Chiefs Get Wild Win Over Lions and Bills Lose to Patriots – The New York Times

Chiefs Get Wild Win Over Lions and Bills Lose to Patriots - The New York Times
Patriots at Bills final score: New England remains perfect as defense comes up big in Buffalo
Detroit and Buffalo lost their first games this season, but neither team made things easy for Kansas City or New England.

ImageBuffalos Josh Allen was sent to the locker room for evaluation after this devastating hit from New Englands Jonathan Jones.CreditRon Schwane/Associated PressSeven teams entered the day undefeated but Buffalo and Detroit, in games that were far closer than most people expected, narrowly lost. We were following along with the early action in Week 4.

Well, we looked at it, and in this situation, we didnt feel that that contact rose to the level of an ejection, Riveron told reporters. The player actually turns. Obviously, there is helmet contact, but we have standards for an ejection, and this does not rise to that standard.

With 20 seconds left in the game, Kansas Citys Darrel Williams punched the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line. That score along with the extra point put the Chiefs (4-0) on top, 34-30, in a win over the Detroit Lions. The key play on the game-winning drive was a 15-yard run by Patrick Mahomes that came on a 4th-and-8 from the Chiefs 34-yard line.

Matthew Stafford and the Lions were given one more chance to take the lead but a pair of deep passes from the Kansas City 44-yard line into the end zone failed to hit their targets and the Lions dropped to 2-1-1.

In 2017, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was flagged, but not ejected for a head blow to Bills cornerback TreDavious White. The NFL thought better of the ruling after the game and suspended him for one game for the hit that left White concussed.

Buffalos defense had an incredible day, largely eliminating Tom Brady from the game, but the Patriots (4-0) beat the Bills, 16-10, thanks largely to Matt Barkley throwing an interception with 1:27 to play.

Both of these hits are the exact kind of plays football is trying to legislate out of the game. They endanger the long-term health of players and the viability of football in general.

Plenty of positives can be taken from a game in which the Bills (3-1) were in the thick of things until the final two minutes and Buffalo just may have won if Josh Allen had not gotten injured.

Brady will likely not forget a game in which he completed just 18 of 39 passes for 150 yards and an interception. He did not throw a touchdown pass.

That was the first thing that came out my mouth on the sideline, Hyde said. If one of us did that to [Brady], we wouldnt have been in the game anymore.

Matthew Stafford, ignoring a hip injury that nearly kept him out of the game, led the Lions down the field with ease and hit Kenny Golladay with a high pass in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown that, along with the extra point, put Detroit ahead by 30-27 with just over two minutes left in the game. Golladay just barely got a second foot down on the touchdown catch but the call on the field was upheld after review.

Theres no room in football for that,” McDermott told reporters. Its a shame to see a player like Josh, or any player, to go down from a hit like that.

The Giants rookie sensation took things down a notch in his second start, but he still came out with a win, leading Big Blue to a 24-3 victory over the Washington Redskins. Jones threw a pair of interceptions and was held to 225 passing yards but Wayne Gallman was terrific in place of Saquon Barkley and Washington, even after switching to Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, was never truly in the game. The Giants defense held the Redskins to 176 yards of total offense.

Ramseys return comes after missing a full week of practice amid a trade request. First, Ramsey called in sick on Monday. Then he missed practice Wednesday with a back injury that caused head coach Doug Marrone to snicker when asked about it. Finally, he left the team indefinitely for the birth of his child, which was much more understandable.

Josh Allen of the Bills took a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from New Englands Jonathan Jones and was forced to come out of the game at least temporarily as Buffalo trails New England, 16-10, in the fourth quarter.

Allen was nearly motionless on the turf following the impact but was able to walk off the field. After being evaluated on the sideline for a potential concussion, Allen ran back to the locker room. Matt Barkley is in at quarterback for Buffalo.

Ramsey went public with his trade request last week after getting into a very visible argument with Marrone, and hes maintained it despite Jaguars owner Shad Khan reportedly wanting to make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

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Kansas City was trailing Detroit, 23-20 in the fourth quarter, but a wild hook-and-lateral in which Patrick Mahomes threw to Travis Kelce who pitched the ball back to LeSean McCoy was the key play in a drive that went 75 yards in nine plays. The Chiefs now lead, 27-23.

Im told CB Jalen Ramsey is on the team plane and headed with the #Jaguars to Denver. His status for tomorrow is still up in the air due to the back issue, which had him listed as questionable on the game status report.

Lamar Jackson seemed to make things interesting with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews that temporarily narrowed Baltimores deficit to 24-18, but Nick Chubb answered right back with an incredible 88-yard touchdown run on the first play of Clevelands ensuing possession. Chubb is up to 162 rushing yards and three touchdowns, all of which have come in the second half. The Browns lead, 30-18.

An available Ramsey would have no shortage of suitors, as just about any contender in the NFL could use an extra Pro Bowl cornerback. Well see if the Jaguars eventually grant his request.

The Patriots stretched their lead to 16-10 on a 23-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, but the points might as well be charged to Buffalos offense, as the drive was set up when Josh Allen threw his third interception of the day.

Ramsey has two years of team control remaining on his contract, including a $13.7 million team option that the Jaguars exercised last offseason.

Buffalos defense had been terrific to start the second half, forcing punts on consecutive Patriots possessions, but giving Tom Brady chance after chance never ends well.

Buffalo cost itself a timeout on the drive by challenging a non-call on a play which the Bills believed was offensive pass interference. No contact was made on the play.

3. Jake Bailey – Last weeks special teams player of the week stepped up once again. As the Patriots offense struggled, Baileys punts played a significant role in terms of field position. After a poor offensive series by the Patriots in the fourth quarter when the Patriots were stuck deep in Bills territory, the rookie had a 61-yard punt that gave the defense some room to work with. Bailey punted the ball nine times and averaged over 48 yards per punt.

Nick Chubb had two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter and the Browns took command against the Ravens in Baltimore, leading by 24-10 with one more quarter to play.

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Clevelands defense has lacked consistency this season, but there was never any question of the units overall talent. That group has been a huge part of todays success, limiting the dynamic Lamar Jackson to 91 passing yards and 64 rushing yards.

3. Tom Brady – The quarterback threw his first interception of the season, and it changed the tone of the game. It wasnt just the interception that made Bradys stock fall, he didnt look right all day. He was 18 of 39 for 150 yards. He struggled to connect with receivers throughout the day and looked uncomfortable under pressure. Brady was also called for an intentional grounding penalty in the first half.

Baker Mayfield has thrown for 322 yards despite Odell Beckham Jr. being held without a catch, and that success has come with plenty of support from Chubb, who has 74 yards on 15 carries to go with the two touchdowns.

4. Offense – It wasnt just Brady and Michel, as a unit the Patriots offense struggled on Sunday in Buffalo. The struggles running the ball continued, and it seemed like Brady and the receivers were having some communication issues. The Patriots were 5 of 17 on third down and averaged a gain of less than four yards per play. Nothing came easy for the Patriots offense in Buffalo.

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Daniel Jones continues to get plenty of help from his teammates, as Jabrill Peppers delivered a pick-six on a bad pass from Washingtons Dwayne Haskins late in the third quarter. Peppers returned the ball 32 yards for a score and the Giants are now leading, 24-3.

2. J.C. Jackson – Today was arguably Jacksons best game as a Patriot. He had two interceptions and a blocked punt. One interception came in the third quarter when Jackson did a tremendous job staying inbounds down the left sideline. On a day when the offense struggled to produce, it were plays like the ones Jackson made that kept the Patriots ahead.

A different Bills offense emerged from the locker room after halftime. Josh Allen completed all six passes on his teams opening possession and then punched the ball into the end zone on a 4th down run, that along with the extra-point got the Bills right back into the thick of things against the Patriots, 13-10.

Orchard Park, NY – The streak of the Patriots defense not allowing a touchdown came to an end on Sunday, however the Patriots managed to come up with a 16-10 win in Buffalo. It was a sloppy game, but New England improved to a 4-0 record. Here is what we can take away from the game:

The 75-yard drive by the Bills took nine plays and had New Englands defense on its heels the entire time.

1. Stephen Gostkowski – It may be time for the Patriots to address the kicker position. Gostkowski has struggled this season, and today was no different as he missed an extra point after the Patriots first touchdown of the game.

Frank Gore has been incredible, Josh Allen was fairly awful, and the upstart Buffalo Bills are hanging tough at home against New England, trailing by 13-3 at halftime. Tom Brady has played far below his typical standards, completing 9 of 22 passes for 90 yards, and he threw his first interception of the season, but New Englands defense has kept the Patriots in control regardless. A missed 49-yard field goal by Buffalo in the final seconds of the half could come back to haunt the team.

Baker Mayfield has 208 passing yards to Lamar Jacksons 34 and the Browns lead the Ravens by 10-7 at halftime. Jarvis Landry is having a huge game for Cleveland, with six catches for 126 yards, and the Browns defense has thus far forced the Ravens into running the ball some and not much else.

Daniel Jones has thrown two interceptions, but the Giants are still leading by 17-3 at halftime thanks to some stellar play from backup running back Wayne Gallman and the overall ineptitude of the Redskins. Coach Jay Gruden made the switch to Dwayne Haskins at quarterback but that has yet to make a huge difference.

Ramseys words and actions – including a sideline outburst with coach Doug Marrone and subsequent raucous media session – have caused some interested teams to rethink their position, and drawn criticism in front office circles while also possibly lowering the amount of trade compensation he could command. There are questions as to why he did not hold out from training camp to try to force a resolution of the situation before the season, and concerns about what lengths he may try to go to in future weeks to attempt to force his way out.

Kyle Allen has the Panthers leading yet again. The second-year quarterback, filling in for Cam Newton, threw four touchdown passes in last weeks win, and while he doesnt have any yet today, his Panthers are leading the Houston Texans by 10-3 at halftime.

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The Lions led by 10-0 at one point, but no lead is safe against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Mahomes has yet to throw a touchdown pass, but he did have an interesting play where he broke off a huge run after staring back at an official, potentially hoping for a penalty call. The game is tied, 13-13, at halftime.

The Titans, thanks to a huge game from Marcus Mariota, are destroying the Falcons in Atlanta, leading by 24-7 at halftime. Mariota has 189 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The Dolphins are only losing by seven points at halftime! Philip Rivers of the Chargers has thrown for 197 yards and two touchdown passes, but Josh Rosen kept Miami in the game with a 34-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. Melvin Gordon is active but has yet to appear in the game.

Furthermore, considering trading Ramsey in-season, and then quickly trying to move on from that notion, was always going to be problematic as well. In the players mind, he was moving closer than ever to getting out, and pulling that away only heightens tensions.

Derek Carr has two touchdown passes, Trevor Davis ran in a 60-yard touchdown, and the Raiders lead the Colts by 21-10 at halftime in Indianapolis.

After the Patriots had marched 93 yards on 15 plays, Buffalo, putting great pressure on Tom Brady, took the ball away with an end zone interception by Micah Hyde. It was Bradys first interception of the season.

1. In a rematch of last seasons surprising defensive slugfest, Dallas and New Orleans treated Sunday night viewers to a beat-for-beat sequel — with a twist. In 2018, the two sides combined for 23 points and 484 total yards; this year, just 22 points were scored and 523 yards were gained. Though not broadly entertaining, Week 4s clash between the Cowboys and Saints was a slow burn, relying on defensive stands, field goals and the rare Big Play to provide thrills. The difference this time around, other than Drew Brees being sidelined by a thumb injury in favor of Teddy Bridgewater, was that Alvin Kamara, New Orleans most dynamic and unique offensive talent, showed up and the Saints (3-1) came out victorious. As he did in Seattle last week, Kamara carried the Saints to victory with 89 total yards on 20 touches. Whereas Michael Thomas (nine catches on nine targets) helped move the chains, Kamara moved mountains against the Cowboys front seven. When he was able to split Dallas rangy linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch on the edges, he did so with precision. In a "head-to-head" matchup with his contemporary Ezekiel Elliott, he outgained the Cowboy by 24 total yards. Kamara picked up four first downs on New Orleans final three drives, which resulted in just three points but knocked over 17 minutes off the clock. On a night when offensive heroes were few and far to come by, Kamara was the late game-changer. (That is unless you count Wil Lutz, whose four field goals were the only points the Saints could muster.)

New England, which had started the drive at its own 5-yard line following a punt, kept things alive at one point by going for it on 4th-and-8 from Buffalos 35-yard line. The aggressiveness was rewarded when Buffalos TreDavious White, having just returned from a foot injury, was called for a 27-yard pass interference penalty.

1. Week 4 will be known as the moment "Minshew Mania" met the "Fournette Frenzy." Theres no telling how long this new craze will last, but for at least one week, Leonard Fournette put on a show the likes of which Jaguars fans havent seen since the days of Fred Taylor. On the road against a Denver defense still looking to live up to expectations, Fournette rushed for a career-high 225 yards on 29 carries, the most since Taylor rushed for 234 in 2000. The number is impressive on its own, but its even crazier when you consider that Fournette combined for 179 rushing yards through the first three weeks. His big numbers may have outshined Gardner Minshew (19-of-33, 213 yards) in the box score but its the rookie QB who made the plays that capped off the scoring drives on the comeback bid. The Jaguars (2-2) took the lead after Minshew capped the teams first two drives of the second half with TD passes; an absurd 81-yard Fournette run from the JAX 7 helped set up the second score. Both players were undeniably special, but the biggest star of day was kicker Josh Lambo, whose two clutch fourth-quarter FGs — particularly the 33-yard game-winner with time expiring — propelled the team to the second-largest comeback win in franchise history. Lambo may not have a catchy craze but hell definitely go home with the game ball for his efforts.

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Facing a desperate situation, Buffalos offense went 52 yards on six plays, and while things fizzled out, the Bills were able to capitalize on the turnover with a 46-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka.

1. Even in a dominant win, it was a tale of two halves for the Seahawks (3-1). In the first half, Seattle played a near-perfect game scoring 20 points, allowing just a field goal, accruing zero penalties and forcing punter Michael Dickson to twiddle his thumbs on the sideline. Led by Russell Wilson, who went 22 of 28 for 240 passing yards and a TD, the Seahawks were efficient through the air and tough to bring down on the ground thanks to the churning legs of Chris Carson, who ended the day with 104 rushing yards on 22 attempts. Entering the second half it seemed as though things would only get worse for the Cardinals (0-3-1), but thats when the Seahawks started making their mistakes via penalties, inefficiency on third down and breakdowns in pass protection. The Seahawks didnt score at all in the third quarter and allowed the Cardinals to gain some momentum early in the fourth after giving up their only touchdown of the game. Once it got down to a two-score game, the Seahawks proceeded to ice the game with a 15-play, eight-minute drive that ended with a C.J. Prosise TD run to put them up by 17. Though the game wasnt completely out of their hands, it will certainly be a half of football coach Pete Carroll will harp on entering their big NFC West matchup against the Rams next Thursday night.

The Dwayne Haskins era is upon us. With Washington down by 14-0 in the second quarter, and with Jay Gruden potentially coaching to save his job, the Redskins pulled Case Keenum from the game, replacing him with Haskins, the 15th pick in this years draft. Haskins led Washington on a 34-yard drive that ended with a field goal.

2. Lets have a toast for the defense. Neither Dak Prescott, an MVP candidate heading into this week, nor Bridgewater played particularly well in prime time, but chalk that up to outstanding play from both front sevens. Both defensive lines played inspired ball thanks to the return of recently injured and suspended players. In his second game wearing the star, Robert Quinn beat Terron Armstead for a game-high two sacks and three QB hits. On the other side, Sheldon Rankins returned from a torn Achilles to play 35 snaps, record two tackles and pressure Prescott late in the game. But it wasnt just the fresh fish that stood out. As they were last year, Smith and Vander Esch were sideline-to-sideline guard-dogs, snuffing out most east-west attempts in their path; the formers late-game 16-yard sack of Bridgewater nearly swung the final result. But the standout defender on the evening was dressed in black and gold. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who until Sunday had enjoyed a disappointing start to the season, shut down Amari Cooper, allowing just four catches on eight targets for 39 yards. Lattimores lockdown coverage, in conjunction with the Saints reinvigorated pass rush, complicated things for Prescott, who threw for a season-low 223 yards at a 6.8 YPA clip.

Haskins, a Heisman Trophy finalist at Ohio State last season, had not thrown a pass coming in to todays game, but he connected on his first three attempts in this game (an incomplete pass was negated by a penalty.)

1. The Browns defense held Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense in check. Cleveland might have put up 40 on the Ravens (2-2), but its defense was a crucial part of its success. Aside from a Willie Snead garbage-time touchdown, the Ravens offense couldnt make big plays, struggled on third down and turned the ball over in critical moments. The Ravens filled the stat sheet with yards, but their offense was rhythm-less to the point where Jackson had to take matters into his own hands and scurry to make plays when his receiving corps was bottled up. The Browns (2-2) also did it with a banged-up secondary as Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams and Morgan Burnett were held out of the game, but their replacements were superb. Damarious Randall blitzed from his corner position to sack Jackson on a big third-down play in the first quarter. Jermaine Whitehead had a beautiful interception in the fourth quarter, and deflected a pass during a corner blitz that allowed DT Devaroe Lawrence to get another late interception of Jackson. Clevelands defense also forced Mark Ingram to cough up his first turnover of the year. They were short-handed but the Browns had the upper hand with effective scheming from DC Steve Wilks against a dynamic Ravens offense.

With both the Redskins and Giants in the N.F.C. East, this could be the first of dozens of matchups between Haskins and the Giants Daniel Jones.

2. Theres a chance that Saquon Barkley might be back quicker than expected. If that news — pleasant as it would be for the Big Blue faithful — does not come to fruition, though, Wayne Gallman provided reason for relief on Sunday. Gallman showcased quickness and aggression with the ball and looked plenty comfortable in the offense as he made an immediate impact. Taking a play-fake from Jones in the first quarter, Gallman ran right into the flats and was completely uncovered. Jones read it and lofted it to the rookie back for a six-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead New York would never relinquish and a score that would stand as the game-winner despite it coming on the Giants opening drive. Gallman added another touchdown on the ground and had an all-around impressive outing (18 carries for a game-high 63 yards and a TD; six receptions for 55 yards and a score). As foreign as it was to think not that long ago, fortunes are going the way of the Giants. Perhaps the best running back in the NFL is on the sidelines and yet Gallman has filled in excellently. Its also further evidence that the Giants offensive line, for so long a most problematic quandary, is steadily improving.

Oakland had looked horrible since starting the season with a win over Denver in Week 1, but the Raiders are off and running in Indianapolis, leading by 21-7 early in the second quarter. Derek Carr is 11 of 13 for 102 yards and two touchdown passes while the teams newest acquisition, Trevor Davis, delivered the biggest play of the game so far with a 60-yard touchdown run. They will play the second half without linebacker Vontaze Burfict who was ejected in the second quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle.

With just a handful more yards on Sunday, Gore would become the third-ever player to reach 100 yards in a game at age 36 or older, and the first to do so since John Riggins in 1985. As long as Singletary is out, hell also have a chance to become the third running back to earn 20 carries at that age.

At the close of the first quarter, this game was all Patriots. Despite not looking particularly sharp, Tom Brady barely had to break a sweat thanks to his teams defense and New England was leading by 13-0.

Gore will likely see his touches go down as the season goes on, since rookie running back Devin Singletary is expected back soon from a hamstring injury. But even if his time as a starting running back is short-lived, Gore appears on pace to move into third place on the all-time rushing list this season.

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Josh Allens no good very bad day continued late in the quarter as the Bills quarterback threw a second interception — this one to J.C. Jackson — and is now 1 for 8 for 10 yards in what had been predicted by some to be his chance to shine on a big stage.

Gore has been one of the most consistent backs in the league since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in the third round of the 2005 draft. Although hes never led the league in rushing, hes reached 1,000 yards nine times and missed only two games since 2011.

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Frank Gore has been terrific for Buffalo, carrying the ball six times for 43 yards, but Buffalos three turnovers are making this look like a blowout in the making.

Gore gouged the New England Patriots for 28- and 41-yard runs in the first half, the second of which put him exactly at the milestone mark. It was a remarkable show of efficiency, as the 36-year-old had 88 yards on nine carries by halftime.

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The Giants are leading the Redskins, 14-0, thanks to some terrific early work from Wayne Gallman. Saquon Barkleys backup has rushing and receiving touchdowns already today and Daniel Jones has started the game by completing 9 of 11 passes for 89 yards. The Giants continue to look like an entirely different team in the post-Eli Manning era.

The Buffalo Bills running back continued his march through the record book on Sunday as he became the fourth NFL player to reach 15,000 career rushing yards, joining inner-circle Hall of Famers Emmit Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.

The Lions got off to a quick 10-0 lead against Kansas City, with Matthew Stafford fighting through a hip injury to throw a touchdown pass, and the Browns took an early 7-0 lead against the Ravens when Baker Mayfield found Ricky Seals-Jones for a 9-yard touchdown pass.

Having entered Sunday just 357 yards behind the Detroit Lions legend Sanders, Gore would need to average about 20 yards per game the rest of the way to move up the list — barring injuries.

The Bills are in big trouble at home against New England. Their offense, trying to answer New Englands touchdown, sputtered and then disaster struck when Corey Bojorquezs punt attempt from Buffalos 33-yard line was blocked, recovered by Matthew Slater, and taken into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. Stephen Gostkowski hit the extra point this time and New England leads by 13-0 with just over six minutes left in the first quarter.

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Josh Allen of the Bills took a chance downfield with an aggressive pass and Devin McCourty made him pay for it with an interception. It was McCourtys fourth consecutive game with an interception, tying a franchise record set by Mike Haynes in 1976. More important, it gave Tom Brady and the Patriots a short field, which they took advantage of by scoring on 4-yard run by Brandon Bolden.

Buffalos defense had opened the game with a strong stop of the Patriots. The Bills gave up an immediate 15-yard run to Sony Michel but proceeded to absolutely smother the Patriots, forcing a pair of incomplete passes and then stopping Michel for no gain on a third down run.

But after Allens mistake, the Patriots made short work of Buffalo, going 50 yards on seven plays. In a continuing concern, however, Stephen Gostkowski missed his extra-point attempt. Gostkowski is just 10 for 14 on extra point attempts this season.

Melvin Gordon, a star running back for the Los Angeles Chargers, did not end his contract holdout until Thursday, but as a result of an injury to Justin Jackson, there is a chance Gordon will play on Sunday in his teams road game against the bottom-feeding Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m., Eastern time.

We understand that Melvins been back for a day and a half, so we have to be careful if he plays, how much he plays and even if he plays at all, Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn said on Friday.

Gordon, who averaged an eye-popping 5.1 yards a carry in 12 games last season, has long been one of the most talented running backs in the N.F.L., but he engaged in a fruitless standoff with his team in hopes of securing a hefty raise. In contrast to Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, whose holdout netted him a new contract with $50 million in guaranteed money, Gordons holdout cost him about $1 million and he is still playing on his original deal.

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The Chargers have gotten terrific production from Austin Ekeler in place of Gordon, but with Jackson having been ruled out with a calf strain, Los Angeles is thin at running back, which resulted in Gordons being declared active on Saturday.

Its not like Ive been sitting around and Im coming in overweight or anything like that, he said. But its not like I get a preseason game to get warmed up. You kind of get in and get right in the fire.

Benjamin Hoffman is a senior staff editor and regular contributor to the Keeping Score column in sports. He joined The Times in 2005. @BenHoffmanNYT • Facebook

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