The Giants bounced back in a big way with a 10-7 win over the division leading Dallas Cowboys. This game was big for the Giants because it was a must win in order to keep their place in the wildcard picture. The Giants and Cowboys both have great offensive fire power, but this game was taken over by defense.
There were several plays that could have swung this game for either team, but both teams would find a way to battle back and have an opportunity to win. The Giants defense took advantage of bad throws by Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and that is how they would win the game.
The offensive start by the Cowboys was something the Giants had to overcome early. Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott had a big game on the ground thanks in large part to his offensive line. He would have 24 carries for 107 yards for the game.
Prescott had a good game as well finding a wide open Terrance Williams for a 31 yards touchdown, but his game would go downhill from there. The first quarter is the only time the Cowboys scored and they could not capitalize on the mistakes the Giants made throughout the game. The Cowboys made similar mistakes and they would pay for it at the end of the game.
Prescott would get sacked three times by the Giants defense, and he would also fumble the ball. The Giants defense started to adjust to the Cowboys offensive play calling and that is when the Cowboys offense started to slow down.
Elliott was not able to break off runs for big yards during the second half of the game and the Giants would limit his time on the field. Dez Bryant would also have a rough night being targeted 9 times and he would only make 1 catch for 10 yards. Bryant had a devastating fumble during the final minutes of the game, and that would lift the Giants to a victory.
Not playing his best game of the season, Eli Manning would help his team get a win with his performance. Manning would have 2 lost fumbles and an interception, but all it took was one play for the Giants to win this game. Manning would throw to Odell Beckham Jr. in the middle of the field and he would get free for a 61 yard touchdown.
Before that play the Giants were down by 4 and that play is one they needed to boost their offense, and have their defense play with a lead. They would take that 3 point lead into the 4th quarter and leave the game in the hands of their defense.
The Giants defense played all-time great against the Cowboys. The Giants defense had two interceptions courtesy of Leon Hall and Janoris Jenkins. One of the three sacks that the Giants had on Prescott came from Romeo Okwara who is playing in place of the injured pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul.
Another important piece of the Giants defense that had a big game was Olivier Vernon. Vernon had 4 solo tackles and got pressure on Prescott and also tackled him. The Giants look like a team that can make a deep run in the playoffs. They have most of the pieces to their puzzle, but they need to use everyone and keep them healthy on both offense and defense.
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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