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NFL Week Nine: Winners and Losers

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Week nine saw teams make statements and some chippiness. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:
1. Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a touchdown as the Cowboys held off the Kansas City Chiefs 28-17.
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for four touchdowns. Running back Corey Clement rushed for two touchdowns. The defense caught two interceptions as the Eagles defeated the Denver Broncos 51-23.
3. Los Angeles Rams: Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Todd Gurley rushed for two touchdowns as the Rams dominated the New York Giants 51-17.
4. New York Jets: Running back Matt Forte rushed for two touchdowns. The defense had seven sacks as the Jets danced their way to an upset win over the Buffalo Bills 34-21.
5. Carolina Panthers: The Panthers did just enough to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 20-17.
6. Washington Redskins: Quarterback Kirk Cousins led his team down the field, capping off with running back Rob Kelley’s go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute left as the Redskins stunned the Seattle Seahawks 17-14.

Losers:
1. Kansas City Chiefs: The defense gave up too many big plays late in their loss to Dallas.
2. Atlanta Falcons: A key drop touchdown pass by wide receiver Julio Jones was the game changer in their loss to Carolina.
3. Buffalo Bills: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor being sacked seven times were the Bills’ undoing in their loss to the New York Jets.
4. Seattle Seahawks: Despite having the advantage in first downs, total yards, and time of possession, quarterback Russell Wilson’s two interceptions and kicker Blair Walsh’s three missed field goals cost the Seahawks in a loss to Washington.

Storylines Going Into Week Ten:
Seattle hosts Arizona. New Orleans battles Buffalo. New York Jets travel to Tampa Bay. Minnesota plays Washington. Los Angeles Chargers meet Jacksonville.

Dallas battles Atlanta. Miami travels to Carolina.

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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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