Six cities, three weeks, one American sports obsessed Scottish lass

Shona Duthie
Podcaster, writer, editor

By Shona Duthie // @ShonaDuthie4

About the author: Shona is Sub-editor (sport) for @dct_media, co-host for the popular @GridironWine podcast, editor for @PFN365, and writer for @ninetynineyards

Heading back to the States was always a big plan of mine after I spent three months across the pond five and a half years ago.

What I find quite funny about this now, and if some of you have read my stuff elsewhere, you will know I was on an NFL boycott due to a guy I was dating dumping me out of the blue.To explain, he was, and I think still is, a Green Bay Packers fan, and he was the one that got me into the Harbaugh Bowl, also known as the Brother Bowl.

Well, thanks to Seattle winning that glorious trophy, and for my friend deciding to do a weekend trip there, I caught the Hawks bug – hook, line, and sinker. And it just so happened we won the 2014 NFC Championship against the Packers… in your face dude!!

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The true NFC West rivalry returns

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The NFC West is a very competitive division almost every year. While the top spot switches regularly, its usually true that there is a heated battle every year for that spot. This breeds strong rivalries between the teams, but there is one rivalry that has been the most fierce. Seattle and San Francisco.

While the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals have done their fair share of winning within the division, it hasn’t fostered the same level of disdain that the Seahawks and 49ers have for each other. Fanbases, teams, front offices…it goes deep. And come next Monday night, the rivalry will again be on full display for everyone to see when these teams face each other on Monday Night Football.

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Midterm Review: the 2019 NFL’s eight “Rookie” head coaches

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

It’s hard to believe we are at the mid-point of the NFL season. As such, there were eight teams starting the year with brand new head coaches. Six of them are in their first head coaching position, while two have held the job before.

In the competition to see who made the best hiring decision, the clear – and only – winner at this point is the Green Bay Packers. Matt LeFleur has this team leading their division at 7-1. Now, perhaps it’s the Aaron Duo – quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Aaron Jones – who deserve some credit, but there are other teams in this group with talented players who are not even close to being .500. That means I’m giving the Packers an A on the hire. Trust me – other coaches might have found a way to screw up this team so I’ll give credit to LeFleur because he hasn’t.

Let’s take a look at the other seven teams to see how they are faring…

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Previewing week 8 for the NFC West

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It has been said a lot this week that the NFC West could be one of the most competitive divisions in the league. With San Francisco being undefeated, both Seattle and Los Angeles right in the thick of it, and Arizona beginning to shine, the NFC West isn’t a division anyone else in the league wants to face anytime soon.

Looking at week 8, two of the teams face opponents that are struggling to find wins, the other two face teams that will give them some serious competition. By the end of the week, will we still believe in the strength of the division? Let’s take a look at this week’s matchups.

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Big changes happening in L.A. with the Rams

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LucyRK78

So many people fear change, but it’s so different as a football fan. We know how needed change is and we welcome it! Hi, Los Angeles Rams.

The first loss, ok, every team has to lose a game. Two in a row? Concerning. Now we’re at three consecutive losses and change have to be made.

Thankfully, all of a sudden on Tuesday afternoon, the Rams started making moves.

The first move sent cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens, in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. I like it. Peters play seems to go down each season and I like the stats I’m seeing for Young.

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Signal callers may be the key to the NFC West

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

I’m going to be straight with you. The subject of this article is quarterbacks and that isn’t usually my favorite subject to write about. I am a defense lover and don’t try to hide it.

However, when looking at the NFC West, one can’t ignore how the division is being dictated by the success, and lack thereof, of the quarterbacks. Because 3 of the 4 teams have fantastic defenses, its the consistency of the QBs that is really what the season will come down to. Lets take a look at these QBs and what they are bringing to the table.

Seattle Seahawks

There is a reason Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is constantly in the conversation for MVP this season. He is playing the best football of his career, and Seattle is benefiting greatly from it.

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Talking NFC West with The Hawks Playbook Podcast host, Bill Alvstad

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

After the Thursday night game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, the NFC West got really interesting. With the slugfest that happened in Seattle, it showed that fighting for every game is going to be key in this division. San Francisco 49ers are on top of the division, but with their early bye week, they have a very long road of games ahead of them. Arizona is still trying to find their identity, but if they figure it out, they could play spoiler down the way.

I decided to get a second opinion on the division and thought who better than Bill Alvstad. Bill hosts The Hawks Playbook Podcast along with Keith Myers, and I have to say, if you want brutal honesty, they are the guys to talk to.

I started with the Thursday night game, asking if Bill thought that Seattle had taken over as division favorites or if it was still way too early to tell. He said he didn’t think so.

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NFC South: First Quarter Review

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

The first quarter – four weeks – of the 2019 NFL season is in the book and the NFC South division is wide open.

Leading the way at 3-1, the New Orleans Saints might be heavily favored to keep the top spot, but the injury to quarterback Drew Brees leading to Teddy Bridgewater under center doesn’t make that a sure thing. Tied for second place at 2-2 are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cam Newton-less Carolina Panthers.

That leaves the Atlanta Falcons in last place at 1-3 which may be one of the biggest surprises at this point of the season.

Let’s take a close look at Week 4.

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NFC West week 4 in review: A crazy game in LA, a needed win, and a bye week

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The San Francisco 49ers are the lone remaining undefeated team in the NFC, and they stayed undefeated by staying home. It was the dreaded week 4 bye for the 49ers, but it worked out well for them. They headed into their week off on top of the division, and are still sitting there and the end of it.

While San Francisco didn’t have to do anything to stay in their top spot, the rest of the NFC West played what turned out to be important games in week 4. An inter-division match up in the desert between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals, and what many thought would be an easy win in Los Angeles for the Rams…that turned into a slugfest.

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So far this season, NFC West is the best in the league

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

There are 9 teams in the NFL that are 2-0 going into week 3 of the 2019 season, with 5 being in the NFC, and 3 of them are in the NFC West. No other division can make that claim so that makes one wonder, will the NFC West be the best division in the league in 2019?

Yes, its only 2 weeks in. Yes, one could say that the NFC has had an easy start to their schedule. However, neither of these questions takes away from the fact that the NFC West is winning and sometimes winning big.

When people discussed the NFCW during the preseason, there were lots of questions. Could the Los Angeles Rams come back from their Super Bowl loss and be just as dominant? Will Seattle’s defense recover from losing the Legion of Boom and will quarterback Russell Wilson start throwing the ball more? Could the San Francisco 49ers be a contender with a healthy QB and team? Could a new head coach and rookie QB be the spark Arizona needed to save their team?

The answer to all of these questions, so far, has been a resounding yes.

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