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NFL Week Ten: Winners and Losers

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Week ten saw thrilling finishes, breakout performances and a couple of surprises. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Dallas Cowboys: In a game that saw seven lead changes, running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns. His 32-yard scamper with nine seconds left ended up being a game-winner as the Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 35-30 in a thriller. At 8-1, the Cowboys now have the best record in the league.
  2. Seattle Seahawks: In another game that had seven lead changes, quarterback Russell Wilson’s 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Doug Baldwin gave Seattle the lead. Then a goal line stand by the defense helped the Seahawks hold off the New England Patriots 31-24 in a rematch of Super Bowl XL.
  3. Washington Redskins: Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Linebacker Preston Smith’s interception helped the Redskins seal their win over the Minnesota Vikings 26-23.
  4. Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as they came back to defeat the Carolina Panthers 20-17.
  5. Philadelphia Eagles: Running back Ryan Matthews rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive stops late helped the Eagles defeat the Atlanta Falcons 24-15.
  6. Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The defense caught four interceptions including linebacker Kiko Alonso’s pick six helped the Dolphins defeat the San Diego Chargers 31-24.

Losers:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers didn’t make enough big plays late in their loss to Dallas.
  2. New England Patriots: A fourth quarter fumble by tight end Julian Edelman proved costly as it led to the go-ahead touchdown by Seattle resulting in a loss.
  3. New Orleans Saints: An extra point that would’ve won it was blocked and returned for two points as the Saints lost a heartbreaker to the Denver Broncos 25-23.
  4. Atlanta Falcons: Being held to only 48 rushing yards and key drops doomed the Falcons in their loss to Philadelphia.
  5. NFC North: With the exception of the Detroit Lions who were on bye, the rest of the NFC North was blah. First turnovers cost the Chicago Bears in their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36-10, with injuries and infighting abound, seems like another gut job is needed in the Windy City. Second, turnovers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers being sacked five times were the Packers’ undoing in their loss to the Tennessee Titans 47-25. Now there’s finger pointing in Green Bay. Meanwhile the Vikings couldn’t get scoring drives in the second half in their loss to Washington. Minnesota continues their freefall. After all that, the Lions are in the first place, we all had that, right?!
  6. Cincinnati Bengals: Quarterback Andy Dalton being sacked three times and 2 for 11 on third downs doomed the Bengals in their loss to the New York Giants 21-20.

Storylines Going Into Week 11:

Can Baltimore stop Dallas’ hot streak? Buffalo goes to Cincinnati. Tennessee plays Indy. Minnesota will try to snap their losing streak as they host Arizona.

Miami stays out west as they play Los Angeles. Philly goes to Seattle. Green Bay battles Washington. Houston travels to Oakland.

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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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