Editors Note: With Dayna out on medical leave for a week, our good friend Pattie Cabrido stepped in to cover the NFC West. Give her a follow on Twitter! Thank you, Pattie!
If the season were to end today, the Seahawks, Cardinals, and Rams would be playoff-bound, with all three teams coming out of week 7 with five wins. The 49ers are not far behind, and by the true end of the season, it’s definitely a possibility that the entire NFC West finds its way into playoff spots under the new 7-team model. This is quite the stark change from the days when the Seahawks won the division with a 7-9 record.
The NFC South saw some teams struggling to get going this season but one of them has started to stand out and separate itself from the pack: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the New Orleans Saints (after a bye week) and the Carolina Panthers are hot on their heels, the Buccaneers just LOOK better than everyone else at this point.
And don’t even get me started on the Atlanta Falcons. Firing head coach Dan Quinn and promoting defensive coordinator Raheem Morris from to the interim head coach position may have been a no-brainer after an 0-5 start, but PLEASE don’t let their victory over the Vikings this past weekend make you think much has changed.
The AFC South is a confusing division. It houses one of the undefeated teams left in the NFL and two teams with just a single win each. Yet no one has written any of the teams off to win the division. Let’s take a look at where each team stands going into Week 7.
First off, it’s a battle of the undefeated. The Tennesse Titans standing alone on top of the AFC South at 5-0 will face the also undefeated AFC North leading Pittsburgh Steelers at home in Nashville.
There is a power struggle going on in the AFC West. Just looking at the standings, it would seem the Kansas City Chiefs have all the power. But that’s the problem with just looking at one statistic, it doesn’t give you a full picture.
Taking a look at Week 7 for the AFC West, there are chances for that power to shift. Maybe not fully, but slightly. Quietly. In a way that may affect the playoffs down the road. Let’s look at each of the games and how they could change the AFC West.
Late afternoon Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Miami Dolphins fan received the news that Ryan Fitzpatrick would take a seat. News broke through team sources that Dolphins first-round pick, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, would get the start moving forward.
So it is official…it’s “Tua Time” here in Miami.
Fans’ reactions went from excitement to the not so excited crowd. Many fans questioning the timing of the decision. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the Dolphins to back-to-back wins. We started to hear early rumblings about playoffs or possibly winning the AFC East. So why now?
Yes I realize we are going into week 6 so the first quarter of the season has already come and gone, but as I’ve always said, you don’t really know who a team will be until week 6, so I’m glad I waited.
The first few weeks in the NFC West was wild, but things are starting to settle in. We are starting to get a feel of what we can expect from these four teams, some good, some not so much. Is it still the best division in football? Well, it’s no NFC East (kidding) but I’d still have to say yes.
Let’s take a look at the NFC West and how they have fared after 5 weeks of the 2020 season.
I apologize for not getting this out last week, but you’re getting it now, so I hope this makes up for it.
You all will remember that I do my power rankings a little differently. This go ’round, I’m going to rank the biggest surprises in the NFC North after the first 5 games. And there are quite a few surprises…
By the time you’re reading this, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has had his surgery, is most likely getting IV antibiotics, and has at least had one person from physical therapy visit him to get him up and moving.
My heart hurts for that young man. Absolutely hurts.
Frederick Wayman “Duke” Slater (December 9, 1898 – August 14, 1966) was an American football player who will be enshrined posthumously as part of the 2020 Centennial Class in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
In high school in the early 1900’s, he had to choose between buying shoes or a helmet in order to play football. He chose shoes so he played every game of his career at Clinton High School without a helmet. He played the tackle and fullback positions.
In 1918, at the age of 20, he was allowed to enter the University of Iowa and play for four years despite his age due to rules being relaxed during World War I. He earned four letters along with All Big Ten and All-American honors.
He made history when he joined the NFL’s Rock Island Independents in 1922, becoming the first black lineman in NFL history. And that’s just the beginning of this story.
How popular is that headline? Pretty popular if you live in South Florida.
Going into week 5 of the NFL season the Miami Dolphins are sitting at 1-3. Have you seen enough of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick? I mean really. We all know about “Fitzmagic”. He is fun to watch and has plenty of drive left to keep him trotting out on the field.
Honestly, you couldn’t find a more driven guy then Fitz. He loves to play the game and the players love him. He knows how old he is, and he also knows that the Dolphins have his replacement sitting right behind him. Which hey, we get it. If you have a job and know a younger, more athletic guy is biting at the bit to take it, you’re going to give it all you got. I am not here to tell you about Ryan Fitzpatrick. We all know his story.