In what was an interesting week in the NFL to say the least, we saw some great action on the field. Here are my winners and losers:
- Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback Case Keenum threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those were to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who had 173 receiving yards. The defense caught three interceptions as the Vikings defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-17.
- New York Jets: Quarterback Josh McCown threw for 239 yards and a touchdown. The defense caught two interceptions as the Jets surprised the Miami Dolphins 20-6, no that’s not a typo.
- Buffalo Bills: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for two touchdowns. The defense had two interceptions and four sacks as the Bills shocked the Denver Broncos 26-16.
- Atlanta Falcons: Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Devonta Freeman rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. Ryan overcame three interceptions as the Falcons held off the Detroit Lions 30-26.
- Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw for 259 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for two touchdowns as the Colts defeated the Cleveland Browns 31-28.
- Philadelphia Eagles: After an early miss, kicker Jake Elliott drilled a 61-yard field goal as time expired helping the Eagles seal a win over NFC East rival New York Giants 27-24.
- Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown. Kicker Ryan Succop had four field goals as the Titans defeated the Seattle Seahawks 33-27.
- Washington Redskins: Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns. The defense had four sacks in their surprising win over the Oakland Raiders 27-10.
- Seattle Seahawks: Despite quarterback Russell Wilson’s four touchdown passes, the Seahawks only had 69 rushing yards and were 4 for 14 on third downs in their loss to Tennessee.
- Houston Texans: Though they weren’t initially intimidated by the Patriots, not going for it on fourth and one that would’ve sealed the game, came back to haunt them. As a late Patriots touchdown led to the Texans eventually loss to New England 36-33.
- Denver Broncos: The Broncos had the advantage on first downs and total yards but quarterback Trevor Siemian’s two interceptions stalled drives in their loss to Buffalo.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quarterback Jameis Winston’s three interceptions were the Bucs’ undoing in their loss to Minnesota.
- New York Giants: Despite scoring 24 points late including three touchdowns by quarterback Eli Manning, two of them to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants couldn’t overcome early mistakes in their loss to Philadelphia.
- Carolina Panthers: They just couldn’t get their offense going, thanks in large part to Cam Newton’s interceptions in their loss to the New Orleans Saints 34-13.
- AFC North: It wasn’t a good week for the AFC North. First, the Browns couldn’t slow down Jacoby Brissett in their loss to Indianapolis. Turnovers and having only 52 passing yards doomed the Baltimore Ravens as they were dominated by the Jacksonville Jaguars 44-7 in London. The Pittsburgh Steelers gave up 220 rushing yards and had missed opportunities in their overtime loss to the Chicago Bears 23-17. As for the Cincinnati Bengals, failed execution late led to them to blow a late fourth quarter lead and subsequent overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers 27-24.
- Oakland Raiders: Thanks to quarterback Derek Carr’s three interceptions, being sacked four times and the offense as a whole having 128 total yards. They just couldn’t get things going in their loss Washington.
Storylines Going Into Week Four:
New Orleans and Miami battle in London. Buffalo travels to Atlanta. LA Rams visit Dallas. In the NFC North, Detroit battles Minnesota. Can Carolina rebound against New England?
Both caught looking ahead, Baltimore meet Pittsburgh in the AFC North. In the AFC South, Houston hosts Tennessee. Will the New York Giants get their first win at Tampa Bay? Oakland and Denver meet in the AFC West. And an intriguing intra-conference match-up, Washington goes to Kansas City.
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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