The Los Angeles Rams traveled to New Orleans to take on the Saints in Week 12. The game was competitive in the first half but the Saints dominated the whole second half. Saints won the game 49-21.
- Jared Goff in the first half. Goff looked impressive in the first half throwing for 3 touchdowns & had the Rams only down 7 at half time. Goff did a great job pushing the ball downfield early & often as he threw for 72 yards on just his 1st drive. Goff definitely showed signs of having potential to be a talented NFL quarterback.
- Aaron Donald. Do I need to even explain how good he is? Donald on Sunday had 4 tackles, 3 for a loss & 1 sack that was a forced fumble deep in Saints territory that turned into a Rams touchdown. Donald has shown all year why he’s the best interior defensive lineman in the NFL.
- Jared Goff in the second half. It was definitely a tale of 2 halves for Goff in this game. Goff finished the game 20-32, 214 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, & 1 fumble. In the first half Goff was 11-19, 160 yards, 3 touchdowns & 1 fumble. Goff had his struggles in the 2nd half where he was 9-13, 54 yards, & 1 interception. Hopefully he can build on his first half going forward & he can just forget the second half.
- Pass protection. The pass protection for Jared Goff was not good at all. Goff was sacked 3 times & was under duress all game against a Saints defensive line that isn’t really known for their pass rush. Rodger Saffold left with an injury which didn’t help & Greg Robinson was a healthy scratch but is expected to start again at left tackle in Week 13 according to Jeff Fisher.
- Lack of a running game. Just like the rest of the season has gone the Rams were unable to run the ball effectively. Todd Gurley finished with 13 carries for 50 yards. Gurley should never only get 13 carries in a game but I guess one positive is that the Rams are continually finding a way to get him the ball in the passing game as he had 4 receptions for 39 yards.
- Allowing 49 points, 28 unanswered. Allowing 49 points wasn’t all on the defense in this game but they definitely were a big part of it. At the end of the first half it was just a 7 point game with the Saints leading 28-21. Then in the 2nd half the Saints scored 28 unanswered points to win the game 49-21. The defense looked lackadaisical all game for the most part as they missed easy tackles & allowed easy plays.
The now 4-7 Los Angeles Rams will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the 9-2 New England Patriots in Week 13. The Patriots are still the best team in the NFL to me even with their big loss this week where Rob Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season with yet another herniated disk surgery. The good thing for the Patriots is that they have Martellus Bennett who isn’t Gronk but is very good in his own right. Patriots are coming off a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets in Week 12. This game could get ugly fast especially since Jeff Fisher believes we should watch out for Brandon Bolden & a guy named Danny at running back. I believe Patriots win this game 34-16.
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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