NFL protests 2017: What happened in Week 5?
We’re in Week 5 of the 2017 season, and two things haven’t changed. NFL players continue to protest during the national anthem, and they’re still being met with opposition from some fans.
Players kneeling or sitting during the anthem to protest racial inequality isn’t the only storyline. Teams have continued to respond to comments made by President Donald Trump calling any player who demonstrates during the anthem a son of a bitch and insisting owners should fire them on the spot. It’s valid to explore whether these displays of unity detract from the original meaning behind the protest.
The commentators in rueing the time left on the clock knew what the audience was waiting for, what the Cowboys tried to prevent and what is one of the most compelling things about the NFL. Given the time, Rodgers was going to put on a show. With the way Rodgers was playing the whole game, the defense might as well have stood on the sideline with Prescott and the offense because there was nothing they could do to stop him.
But Peterson didn’t see an increase in playing time. In four games with the Saints, he carried the ball 27 times for 81 yards. Ingram and Kamara combined for 57 rushes for 253 yards and two total touchdowns.
While the Washington defense was having success early, Kelce was still managing to put together a good game. His best moment came in the second quarter when he got the touchdown that finally got the Chiefs offense rolling.
Saints head coach Sean Payton wants to complement his high-octane passing attack with a two-back backfield, meaning two running backs will receive carries. When the Saints signed Peterson over the offseason and drafted Kamara in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, they wanted to pair those two with Ingram.