Week 14 saw teams, try to position to make a playoff push, some did and others failed, here are my winners and losers:
- Kansas City Chiefs: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a 36-yard touchdown catch and a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Chiefs also overcame turnovers in their win over the Oakland Raiders 21-13. The two are now tied atop the AFC West.
- Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell: Bell rushed for a franchise record 236 yards and three touchdowns helping the Steelers defeat the Buffalo Bills 27-20. If you had Bell starting on your fantasy team (especially if you’re in the playoffs), you were a very happy camper.
- Green Bay Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns. The defense caught five interceptions as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks easily 38-10. Packers are getting better and better.
- Washington Redskins: Running back Chris Thompson’s go-ahead 28-yard rushing touchdown with less than 2 minutes left and late defensive stops helped the Redskins hold off the Philadelphia Eagles 27-22.
- Tennessee Titans: It wasn’t pretty, and quarterback Marcus Mariota only threw for 88 yards, but the Titans did just enough to defeat the Denver Broncos 13-10, keeping pace in the AFC South.
- New York Jets: Despite quarterback Bryce Petty being sacked six times, running back Bilal Powell rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime as the Jets showed some fight and defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17.
- New York Giants: Quarterback Eli Manning’s go-ahead 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and key stops on defense helped the Giants defeat the Dallas Cowboys 10-7, sweeping their season series. Also keeping the Giants’ playoff hopes alive.
- Oakland Raiders: Penalties, being only 5 for 18 on third downs and perhaps the cold weather were the Raiders’ undoing in their loss to Kansas City.
- Seattle Seahawks: They just couldn’t get their offense moving (thanks to quarterback Russell Wilson’s five interceptions) in their loss to Green Bay.
- Denver Broncos: They only had 18 (yes, 18) rushing yards in their loss to Tennessee. The defending Super Bowl champs are in serious danger of missing the playoffs.
- Indianapolis Colts: Turnovers and drops cost the Colts in their loss to the Houston Texans 22-17.
- Los Angeles Rams: They were steamrolled by the Atlanta Falcons 42-14, and head coach Jeff Fisher broke a dubious record tying the NFL record for most losses by a head coach. He has since been fired, just a few days after getting an extension. Some wonder do the Rams even know what direction they’re going at this point.
- Dallas Cowboys: Interceptions and being 1 for 15 on third downs stalled drives in their loss to the Giants, snapping an 11-game win streak.
Storylines Going Into Week 15:
Can Cleveland get their first win at Buffalo? A pair of intriguing intra-divisional match-ups has Tennessee facing Kansas City and Detroit battling the New York Giants. Denver hosts New England to keep their playoff hopes alive. Can Tampa Bay upset Dallas?
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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