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NFL Week Six: Winners and Losers

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Week six saw some great performances and a few surprises. Here are my winners and losers.

Winners:

  1. San Diego Chargers: Quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for a touchdown. Kicker Josh Lambo’s four field goals helped the Chargers stun the Denver Broncos 21-13.
  2. Washington Redskins: Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Matt Jones 135 yards and a touchdown. The defense had five sacks as the Redskins held off the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20.
  3. Miami Dolphins: Running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns as the Dolphins upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-15.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quarterback Blake Bortles’ go-ahead 51-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Arrelious Benn helped cap off a late rally as they defeated the Chicago Bears 17-16. It was Benn’s first touchdown since 2011 and the Jags’ first October road win in six years.
  5. Kansas City Chiefs: Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 224 yards. Running back Spencer Ware rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders 26-10.
  6. Seattle Seahawks: Late defensive stops helped the Seahawks defeat the Atlanta Falcons 26-24 in an exciting intra-divisional game.
  7. Dallas Cowboys: The rookies led the way again as quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns. While running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 157 yards. The defense caused four turnovers as the Cowboys defeated the Green Bay Packers 30-16.

Losers:

  1. Denver Broncos: Fumbles and penalties doomed the Broncos in their loss to San Diego. They have now lost two in a row.
  2. Philadelphia Eagles: Despite a pick six by safety Malcolm Jenkins and a kick return for a touchdown by running back Wendell Smallwood, quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked five times which hindered more scoring opportunities in their loss to Washington.
  3. Baltimore Ravens: Too many overthrown passes by quarterback Joe Flacco kept the Ravens from a chance at a game-winning drive, losing to the New York Giants 27-23.
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers: Two interceptions from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who left with a knee injury derailed the Steelers in their loss to Miami.
  5. Oakland Raiders: 12 incompletions from quarterback Derek Carr stalled drives in their loss to Kansas City in a rainy Oakland.
  6. Green Bay Packers: Turnovers and the defense giving up too many big plays were the Packers’ undoing in their loss to Dallas.
  7. Atlanta Falcons: Though there was a controversial non-pass interference call late, wide receiver Julio Jones’ fumble led to the Seahawks’ game-winning field goal.

Storylines Going Into Week Seven:

The New York Giants and Los Angeles battle it out in London. Minnesota fresh off a bye go to Philadelphia. Washington plays Detroit.

Can Buffalo stay hot in Miami? San Diego go cross-country to play Atlanta. Pittsburgh hosts New England without Roethlisberger. Houston goes to Denver.

Seattle and Arizona face-off in a NFC West showdown.

 

 

New England Patriots

Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges

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Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.

Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.

According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).

Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.

Kraft has denied the allegations.

 

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.

Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.

“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.

The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”

While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.

“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”

KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.

Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.

The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

 

 

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WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo

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Cole Beasley

In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.

Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.

Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:

  • Caught 71 percent of the passes
  • Targeted 449 times
  • 319 passes caught
  • 130 passes dropped
  • 3,271 reception yards
  • 23 Touchdowns

For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.

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