Detroit Lions trade star wide receiver Golden Tate to Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles

DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Lions traded Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday. The Eagles, defending Super Bowl champions, acquired one of the NFL's top wide receivers by giving the Lions a 3rd round draft choice in the June draft. 

The major reason why the Lions decided to trade him likely is because they felt he would command too much money on the open market when he becomes a free agent after this season ends.

Tate has been one of the popular Lions since coming to Detroit four years ago as a free agent after winning a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks.  READ MORE

Troubled ex-Brown Josh Gordon finds controversy already with his new team New England Patriots

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK (CCN) — Josh Gordon didn't waste any time finding controversy with his new team. Rumors were flying the troubled wide receiver that the Cleveland Browns recently gave up on was a late arrival for practice with the New England Patriots and would miss the first few series of their Monday night football game on ESPN at Buffalo. But Coach Bill Belichick started Gordon who referred questions about the matter afterward to his new coach. The Bills, making their first Monday night football appearance in 10 years, fell apart in the fourth quarter as the Patriots pulled away to win 25-6. The Bills kept Tom Brady from throwing a touchdown but couldn't stop the Patriots from improving to 6-2 as the first-place team in the AFC's East Division where the Miami Dolphins are second best at 4-4.

Browns hire former Saints assistant who ran bounty program for players who injured opponents

CLEVELAND (CCN) — The Cleveland Browns announced Monday that they've selected an interim head coach who once was suspended for a bounty program that rewarded defenders for injuring opposing players as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. Cleveland's defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, was given the interim tag after the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson earlier in the day with his offensive coordinator — Todd Haley. Williams was 17-31 until fired in 2003 as head coach of the Buffalo Bills and he had worked as an assistant with the Saints, Oilers/Titans, Redskins, Jaguars and Rams. Williams had led a 2018 defense in Cleveland that currently leads the NFL in takeaways (22), interceptions (12) and fumble recoveries (10). They're plus-11 in turnover ratio to lead the NFL and the Browns were among the NFL’s best in negative plays, sacks and passes defended despite their 2-5-1 start that had them last in the AFC's North Division. The poor start gave Jackson a 3-36-1 record in charge of the Browns. 

Quarterback Matthew Stafford fumbles, throws interception as 4th quarter rally stalls; Detroit Lions lose 28-14 to Seattle Seahawks

 DETROIT (CCN) — Quarterback Matthew Stafford set a record two years ago by leading more 4th quarter comebacks than anyone in NFL history. But he fumbled and threw an interception in the 4th quarter Sunday as the Detroit Lions failed in their comeback bid against the Seattle Seahawks and lost 28-14. A 19-yard TD pass from Stafford to Marvin Jones got the Lions within two scores after going down 28-7 early in the 4th when Chris Carson, who had 105 of Seattle's 176 yards rushing, scored on a 7-yard run to build a 28-7 lead. The previous Seattle TD strikes came on passes by Russell Wilson. Jones also had a 39-yard TD reception in the opening quarter from Stafford who was  27-of-40 for 310 yards on the day. Both teams brought 3-3 records into the contest but Detroit had won three of its last four starts.   

Sunday's NFL Scores:

 Seattle Seahawks 28, Detroit Lions 14

Cincinnati Bengals 37, Tampa Bay Bucaneers 34

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 18

Houston Texans 42, Miami Dolphins 13

Carolina Panthers 36, Baltimore Ravens 21

Kansas City Chiefs 30, Denver Broncos 23

Pittsburgh Steelers 33, Cleveland Browns 18

Chicago Bears 24, New York Jets 10

Washington Redskins 20, New York Giants 13

Indianapolis Colts 42, Oakland Raiders 28

Arizona Cardinals 18, San Francisco 49ers 15

Los Angeles Rams 29, Green Bay Packers 27

New Orleans Saints 30, Minnesota Vikings 20


Monday Night Game:

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

ESPN at 8:15 pm

Cleveland Browns announce Hue Jackson has been 'relieved of duties as head coach' after 3-36-1 run

CLEVELAND (CCN) — The Cleveland Browns have announced on their web site that Hue Jackson has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the franchise. A press conference is set for 4:30 pm on Monday. "We greatly appreciate Hue's commitment to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last 2 1/2 years," Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. "We understand how critical this time period is in the development of our football team, individually and collectively, and believed it was in the organization's best interest to make the move at this time, in order to maximize our opportunities the rest of this season. We certainly only wish Hue, Michelle, and his family the best moving forward." Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, a 27-year coaching veteran with head coaching experience, has been named interim head coach. The Browns also dismissed offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Running backs/Associate Head Coach Freddie Kitchens will serve as offensive coordinator. Jackson was 3-36-1 with the Browns. They were the second 0-16 team in NFL history a year ago and were off to a 2-5-1 start this season after losing 33-18 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs go to 6-1 by blowing out Cincinnati Bengals 45-10 on ESPN's Monday Night NFL game

KANSAS CITY (CCN) — Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 45-10 romp over the Cincinnati Bengals on ESPN's Monday Night Football Game. The Chiefs had a strong rebound from their first loss and improved to 6-1 to stay one game ahead of the 5-2 San Diego Chargers in the AFC's West Division. The Bengals (4-3) are now behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1) in the AFC's North Division. The Steelers had a bye week. The Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans 20-19 on Sunday to stay on the heels of the Chiefs.

New England Patriots hold off Chicago Bears as hail mary bomb comes up 2 yards short of end zone

CHICAGO (CCN) — The New England Patriots beat the Chicago Bears 38-31 Sunday when a last-second final play came up short. A hail mary pass from Mithcell Trubisky to Kevin Miller provided some excitement as the Patriots stopped Miller on the 2-yard line. The loss dropped the Bears to 3-3 and into a tie with the Detroit Lions in the NFC's North Division. The Minnesota Vikings moved to 4-2-1 by beating the New York Jets 37-17 on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers, who are now one half game out of first place at 3-2-1, were idle this week.

Detroit Lions win 32-21 at Miami over Dolphins behind rookie Kerryon Johnson's 158 rushing yards

 MIAMI (CCN) — The Detroit Lions won 32-21 in Miami over the Dolphins Sunday behind rookie Kerryon Johnson's 158 rushing yards. The big day by the former Auburn star, 2017's SEC Offensive Player of the Year, led a 248-yard day on the ground by the Lions — the biggest in 21 years. Quarterback Matthew Stafford added 18-for-22 passing accuracy for another 217 yards and two touchdowns. The victory gave the Lions a 3-3 record in the North Division of the NFC after a 1-3 start. 

Kansas City Chiefs rally late to beat Denver Broncos 27-23 on Monday Night Football on ESPN

DENVER (CCN) — Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to a dramatic 27-23 victory with a game-winning drive that included twice converting on third down situations in Monday night's NFL game on ESPN. One of them came via a brilliant left-handed throw with Denver's Von Miller all over him  for a 35-yard pass to  Demetrius Harris to move the Chiefs to Denver's 11-yard line. Broncos' fans were irate, however, over an obvious missed call by officials who allowed Mahomes to continue marching the Chiefs down field on the winning drive despite once when the play clock ran out. The battle was for first place in the AFC's West Division. Denver was 2-1 coming into the game against Andy Reid's now 4-0 Chiefs.