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 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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