Top 3 NFL headlines heading into week 6


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Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden leaves after speaking during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Las Vegas, in this Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, file photo. The Northern Star Editorial Board believes his former employer, ESPN, repeatedly failed to recognize the severity of his hate speech and were too quick to move on from discussing it.

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter

Jon Gruden resigns from Raiders amid email scandal

Week six of the NFL season begins with tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Leading the headlines this week, Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden submitted his resignation to owner Mark Davis Monday night following a report from the New York Times that found emails from Gruden containing misogynistic and homophobic language. The news broke during the first half of a Monday Night Football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens. 

The reports came days after ten-year-old emails containing inappropriate remarks toward NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith came to light. 

In response, Gruden has been removed from various platforms. Most recently, EA Sports announced that it would remove Gruden’s likeness from the “Madden NFL 22” video game.

In light of Gruden’s resignation, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will serve as interim head coach until the Raiders address the matter in the offseason.

Sean Taylor’s No. 21 to be retired Sunday

In the midst of calls for results to be published from the investigation into misconduct by the Washington Football Team, the team announced Thursday that it would officially retire jersey No. 21 in honor of the late safety Sean Taylor.

Taylor was a free safety for the Washington Football team from 2004 to 2007, where he served as an anchor to the defense until his promising career was cut short midway into his fourth season. Taylor was shot in the upper leg by an intruder during a home invasion on November 24, 2007. The gunshot wound proved to be fatal, having ruptured his femoral artery and causing him to bleed out.

Since his untimely death, fans have called upon the team to retire his jersey number, which has not been worn by any player after Taylor. Prior to Thursday’s announcement, the Football Team had only retired Sammy Baugh’s No. 33 and Bobby Mitchell’s No. 49.

Taylor’s No. 21 will be retired in a ceremony prior to Sunday’s game between the Washington Football Team and the Kansas City Chiefs at FedEx Field.

Arizona Cardinals last undefeated team standing

After edging past the division rival San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals remain the lone undefeated team in the NFL at 5-0 for the second week in a row.

The Cardinals will look to extend their winning streak this week in an inter-conference game against the 3-2 Cleveland Browns.

Sunday’s game will see a quarterback duel between former #1 overall picks and college teammates Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield. The two quarterbacks were teammates at the University of Oklahoma, where each had individual success, winning the Heisman Trophy in their final seasons with the Sooners.

Despite the difference in records, both sides have the potential to edge out the other in what should be a closely-contested game.

The game will be played at 3:05 p.m. CST Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio and will be streamed on FOX Sports.