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NFL Week Nine: Winners and Losers

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Week nine saw a few interesting things: some breakouts, standouts, and a few head scratchers. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for a touchdown to wide receiver Mike Wallace. Wide receiver Chris Moore’s blocked punt for a touchdown helped the Ravens defeat AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers 21-14. The stats were about even in this game but in the end, the Ravens made more plays.
  2. Detroit Lions: Quarterback Matt Stafford did it again as his game-winning 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Golden Tate helped the Lions defeat the Minnesota Vikings 22-16 in overtime. At 5-4, the Lions are right there in contention for the NFC North.
  3. New York Giants: Though the Giants did just about everything they could to lose, questionable play-calling, interceptions by quarterback Eli Manning, but they did just enough defeating NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles 28-23.
  4. Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck overcame two interceptions and made big plays late as the Colts upset the Green Bay Packers 31-26 at Lambeau Field.
  5. Oakland Raiders: Running back Latavius Murray rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns. The defense had two turnovers as the Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos 30-20. The Raiders are now tied for the best record in the NFL, they’re for real, folks.

Losers:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Being 4 for 18 on third downs and incompletions stalled drives in their loss to Baltimore.
  2. Philadelphia Eagles: Despite having the edge in time of possession, quarterback Carson Wentz had 20 incompletions and threw two interceptions that cost the Eagles in their loss to New York.
  3. Denver Broncos: Turnovers, penalties, and having only 33 rushing yards were the Broncos’ undoing in their loss to Oakland.
  4. Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings couldn’t deter any big plays in their loss to Detroit. The Vikes started 5-0, but have now lost three in a row. What’s going on in Minnesota?
  5. Green Bay Packers: Despite safety Haha Clinton-Dix’s two interceptions, the defense gave up too many big plays late in their loss to Indianapolis.

Storylines Going Into Week Ten:

Can Minnesota get back on track at Washington? Kansas City goes to Carolina. Denver travels to New Orleans. San Diego hosts Miami.

Three intriguing intra-conference games as Dallas battles Pittsburgh, Seattle goes cross-country to face New England and Cincinnati, off a bye plays the New York Giants.

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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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