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.
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.”
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.
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