The Latest: Lions jump out to a quick 14-0 lead over Saints

1:30 p.m.The struggling New Orleans Saints are already in a hole against the Detroit Lions

The Latest on Week 4 in the NFL (all times EDT):


1:30 p.m.

The struggling, short-handed New Orleans Saints are already in a hole against the Detroit Lions.

Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the first 4:37 as Detroit jumped out to a 14-0 lead. In between those TDs, Drew Brees saw his first pass deflected and intercepted, giving the Lions a short field.

Stafford threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to D’Andre Swift and a 15-yarder to Kenny Golladay.

Detroit, of course, has had problems holding leads of late, so don’t count out Brees and the Saints just yet.

—Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.


1:25 p.m.

Some NFL teams are continuing to skip the national anthem altogether while other teams have a spattering of players kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

In Charlotte, Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a handful of other Carolina players knelt during the national anthem, while the Arizona Cardinals remained in the locker room.

Seven Seahawks sat and four knelt during the national anthem in Miami. The Dolphins stayed in their locker room.

In Detroit, about a dozen Lions were in the tunnel while quarterback Matthew Stafford and several other teammates took a knee at their goalline as the New Orleans Saints stood on their sideline.

There’s been a big uptick in players protesting social injustices this season following a summer of unrest across the globe that was sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.


12:40 p.m.

The NFL will have a rare Monday night double-header after moving this weekend’s marquee matchup back a day over coronavirus concerns.

New England and Kansas City were scheduled to square off today. But Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu were added to the COVID-19 reserve list this weekend.

Further testing showed none of their teammates were infected with the virus.

So, Monday night the Patriots’ game at Kansas City airing on CBS will start at 7:05. The original Monday night game pitting Atlanta and Green Bay is bumped back 45 minutes and will now kick off at 8:50 on ESPN.

An outbreak of COVID-19 on the Tennessee Titans earlier forced the NFL to postpone the today’s Titans-Steelers game to Oct. 25.

–Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.


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