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NFL Week 12: Winners and Losers

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There were some standouts and surprises in week 12. Here are my winners and losers.

Winners:

  1. Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback Case Keenum threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Defensive stops late helped the Vikings defeat the Detroit Lions 30-23. The Vikings get a key win in the NFC North.
  2. Los Angeles Rams: Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns. The defense made key stops late as the Rams held off the New Orleans Saints 26-20.
  3. Los Angeles Chargers: Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and four touchdowns. Cornerback Desmond King had a pick six as the Chargers defeated the Dallas Cowboys easily 28-6.
  4. Buffalo Bills: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for a touchdown. Cornerback Tre’Davious White had a key interception with just over a minute left that helped the Bills seal their upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
  5. Arizona Cardinals: Kicker Phil Dawson’s 57-yard field goal with a second left helped the Cardinals upset the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-24.
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kicker Chris Boswell’s 53-yard field goal as time expired helped the Steelers grind out a win against the Green Bay Packers 31-28.

Losers:

  1. Detroit Lions: Incompletions stalled drives in their loss to Minnesota.
  2. Dallas Cowboys: They couldn’t put together enough scoring drives in their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
  3. New Orleans Saints: They were 3 for 13 on third downs in their loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
  4. Kansas City Chiefs: Questionable play calling cost the Chiefs in their loss to Buffalo. After starting 5-0, they’ve now lost five of their last six.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Turnovers and having only 219 total yards were the Jaguars’ undoing in their loss to Arizona.
  6. Green Bay Packers: Despite a solid showing from quarterback Brett Hundley, who threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns, a questionable final possession came back to bite them in their loss Pittsburgh.

Storylines Going Into Week 13:

Washington faces Dallas. Atlanta hosts Minnesota. In the AFC South, Houston meets Tennessee. Can Kansas City rebound against the New York Jets? Detroit battles Baltimore.

Carolina plays New Orleans in the NFC South. Seattle travels to Philadelphia.

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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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