The New York Giants started off their season with a bang with a big win over the Dallas Cowboys. Although this game was only decided by a point the Giants did what they had to do to come away with a win in week 1.
The Cowboys have had the Giants number on week 1, the past 3 times they have meet in 2012, 2013 and 2015 the Cowboys came away with a win. Tony Romo not starting in this most recent match up due to injury may have been the reason the Giants finally held on to win the game. Rookie QB Dak Prescott did perform well in his first professional game, but could not get the win for his team.
Prescott showed what he can do both in and out of the pocket. He was getting the ball down the field to mostly Jason Witten and Cole Beasley. Both of those receivers would combine for 131 yards on the game.
Prescott would rush for 12 yards showing off his ability to escape the pocket. Where he had trouble in this game was driving the ball down the field for the big plays. He threw a pass to Dez Bryant in the end zone for a touchdown that was ruled incomplete after Bryant did not secure the ball while sliding out of bounds.
Bryant and Prescott would only connect for 1 reception for 8 yards. The running game was working for the Cowboys as rookie Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown.
The Giants did a great job on defense against the Cowboys and that is what won the game for them. The pass rush started off slow and allowed Prescott to get his passes off, but they would get better during the game.
The Dallas offensive line seemed to have a problem containing Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon and would have to hold him in order to give Prescott time in the pocket. Those penalty yards would hurt the Cowboys during their drives and they would be held to field goals in their early possessions. The Giants offense was a different story and they came ready to play.
The debut of the new and improved Giants offense did not disappoint as everyone had a chance to show what they can do. Eli Manning looked comfortable behind his offensive line, and that gave him time to find all of his receivers. Aside from a poorly thrown ball to Sterling Shepard that resulted in an interception he had an efficient game.
Manning would finish with 207 yards and 3 touchdowns. The rookie Shepard would grab one of those touchdowns reaching over his defender and coming down with the ball. Veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz would score the go ahead touchdown later in the game.
Odell Beckham Jr. looked as if he was going to have a big game after he caught a wide open pass for a 45 yard gain, but that would be his one highlight for the game. Beckham would finish with 4 catches for 73 yards.
This wide receiving core that the Giants have might be the best in football with Beckham, Cruz and now Shepard. Manning can have a great season if all 3 of them stay healthy. The Giants are also showing that they have a dynamic duo in the running game as well with Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen.
The Giants are prepared to have a great season, and with this being Coach Ben McAdoo’s first year as head coach they could be looking at a shot at the playoffs.
Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit
New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, has struck a settlement with a man, Ophir Sternberg, that claimed that he nearly killed a toddle by throwing furniture off of a Miami apartment building balcony, according to TMZ.
In the lawsuit, Sternberg claims his 22-month-old son was walking around the pool at the high-end apartment complex back in April 2018 when suddenly “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.”
Sternberg claimed that Brown tossed everything from vases, an ottoman, and other pieces of furniture from the balcony and they landed within feet of the toddler.
Brown had denied throwing the items, claiming that it was another person who had access to his apartment on that day.
Police responded to the scene and reported that Brown was “very agitated” and yelling when they arrived, noting that people have been trying to calm Brown down.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).
Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.
According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.
Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.
Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.
Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.
“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.
The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”
Mike Tannenbaum Joins ESPN
Following his run as Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Miami Dolphins, and long-overdue dismissal following a disaster 2018 season, Mike Tannenbaum is joining ESPN, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.
Tannenbaum will end up being ESPN’s replacement for Bill Polian, who retired from broadcasting to become a co-founder of the Alliance of American Football, which officially ended all operations last week.
Tannenbaum will make appearances on SportsCenter, NFL Live, and other ESPN productions in the build up to the NFL Draft and will also be a part of ESPN’s draft coverage during the 2019 NFL Draft.
At the end of the 2018 season, Tannenbaum was “reassigned” within the Dolphins organization, although no details were provided at the time and no information regarding his re-assignment have been made public since.
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