Houston Texans try to define their season

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Houston Texans right now is, what is the team’s identity?  We hear this statement every season regarding one team or another. What constitutes a team identity anyway?

I heard it all day following the Texans loss to the Broncos. The analyst said this team is searching for their identity. Ok, well did they have their identity when they beat the Patriots the week before?  I always found this phrase more associated with teams that are young and still working on continuity, not teams 15 weeks into the season.

Houston has far bigger problems then hoping to find an “identity”.  They are sitting at 8-5 and tied with a red hot Tennessee Titans team right now. A team who have reeled off 4 straight wins in a row behind new quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

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The bright future of the NFC West quarterbacks

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

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Lets just put this out there before we even begin. The NFC West is one of, if not THE best division in football. In fact, I can’t think of a single division that is as competitive top to bottom as the NFCW.

Yes, I realize that that the Arizona Cardinals have had a bit of a slump as of late, but if we try to peer into the future just a bit, the West could steal the name “Black and Blue Division” from the NFC North. A lot of this success, past, present and probable future, is due to the quarterbacks. Let’s take a look at the four signal-callers, and why they will be leading their teams for years to come.

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Kansas City Chiefs clinch the AFC West.

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

The Kansas Chiefs are your 2019 AFC West division Champions. And, of course, what’s a championship without some controversy.

Prior to the Chiefs game on Sunday against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, the team’s equipment went missing. According to CBS Sports, the Chiefs would have been required to forfeit to the Patriots if the equipment didn’t show up before the game’s kickoff, which was scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET. The haul of baggage included roughly 35 helmets and 35 pairs of shoulder pads.

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Bowling for Bell

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

You know how in the winter, or anytime really when that one coworker of yours is sneezing, coughing and blowing their nose constantly.  Oh…and they may or may not be using hand sanitizer in between.  And you ask them, “uhh…are you OK?  Are you coming down with something?”  And they instantly say, “I’m fine…I sound worse than how I feel.”   You give them the side-eye cause they look like death warmed over, and pray that they don’t give you their crud. But the bottom line is, they just won’t go home??

Well, that’s sort of the opposite happened with Jets running back Le’Veon Bell.  He had the flu and was sent home so that he wouldn’t get the rest of his teammates sick.  Which is a smart move, because why would you want to get anyone sick?  Though, in the interest of full disclosure, I did risk getting people sick in college once.  But it was finals week, and I only had strep throat.  So, I wore a mask and sat in the back of the class.  I passed, no one got sick.  Replay first down.

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Packers playoff scenarios

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

With last weekend’s Green Bay Packers (ugly) win over the Washington Redskins, they now sit at 10-3 and are one step closer to a first-round bye and are pushing for the NFC North title. Today, the Packers hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Of course, I, along with every other loyal Packers fan, would like their chances to be a bit stronger – there are a few too many teams affecting the Packers desired outcomes currently.

Let’s take a look at the possible playoff scenarios and how they might come out ahead.

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My Cause, My Cleats

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The NFL supports some worthy causes throughout their season. In October, they support cancer awareness with their Crucial Catch Campaign. In November, they show support for our Armed Services and Veterans with their Salute to Service. They also support kids getting physically active and learn and maintain healthy habits with the Play 60 initiative.

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The new Ryan Tannehill?

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

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

When Ryan Tannehill was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2012 draft, fans were very excited. Then, after a few years, that excitement started to wear off as most thought Tannehill wasn’t living up to his promise.

Fast forward to 2019 and he is on a new team and playing fantastic football. The questions become; was the problem in Miami Tannehill’s ability, was it coaching, and what does the future hold for him?

Tannehill played for Miami for 7 seasons but missed 2017 due to injury. In that time, his best years came in 2014 and 2015 when he threw for over 4,000 yards a season. He was a consistently average quarterback, dependable, but not the star many thought he could be, leading the team to the playoffs just one time.

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Heisman Trophy: Offense vs Defense

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

December 14, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, the winner of the most coveted award in all of college football will be announced: the 2019 Heisman trophy.

On average, 3-4 players are typically invited as a finalist. This year, however, I believe the race comes down to two candidates.

The favorite being Joe Burrow, the outstanding Louisiana State University Tiger’s quarterback. Burrow without a doubt has been the most consistent quarterback in the country.  The Ohio State transfer will take his Tigers to the SEC championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Monday, Burrow (via Teleconference) told the national media – “We’re fired up to be here. LSU hasn’t been there since 2011, so this is one of the goals we had for the season. So we’re fired up to play.”

With Heisman ballots already out. Many are said to be holding off till most of the conference games are played this weekend. If Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers play up to their expectations, there is very little doubt among experts that you will hear Joe Burrow named called December 14. Or is there?

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Panthers fire Rivera – Who’s next?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

In news that shocked me this week, the Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Ron Rivera after nine seasons.If a guy can coach a team to 5-7 while their star quarterback (Cam Newton) has been out since week 2, is any coach safe in this league?

It seems as if once one team fires their head coach before the season ends, a couple of others decide to follow suit. Who else could be on the head coach chopping block before the end of the year?

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The Dolphins aren’t looking ahead

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Following Sunday’s defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles, one thing became very apparent: Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores remain focus on this year and this year only.

The Dolphins entered the Eagles game with a 2-9 record and are vying for the 2nd overall pick in 2020’s draft with the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants.

A lot of times in the NFL,  what the “experts” predict goes the opposite way, and this Dolphins season is a prime example of that fact.

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