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NFL Week Eight: Winners and Losers

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There was a lot going on in week eight, we saw great finishes and eve a few stunners, here are my winners and losers.

Winners:

  1. Oakland Raiders: Despite setting the record for most penalties in a single game, 23, quarterback Derek Carr threw for a franchise record 513 yards and four touchdowns including a 41-yard pass to wide receiver Seth Roberts that helped the Raiders defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-24 in overtime. The Raiders are 6-2, with an impressive 5-0 record on the road.
  2. Carolina Panthers: Coming off a bye, the defense had eight sacks. Running back Jonathan Stewart rushed for two touchdowns as the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 30-20. We’ll see if this a win that jumpstarts them.
  3. Denver Broncos: Running back Devontae Book rushed for a touchdown. The defense had four sacks and caught three interceptions as the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 27-19.
  4. Atlanta Falcons: Once again it came down to the final few minutes, quarterback Matt Ryan’s go-ahead 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mohammed Sanu with just 31 seconds left. This time, the defense made the stops late to secure a 33-32 win over the Green Bay Packers in a thriller.
  5. Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback Dak Prescott overcame early mistakes, leading his team down the field throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jason Whitten capping off  a comeback win over NFC East rivals Philadelphia Eagles 29-23 in an exciting game.

Losers:

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Unfortunately quarterback Russell Wilson’s pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse that would’ve been the game-winner didn’t count because Kearse was out of bounds. leading them to losing to the New Orleans Saints 25-20 in a stunner.
  2. Arizona Cardinals: Turnovers, penalties, running back David Johnson being held to just 24 rushing yards and quarterback Carson Palmer being sacked eight times were the Cardinals’ undoing in their loss to Arizona.
  3. Green Bay Packers: The defense gave up too many big plays late in their loss to Atlanta.
  4. San Diego Chargers: Turnovers and being only 7 for 17 on third downs stalled drives in their loss to Denver.
  5. Minnesota Vikings: Maybe it’s because they played on Halloween night but the defense gave up 403 total yards, were held to just 57 rushing yards and quarterback Sam Bradford was sacked five times in a loss to the Chicago Bears 20-10. That’s two bad games in a row by the Vikings, looks like there’s trouble in Minneapolis.

 

Storylines Going Into Week Nine:

In the AFC North, both teams coming off byes, Pittsburgh goes to Baltimore. Miami hosts the New York Jets. In the NFC East, Philly plays the New York Giants.

In the NFC North, Minnesota will try to rebound as they host Detroit. Carolina travels cross-country to play Los Angeles.

In the AFC West, Denver battles Oakland. In an intriguing intra-conference matchup in a battle of defense Buffalo plays Seattle.

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown Threatens ESPN’s Ryan Clark

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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.

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.

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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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