Report: NFL ‘Gladly’ Would Put Teams in Hotels for Rest of Season Amid COVID-19 | Bleacher Report

The NFL logo is seen on the field in U.S. Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The NFL would “gladly” have players stay in hotels for the remainder of the season in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

In July, the NFL Players Association declined the option for players to stay in hotels from Thursday to Sunday each week, making it unlikely it would agree to full-time hotel stays for the remainder of the season.

Though the league played the first three weeks of the season without being majorly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, two games have been postponed in Week 4.

The Tennessee Titans have had eight players and eight staff members test positive for COVID-19 this week, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, leading to the postponement of their home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers until Week 7. The league also announced Saturday the New England Patriots’ game at the Kansas City Chiefs will

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Cam Newton, Rex Burkhead, Patriots Cruise Past Derek Carr, Raiders for Win | Bleacher Report

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates his touchdown pass to running back Rex Burkhead (34) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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The New England Patriots relied on rushing and defense to earn a 36-20 Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.  

Cam Newton earned his second win in three starts for the Patriots, but he had only one touchdown in an otherwise quiet game. Instead it was Rex Burkhead who scored three times as part of a rushing attack that totaled 250 yards on the day to hand Las Vegas its first loss of the season.

The Raiders were coming off a surprising upset victory over the New Orleans Saints last week, but they couldn’t keep it going even without fans at Gillette Stadium. The franchise hasn’t had a victory in Foxborough since 1994.

Derek Carr had a 119.4 quarterback rating, but it didn’t tell the story, as the Patriots defense was dominant in a bounce-back showing after getting torched by Russell Wilson in Week 2.

      

Notable

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Lightning Cruise Past Stars to Take 2-1 Stanley Cup Final Series Lead | Bleacher Report

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Columbus defenseman Seth Jones, Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel and Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos would’ve missed some or all of the playoffs if they started in April. Instead, the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic halting the season is those players are healthy and ready to contribute.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

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The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who had not played since Feb. 25 due to injury, scored a goal despite taking the ice for just 2:47.

Tampa Bay led 2-1 after one period before scoring three unanswered second-period goals. 

The Lightning have won two straight after beating Dallas 3-2 in Game 2. The Stars earned a 4-1 win in Game 1.

             

Notable Performances

Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov: 1 goal, 1 assist

Lightning C Brayden Point: 1 goal, 1 assist

Lightning LW Ondrej Palat: 1 goal, 1 assist

Lightning C Steven Stamkos: 1 goal

Lightning G Andrei Vasilevskiy: 22 saves on 24 shots

Stars D Miro Heiskanen: 1 goal

Stars C Jason Dickinson: 1 goal

Stars G Anton Khudobin: 24 saves on

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