by Cale Clinton
"That's what they do over there. I ain't a part of that no more. We like to win over here."
-- Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas seemed pretty happy with how his new team performed against his old team, the Denver Broncos. The Broncos, down 19-14, got passive toward the end of the game and settled for a field goal on fourth down. They would lose the game 19-17. (Chris Wessling, NFL via Twitter)
RUN, CORDARRELLE, RUN
Q: "Cordarrelle, where do you think you've improved on from last week to this week as a running back?"
A: "Probably yards. Yards."
-- New England Patriots wide receiver-turned-running back Cordarrelle Patterson seemed to enjoy his new position on Sunday night, rushing for 61 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. (Christopher Price, Boston Sports Journal via Twitter)
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
"I paid a tribute to him, tried to get the crowd going a little bit more, set the tone, have fun out there, giving people a show. You gotta have fun. All these guys just catching touchdowns and celebrating with each other, having fun, getting the crowd involved. I felt like I had an opportunity to make it happen, put the game away and make a call."
-- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas discusses the thought process that went into his end zone celebration against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. After a 72-yard touchdown reception, Thomas ran underneath the goal post, lifted up the goal post's padding, and unveiled a flip-open cell phone. (ESPN)
"When I saw him bring out that cellphone, I teared up. That's something that some kids don't do, to pay homage to an old soul."
GLAD I'M NOT THAT GUY
"I usually never open up about my situation in Buffalo, but the fact that this guy has had multiple games with [four-plus] interceptions … and I still don't have a job in the league? ... UNREAL. Say what you want about me, but never have I EVER done that. Forget a learning curve. I didn't get the luxury of being able to use that as an excuse. I wonder why."
-- Former Bills quarterback EJ Manuel took to Instagram Stories in order to vent his frustrations about current Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman. Peterman has the opportunity to put up one of the worst statistical seasons for a quarterback in NFL history. (Stephie Tweets Sports, Buffalo Rumblings via Twitter)
ROETHLISBERGER (DEAD): QUESTIONABLE TO RETURN
"I thought I was dead for a second."
-- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may be hyperbolizing a bit after an awkward tackle pulled him out of the game against Baltimore with some shoulder issues. Big Ben returned a few plays later with seemingly no issues. (Steelers Depot via Twitter)
DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS
"There's no need for it. We're all having fun, but I think when you go and try that, everyone knows what going on the star means. When you come into (AT&T Stadium), you don't do that. It was about respecting the brand, respecting the star."
APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT? NEGLECT?
"I should apologize to my pylons this week huh? I'll make up for it."
-- Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen drops a bit of trash talk in a Chargers promotional video. The only problem is Keenan Allen hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1. (Los Angeles Chargers via Twitter)
NOT VERY FRIENDLY
"There's certainly a rivalry there, we play them twice a year. I would say mostly I just don't think a lot of players, in particular me, just don't really like the franchise, the organization, what is stands for -- what it's always stood for. This goes back to the lockout when they were getting replacement players, how outspoken the Dallas Cowboys franchise was in ending that. I've just never really appreciated what the organization -- and what its fans really stood for. A lot of fair weather people from across the country that just kind of fell in love because they're winners instead of having any type of emotional connection to the team whatsoever."
"You'd rather have two healthy feet than not."
-- New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown will start this week while rookie Sam Darnold nurses an injured foot. When asked about Darnold's injury, McCown gave a pretty simple answer. (Manish Mehta, New York Daily News via Twitter)
THE WEEK IN PROFANITY
"They were going to travel Marcus to [Michael Thomas] and that was fine by us. We thought we really liked that matchup, a lot."
-- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in a postgame press conference after his team beat the Los Angeles Rams 45-35. Saints receiver Michael Thomas finished with 12 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown, with much of that damage done with Rams cornerback Marcus Peters in coverage."
"Tell Sean Payton to keep talking that sh-t. We're going to see him soon. You feel me? Yeah, because I like what he was saying on the sidelines, too. Tell him, 'Keep talking that sh-t. And I hope to see you soon.' You hear me? And then we'll have a nice little bowl of gumbo together."
-- Peters after practice later in the week, unhappy with what Payton had said about him. (Lakisha Jackson, NFL.com)
"At the end of the day this sh-t happens. I'm going to put it just like that. Let's be honest about it. It happens."
THE WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
IT'S JUST DIFFERENT UP NORTH
They celebrate TDs a little differently in the Canadian Football League. pic.twitter.com/oDCrGbHWyH
— ESPN (@espn) November 3, 2018
-- The CFL is a rowdy place for celebrations, especially beer-oriented celebrations.
HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS?
You can now have NFL uniforms as a player skin in Fornite. pic.twitter.com/tRH1PpOqlD
— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) November 5, 2018
-- This week, the NFL announced its partnership with popular battle royale video game Fortnite. Players will now be able to wear their favorite team's uniforms as in-game skins.
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2018
-- NFL insider Ian Rapoport was on live TV when his son Jude decided he wanted to be the star of the show.
SO CRYPTIC, I WONDER WHAT IT SAYS?
ʇuıod ʎɯ pǝʌoɹd ǝʌ'noʎ 'buıʎɐs ɯ'ı ʇɐɥʍ ʇno ǝɹnbıɟ oʇ ǝɯıʇ ǝɥʇ buıpuıɟ ʎןןɐǝɹ ǝɹ'noʎ ɟı osןɐ˙˙˙poıɹǝd 'sɹǝǝd ʎɯ ɟo ʇsǝɹ ǝɥʇ puɐ 'ʎןıɯɐɟ 'ɟןǝsʎɯ ɹoɟ ʇɥbıɹ sı ǝʌǝıןǝq ı ʇɐɥʍ ɹoɟ buızıboןodɐ ʇou ɯ'ı
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) November 7, 2018
-- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been the center of attention despite not taking the field, but this tweet makes me feel like he's just getting bored now.