■ The New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers all stood during the anthem in Foxborough. The Patriots stood with their right hands over their hearts, and their left hands on their teammate’s shoulder.
■ Last week all of the Tennessee Titans stayed in the locker room for the anthem, but this week just one player did: Rishard Matthews. As the song was finishing, Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, Brian Orakpo and DaQuan Jones raised their fists. The Houston Texans stood as a team, with some players locking arms.
■ As planned, the Jacksonville Jaguars knelt as a team before the anthem started, drawing some boos from the crowd in MetLife Stadium, but then stood as a team for the singing of the national anthem. Some of the Jacksonville players locked arms and others hand their hands over their hearts while the Jets mostly locked arms as a team.
■ The Cleveland Browns, who had a large group of kneeling players last week, stood together as a team before their game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but at least nine players raised their fists during the playing of the song. The players with raised fists were Christian Kirksey, Jason McCourty, Randall Telfer, Isaiah Crowell, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Larry Ogunjobi, Kenny Britt, Dominique Alexander and Ibraheim Campbell. The Bengals all appeared to be standing.
■ All of the players for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys stood throughout the anthem, with a few Rams players, including Robert Quinn, raising their fists. Last week, the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones knelt before the anthem, but stood during the song.
■ Two members of the Detroit Lions — Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa — knelt during the national anthem before Detroit’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. The Vikings all stood with linked arms.
■ Six members of the Buffalo Bills knelt during the playing of the anthem before the team’s game against the Falcons in Atlanta: Kaelin Clay, Cedric Thornton, Mike Tolbert, Shareece Wright, Taiwan Jones, and Jerel Worthy. Atlanta’s players all stood, with some linking arms.
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Cam Newton bounces back after early interception against Patriots.
Tom Brady took advantage of a Cam Newton interception to take an early 10-3 lead over the Carolina Panthers, but Newton answered that score with a 75-yard scoring drive that delivered his team’s second touchdown of the season. In the second quarter, the score is tied, 10-10.
The New England Patriots and the Panthers traded field goals before Newton got caught being a bit too aggressive on a throw to Damiere Byrd that was intercepted by Malcolm Butler. Brady then engineered a 74-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan.
Considering how much Carolina’s offense has struggled this season, the misstep could have been quite a blow to the Panthers, but Newton got his team back into things quickly with a lightning-fast drive that one short run, a few short passes, a 12-yard reverse by Byrd and a 28-yard touchdown pass from Newton to Fozzy Whitaker.
The Seahawks took their cue from Civil Rights protests of the 1960s.
The practice of locking arms on the sideline during the national anthem began with the Seattle Seahawks last season. They sought a unified way to respond to Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel to raise awarenss of police brutality and racism.
The Seahawks’ decision to lock arms, a powerful symbol from the civil rights protests of the 1960s, was informed by the sociologist and social activist Harry Edwards, who spoke to the team last summer. Some players wanted to kneel as a team, but other players objected. One player mentioned seeing the movie “Selma,” which portrayed the march in Alabama in 1965 when civil rights leaders locked arms as they walked. The idea of evoking the civil rights struggles inspired the team.
“We did think locking arms would show that,” Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said this week. “I can’t say that was solely the reason we did it, but I can definitely say it had an impact.”
The Seahawks’ method of protest was given approval last week by President Trump, who had blasted players for kneeling during the anthem. Trump suggested that the players choosing to lock arms were showing support of the anthem, rather than protesting his remarks.
Other teams have since copied the Seahawks’ approach, but locking arms at sporting events is not new. Years ago, South African fans marched arm-in-arm to sporting events, an homage…