The New York Giants picked up their 10th win of the season on Sunday and they are still in a great position for the playoffs. The Giants are still sitting in the first wildcard spot and with one more win they will seal their ticket to the playoffs.
This is a good sign for the Giants because in their first year of having a new head coach they could be heading to the playoffs. The Giants have had some bad seasons in their recent history. In 2014 the Giants finished the season with a 6 and 10 record. The Giants would also finish with the same record in 2015 as well.
The time for the Giants to win is now and they need to capitalize on this opportunity. The Giants had two Super Bowl runs in the past decade, and the way they are playing at this time of the year is replicating those championship seasons. The Giants have some injuries, but other players are stepping up in place of those injured and doing a great job.
Depending on how deep the Giants go in the playoffs that will determine which players they will get back like defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul. Pierre-Paul has been sidelined with an injury that required surgery costing him the rest of the regular season.
In the Giants 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions the team played great on offense and defense. The time of possession for the Giants was about even, but the Giants would have the ball for 16 more seconds than the Lions.
Time of possession will be important for the Giants in the playoffs so that their defense can stay healthy while their offense is out on the field making plays.
The Giants defense took control of this game and would give Matthew Stafford a hard day on the field. The Giants defense neutralized the Lions offense through the air and on the ground.
Stafford would not throw a touchdown in the game, but he would throw for 273 yards and go 24/39 on his passing attempts. Stafford would get sacked once and he would also throw an interception that would end the game for the Lions late in the 4th quarter.
The Lions would rush for 56 total yards for the game and could not get their offense going having to settle for two field goals as their only points. The Giants defense forced 2 fumbles and had an interception and that would be their story for the game, but the Giants offense also had a big role in this win as well.
Eli Manning would have an efficient game throwing for only 201 yards and he would also go 20/28 for his passing attempts. Manning did not throw an interception in the game and that was good for his team throughout the game so he could keep his offense going.
The Giants would have a combine 114 rushing yards. The bulk of those yards would come from Paul Perkins with 56 yards on 11 carries. The recipients of Manning touchdowns would be Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.
Victor Cruz saw some action on the field with 2 targets and a 29 yard reception. The Giants offense and defense will need to carry each other and finish the regular season strong with a couple of wins against NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
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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