First quarter review: NFC West

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

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

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.

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I’ve got the power: NFC North power rankings

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

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…

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Dak Prescott injury: This is why players hold out

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

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.

This is why players hold out.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Duke Slater

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North / NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

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.

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Start Tua: The Debate

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

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.

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Should the Titans have to forfeit games?

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

As word came down about the possibility of yet another NFL game being rescheduled, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, sent all 32 teams the league’s coronavirus safety protocols making clear there will be penalties for violations.

This memo came after a league-wide conference call Monday, stating that every team needs to follow proper protocol for the health and safety of all players, staff, and coaches.

One team in particular now seems to have violated these protocols. The NFL and the NFLPA have launched an investigation as to whether or not the Tennessee Titans held unauthorized player work-outs. Due to an apparent outbreak among the team, the Titans’ facilities were closed. This goes against the NFL league protocols.

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First quarter review: The AFC West

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

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

I’m not sure how it happened. Just like the rest of 2020, the first quarter of the season has flown by. It is hard to believe that we are already a quarter of the way through the 2020 season, and yet, it seems like it’s been forever since preseason was canceled.

While the NFL seemed to have a good handle on the COVID-19 protocols, and the season would go off without much of a hitch, this last week has proven that they aren’t completely out of the woods.

We have seen some fans in the stands, but most are still empty, which in turn has seemed to have spurred on a scoring frenzy in the games. The 2020 season so far has the highest average score of any season in history. No fans, no fan noise, no interference in offensive communications.

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Week 4 in the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Well, the division was 3-1 this past weekend, with the only loss being the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings look to get their first win this week, and the rest of the division looks to keep up with their winning ways.  Here we go around the division to see how they’ll fare in week 4.

Let’s start with the 0-3 Minnesota Vikings.  After a scare with the Coronavirus this week after having playing Tennesee, the Vikings will travel down to Houston to take on the 0-3 Houston Texans.

It seems both teams are getting used to their offseason moves. The Vikings getting used to playing without wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and the Texans without WR DeAndre Hopkins. And so far, neither team is better for it.

I’m going to have to take the Texans in this game for 2 reasons.  Quarterback play (Sorry, I just have never really trusted Kirk Cousins) and the Houston defense.

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Talking Seahawks vs Dolphins and more!

It’s always fun when we get to TALK football, and not just write about it.

Lisa and Dayna preview Seahawks vs Dolphins, COVID and give updates from their divisions.

Will the Dolphins need some Fitzmagic to beat the Seahawks?

Is Seattle’s defense the defense of old?

Oh yeah… and who is the biggest surprise so far this season?

You’ll be SHOCKED!!  Watch and find out!

 

 

 

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What’s coming up in week 4 in the NFC East

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The NFC East had an underwhelming performance in week 3 with 3 losses and a tie.  Yikes!

One can only hope that week 4 gets better for the division. But let’s see what’s coming up for the teams on Sunday.

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