Another exciting week of NFL action is in the books and we are left with a better understanding of the “contenders” and the “pretenders“. Tons of things to get to, lots of on-field and off field action and a bevy of interesting story lines kept this particular Sunday intriguing from start to finish.
Sunday also helped show us who the very good teams are and also showed us who the teams are that still have a lot of work to do. It also had it’s fair share of injuries not only on the field but on the sideline as well. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton broke his leg and tore his MCL. Payton fell to the ground and got his leg caught underneath Saints tight end Jimmy Graham when he was tackled by a Bucs defender early in the first quarter a game the Saints would end up losing.
Some exciting games with equally exciting finishes, so let’s get down to it shall we?
From week to week it’s safe to say that you never know which Giants team will take the field. Some weeks they look very fluid, efficient and downright potent. The next they look like a blind kid with a rubix cube.
This week the New York Giants knew the key to beating the Buffalo Bills was not to turn the ball over. Something the Bills have taken advantage of en route to a 4-1 record to start the season scoring around 14 points a game off of turnovers.
The Giants didn’t just limit their turnovers, they didn’t turn it over at all. Lawrence Tynes kicked a go-ahead 23-yard field goal with 1:32 remaining to give the Giants a 27-24 victory.
The Giants also did it behind a season best rushing day from Ahmad Bradshaw. Maybe not the running game will elevate to a new level if Bradshaw can be consistent.
Buffalo boasts a 1-2 record on the road and has a bye week to shake off their recent losses to the Bengals and Giants. A return to Buffalo in 2 weeks to host the Washington Redskins should help them get back in sync.
Defense is the Best Offense
Just ask the Cincinnati Bengals who now have a surprising 4-2 record after beating up on the helpless Indianapolis Colts who are battling the Minnesota Vikings for claim to the “NFL Whipping Boy” title.
The Bengals have the NFL’s #1 ranked defense and it has been a major factor to their impressive start. The Bengals continued to capitalize on the mistakes of other teams cornerback Nate Clements blocked a late field goal try that would have tied the game and Carlos Dunlap returned a fumble 35 yards for a score.
But just as impressive as the defense has been, the young Bengals offense has been almost a impressive. Andy Dalton has had a successful rookie campaign at QB throwing for over 1,300 yards with 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Rookie Wide Receiver Aj Green has been making a strong case for Rookie of the Year honors with his impressive campaign of 29 receptions and 4 touchdowns. On top of that the Bengals have a developing young tight end in Jermaine Gresham.
But as exciting as the Bengals strong start as been they now enter a tough stretch in their schedule after their upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks. After they venture to Seattle they visit Tennessee, host the Steelers, head to Baltimore to play the Ravens, host the Browns, visit Pittsburgh and then host the Houston Texans.
Jim Schwartz is a Fool
Now let me start this off by saying this. I think it’s a shame that this story overshadows a great game between two up and coming teams that I have been pulling for all season. Face it, it’s hard to hate the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers. Both franchises have had their fair share of long-standing misery and both teams are doing pretty darn good this year.
But what happened after the game was just downright stupid.
I understand the passion that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh displayed after the game may have rubbed a few people the wrong way, but was it insulting? No. Apparently, Lions coach Jim Schwartz felt differently.
After an exuberant handshake and slap on the back from Harbaugh to Schawartz, and obviously peeved Schwartz went after Harbaugh. He bumped his shoulder into Harbaugh before both teams came over to separate them. Schwartz looked insane and acted even more crazy as he repeatedly tried to push and shove his way through players to get at coach Harbaugh.
Now the reason I think Schwartz is in the wrong here is quite simple. This is the same Jim Schwartz that is overly demonstrative on the sidelines full of fistpumps, constant displays of cussing out of officials and even taunting opposing players from the sidelines. If anyone can be accused of being out of line with behavior it’s Schwartz. So for him to raise issue with a simple excitable handshake from Harbaugh is like the pot calling the kettle black.
This was a heck of a game and I think this may have kickstarted a new rivalry in the NFL. But let’s keep our mouths shut Schwartz, you don’t look “right” you look insane!
The Minnesota Vikings
owe fans an Apology
A few years ago they were stacked with a young and explosive offense with the likes of Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. They also had a solid defense in tact with Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams.
Unfortunately they brought in worn down veterans and put all the weight of their franchise on their shoulders. Brett Favre was a one hit wonder in Minny and Donovan McNabb has been atrocious (the nicest way to put it).
They were once considered Super Bowl favorites in consecutive seasons, even making it to the NFC Championship. But the Vikings pissed away their golden opportunities with bad personnel moves and a bit of disorganization. The Vikings had a stock of young players but acted like they had to win right away instead of building upon their great foundation.
Yesterday the Chicago Bears, a team ranked 21st in passing yards and 20th in rushing yards steam-rolled the Vikings 39-10.
I know my Minnesota Vikings fans won’t like to hear this but it’s time to clean house and rebuild. And the timing is perfect.
You still have one of the best running backs in the league in Adrian Peterson and one of the best D-lineman in the league in Jared Allen. Get some draft picks by trading them away and start rebuilding. Landry Jones would be a nice fit in Minny.
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges
Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.
Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.
According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).
Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.
Kraft has denied the allegations.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.
Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.
“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.
The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”
While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.
“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.
Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.
The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo
In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.
Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.
Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:
- Caught 71 percent of the passes
- Targeted 449 times
- 319 passes caught
- 130 passes dropped
- 3,271 reception yards
- 23 Touchdowns
For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.
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