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.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges
Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, or his fiancee will not face charges, as the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s office has declined charges against the pair, according to ESPN.
However, there is a wrinkle as District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that although he believes that a crime occurred, the evidence in the case doesn’t clearly establish who committed the crime.
Back on March 14th, Overland Park, Kansas officers were called to Hill’s home to investigate an alleged battery in which a juvenile was a victim, police reports indicated.
While Hill was not listed in the report, his fiancee Crystal Espinal was listed under “others involved.”
The Kansas Department of Children and Families has been investigating the alleged battery.
“This office has reviewed all the evidence compiled by these agencies and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Howe said on Wednesday during a news conference.
“We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”
This wasn’t the first incident involving the Hill residence as officers were called to the home on March 5th to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect.
In that situation, Hill was named on the police report, but the Overland Park police closed the case three days later when prosecution was declined.
Hill could still face discipline from the NFL, such as a fine and/or suspension.
Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram
Denver Broncos superstar linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching and posing with a bloody hammerhead shark back in 2018, according to documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (h/t Deadspin).
Miller came under fire for a controversial photo posted on his Instagram story last year showing him with the bloody shark.
According to Florida Law, catching and releasing in this particular scenario would be fine, as long as the shark was “immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.”
Per TMZ Sports, Miller and the group pushed the shark back overboard after catching it, and the compilation of Miller’s Instagram story shows that process as well as the shark swimming away.
Despite that, and as Deadspin’s story points out, the picture doesn’t exactly 100% convince that the shark was “unharmed”.
According to USA Today, the boat Miller was on was called ‘Spellbound’ and the owner and operator of the boat were not as fortunate as Miller in regards to the investigation.
“Owner and operator were charged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. A $2,000 NOVA was issued.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission classifies hammerhead sharks as a Group 3 shark, and harvesting them in state waters can be met with a second degree misdemeanor.
In the state of Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.
Miller defended himself following the post, claiming that the shark didn’t die; “Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do” Miller said (h/t ESPN).
“But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”
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.
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