NFC Week 5 Hot Takes

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: That was the best win Dallas has had in two years. Dominating Cincy at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. There’s still no argument that Tony Romo is the superior player compared to Dak Prescott, but with the way things are rolling for Dallas right now I can see why they would be hesitant to make a change. – Randy Haines

New York Giants: Do I feel bad that the Giants lost to the Pack? No. Am I glad OBJ made up with the kicking net? Yeah, kinda. That was one relationship this country did not need falling apart, after Drake and Rihanna didn’t work out. Is Sterling going to ever be good in fantasy again? My team certainly hopes so. So many questions, so few (real) answers for the suddenly struggling Giants. – Jordan Curet

Philadelphia Eagles: A really tough loss for the Wentz Wagon and now starting right tackle Lane Johnson is suspended for the next 10 games (way to help out your players NFLPA). Sunday’s game was Ryan Mathews career in a nutshell, played well the entire game up until he has one of the weakest fumbles you’ll ever see while trying to ice the game for this team. – RH

Washington Redskins: I apologize to Redskins’ fans for writing this team off too soon. After my 5 win prediction and their 0-2 start, I thought I struck hot take gold. Instead, karma has bitten me as Washington won their third straight game, and to make it worse, it was against my Ravens in a game I attended. Just the worst. Still, Kirk Cousins was nothing special Sunday and the whole team caught some lucky breaks (Mosley’s near pick six and Perriman’s near TD). I’m still bearish on Washington’s playoff hopes, but they have a chance to get back into the division race if they can beat Philly this week. – Nick Bair

NFC North

Chicago Bears: While the Bears have been pretty competitive lately, the wheels seemed to fall off a bit Sunday when they fell short against the mediocre Colts. Brian Hoyer has been pretty good at QB, but his refusal to feed Alshon Jeffery is quite concerning. In Hoyer’s three starts, Jeffery has been no better than third in any game in terms of number of targets. This manifested itself Sunday on the Bears’ last drive when Alshon was wide open on fourth down, but Hoyer didn’t even look his way, leading to a turnover on downs. Chicago only has one superstar on its roster, and he will be long gone next year if they keep ignoring him. – NB

Detroit Lions: A very important win for the Lions to keep their season afloat. They beat an undefeated Eagles’ team coming off a bye week, and were the first team to force Carson Wentz into some rookie mistakes. Theo Riddick carved up the Eagles both as a rusher and a receiver, and the defense made key plays down the stretch. Detroit can get back to .500 next week with the Rams coming to the Motor City. Don’t write the Lions off quite yet. – NB

Green Bay Packers: I enjoy a Pack win, however I can take it. But these win ugly games have got to stop soon. Letting the Lions have hope two weeks ago was bad, but now we finally put it together on defense and the offense largely goes missing. One day, I assume everybody will show up to work at the same time, but until then Green Bay still isn’t where Packer country wants it to be. – JC

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have been the best team in the NFL through 5 weeks and after dismantling what most people felt was a solid Houston team. Vikings fans get an extra week to soak up their undefeated start with a Week 6 bye on tap. – RH

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are better than good? Maybe great? It feels wrong to think, but the defense is playing well to go along with a world class offense. They exposed the Denver defense in its potentially one area of weakness and succeeded without Julio Jones dominating. With the Panthers a mess, this could very well be the Falcons year … to hopefully not lose the in their first playoff game. – JC

Carolina Panthers: Uh oh. Time to hit the panic button in Carolina. The defense is a shell of its former self and the offense can’t score. They’re dealing with injuries they can’t really afford and if Cam Newton doesn’t protect himself they won’t be in any games this year. I hesitate to write them off entirely, but it would take a small miracle for them to get back into the race for the division at this point. – JC

New Orleans Saints: Bye week in the Bayou. – NB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It wasn’t pretty, but the Bucs will take it. I’m not regretting selling my seat on the Tampa bandwagon yet, but after their Week 6 bye they play the 49ers followed by three reasonably winnable home games. I could be looking to reinvest. – RH

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: A much needed (season saving?) win for the Cardinals this week, especially without Carson Palmer behind center. David Johnson showed that he is the most bankable running back in the NFL right now and you really have to ask what took so long for him to become the starter last year. Larry Fitzgerald is once again ageless and was the only receiver of the Cardinals’ big three to show up this week (John Brown and Michael Floyd had a combined 1 catch). Arizona will try to climb back to .500 at home against the Jets next week. – NB

Los Angeles Rams: After trashing the Rams for 4 weeks, they finally came through for me and showed America their true colors. In a perfect world, the Rams lose next week at Detroit and the following week in London against the Giants. This would set up nicely for Jared Goff to debut in Week 9 after their bye week. The Rams won’t mess this up right? – RH

San Francisco 49ers: Feels like it might be overstating it to call it a quarterback controversy when the options are Gabbert or Kaepernick, but it was certainly something the past couple weeks in SanFran. The offense has not been spectacular, to say the least. Now that we know who Chip has chosen, we’ll see if the changes under center are enough to jump start what is a deeply flawed team. – JC

Seattle Seahawks: A whole week of rest for Sherman to think about facing off against Julio. – JC

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

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