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 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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