Week 11 saw some standout performances and a few surprises. Here are my winners and losers:
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Antonio Brown, who also had 144 receiving yards. The defense caught four interceptions and had five sacks as the Steelers pulled away from the Tennessee Titans 40-17.
- Minnesota Vikings: Running back Latavius Murray rushed for two touchdowns. Wide receiver Adam Thielen had a touchdown catch and 123 receiving yards. Key defensive stops helped the Vikings defeat the Los Angeles Rams 24-7.
- Baltimore Ravens: The defense had six sacks and caught three interceptions as the Ravens shutout the Green Bay Packers 23-0.
- New Orleans Saints: The Saints came back from 15 down and scored 21 unanswered defeating the Washington Redskins 34-31 in overtime.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns. The defense caught three interceptions. The Eagles scored 30 unanswered points as they defeated NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys 37-10.
- Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons held off the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 to get a huge road win.
- Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Marcus Mariota’s four interceptions and being sacked five times stalled drives in their loss to Pittsburgh.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Questionable play-calling and turnovers were the Chiefs’ undoing as they were upset by the New York Giants 12-9 in overtime.
- Los Angeles Rams: They only had 45 rushing yards as their offense was tamed by Minnesota.
- Buffalo Bills: Benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor proved rather costly for the Bills as Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions including a pick six in the first half. The Bills couldn’t recover as they were hammered by the Los Angeles Chargers 55-24.
- Washington Redskins: Not being able to convert plays came back to bite the Redskins in their loss to New Orleans.
- Seattle Seahawks: A backfired fake field goal attempt came back to bite the Seahawks in their loss to Atlanta.
Storylines Going Into Week 12:
Minnesota visits Detroit. Can Cleveland get their first win in Cincinnati? Buffalo and Kansas City as the two teams try to bounce back. Both off byes, Carolina meets the New York Jets.
The Los Angeles Rams host New Orleans. Green Bay travels to Pittsburgh. Houston plays Baltimore.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!
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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