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Jalen Ramsey doesn’t respect Steve Smith, Smith doesn’t care

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:   Steve Smith #89 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a pass in front of  Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 25, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith both picked up unsportsmanlike conduct penalties late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 19-17 Ravens win when they came together after an interception by Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny.

The two men exchanged words again on the field after the game and it seems those words weren’t apologetic about what had gone down before.

“Ya’ll tell me who got in whose head,” Ramsey said, via “He came up to me after the game, you feel me? Y’all tell me who got in whose head. He’s an old man acting like that. Ain’t nobody worried about him. He came up to me, you know what I’m saying, on some disrespectful stuff. The game’s over with. You still mad ’cause I was locking you up? All right, go sleep on that. I ain’t trying to hear that after the game. … It is what it is. As a player, he’s still a good player. I’ll say that about him. But I don’t respect him as a man.”

Smith, who had eight catches for 87 yards, responded to Ramsey on Twitter.

“I gave U every opportunity to speak face to face,” Smith wrote. “But you found your voice safely behind closed doors. Young man I don’t need ur respect!”

Smith continued by saying that he’ll be in the Hall of Fame by the time Ramsey retires and that Ramsey will never join him because “I got cleats with stronger thread then you.”

Barring a playoff meeting between the two teams, there’s a pretty good chance that this will be the only time Ramsey and Smith face off as Smith was set to retire before last season’s torn Achilles led him to change his mind.

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Chip Kelly: No thought to pulling Blaine Gabbert

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #2 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball  during the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2016 in Seattle,Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) Getty Images

After the 49ers lost 46-27 to the Panthers in Week Two, coach Chip Kelly said that he was not considering a quarterback change despite two interceptions from Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter.

The Niners closed within seven before those Gabbert turnovers, but they never came close to closing the gap against the Seahawks in this Sunday’s 37-18 loss. It was 37-3 before two late Carlos Hyde rushing touchdowns.

The fact that the 49ers elected to keep running the ball down by 34 points suggests that they didn’t have much interest in watching Gabbert throw the ball, which isn’t hard to understand after he went 14-of-25 for 119 yards and an interception. After the game, though, Kelly said he never considered turning to Colin Kaepernick.

“I thought he played OK,” Kelly said of Gabbert, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

It wasn’t a Ryan Fitzpatrick afternoon, but Gabbert’s play definitely left something to be desired in Week Three. The 49ers may not feel that Kaepernick offers them anything better, although that doesn’t create much confidence in the offensive performances to come as the season unfolds.

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Bucs and Rams in lightning delay at the two-minute warning

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The Bucs set up a dramatic finish, and they’re going to make us wait for it.

Referee Ed Hochuli called both teams off the field because of lightning in the Tampa area, with the Rams up 37-32 at the two-minute warning.

The Rams are facing a thrid-and-11 deep in their own territory, after Tavon Austin made a terrible decision to field a kickoff inside the 5 and circle into the end zone before running it out. Then Rams quarterback Case Keenum took a sack to move them farther back.

The Bucs made it close with a Jameis Winston touchdown pass to Mike Evans, giving themselves a chance if the Rams can’t convert after the long break.

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No Jay Cutler or Tyron Smith on Sunday night

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All signs pointed to the Bears playing without quarterback Jay Cutler in Dallas on Sunday night and that’s exactly how things will play out.

Cutler is officially inactive for the game, leaving Brian Hoyer as Chicago’s starter as they try to avoid an 0-3 start to the season. Hoyer will have wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in the lineup despite knee trouble during the week.

The Cowboys will also be without a key offensive player. Left tackle Tyron Smith is inactive after his back locked up on him late in the week, which puts Chaz Green in the starting lineup for Dallas. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick is also inactive due to a hamstring injury that had him listed as questionable.

Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, running back Ka’Deem Carey, linebacker Danny Trevathan, cornerback Kyle Fuller, cornerback Bryce Callahan and center Eric Kush are also inactive for the Bears. Quarterback Tony Romo, running back Darius Jackson, safety Kavon Frazier, linebacker Mark Nzeocha and defensive end Charles Tapper round out the inactive Cowboys.

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Watch FNIA, Bears-Cowboys online

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

If you’re not near a TV, don’t sweat it. As always, NBC’s Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football stream through and the NBC Sports app.

It’s free, it’s clear, and it’s available wherever your desktop machine, laptop, or tablet get Internet juice.

So get all the highlights, news, and analysis from the third Sunday of the 2016 NFL season and then stick around as the Cowboys try to catch the Giants and keep pace with the Eagles in the NFC East. And as the Bears try to avoid falling to 3-0 on the year.

Football Night starts at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the game begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Chiefs on wrong end of worst rule in football

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) is tackled by New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) AP

Complain all you want about catch/no-catch or any other quirk of the NFL rule book. No NFL rule is worse than the rule that applies when a runner loses possession just before breaking the plane of the goal line and the ball rolls out of the end zone unrecovered.

In that situation, the defense gets possession at its 20. Never mind the fact that the offense would have kept possession if the ball had squirted out of bounds short of the end zone. Once it crosses the goal line and goes out of the bounds, the defense gets the ball, even if the defense fails to recover the ball.

The worst rule in football stung the Chiefs on Sunday, with a ruling that running back Spencer Ware had pushed the ball into the end zone reversed into a ruling that he had fumbled and the ball had gone out of the end zone.

End result? Points came off the board, and the Jets got the ball on their 20.

There has never been any real momentum to fix the rule. The most fair outcome would be to give the offense the ball at the spot of the fumble. That would happen if the ball goes out of bounds before bouncing into the end zone.

If the defense wants to possess the ball, the defense should recover the fumble. Otherwise, the rule that applies from goal line to goal line should apply beyond at and beyond each goal line.

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Eagles routing the Steelers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13:  Darren Sproles #43 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after he returned a punt in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Buffalo Bills 23-20.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Eagles are routing the Steelers.

Carson Wentz lofted a pass towards the sidelines on the first series of the second half, and Darren Sproles caught it and took off for a 73-yard touchdown. After the Steelers turned it over on downs, the Eagles marched 67 yards in seven plays.

Wendell Smallwood’s touchdown run made it 27-3.

The Steelers have moved the ball but haven’t finished drives. Wentz keeps finding open receivers; midway through the third quarter, he’s 21-of-28 for 287 yards and two touchdowns.

The Steelers have lost a bunch of players to injury. Most recently, a toe injury knocked wide receiver Eli Rogers out of the game.

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Roberto Aguayo misses a 41-yard field goal to go with his PAT

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26:  Kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the start of an NFL game against the Cleveland Browns on August 26, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) Getty Images

Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo appeared to have gotten over his case of yips in the preseason.

But they may be back.

Aguayo just missed a 41-yard field goal, after missing an extra point in his first attempt of the game. That kept the Bucs from building on a 20-17 lead over the Rams, and the Rams responded with a touchdown to reclaim the lead.

The pressure will only magnify after he went through a bout of misses in the preseason, and had his own fans heckling him in training camp.

The pressure was always going to be there, however, after the Bucs traded up so they could take the Florida State kicker in the second round.

He did hit his other two extra points today, so he’s got that going for him.

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DeAngelo Hall says doctors believe he tore ACL

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:   Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants carries the ball as  DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins defends in the first half at  MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Redskins got a much-needed win over the Giants on Sunday, but they may have lost safety DeAngelo Hall for the rest of the season.

Hall left the game with a knee injury in the first half and did not return. After the game, he told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he was told he tore his ACL, although Anderson reports that Hall appeared to be walking fine. He will have an MRI to confirm that initial diagnosis.

If it is confirmed, it will leave Hall with only 16 games played over the last three seasons.

The Redskins also lost cornerback Bashaud Breeland to an ankle injury during the game. He said that x-rays didn’t show a break, although there will be further evaluation to assess the severity of his injury.

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Buccaneers and Rams are having a shootout, of course

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate (84) beats Los Angeles Rams free safety Maurice Alexander (31) and cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) to the end zone to score on a 3-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) AP

The Rams have touchdowns, plural, and are actually involved in a bit of a shootout with the Buccaneers.

No, really.

Todd Gurley ran one in just before the half, and the Bucs are up 20-17 at the break.

Bucs running back Charles Sims (subbing for an injured Doug Martin) scored a touchdown to cap a 75-yard drive, and Jameis Winston followed with a touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate (subbing for a cut Austin Seferian Jenkins) to build a 20-10 lead.

But Case Keenum led what looked almost like a professional offense, getting the Rams to within a field goal at the break. For a team averaging 4.5 points per game entering this one, it’s a start.

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Chiefs turn turnovers into points, lead 17-3 at half

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates in the end zone after scoring the games first touchdown agains the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium during the first quarter of the game on September 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Winning a game on the road in the NFL is tough under the best of circumstances, but the Jets spent the first half making life much more difficult for themselves.

The Chiefs turned three Jets turnovers into points and lead 17-3 at the half as a result. Ryan Fitzpatrick got the ball rolling with a first quarter interception that turned into a Travis Kelce touchdown on the ensuing drive and the Chiefs were able to convert three third downs after a Bilal Powell fumble to add three points to that total.

Jets rookie Jalin Marshall fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris returned it for a touchdown to make it a painful 10 minutes for the Jets. They were able to recover for a field goal drive, but there’s not much margin for error if they’re going to make a run at a second straight win over the final two quarters of the game.

Alex Smith is 16-of-22 for 117 yards and Kelce has been tough to bring down on a few of his five catches, helping the Chiefs to capitalize on the Jets mistakes and push themselves closer to their second win of the season.

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Wentz sharp again as Eagles jump out to early lead

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Philadelphia. Wentz looks to build on a promising start to his career when he leads the Philadelphia Eagles against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) AP

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is off to another solid start, and the Eagles lead the Steelers midway through the second quarter, 10-3.

Wentz threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews to make it 10-0. Wentz has hit 11-of-14 passes for 133 yards early on.

The Steelers missed a field goal to start the game. Ben Roethlisberger has been sharp, too, completing 11-of-15 for 137 yards. The Steelers just haven’t been able to finish drives with touchdowns.

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Chiefs turn Ryan Fitzpatrick interception into early lead

FILE - This Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 file photo shows New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) watching his teammates play during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Fitzpatrick missed the offseason in a contract dispute but has been around long enough that it shouldn’t matter much. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File) AP

Ryan Fitzpatrick avoided turnovers in last week’s victory over the Bills, but he couldn’t make it out of the first quarter without one this Sunday.

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters went up high to snag a pass intended for Jalin Marshall and gave the offense the ball at the Jets’ 32-yard-line. Alex Smith capitalized with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce to give Kansas City an early 7-0 lead.

The Chiefs also moved the ball fairly well on their first drive as Spencer Ware has found room to run against the Jets defense. A holding penalty on Mitch Morse and sack by Jets rookie Darron Lee killed the drive before the Chiefs could put any points on the board.

The Jets didn’t get anything going offensively on their first drive, leaving them with some work to do if they’re going to leave with a road win this weekend.

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Manti Te’o exits with Achilles injury

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Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o suffered an Achilles injury in the first quarter of today’s game at Indianapolis.

Te’o wasn’t touched on the play. He dropped into coverage, tried to plant his feet and change direction, and immediately crumpled to the ground. He was helped off the field and then carted to the locker room.

The Chargers announced that Te’o is out for the rest of the game with an Achilles injury, and it didn’t look like a good situation for Te’o.

Te’o is in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract as the Chargers’ 2013 second-round pick.

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Dolphins outlast Browns, win in overtime

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to pass as Cleveland Browns defensive end Jamie Meder (98) attempts to block it, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) AP

The Dolphins tried to give it away, but the Browns missed chances — and missed field goals, specifically — and the Dolphins eventually won in overtime, 30-24.

Jay Ajayi ran 11 yards for the winning touchdown after the teams had traded punts to start overtime.

The Browns won the overtime coin toss but elected to kick. It went to overtime because Browns kicker Cody Parkey missed a 46-yarder on the final play of regulation.

It was Parkey’s third miss of the game. The Browns just officially signed him Saturday after Patrick Murray suffered a torn ACL on Friday. The Browns had chosen to take a knee despite having a timeout with 20 seconds left at the Dolphins’ 28-yard line.

The Dolphins led by 11, 24-13, late in the third quarter before the Browns rallied. The Browns used ex-quarterback turned wide receiver Terrelle Pryor at quarterback and all over the field, really. Pryor threw for 35 yards, ran for 21 yards and a touchdown and caught eight passes for 144 yards.

Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, making his first start, threw for 244 yards.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards but threw two interceptions, one that Briean Boddy-Calhoun returned for a touchdown in the first half. Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught seven passes for 120 yards.

The Dolphins move to 1-2 and are at Cincinnati Thursday night. The Browns fall to 0-3 and are at the Redskins next week.

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