NFC South Week 1: One Team Stands on Top

Senior Sports Editor AFC North / NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The NFC South entered Week 1 of the 2020 season with so many questions and story-lines that we couldn’t wait to see how they played out!

Quarterback Tom Brady has a new uniform after joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Teddy Bridgewater is a starter for the Carolina Panthers. Drew Brees is back for the New Orleans Saints and better than ever? And the Atlanta Falcons are, well, The Falcons…

Since the Bucs faced the Saints we knew at least one team in this division would have to come out of the weekend with a loss…. but THREE teams? I didn’t see that one coming!

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The NFC West starts strong in Week 1

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

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The 2020 NFL season kicked off with a bang on Thursday night, and the fireworks just kept coming as the season continued on Sunday.

The NFC West had three of their four teams come out with a win, including a surprise win in a divisional game.

While we all agree that some teams will start out slowly due to the lack of preseason games, this was not the case for the NFC West.

Each team looked in regular-season form, with maybe just a few hiccups here and there. It leads one to believe that this will be a division to watch.

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Dolphins open up the 2020 season with an antique offense

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

With week one in the books, the Miami Dolphins opened up their 2020 campaign right where they left off, visiting AFC East rival New England Patriots. Except, this time, it was the Patriots that would end up coming out on top, sending Miami to a 0-1 start.

The Patriots, behind new starting quarterback Cam Newton, put together a good game plan that made playing in an empty Gillette Stadium, and no Tom Brady, not a problem at all. Dolphins failed to take advantage of either.

Offensively, where do I start? I have to start with the Dolphins offensive line. Every year it seems fans are having the same discussion…no push upfront. The Patriots were shoving them around all game long. Yes, it’s a new unit, but you should have at least some continuity built up while in training camp.

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AFC East Week 1 Preview

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Week one of the 2020 NFL season for the AFC East will see all four teams facing off against each other. The Buffalo Bills will host the New York Jets, while the Miami Dolphins will start where they finished their 2019 season, in Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots.

Let’s take a look at each team before Week 1.

Miami Dolphins 

Starting behind quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team will have first-round, future franchise QB Tua Tagovailoa watching and waiting in the back-up spot. Miami solidified that spot for Tagovailoa after the release of former first-round quarterback Josh Rosen.

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The time for Trubisky to lead the Bears is now.

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

By now everyone is aware of the quarterback competition that was held between former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and 4th-year starter Mitchell Trubisky.

A once-promising franchise QB in Trubisky in the 2018 season, turned into a sloppy, mediocre performance the following year. Considering the lackluster performance, the Chicago Bears decided to bring in veteran Foles in hopes of igniting a fire under Trubisky and getting him back to the promising player he was envisioned to be.

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NFC East power rankings

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

You know me, I like to do power rankings.  I feel like they’re totally useless, and are essentially a hyped-up version of “Who’s Hot and Who’s Not” when the more established columnists/sites do them.

I, on the other hand, like to have fun with them when I do them and bring in some interesting/different reasons for why I rank the teams the way I do.  But you know me, and I enjoy doing things for fun.  So, as we kick off Week 1 in the NFL, here’s how I have the NFC East looking.

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Big games, Bright Lights: NFC West Week 1 Preview

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

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

I’ve written before how the NFC West is considered one of, if not the most competitive divisions in football. The first week of the 2020 season should highlight why so many see it that way.

A divisional matchup, a game against an NFC favorite, and a mentor/mentee coaching battle, early games, late games, primetime games…Week 1 has a lot going on for all four teams. And in this division, one that could be decided by a very small margin, every game counts. Let’s take a look around Week 1 in the NFC West.

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Previewing Week 1 in the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s finally Week 1.  We all made it!  I get to talk about actual games now!

Now it’s time to take a look at what Week 1 could potentially bring us. The 4 teams of the North play each other this week, so that makes things pretty easy for me to preview.  Plus, it’s also fun when rivalries are renewed!

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

This has always an interesting match up especially of late. The Bears ended last season winning 3 of their last 5 games, including one against the Lions.  Detroit, however, lost all 5 of their final games of the season.

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AFC South 2020 Predictions

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

As we all prepare for the start of the 2020 NFL season, let’s take a look at the four teams of the AFC South. New quarterbacks, old quarterbacks with new teams, teams completely shaking it up, we have it all in the AFC South.

Tennessee Titans.

The Titans ended their 2019 campaign playing in the AFC Championship game. They came up short against the team that would turn out to be the Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. They were led by veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was picked up via trade with the Miami Dolphins, who had replaced long time QB Marcus Mariota.

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NFC East 2020 Preview

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

We’re only days away from the start of a new season, and it’s time to check out the NFC East.  This go ’round, I went ahead and asked some fans how they are feeling. I like to do that every now and then. It allows me to interact with old and new friends, plus get a different perspective on the teams.

I checked in with some great people to give me their thoughts on how their team will do this season. I asked how they feel the season will go, predict the team’s record, and then someone who they feel will stand out this season.

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