Where exactly was Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso taking Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel?
That was the question after Alonso hilariously picked up Gabriel and carried him several yards down the field during the Dolphins’ 20-17 upset over the Falcons on Sunday.
ESPN planned to follow a similar playbook for Monday night’s telecast of Colts-Titans, sources say.
The TV networks traditionally don’t show the anthem except before the Super Bowl and other special occasions. But given news interest about which players were standing and which were kneeling, the networks changed their policies this season.
NBC’s first TV shot of the 2017 season showed cornerback Marcus Peters sitting out the anthem before the Chiefs-Patriots Week 1 season opener. ESPN showed player protests for social justice in Weeks 3 and 4. All of the NFL’s TV partners showed the anthem live in Week 3 when hundreds of players, coaches and owners kneeled or linked arms on the field.
Game Womens Stephon Gilmore Jersey You can’t blame the NFL TV partners for being worried. Through Week 5, the NFL TV numbers were down 7.2 percent, according to Nielsen data. That drop came on top of a 7 percent downturn last season. Through Week 5 of the 2017 season, NFL games averaged 15.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That’s down 7.42 percent from an average of 16.371 million viewers through the same period of the 2016 season, and 18 percent down from the average of 18.438 million viewers through the first five weeks of the 2015 season.