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NFL Week 16: Winners and Losers

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It’s holiday time and on week 16, some teams gave themselves (and some received) gifts in their stockings. While other teams got lumps of coal. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

Miami Dolphins: Not only did the Dolphins come back to defeat the Buffalo Bills 24-21 in overtime, but thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the Denver Broncos, the Dolphins clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2008. What a first year for head coach Adam Gase.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led his Steelers down the field with just over a minute left and his 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown, who had the mindset to stretch the ball over the goal line as they defeated the Baltimore Ravens 31-27 in a thriller. The Steelers win the AFC North.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns held off the San Diego Chargers 20-17. Yes, this was like the Super Bowl for the Browns, because being winless would’ve put them in the history books for all of the wrong reasons.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags played their best game of the season and played spoiler defeating the Tennessee Titans 38-17.

Losers:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Turnovers and the defense giving up too many plays doomed the Bucs in their loss to the New Orleans Saints 31-24. The Bucs can still get in the playoffs, but they need a miracle.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans not only lost to Jacksonville but they lost quarterback Marcus Mariota to a fractured fibula. And even worse, Houston edged Cincinnati 12-10 to clinch the AFC South.

San Diego Chargers: A blocked field goal with 43 seconds left cost the Chargers in their loss to Cleveland giving the Chargers the dubious honor of giving Cleveland their first win of the season.

Denver Broncos: Turnovers and being only 4 for 15 on third downs stalled drives in their loss to Kansas City 33-10, eliminating them from playoff contention. There will be a new Super Bowl champion.

Baltimore Ravens: They left too much time on the clock, giving the Steelers the chance to win the game and the AFC North. Thus eliminating them from the playoffs.

Storylines Going Into Week 17:

It will be NFL on New Year’s Day, and there’s still things to be sorted out.

AFC:

New England beats Miami, they get the number one seed, they can also get it if Oakland loses to Denver.

Remember Oakland now has to rely on Matt McGloin under center, the Raiders can clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye if they beat Denver or if Kansas City loses to San Diego. They can get the one see if Miami beats New England.

To get the AFC West and the no. two seed, Kansas City must beat San Diego and Denver must beat Oakland

Pittsburgh has already locked in the 3 seed, meaning they’ll host either Miami or Kansas City.

Miami can go up to the 5 seed if they beat New England and Kansas City loses to San Diego.

NFC:

Dallas has already clinched everything, the one seed, home field throughout, etc,.

It’s simple for Atlanta, beat New Orleans, they get the no. 2 seed and a first-round bye.

If Seattle beats San Francisco and Atlanta loses or ties New Orleans, they get the no. 2 seed and the bye.

If Washington beats the New York Giants and hope that Green Bay/Detroit doesn’t end in a tie, they’re in the playoffs.

Detroit and Green Bay battle for the North,  winner obviously wins the division. Whoever loses can still get in but they need Washington to lose to the Giants.

Tampa must beat Carolina and hope a whole lot of other things happen (and it’s complicated) in order for them to get in.

Phew, they’ll be no quiz later, I promise!!

Happy 2017, everyone!!!

 

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit

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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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Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested

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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.”

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Mike Tannenbaum Joins ESPN

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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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