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NFL Week Seven: Winners and Losers

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Week seven saw some teams getting much-needed wins and some shockers, here are my winners and losers.

Winners:

  1. Oakland Raiders: Quarterback Derek Carr threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Amari Cooper, who also had 211 receiving yards. Carr’s game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree with no time left as the Raiders edged the Kansas City Chiefs 31-30 in a thriller. Raiders get a huge win in the AFC West.
  2. Buffalo Bills: Running back LeSean McCoy rushed for two touchdowns. Kicker Stephen Hauschka’s 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds left helped the Bills rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27.
  3. Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Jay Cutler left with an injury, Matt Moore led the Dolphins’ comeback as they scored 17 unanswered points defeating the New York Jets 31-28.
  4. New Orleans Saints: Saints held off the Green Bay Packers 26-17 in a road away win.
  5. Los Angeles Rams: The defense caught two interceptions and kicker Greg Zuerlein had four field goals as the Rams shutout the Arizona Cardinals 33-0 in London.
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: Quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for two touchdowns. The defense had five sacks. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown as the Chargers tamed the Denver Broncos 21-0.
  7. Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles pulled away from the Washington Eagles 34-24, the Eagles are 6-1, the best record in the NFL.

Losers:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs gave up too many big defensive plays late in their loss to Oakland.
  2. Carolina Panthers: Quarterback Cam Newton threw a pick six and was sacked five times, as they couldn’t get their offense going in their loss to the Chicago Bears 17-3. Panthers continue to struggle.
  3. Arizona Cardinals: They lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a broken arm and the Cardinals were held to 25 rushing yards in their loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
  4. Green Bay Packers: Drops came back to bite the Packers in their loss to New Orleans.
  5. Denver Broncos: Though the defense had five sacks, their offense was 3 for 14 on third downs which stalled drives in their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
  6. Atlanta Falcons: They just couldn’t get their offense going losing to the New England Patriots 23-7.

 

Storylines Going Into Week Eight:

Oakland travels cross-country to play Buffalo. The Los Angeles Chargers also travel East to meet New England. Chicago meets New Orleans. Two struggling teams in the NFC South clash as Carolina battles Tampa Bay.

Seattle hosts Houston. Dallas and Washington face each other in the NFC East. In an inter-conference match-up, Pittsburgh goes to Detroit.

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Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram

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Denver Broncos superstar linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching and posing with a bloody hammerhead shark back in 2018, according to documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (h/t Deadspin).

Miller came under fire for a controversial photo posted on his Instagram story last year showing him with the bloody shark.

According to Florida Law, catching and releasing in this particular scenario would be fine, as long as the shark was “immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.”

Per TMZ Sports, Miller and the group pushed the shark back overboard after catching it, and the compilation of Miller’s Instagram story shows that process as well as the shark swimming away.

Despite that, and as Deadspin’s story points out, the picture doesn’t exactly 100% convince that the shark was “unharmed”.

According to USA Today, the boat Miller was on was called ‘Spellbound’ and the owner and operator of the boat were not as fortunate as Miller in regards to the investigation.

“Owner and operator were charged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. A $2,000 NOVA was issued.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission classifies hammerhead sharks as a Group 3 shark, and harvesting them in state waters can be met with a second degree misdemeanor.

In the state of Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.

Miller defended himself following the post, claiming that the shark didn’t die; “Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do” Miller said (h/t ESPN).

“But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”

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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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