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Around the NFL: The battle of the ugly uniforms

For once, the Thursday night game provided some excitement.

Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

49ers-Rams final score: What the hell just happened? David Fucillo, Niners Nation

The ugly uniforms withstanding, the Thursday night game turned into what might be considered the most exciting contest of the season thus far.

Certainly it was not the typical midweek contest.

Thursday Night Football is rarely an entertaining experience, and yet we saw the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams put together what might end up being the best game of the season. Unfortunately, the 49ers came up short, losing by a final score of 41-39. The 49ers drop to 0-3 on the season, while the Rams improve to 2-1.

The first half might not have been the best battle of the season, but that changed once the teams returned from intermission. The only thing that would have made it better is if they had donned their ‘real’ work clothes.

A deep thought: Vikings receiver Adam Thielen has a skill not possessed by all Mark Craig, Star-Tribune

The top deep threat in the NFL thus far in 2017 is not the typical speed guy who separates himself quickly and opens the gap down field.

"I think he can judge the ball well. Some receivers don't have that skill. When the ball is in the air down the field and … he doesn't have separation … he has a way of being able to judge the ball and aggressively attack it with his hands." - Pat Shurmur, Minnesota offensive coordinator.

The Vikings coach compared Thielen to an outfielder playing a fly ball. Instead of blowing by the defensive back and letting the passer find him, he finds the ball and goes and grabs it.

Every NFL team’s key role player Dan Benton, Larry Brown Sports

Every NFL team has a series of superstars on both offense and defense who steal the limelight, but in order for a team to be successful, they need quality starters at every position and strong reserves/role players.

Often, it’s those role players who are ultimately the difference between a championship run or a story about what could have been.

Indianapolis Colts: Chuck Pagano's job might be on line against Cleveland Browns The Sports Xchange, UPI

There are two kinds of coaches in football: Those who have been fired and those who are about to be. The Cincinnati Bengals have already fired their offensive coordinator and now it looks like the first head coach of the season to be let go could be coming soon.

"We all understand the magnitude of (the game) and the urgency. Cleveland needs a win and we need a win. We'll go back to work and prepare just like we did. But (we'll) try to do it better and clean up the things we need to clean up. It's a big week." - Chuck Pagano

Nobody has come out and said it publicly, but things are going to have to change quickly for the Colts, otherwise change is coming.

Report: Roger Goodell’s extension with NFL ‘getting done’ Staff, Sportsnet

While some coaches jobs might be coming to an abrupt halt, the commissioner is about to get a cushy new deal.

Originally posted via Adam Schefter on Twitter we have this news:

Schefter says a source has informed him that the deal is “getting papered right now” and that the contract is “getting done,” though it could take weeks for an official announcement to be made.

Myles Garrett makes 'huge progress' with high ankle sprain and is 'close,' says Hue Jackson Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com

Myles Garrett shed his walking boot Wednesday and joined the bike brigade at practice.

It wasn't practice, but it was progress.

Cleveland has a lot invested in Myles Garrett, and if they are to begin the process of turning things around on the shores of Lake Erie a large part of the effort is going to have to come from the Texas A&M product.

Garrett might not make it this week, but soon he will be making plays for the Browns defense.

2017 Detroit Lions are legit, even if you're scared to believe Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions, once a doormat of the NFL, are one of the remaining unbeatens in the league. Fans in the Motor City have experienced heartbreak before, but Samuelsen makes a case for why this will not be one of ‘those’ teams.

The Lions are 2-0 precisely because they’ve easily been the better team in their first two wins. Wins, by the way, that came against two teams that certainly had playoff aspirations and both of which were betting favorites when the games began.

If the Lions survive against the Atlanta Falcons, people will start to talk.