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NFL Week Seven: Winners and Losers

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Week seven saw some standout performances, upsets, and things that made you go hmmm. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Wide receiver Josh Huff had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. While the defense had six sacks as the Eagles defeated Minnesota Vikings 21-3. A surprise score indeed.
  2. Detroit Lions: Quarterback Matthew Stafford had only one touchdown pass, but it was a big one as his pass to wide receiver Anquon Boldin ended up being the game-winner as they defeated the Washington Redskins 20-17. Lions have won three in a row, and are now 4-3.
  3. Miami Dolphins: Running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 214 yards and a touchdown, becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to run for 200+ yards in back to back games. More importantly, the Dolphins held off the Buffalo Bills 28-25.
  4. New York Jets: Quarterbacks Geno Smith (who left with a torn ACL)  and Ryan Fitzpatrick each threw a touchdown pass, and even better neither threw an interception. Running back Matt Forte rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown as the Jets defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-16.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns, two of those to wide receiver Mike Evans. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 154 yards as the Bucs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-17.

Losers:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback Landry Jones threw for 281 yards and a touchdown in relief of Ben Roethlisberger. But Jones had 18 incompletions which cost the Steelers more scoring opportunities in their loss to the New England Patriots 27-16.
  2. Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback Sam Bradford being sacked six times and turnovers stalled drives in their loss to Philadelphia, their first of the season.
  3. Buffalo Bills: They were 3 for 13 on third downs and were held to just 67 rushing yards in their loss to Miami.
  4. Atlanta Falcons: They couldn’t hold onto a 17-point lead and a controversial play call to go for it on fourth down at midfield came back to bite the Falcons. Running back Devonta Freeman was stalled on that fourth down, and San Diego kicker Josh Lambo’s 42-yard field goal helped the Chargers defeat the Falcons 33-30 in overtime.
  5. Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals: We knew this was going to be a low scoring affair between these two NFC West rivals. Both defenses did their jobs, so it ended up going to overtime, where it came down to the kickers. After trading field goals early in overtime, Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro’s 24-yard chip shot field goal that would’ve given his team the win, hit the crossbar. With 11 seconds left in the extra session, Steven Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal that would have given Seattle the win, went wide left. It ended up finishing in a 6-6 tie, the first tie in the NFL since 2014. This game will be in the history books, but some will say for all of the wrong reasons.

Storylines Going Into Week Eight:

Washington faces Cincinnati. In the AFC South, Kansas City goes to Indy. On a roll, Detroit travels to Houston.

In the AFC East, Buffalo hosts New England. Arizona plays Carolina. Denver will try to get revenge as they host San Diego.

In an intriguing inter-divisional match-up finds Green Bay going to Atlanta. In the NFC East, Philadelphia goes to Dallas.

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges

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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.

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Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram

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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.”

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit

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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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