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NFL Week One: Winners and Losers

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It’s back from another season, finally. Week one saw some shockers and some standout performances. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Key defensive stops late helped the Chiefs stunned the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 42-27.
  2. Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for a touchdown. Kicker Dan Bailey had four field goals as the Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 19-3. Not the best performance from the Cowboys, but it was enough to win.
  3. Green Bay Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 311 yards and a touchdown. The defense was the story as the Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 17-9.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: The defense had ten sacks as the Jaguars surprised the Houston Texans 29-7.
  5. Oakland Raiders: Quarterback Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio had four field goals as the Raiders defeated the Tennessee Texans 26-16.
  6. Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford: Stafford threw for four touchdowns as the Lions came back to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 35-23.
  7. Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings dominated the New Orleans Saints 29-19.

 

Losers:

  1. New England Patriots: They were only 5 for 15 on third downs and the defense gave up 537 total yards in their loss to Kansas City.
  2. New York Giants: They only had 35 rushing yards and 223 total yards in their loss to Dallas.
  3. Seattle Seahawks: They just couldn’t get the offense going in their loss to Green Bay.
  4. Houston Texans: Sacks and turnovers were the Texans’ undoing in their loss to Jacksonville.
  5. Tennessee Titians: Settling for field goals cost the Titians in their loss to Oakland.
  6. Cincinnati Bengals: Quarterback Andy Dalton threw four interceptions (including one in the red zone) and was sacked five times in their shutout loss to the Baltimore Ravens 20-0.
  7. Indianapolis Colts: They were 0 for 10 on third downs and just plain lack of execution cost the Colts in their blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams 46-9. Safe to say, head coach Chuck Pagano is on the hot seat.

Storylines Going Into Week Two:

Tennessee meets Jacksonville. Philly goes to Kansas City. New England visits New Orleans. Minnesota travels to Pittsburgh. Dallas plays Denver. New York hosts Detroit. In a rematch of the NFC Championship, Green Bay battles Atlanta.

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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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