Week 13 saw standout performances and some surprises. Here are my winners and losers:
- Kansas City DB Eric Berry: Berry had a pick six and a pick two (two point conversion attempt taken the other way for two) that helped the Chiefs hold off the Atlanta Falcons 29-28. Two years ago, Berry was undergoing treatment for cancer, now he’s come back to become one of the league’s best defensive players. He’s in for a big payday.
- Detroit Lions: Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns. The defense caught three interceptions as the Lions defeated the New Orleans Saints 28-13. Many experts had picked the Saints, so I’m sure that didn’t sit well with the Lions.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns. The defense caught two interceptions as the Steelers defeated the New York Giants 24-14. The Steelers are getting better.
- Oakland Raiders: The Raiders scored 29 unanswered points as they came back and defeated the Buffalo Bills 38-24.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Linebacker Lavonte David’s pick six and safety Keith Tandy’s interception in the end zone helped the Bucs defeat the San Diego Chargers 28-21, don’t look now but the Bucs are now tied for the lead in the NFC South.
- Minnesota Vikings: Despite having the advantage in first downs, time of possession, and total yards, settling for field goals doomed the Vikes in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys 17-15.
- Atlanta Falcons: Quarterback Matt Ryan throwing a pick six and a pick two late cost the Falcons in their loss to Kansas City.
- Miami Dolphins: Turnovers and being only 4 for 13 on third downs stalled drives for the Dolphins in their loss to the Baltimore Ravens 38-6.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz’s three interceptions and penalties got the best of the Eagles in their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals 32-14.
- Houston Texans: They just couldn’t put together enough scoring drives in the elements in their loss to the Green Bay Packers 21-13.
- San Diego Chargers: Quarterback Phillip Rivers’ pick six was the Chargers’ undoing in their loss to Tampa Bay.
Storylines Going Into Week 14:
An intriguing AFC West match-up as Kansas City hosts Oakland. Another interesting matchup in the AFC South as Houston battles Indy. Washington faces Philadelphia. Denver and Tennessee square off in what could be a playoff elimination game. Seattle plays Green Bay at Lambeau. The New York Giants will try to cool Dallas’ hot streak. Baltimore travels to New England.
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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