Week four saw some great performances and a few surprises. Here are my winners and losers:
- Buffalo Bills: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for a touchdown. Cornerback Tre’Davious White had a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Safety Micah Hyde caught two interceptions as the Bills upset the Atlanta Falcons 23-17. Another solid win for the Bills.
- Carolina Panthers: Quarterback Cam Newton threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Kicker Graham Gano’s 48-yard field goal as time expired helped the Panthers stun the New England 33-30.
- Houston Texans: Quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. The defense caught four interceptions as the Texans dominated the Tennessee Titans 57-14.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for a touchdown. Running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The defense caught two interceptions as the Steelers tamed their AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens 26-9.
- Los Angeles Rams: Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Todd Gurley rushed for 121 yards. He also had a touchdown catch and 94 receiving yards. Key defensive stops late helped the Rams shock the Dallas Cowboys 35-30. Another stunner.
- Denver Broncos: Quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for a touchdown. Kicker Brandon McManus had three field goals. Late stops on defense helped the Broncos held off AFC West rival Oakland Raiders 16-10.
- Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Jay Cutler being sacked four times and having only 186 total yards were the Dolphins’ undoing in their shutout loss to the New Orleans Saints 20-0. The Dolphins’ offense continues to struggle.
- Atlanta Falcons: Turnovers and losing key offensive players to injury stalled drives in a rare home loss to Buffalo.
- Minnesota Vikings: Turnovers and losing running back Dalvin Cook to a potential season-ending knee injury cost the Vikings in their loss to the Detroit Lions 14-7.
- New England Patriots: The defense giving up 316 receiving yards doomed the Patriots in their loss to Carolina.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Missed opportunities and the defense giving up 256 rushing yards led to their overtime loss to the New York Jets 23-20 in OT.
- Oakland Raiders: They just couldn’t get their offense going in their loss to Denver.
Storyline Going into Week Six:
Tampa Bay hosts New England. Buffalo faces Cincy. Carolina travels to Detroit. Tennessee meets Miami. New York Giants will try to get their first win as they host the Los Angeles Chargers. Arizona plays Philadelphia.
Jacksonville goes to Pittsburgh. Baltimore battles Oakland. In the NFC West, Seattle plays the surprising Los Angeles Rams. Green Bay meets Dallas. Kansas City faces Houston.
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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