The Latest on the NFL’s Week 6 (all times EDT):
The Minnesota Vikings have rediscovered a running game on their way to a 13-10 halftime lead over Arizona.
Latavius Murray has their first rushing touchdown of the season and 66 yards on nine carries at the break. That’s more yards by one player in one half than the entire team has been averaging per game over the first five weeks. Murray is in the featured role, with Dalvin Cook out for a third time in the last four games because of a hamstring injury.
The passing attack isn’t going as well for the Vikings. Kirk Cousins has thrown an interception and lost a fumble on a sack by Chandler Jones that was returned for a touchdown by Budda Baker. The Cardinals have three sacks, four quarterback hits and five passes broken up.
— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis
Falcons rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who leads the team with six touchdown catches, has an ankle injury and is questionable to return against Tampa Bay.
Justin Hardy took over as the Falcons’ No. 3 receiver, behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, following Ridley’s second-quarter injury.
The Falcons’ defense, already racked by injuries, suffered another hit when defensive tackle Jack Crawford left the game with neck and head injuries. Crawford was the fill-in starter for Grady Jarrett, who missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle.
— Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta.
The Tampa Bay defense is having another rough day.
Already giving up more points per game than any team in the NFL, the Buccaneers have surrendered touchdowns on Atlanta’s first three possessions to give the one-win Falcons a 21-6 lead midway through the second quarter.
Atlanta has put together scoring drives of 75, 86 and 58 yards, which is sure to turn up the heat even more on Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith. The former Falcons coach is calling plays from the press box at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Bucs defense has now given up nine touchdowns and two field goals on the last 14 possessions by their opponents. They have forced only two punts, and one other possession ended with a kneeldown at the end of the game.
— Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper left the game against the Seattle Seahawks with 13:40 remaining in the second quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from strong safety Bradley McDougald.
Cooper failed to pull in a low pass from quarterback Derek Carr at the Raiders’ 18-yard line and, after the ball fell from his fingertips, was hit in the right side of his head by McDougald, who appeared to lead with the crown of his helmet.
McDougald was not penalized for the play, and Cooper, who lay on the field for nearly two minutes, was immediately taken to the locker room.
— Zac Boyer reporting from London.
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman’s 19-game interception drought is over. Norman got his first interception since 2016 courtesy of former Carolina Panthers teammate Cam Newton.
Norman picked off Newton on a third-and-17 play early in the second quarter with Washington already up 14-0. Newton floated the ball into the air hoping to get it to Devin Funchess, but Norman and another Redskins defensive back were much closer.
It was Norman’s first interception since Dec. 24, 2016, against the Chicago Bears.
— Stephen Whyno reporting from Landover, Maryland.
Panthers safety Eric Reid again took a knee during the national anthem as Carolina visited Washington.
Reid, who was signed as a free agent by the Panthers on Sept. 27, resumed his tradition of kneeling during the anthem before his season debut with Carolina last week.
In Miami, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the anthem, and defensive end Robert Quinn stood with a raised fist, as they’ve done at earlier games this season.
— Stephen Whyno reporting from Landover, Maryland, and Steven Wine reporting from Miami.
A snow game in October? No time for cold feet.
The Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos will definitely be playing it cool Sunday with the temperature in the Mile High City at kickoff expected to be around 25 degrees. The forecast is calling for flurries into the afternoon.
The field was covered by a tarp hours before the game on a day that reminded everyone in town that ski season is right around the corner.
As far as coldest games in Denver history, it doesn’t come close to making the list. The most frigid game in the city was Dec. 10, 1972, against San Diego when it was 9 degrees. Last season, Denver hosted Kansas City on Dec. 31 when it was 17 degrees.
The Rams can take some cold comfort in this: It’s 65 degrees back in Los Angeles.
— Pat Graham reporting from chilly Denver.
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, dealing with an illness, is with the team for its game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Jets tweeted out a photo of Rodgers standing next to coach Todd Bowles on the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday and announced that “Coach Rodgers is in the house!”
It was not certain if Rodgers would be in his usual role of running the Jets’ defense during the game, or if Bowles would do so as he did last week in New York’s 34-16 win over Denver.
The 49-year-old Rodgers is dealing with what Bowles has called a “serious” illness. Rodgers had a medical appointment on Oct. 4 and was not with the team for practice the following day, when a somber Bowles revealed that Rogers was dealing with an illness.
Rodgers has not been at practice since. Bowles said Rodgers would find out the results of tests sometime in the next few days.
— Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Seattle faces the Oakland Raiders in Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the NFL’s first London game of the season, and the Seahawks’ first regular-season appearance overseas.
Pete Carroll will be looking to break a tie with Mike Holmgren (90) as the winningest coach in Seahawks franchise history, and Russell Wilson is 25-6 after a loss for Seattle (2-3) — for the best record for a quarterback since the merger.
The Raiders (1-4) have struggled in Jon Gruden’s return to coaching, especially on defense since trading star pass rusher Khalil Mack just before the start of the season. Oakland’s defense is ranked 30th, has the fewest QB pressures (29), is tied for the fewest sacks (six) and the third-fewest takeaways (five).
The biggest matchup of the day is the prime-time meeting involving Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (3-2) hosting the Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) and their young quarterback sensation Patrick Mahomes.
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