Change is coming to the NFC East

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Well, the season came to an end for 3 of the 4 teams in the NFC East on Sunday.

And with the end came a firestorm of change in the division.  Well, sort of.

There’s been a lot of build-up, but we’re still waiting.

 

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Is it time for Tyrod Taylor to take the helm in Los Angeles?

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West / AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Los Angeles Chargers have had the same leader for 16 years. No, I’m not talking about the head coach, because we all know that there have been many changes in that area. I’m talking about quarterback Philip Rivers. With Rivers, 38, having an inconsistent and rough season, and the Chargers starting a new era in a new stadium in 2020, is it time for the team to see what they have in back up QB Tyrod Taylor?

There have been a bunch of articles this week regarding Rivers. Is week 17 his last game in a Chargers uniform? Will he continue to play? Rivers is a probable future Hall of Fame QB, and while no one should downplay that, we are coming up on a changing of the guard in the NFL. The star QBs of old, Rivers, Brees, Brady, Roethlisberger, etc, are aging, and with that, we are seeing a surge of new, young QBs taking their place.

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Dolphins: A week 16 recap, and where do the Dolphins stand in the 2020 Draft?

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

On a day where the Miami Dolphins honored the NFL 100 greatest football team in history, the 1972 perfect season Dolphins, the Cincinnati Bengals came to town, sporting the worst record in the NFL this season.

The Dolphins looked to secure their 4th win of the season, starting strong, taking the opening drive 11 plays for 75 yards with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hitting defensive end, Christian Wilkins, for the 1-yard score.

The Dolphins would then go on to score on their next possession, which saw wide receiver Devante Parker earn his first-ever 1,000-yard receiving season. From there,  the Dolphins looked to be rolling to an easy win.

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The AFC North needs a little Christmas!

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

When I looked at the AFC North before the season started, I only got one thing right – the Cincinnati Bengals would finish at the bottom.

Who knew Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would need season-ending surgery?

Who thought Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson would not only stay healthy but be the top candidate for league MVP?

And my Cleveland Browns? Don’t get me started…

With this being the holiday season and all, I thought I’d make a few Christmas present wishes for each of these teams.

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The NFC North: Let’s go caroling

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

As you are well aware, it’s Christmas time. One of my favorite times of the year.  Hopefully, your Christmas (or insert whatever holiday you celebrate around this time of year) isn’t too stressful for you, and you’ve got a chance to rest and reflect on what’s past and what’s to come.

Another hallmark of this time of year is the Christmas carols and songs. My all-time favorite Christmas song is Sleigh Ride. (side note:  I didn’t realize that there were actual words to the song until I was like 10. Tweet me, we’ll talk about it!)  It’s also time for me to write my article about the NFC North, and I figured that I’d incorporate Christmas into it.

But not your typical Christmas List for Santa type of article.  NOPE….I’m going to look at what carol reflects what team in the NFC North.  Now, of course, there are only 4 teams and a bazillion carols. So, if you think I could have done better, by all means, let me know.

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Beastmode returns…to Seattle.

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West / AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Marshawn Lynch has returned to Seattle. I’m not going to pretend that I can be an unbiased journalist right now.  When you burst into tears when reading the announcement…yeah, that’s not unbiased.

This isn’t about what he can bring to the offense, although I’m sure there is still something left in the tank. This isn’t about another Beastquake or touchdowns, although there is a good chance those will both happen.

This is about bringing Marshawn home.

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The NFC East playoff picture

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The NFC East. The only division in the NFL that a team has neither clinched a playoff spot or a division title.

At the beginning of the season, when Dallas was on a hot streak, one would have thought that they would easily run away with the division. But a 3 game losing streak sort of set their hopes and dreams of playoff contention back a bit.

And let’s not forget the Eagles, who at the beginning of the season were sort of lackluster and have fans questioning if they should have let quarterback Nick Foles go. They have now rattled off 3 wins in a row, to still keep them in the running for the division title.

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Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers: Week 16 preview

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West / AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

I know there has been a lot of talk about a certain NFC West divisional matchup in week 17, but this week’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers has high stakes too.

The Rams are not just fighting for the (very slim) chance of making the playoffs, but also to gain back some respect after their ugly loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The 49ers are looking to rebound from last week’s loss against the Atlanta Falcons and looking to not give up ground to the Seattle Seahawks in the fight for the NFC West.

With both teams needing this win badly, this divisional battle could turn into one of the best games of the week. Or it could be a blowout. To be honest, it’s hard to predict.

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NFL 100 honors the 1972 Dolphins team

Lisa
Lisa Johnson,
NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

This Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will face the Cincinnati Bengals. Many Dolphins fans will concern themselves only with the outcome of the game and what draft position the Dolphins will eventually end with.

But to the older fans and former players, this game will have another meaning.

You see this Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will honor the “1972 Perfect Season Team” as part of the NFL 100 Greatest in a special halftime ceremony. Every player from the ’72 team will receive a special personalized golden football.

“It’s always special to be around the guys who came together to accomplish what no other team in the 100-year history of the NFL has ever done – the perfect season,” said Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula. “It’s only fitting as the League closes out this milestone season that the 1972 Dolphins are officially recognized with an honor that we always knew was true – that they are the greatest team in NFL history.”

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AFC South playoff picture

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

With just two more weeks in the season, the AFC South divisional race got a little clearer Sunday. At least it did for the Houston Texans, who came into Nissan Stadium in Nashville trying to inch a little closer to their second straight division title.

The Texans were able to get the upset over the favored Tennessee Titans, 24-21.

Offensively, the Texans found great success behind running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has had a history of playing very well against his in divisional rival, did not disappoint going for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

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