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NFL Week 13: Winners and Losers

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Week 13 saw some interesting results. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. New Orleans Saints: Running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram rushed for a combined for three touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 269 yards and a touchdown. The Saints defeated NFC South rival Carolina Panthers 31-21. For now, the Saints have control of the division.
  2. Minnesota Vikings: Quarterback Case Keenum threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive stops helped the Vikings hold off the Atlanta Falcons 14-9.
  3. Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Alex Collins rushed for two touchdowns. The defense caught two interceptions as the Ravens dominated the Detroit Lions 44-20. Don’t look now, but the Ravens are a quiet 7-5.
  4. Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns. Running back Alfred Morris rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown. The defense caught two interceptions and had four sacks as the Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins 38-14, keeping their playoff chances alive.
  5. San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould: He’s as good as Gould, in his first trip back to Chicago, he had five field goals including the game-winner with five seconds left as he single handily defeated the Chicago Bears 15-14.
  6. Seattle Seahawks: Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns. The defense also led the way as the Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-10.

Losers:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Despite quarterback Alex Smith throwing for 366 yards and four touchdowns, ill-timed penalties and losing their cool, were the Chiefs’ undoing in their loss to the New York Jets 38-31.
  2. Atlanta Falcons: They were only 1 for 10 on third downs in their loss to Minnesota.
  3. Carolina Panthers: The Panthers weren’t able to overcome from drops and giving up too many big plays in their loss to New Orleans.
  4. Detroit Lions: Not able to put together enough scoring drives and losing quarterback Matt Stafford to a hand injury cost the Lions in their loss to Baltimore.
  5. Washington Redskins: Turnovers stalled drives in their loss to Dallas.
  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Though they had the edge in first downs, time of possession, and total yards, they didn’t turn them into points in their loss to Seattle.

Storylines Going Into Week 14:

Atlanta hosts New Orleans. Oakland battles Kansas City. Minnesota travels to Carolina. Washington meets the Los Angeles Chargers. Philadelphia plays the Los Angeles Rams.

An intriguing intra-conference matchup, Seattle goes cross-country to play Jacksonville. In the AFC North, Baltimore battles Pittsburgh.

 

New England Patriots

Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges

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Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.

Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.

According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).

Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.

Kraft has denied the allegations.

 

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.

Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.

“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.

The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”

While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.

“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”

KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.

Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.

The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

 

 

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WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo

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Cole Beasley

In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.

Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.

Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:

  • Caught 71 percent of the passes
  • Targeted 449 times
  • 319 passes caught
  • 130 passes dropped
  • 3,271 reception yards
  • 23 Touchdowns

For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.

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