NFC Week 7 Hot Takes

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Fire up the talking head machines for a week full of Dak vs Romo talk. After a bye the Cowboys host the Eagles with first place in the NFC East on the line. – Randy Haines

New York Giants: How the Giants came away with four straight interceptions but only scored 17 points en route to winning by merely a touchdown is beyond me. Our own Nick Bair was on scene in London to watch this poor showing and came away unimpressed, so Lord only knows what our English friends thought of the display. Here’s a hot take: there will be an expansion NBA team outside of the U.S./Canada before the NFL because the NFL doesn’t share good games. – Jordan Curet

Philadelphia Eagles: That’s the defense we should be seeing from this team every week. Sam Bradford never had a chance in this one as Brandon Graham and company were in his face all game long sacking Bradford six times, forcing him to fumble four times and coaxed him into a terrible end zone interception early in the game. After getting off to a rough start Carson Wentz calmed down in the second half and helped seal the game for his team. The first quarter of this game was hilarious as the two teams combined to turn the ball over 5 times in an 11 play span. If you listened closely you could actually hear the NFL’s ratings drop after each terrible turnover. – RH

Washington Redskins: I don’t normally root for Washington, but this week it would have been nice for them slow Detroit’s momentum. I’ll have to make do with enjoying this tweet from the one and only Skip Bayless. That guy could write for us with that level of instant karma. Anyway, even with the loss, the Redskins are still safely in contention where the suddenly competitive NFC East has all four teams above .500. Truly is the end times. – JC

NFC North

Chicago Bears: As an Eagles fan I feel for Bears fans as no one should have their day completely ruined because Matt Barkley had to play. On the flip side do you know what’s actually worse than Matt Barkley? Whoever makes the NFL’s prime time schedule. In Week 8 the Bears will be playing in their FOURTH prime time game (hosting Minnesota on MNF) already this season. I cannot for the life of me imagine why ratings are down. – RH

Detroit Lions: Break up the Lions! That’s three straight game winning drives orchestrated by Matthew Stafford as he has the Lions in the playoff race. Is it possible not having Calvin Johnson to just throw it up to 12-15 times a game has actually made Stafford a better player? He’s making throws only a handful of guys in this league can make. – RH

Green Bay Packers: Nothing better to cure that ailing season than a game against the Bears. On a short week, the Pack managed to turn it up in the second half and Aaron Rodgers will have quieted the critics for at least ten days. Unfortunately, unless Ty Montgomery turns out to be the key Green Bay has been missing, this is going to be a week by week thing. There is practically no running game to speak of and the cornerbacks are dropping like flies. Tough to win with half the team missing. And who does Green Bay have this week? Just Julio Jones. No biggie. – JC

Minnesota Vikings: I’m not panicking on the Vikings yet, but with their issues at offensive tackle they will be in trouble when facing teams with good pass rushers like the Eagles have. A trip to Chicago next Monday night will not help the NFL’s TV rating issues but it is as good of a spot as any for Minnesota to get back on track. – RH

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: Two weeks, two heartbreaks. Just when everyone was getting behind the team and starting to believe, Atlanta does what it knows best and chokes away close games. And now, Tampa Bay is back from the dead and close on the Falcons’ heels in the division. That isn’t the scariest competition in the league, but with a game against Green Bay coming up, they may be looking at an L3. – JC

Carolina Panthers: A MUCH NEEDED BYE WEEK. – JC

New Orleans Saints: It is a well known fact at this point that the Saints don’t play defense. And that’s certainly one way to go about it in today’s pass-heavy NFL, but that usually means you have to actually outscore the other team. NOLA seems to forget that part of the equation most weeks. Their most redeeming trait almost mid way through the season is that this is basically the ideal fantasy football team. My keeper league thanks you, Cooks. – JC

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A season saving win for the young Bucs as they handled the Niners pretty easily, especially in the second half. With Atlanta’s loss at home to San Diego, the Buccaneers find themselves just a half game out of first place in the NFC South. Three straight home games against Oakland, Atlanta and Chicago is a nice spot to find out if this team is ready to take the next step. – RH

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: Go read MMQB. That sounds like a dazed team that barely knows what just happened to them. Twelve total points through overtime, some good-to-great defense, and a couple missed chip shots will do that to you. The Cardinals now sit second in the NFC West and their best chance at taking the division will likely come at Seattle in Week 16. Talk about a missed opportunity. – JC

Los Angeles Rams: It’s bad enough America has to suffer through Case Keenum every Sunday, but Jeff Fisher decided it would be fun to torture all of England as well. When will we see Jared Goff? For the love of God let the kid play. Fun fact from the MMQB.com, Andy Reid now has 176 career wins as a head coach one less than Jeff Fisher. However Fisher has coached 44 more games (almost three full seasons) than Reid has, solid work Jeff. – RH

San Francisco 49ers: You just took a beating from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, what say you SanFran? Well, if you’re linebacker Aaron Lynch, you say you have one of the best teams in the NFL! Someone get him in concussion protocol. The 9ers are 1-6 and going nowhere fast, except to compete with the Browns for the first overall pick. I would remind you that this is all okay, just part of the plan, but some of us still have to watch this team play every week. – JC

Seattle Seahawks: Same thing as above from the Cardinals, except Seattle is safely in the driver’s seat with plenty of home games to go. Despite the lack of an offensive line, Russell Wilson has does just enough to allow the defense to keep winning games. The most important question though, how did Bobby Wagner time that jump? – JC

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