What to look for in the first NFC West preseason games

 

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

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

While we all look forward to the Pro Football Hall of Fame game as the official start to the preseason, in the back of our minds, we all know that it is those first preseason games the week after that really kick things off. Let’s take a peek at the NFC West and what we should be looking for during week one.

The 2018 season for the NFC West had some fantastic matchups, a Super Bowl contender, and a team in turmoil. The Los Angeles Rams won the division at 13-3, with the Seattle Seahawks (10-6), San Francisco 49’ers (4-2), and the Arizona Cardinals (3-13) rounding it out. The Rams ran through the playoffs but were defeated in the Super Bowl by the New England Patriots.

This season is expected to be more competitive between the teams in the division. Seattle has signed their two most important players, quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner,  to long term contracts, stabilizing the team. San Francisco is hoping to avoid the dreaded injury bug that plagued their team last year so they can finally be able to see what they have in their QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Kevin Mawae: PFHOF Class of 2019

 

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor Reporter AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

The Center position in football, in my opinion, has been vastly underrated. In terms of continuity or success for an offense, it all starts in the middle. The center has to know the play, snap the ball and then immediately get busy protecting his quarterback.

Amid a multitude of pre-snap decisions, the center must have an awareness that, at times, surpasses that of the QB. His reaction to what the defense is doing and the possibility of an audible from that QB ultimately determine the success of every single play. EVERY. SINGLE. PLAY.

While only ten of these unsung positional experts have been recognized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I’m pleased to say that this year there will be an eleventh: New York Jet Kevin Mawae!

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Who should be the true face of an NFL franchise

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

As the 2019 season rolls around most teams already have their potential face of the franchise ready to go for interviews and team representations. But is that one player, chosen by the front office, the true face of the franchise?

Many times teams get it wrong. They put a player in that role whom they feel fits “the mold”. They assume he is the one everyone wants to see.  

But what constitutes earning the right to be the face of the franchise? Does it always have to be a quarterback? Or should the face of the franchise be of the one who truly represents the team?

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So, really: Who has the best NFL fans

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

If you ask anyone on Twitter, or anywhere, to be quite honest, of course, everyone will say that they are the best fans in the NFL.  If you ask me, it’s a title that really shouldn’t be taken too seriously, because there’s always some sort of bias to it.  But that’s just me.

However, a professor from Emory University, Dr. Mike Lewis, performed a study and ranked the fanbases of all 32 NFL teams.

The top 3?  Eagles fans, Patriots fans, and Cowboy fans.

The bottom 3?  Titans fans, Chiefs fans and Rams fans.

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The NFL usually appeals to my OCD, but I need to change the divisions

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Hi. My Name is Kate. I have OCD.

I joke about it, but it’s a reality I live with every day. Oh, by no means is it severe or life-altering for me, so I don’t mean to belittle the condition. But it is something I’m open about even if I’ve learned to live with being uncomfortable at times.

For example, I want almost all numbers to be even. If I pump gas and it ends on an odd number – or one I think is just weird – I’ll pump a bit more until it hits a number I like.  My family loves to put the TV volume on an odd number and wait to see how long I can leave it there before I grab the remote and pop it up or down one just to be even.

When I eat, I try to chew the same number of time on each side. When I walk, if I step on a yellow line in a parking lot with my right foot, I will do a little jig dance and try to hit the next one with my left foot before going back to dodging them altogether. (I think you’re getting the idea.)

If I can’t “even things up,” then so be it. But it will make me a bit uncomfortable for a while.

I think this, in part, explains my supreme love for the NFL and all the symmetrical, even things that is has going for it! Continue reading “The NFL usually appeals to my OCD, but I need to change the divisions”

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Checking in on the San Francisco 49ers

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Sometimes, seasons just don’t go the way a team wants them to. In fact, that is more often the case than not.

However, for the San Francisco 49ers, 2018 didn’t just go slightly awry, it went completely off the rails.

I decided to check in with Jennifer Chan, 49ers writer for NBC Sports Bay Area to see how the offseason has gone in San Francisco.
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Yes, its too early but…2019 Season Playoff Predictions

Marquita Quinones
NFL reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@LatinLove729

Yes, it’s only May and yes experts are already weighing in on the 2019 NFL Season, so I thought I’d join in. As a NY Giants fan, I will admit I’m a little apprehensive about some of the moves they have made this offseason, but I want to keep my feelings positive. Although, certain actions made in this offseason has not been a beacon of success to me, but what do I know.

Let’s take a look at a few of my WAY too early predictions for this upcoming year.

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Seattle loses two legendary players

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

On Thursday the Seattle Seahawks lost two iconic players, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and strong safety Kam Chancellor. While fans had the last year to get used to the idea of life after Bam Bam Kam, losing ABD (Angry Doug Baldwin) on the same day was a double punch to the gut.

I feel like I have written a lot of these articles lately. My first was my article about cornerback  Richard Sherman leaving Seattle. Truly one of the hardest articles I’ve ever had to write. I’ve written about free safety Earl Thomas also leaving the team and what that meant going forward. But this one is different. These aren’t players that decided to chase a dollar amount, which I totally support so don’t come at me, but the game taking such a toll that injuries require them to move on. Men, who by all accounts, are young and in their primes.

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NFL Rivalries

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I love a good rivalry.  Being that I’m a Michigan fan, and Kate’s a Buckeye fan, you know we go back and forth all the time. (Make sure you check in on us the last week of November.)

Lisa and I go back and forth about fantasy football (Yes, that’s me, your TWO-time OTFB Fantasy Football Champ)

I like to give Lucy a hard time about the Packers, and sometimes I give Wanda a hard time about the Bears.

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Future playmakers found in the late rounds of NFC/AFC West drafts

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

When people talk about NFL stars who were found in the late rounds of the draft, there are a few names that are always brought up. Tom Brady, Richard Sherman, Bo Jackson, Terrell Davis… it’s a long list. The western divisions in both conferences have a tendency to find these players regularly and turn them into superstars. Let’s take a look at this year’s picks and see if there could be another future star.

You can find an entire list of AFC draft picks for each team here.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs have found some fantastic late round steals in the past. KR Dante Hall, DE Jared Allen, and most recently G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. This year late round gem could also be an offensive line player.

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