It’s only week two, but we’ve already seen statement wins and a few surprises. Here are my winners and losers:
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns. He was also able to overcome two interceptions as the Steelers held off the Cincinnati Bengals 24-16 in an AFC North clash.
- Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 292 yards and more importantly zero interceptions. He led the Cowboys down the field as wide receiver Alfred Morris scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:45 left as the Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins 27-23.
- Tennessee Titans: Down 15-3 heading into the fourth quarter, the Titans scored 13 unanswered points, as quarterback Marcus Mariota’s 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson with 1:15 left helped the Titans defeat the Detroit Lions 16-15.
- Los Angeles Rams: Though they still haven’t scored a touchdown since returning to L.A., kicker Greg Zuerlein’s three field goals were enough to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 in their home opener.
- San Diego Chargers: Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Casey Heyward caught two interceptions as the Chargers surprised the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-14.
- Atlanta Falcons: Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons defeated the Oakland Raiders 35-28. Falcons got themselves a win in the Black Hole.
- Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Despite 13 penalties the Vikings held off the Green Bay Packers 17-14.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for a touchdown. Running back Ryan Matthews rushed for two touchdowns. The defense forced three turnovers in their win over the Chicago Bears 29-14.
- Cincinnati Bengals: They only had 46 rushing yards. Late fumbles also cost the Bengals in their loss to Pittsburgh.
- Washington Redskins: Quarterback Kirk Cousins only had one interception, but it was a costly one as it led to Dallas’ go-ahead touchdown.
- Detroit Lions: The Lions weren’t able to get into the end zone enough in their loss to Tennessee.
- Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins couldn’t overcome a bad start. Also turnovers were their undoing in their loss to New England 31-24.
- Seattle Seahawks: Fumbles stalled drives in the Seahawks’ loss to Los Angeles.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Despite having more yards, turnovers doomed the Jags in their loss to San Diego.
- Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck was sacked five times and threw a pick six in the Colts’ loss to the Denver Broncos 34-20 in the Peyton Manning Bowl.
- Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston: Winston had five turnovers including four interceptions in the Bucs’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals 40-7.
- Green Bay Packers: Packers just couldn’t overcome turnovers in their loss to Minnesota.
Storylines Going Into Week Three
Houston will try to upset Green Bay. Denver meets Cincinnati. Washington faces the New York Giants in the NFC East.
Baltimore goes to Jacksonville. Carolina hosts Minnesota. New York Jets go to Kansas City.
Pittsburgh battles Philadelphia. Chicago travels to Dallas.
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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