Congrats! For my NFC North article this week, I’m dedicating it to you and your team. Now, as a Lions fan, I’m going to be good, and not give you too hard of a time, but I may slip just a little. So, forgive me in advance, but it’s all in good rivalry fun. I can’t say too much though. At least your team has won a Super Bowl.
But you guys, I am confused. What’s up with your quarterback, Mitch Trubisky? Or as I affectionately like to call him, Mr. Buiscut. I (sort of) feel bad for you.
Yes, I along with many others, laughed when your team traded up to get him in the 2017 draft. He had a typical rookie season, he showed promise, etc. Then came 2018 and you traded for linebacker Khalil Mack. I was admittedly, as the kids like to say…shook. The chances of the Lions sweeping the Bears got a little slimmer, not totally gone, but slimmer.
Week 11 saw two division matchups for the NFC South, and both games ended up being blowouts.
While that in itself may not sound surprising, the resurgence of the Atlanta Falcons and their decisive win over the Carolina Panthers most definitely was a surprise – at least to me! With their third win of the season, the Falcons are now 3-7, but at least they are not alone at the bottom of the division. After losing to the New Orleans Saints, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also 3-7.
The Saints extend their lead in the division with a record of 8-2 and with the loss, the Panthers drop to 5-5 and their playoff hopes have pretty much been decimated.
It seems the Defenses came to play this week with both winners garnering four interceptions in their respective games!
Two losses, a win, and a bye make up the NFC East this week.
As the season rolls along, it’s looking more and more like the Cowboys are going to win the division, barring some crazy collapse. But as always, let’s head around the division to check in what’s going on with everyone.
Washington Redskins (1-9): It’s been a long season for Washington already as we well know. Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been named the starter for the rest of the season, but he finally got his first touchdown in yesterday’s game, along with running back Derrius Guice. Of course, it didn’t mean too much at the time, but could this be a look of things to come? Something to build off of? I mean, it could be.
Oddsmakers had the San Francisco 49’ers winning against the Arizona Cardinals. Most also expected the Los Angeles Rams to beat the Chicago Bears. Everyone knew the Seattle Seahawks would rest up and get healthy, with it being their bye week and all.
All of these things happened. Yet in all these expected outcomes, a few things stood out that were unexpected.
Let’s take a look at week 11 for the NFC West and peek into week 12.
Since the Seattle Seahawks were on their bye in week 11, I’ll start there. After beating the San Francisco 49’ers in week 10 on Monday Night Football, it was a prime time to get the bye week and rest up. The most significant thing we are waiting for more about is the injury wide receiver Tyler Lockett sustained at the end of that game. While head coach Pete Carroll said they expected him to be fine, no official word has come out.
The Miami Dolphins are riding a two-game winning streak and about to face there in-division rival, the Buffalo Bills.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who has always stayed committed to saying this team is being coached and rebuilt to win. There is no “tank” in this man’s mind what-so-ever. Never has been.
Being around Coach Flores after several games told me, without question, that all the tank talk was media-driven. He has made it clear time and time again that his goal is to win here…eventually. He knows how this process works, and right now you are seeing this first hand.
About the Author: Matt is a sports writer for @49ershub, @SportsTalkLine, and @TheScorecrow, and is a longtime San Francisco 49ers fan. He has been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. Aside from Jerry Rice, his favorite player was Merton Hanks, loved his dance after he made an interception. Let’s go Faithful.
In hockey the standings are based on a point system and you still gain a point for an overtime loss. In the NFL a loss in overtime is the same as a loss in regulation. There are no moral victories in the NFL. Last Monday, the undefeated streak for the San Francisco 49ers came to an end when they lost in overtime to their bitter rival the Seattle Seahawks.
Retired army General Colin Powell once said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
About the Author: Jay is a Massachusetts native, and a fan of the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and Mets (you read that right). He has his own Podcast, @Beavs_world that he hosts with @khoekstra. You can find out more at www.beavsworld.com
The 2019 New England Patriots stand at 8-1 at the bye, good enough for first place in the AFC East and hold the #1 seed in the conference. The offense has been hit hard by injuries, bad roster moves and a lack of identity.
Until the rough outing in Baltimore, the defense had been playing at a historic pace and often provided points and field position. Ravens result aside, this is still an excellent team with a combination of the greatest coach (Bill Belichick) and quarterback (Tom Brady) of all-time leading the way. Let’s Look at areas the Pats need to improve to raise banner #7.
About the Author: Antwan is a writer for AthlonSports.com. He’s also a video gamer, hip hop historian, and a has a graduate degree in communications from the University of Florida.
2019 is the 25th season that the Carolina Panthers have been in the NFL. The franchise has had their fair share of quarterbacks, but no of them has probably meant more the area as Cam Newton.
That’s likely why some fans are having a difficult time with the fact Newton’s future with the Panthers in serious doubt. There have been multiple reports that Carolina is planning to move on from the 2015 MVP before the start of the new league year, which is in March. Newton is the best quarterback in Panthers’ history, but it is time for both sides to move on.
About the author: Liz Bhandari is an NFL writer, podcaster, and blogger based out of Manchester, England. She is the host of the popular podcast @GridironWine and is the event planner for #NFLUKFanMeetUp events.
Last week, rumours circulated around the Los Angeles Chargers being linked with a move to London. It was very quickly denied by the owner, Dean Spanos who said he has no intention of moving the franchise to London despite reports of a potential relocation. The best part though was their social media team’s reaction and reference to the iconic scene in Wolf of Wall Street where Leonardo Di Caprio’s character Jordan Belfort tells the office, “I ain’t f****** leaving!”.