The New York Giants playoff hopes took a hit as they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, but with some help from other teams in their conference they were able to clinch a playoff berth.
In this game against the Eagles the Giants made several mistakes and those are things that will need to change as they enter the playoffs. The Eagles are out of playoff contention, but they wanted to make the road for the Giants difficult.
The Eagles defense played a big role in their in their victory over the Giants, and they would come out of the gate ready to play.
A good take away from this game for the Giants was the ability to control the time of possession. They had the ball for 34 minutes and were able to set themselves up for a comeback.
The Giants need to keep more of the time of possession in their playoff matchups in order to keep their defense off the field and also tire out the defense of the opposing team.
Although time of possession was not an issue for the Giants in this game it may have hurt them because of their turnovers. Play calling on the offensive side of the ball hurt the Giants in a big way.
The Giants offense and defense were stunned at the start of the game. The first drive of the game for Philadelphia resulted in a 25 yard touchdown courtesy of Darren Sproles. That touchdown forced the Giants to try and come right back with a score of their own.
On the second drive of the game for the Giants Eli Manning would throw an interception that would be returned 34 yards for a touchdown by Malcolm Jenkins.
After that play the Eagles would maintain their lead throughout the game and go on to win. The Giants offense got in trouble often during this game and they need to make some adjustments going into their final game of the season.
Manning had a rough outing throwing only one touchdown and three interceptions. He got the ball out it his star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and Sterling Shepard a total of 44 times. They would catch 26 of those 44 attempts, but only Shepard would score a touchdown during the game.
The rest of the Giants scoring would come from field goals as they were not able to do much in the red zone. The Giants could not get much going on the ground as well. They would have a total of 114 rushing yards and would not reach the end zone.
The Giants have one more game to close out the regular season and that will come against the Washington Redskins. This game has no meaning to the Giants because they are already in the playoffs, but they will be able to finish the season 11-5 if they come away with a win.
A win in this game would give the Giants a boost of confidence going into their playoff matchup. That is something that the Giants need because some of the losses they had during the regular season. They would be able go into the playoffs hot and possibly stay hot in route to another Super Bowl.
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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