The NFL will air a one-minute commercial Sunday night that emphasizes togetherness in its ranks.
Commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted a link to the ad Sunday morning on a day that figures to feature unprecedented player demonstrations after three days of criticism by President Donald Trump. The spot will run during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of the Redskins-Raiders game.
“Inside these lines, we don’t have to come from the same place to help each other reach the same destination,” the voiceover on the ad says. “Inside these lines, we may have our differences, but recognize there’s more that unites us.”
The Pittsburgh running game, on the other hand, is still waiting to kick things off. It’s too simplistic to say that Le’Veon Bell’s holdout has kept him from showing off his best work to start the season, but the superstar back hasn’t been as productive as anyone would like so far. Through three games, Bell has just 180 yards on 52 carries, which is under 3.5 yards per attempt.
It didn’t help that the Steelers were without right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury. Even if Gilbert is slow to get back, the Bell breakout should be coming. The last time he didn’t make it over 200 yards in a three-game stretch was during the middle of last season. Bell followed it with four consecutive 100-yard games, including a 236-yard shellacking of the Bills. He’s too good to keep down for long.
While the Bears left seven points on the field with the bizarre Cooper fumble and a missed field goal, they rode their luck to win this one. Chicago should have been down 7-0 after the first play from scrimmage, as Martavis Bryant ran right past Cooper for what should have been a 75-yard touchdown pass to start the day, only for Ben Roethlisberger to overthrow his speedy wide receiver.