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NFL Week Eight: Winners and Losers

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Week eight saw some fantastic finishes and some wackiness. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Down 38-34, quarterback Russell Wilson led his team down the field, throwing the game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham with 21 seconds left as the Seahawks defeated the Houston Texans 41-38 in a thriller.
  2. Buffalo Bills: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for a touchdown. He also rushed for a touchdown. Running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown. The defense caused four turnovers including linebacker Matt Milano’s fumble return for a touchdown as the Bills dominated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. The Bills are 5-2, how many of you had that?
  3. Dallas Cowboys: Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Safety Byron Jones had a pick six as the Cowboys held off the Washington Redskins 33-19.
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers: Wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster had 193 receiving yards and a touchdown. Late defensive stops helped the Steelers held off the Detroit Lions 20-15.

Losers:

  1. Houston Texans: Despite quarterback Deshaun Watson’s 402 yards and four touchdown passes, a questionable play call came back to bite the Texans in their loss to Seattle.
  2. Los Angeles Chargers: Penalties and their defense not being able to come off the field cost the Chargers in their loss to the New England Patriots 21-13.
  3. Miami Dolphins: They just couldn’t get their offense going in their shutout loss to the Baltimore Ravens 40-0.
  4. Detroit Lions: Settling for field goals came back to haunt the Lions in their loss to the Pittsburgh.

 

Storylines Going Into Week Nine:

Buffalo plays the New York Jets. Tennessee hosts Baltimore. Atlanta travels to Carolina. Jacksonville hosts Cincinnati. Washington goes to Seattle. Kansas City battles Dallas. Oakland meets Miami. In the NFC North, Green Bay hosts Detroit

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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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