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 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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