Week 12 saw some standouts and a few upsets, here are my winners and losers:
- Detroit Lions: In a tie game, cornerback Darius Slay’s interception helped setup kicker Matt Prater’s game-winning 40-yard field goal helping the Lions edged the Minnesota Vikings 16-13. The Lions now have the inside track in the NFC North.
- Dallas Cowboys: The rookies led the way again, quarterback Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for two touchdowns as they defeated NFC East rival Washington Redskins 31-26.
- Baltimore Ravens: Game-saving turnovers and clever play-calling late helped the Ravens defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-14. Winning games ugly have been the Ravens’ style this season.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns. The defense had six sacks and caught two interceptions as the Bucs upset the Seattle Seahawks 14-5. The Bucs look like a team on the rise.
- Oakland Raiders: Defensive end Khalil Mack had an interception, sack, stripped sack, fumble recovery, and a pick six, the first to do that since Charles Woodson in 2009. The Raiders came back to defeat the Carolina Panthers 35-32.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill had an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a touchdown run and a touchdown catch. Linebacker Justin Houston had three sacks. Kicker Cairo Santos’ 34-yard field goal that doink off the post then went through helped the Chiefs come back and defeat the Denver Broncos 30-27 in an overtime thriller.
- Green Bay Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns. The defense had four sacks. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix helped the Packers defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13. A solid and satisfying win for the Packers, we’ll see if they’ve righted the ship.
- Minnesota Vikings: A late interception from quarterback Sam Bradford proved costly as it helped set up a game-winning field goal for Detroit.
- Washington Redskins: Despite Kirk Cousins throwing for 449 yards, the Redskins couldn’t slow down Dallas.
- Los Angeles Rams: Despite a solid debut by quarterback Jared Goff, the defense gave up 555 total yards in their loss to the New Orleans Saints 49-21.
- Seattle Seahawks: Turnovers and quarterback Russell Wilson being sacked six times were the Seahawks’ undoing in their loss to Tampa Bay.
- Houston Texans: Turnovers stalled drives in their loss to the San Diego Chargers 21-13.
- Denver Broncos: Though the defense had six sacks, they gave up too many big plays late in their loss to Kansas City.
Storylines Going Into Week 14:
Can Minnesota upset Dallas and keep their playoff hopes alive? Atlanta goes to Kansas City. Detroit travels to New Orleans.
Houston battles Green Bay. In the battle of defenses, Buffalo travels cross-country to play Oakland. New York Giants and Pittsburgh face-off.
Washington meets Arizona. Tampa Bay plays San Diego. Seattle will try to bounce back as they host Carolina.
Raiders’ Antonio Brown Threatens ESPN’s Ryan Clark
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t appreciate the constant comments made by former Steelers teammate and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, and is threatening to handle it physically should he sees him.
Brown made his threat public, directed towards Clark on Twitter.
Bro stop mentioning my name I know it get u clout keep that same analysis energy next time we meet it’s on site ain’t gone spare u https://t.co/ks4YVRFLTx— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 25, 2019
Brown is no stranger to making threats, and stirring up drama, especially on social media, and FOX Sports host Skip Bayless added his own hot take to the fire.
Uh, Antonio Brown, trust me, you want NO PART of Ryan Clark. You'd get hit harder than you've ever been hit on a football field. Better keep taking your shots from your keyboard.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 25, 2019
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges
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.
Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram
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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