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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.

 

 

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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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