked to Kupp to do a bulk of the work. Kupp finished with nine receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown but it was not enough for LA.

Some poor decisions in the end, including a false start penalty that backed the Rams up on their potential game-winning drive resulting in an unsuccessful 44-yard field-goal attempt, left the Rams on the losing end. They dropped to 3-2 this season, while the Seahawks move to 4-1.

The first quarter of the season is over already, and the New York Jets have barely seen their second-year quarterback in action.

From updates on Sam Darnold's illness to another disgruntled player potentially on the move, we take a look at what is happening around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

Three things that matter

Sam Darnold to undergo further evaluation on Friday

The Jets quarterback will have an ultrasound on his spleen and blood tests done that will determine whether he will be able to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Darnold ramped up his workouts this week after being cleared for non-contact drills on Monday and has yet to be ruled out, though he also is not guaranteed to take the field.

"It's a tough thing because you want to stay safe," Darnold told reporters. "I want to make sure that I'm safe out there and that I'm not gonna die ... For me, sitting back and watching the team play and not having anything to do with the win or the loss, it's not a good feeling for me."

Stefon Diggs denies formally requesting trade from Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings receiver admitted there is "truth to all rumours" but said he would not discuss the situation after assuring he has not formally requested a trade, though he could not speak for his agent.

"I haven't spoke to him about it," Diggs told reporters. "You've got to talk to him.

"I haven't communicated anything. The conversations I've had [with the Vikings] have only been about team and trying to have success on the field."

Diggs has put up uncharacteristically poor numbers this season after posting career highs in catches (102), yards (1,021) and touchdowns (nine) last season, and the inconsistencies brought on by Kirk Cousins under center could be to blame.

Melvin Gordon may start against Broncos

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn confirmed the running back will play a role in Los Angeles' game plan against the Denver Broncos on Sunday but said the team do not want to push him too soon after he ended his 64-day contract holdout.

"He's getting more work [in practice] this week, and he's definitely going to have a workload this week, but not too big," Lynn said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I want to work him in, but I don't want to overdo it.

"We have a package for him – a role for him in this game. He may even start this game. But we're going to see how he looks at the end of the week and go from there."

Two things that don't matter

Patriots find replacement for Stephen Gostkowski

New England are expected to sign veteran kicker Mike Nugent after Gostkowski was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. It was also reported that the Patriots will sign former Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo to the practice squad for added insurance.

Nugent has gone 253 of 311 to hit 81.4 per cent of his field goals over his career during stints with the Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders.

Appeal hearing set for Vontaze Burfict

The Raiders linebacker appealed the NFL's decision to suspend him for the remainder of the season after his helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, and it was reported a hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday.

It is rumoured that Derrick Brooks will hear Burfict's appeal, and NFL Media notes he and James Thrash have a history in that chair – Thrash previously reduced a Burfict suspension from five games to three in 2017 after Brooks upheld a three-game suspension in 2016. 

Still, quarterback Derek Carr defended his team-mate's questionable and repeated actions.

"I don't think it's fair, if we really got to know the guy," Carr said. "If the people making the decision really knew the guy that we know, inside our building ... he's a great person, his heart is broken because he's not playing football. The guy just wants to play football. We don't get a lot of time to play this game in our lives."

One video you have to see

Saquon Barkley's high ankle sprain does not seem to be bothering him too much.

Thursday's tweet of the day

Buccaneers linebacker Shaq Barrett had a funny story for reporters after practice.

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