Week three saw great performances and a few shockers, here are my winners and losers.
- Buffalo Bills: Running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor rushed for a touchdown. The defense caught three interceptions and had five sacks as the Bills get a much needed win against the Arizona Cardinals 33-18.
- Green Bay Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns as the Packers bounced back and defeat the Detroit Lions 34-27.
- Denver Broncos: Quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns as the Broncos defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 29-17.
- Minnesota Vikings: The defense had eight sacks and caught three interceptions as the Vikings upset the Carolina Panthers 22-10. Great performance the Vikes’ defense on the road.
- Washington Redskins: The defense came through late helping the Redskins defeat NFC East rival New York Giants 29-27.
- Philadelphia Eagles: In another surprise, quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3. The Eagles might just be for real after all.
- Atlanta Falcons: Running back Tevin Coleman rushed for three touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons pulled away from the Saints 45-32. At 2-1, the Falcons now sit in first place in the NFC South.
- Houston Texans: Despite having the time of possession advantage and more first downs, turnovers stalled drives as they were shutout by the New England Patriots 27-0.
- Arizona Cardinals: Quarterback Carson Palmer threw three interceptions and was sacked five times in their loss to Buffalo.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Costly turnovers were the Bengals’ undoing in their loss to Denver.
- New York Giants: Quarterback Eli Manning’s interception late took away a chance for a Giants win in their loss to Washington.
- New York Jets: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had six interceptions in the Jets’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs 24-3.
- Carolina Panthers: Quarterback Cam Newton threw for three interceptions and was sacked eight times in the Panthers’ loss to Minnesota. The loss snapped their 14-game home winning streak.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Turnovers and having only 29 rushing yards burnt the Steelers in their loss to Philadelphia.
Storylines Going Into Week Four
Miami meets Cincinnati. Tennessee travels Houston. Seattle goes cross-country to meet the New York Jets. Buffalo plays New England.
Atlanta host Carolina. Oakland plays Baltimore. In the NFC West, L.A. Rams meet Arizona. Kansas City goes to Pittsburgh. In an intriguing matchup, Minnesota hosts the New York Giants.
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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