Week 11 saw standouts and a few surprises, here are my winners and losers:
- Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns and more importantly zero interceptions as the Cowboys defeated the Baltimore Ravens 27-17. A solid showing by Prescott against the league’s top defense and leading the Cowboys to a franchise record ninth straight win.
- Seattle Seahawks: Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 272 yards and a touchdown. The defense caught two interceptions as the Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-15.
- Detroit Lions: Safety Rafael Bush’s pick six helped the Lions hold off the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-19. Their fifth win in their last six games.
- Buffalo Bills: The defense caught two interceptions as the Bills defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 16-12.
- Minnesota Vikings: Cornerback Xavier Rhodes had a 100-yard pick six. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson’s 101 yard punt return for a touchdown helped the Vikings defeat the Arizona Cardinals 30-24, snapping a four-game losing streak.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz’s two interceptions stalled drives in their loss to Seattle.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Quarterback Alex Smith’s interception and playing without cornerback Marcus Peters proved costly as the Chiefs were upset by the Tampa Buccaneers 19-17.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Quarterback Andy Dalton’s two interceptions and losing key players to injuries were the Bengals’ undoing in their loss to Buffalo.
- Green Bay Packers: Turnovers and the defense gave up 515 total yards in their loss to the Washington Redskins 42-24. With injuries and feuding within, the wheels are coming off for the Packers.
- NFL kickers: There were 12 PATs missed on Sunday, which is a new NFL record. I understand the reasoning behind extending the yards for extra points but I feel the significance is misplaced. Now there’s too much importance on the extra point which to me isn’t necessary, just a thought.
Storylines Going Into Week 12:
Some intriguing Thanksgiving Day matchups, as Detroit hosts Minnesota for control of the NFC North. In the NFC East, can Washington cool Dallas’ hot streak? Pittsburgh travels to Indianapolis.
Arizona battles Atlanta. San Diego faces Houston. In the AFC West, Kansas City goes to Denver. Philadelphia hosts Green Bay.
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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