NFC Week 8 Hot Takes

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Impressive comeback win for Big D that basically clinches the NFC East. There’s the potential after a win like that for a letdown in Cleveland next weekend, but I don’t see it happening. With Lane Johnson and now Trent Williams both getting suspended this season, Cowboys fans need to hope that’s not a new trend for elite NFC East tackles that bites Tyron Smith next. – Randy Haines

New York Giants: Bye week before the match up with the Eagles. – Jordan Curet

Philadelphia Eagles: Losing to Dallas is the worst thing for Eagles fans to have to endure and blowing a 10 point second half lead only makes the loss hurt more. The one thing Eagles fans can hang their hat on is that Carson Wentz is the real deal. Despite what the talking heads on TV are saying he was the best quarterback in the game on Sunday night, he just needs some consistent playmakers on his side. – RH

Washington Redskins: A friggin’ tie. C’mon Redskins, you have to give the kind people of London better than a tie. Kirk Cousins had great stats in the shootout, but Dustin Hopkins couldn’t make a fairly easy kick to give them the victory. Thankfully, they have a bye this week to think about their repeated late game mistakes as they try to make a playoff run in the second half of the year. – Nick Bair

NFC North

Chicago Bears: This might be a lost season for Chicago, but beating the division leader on Monday Night Football is a nice bright spot. Jay Cutler looked solid coming back from injury (and finally getting Alshon the ball in the endzone). Jordan Howard ran well on the very good Vikings D and the Bears defense kept Minnesota in check all night. Hopefully this doesn’t cost them their QB of the future in the NFL Draft though by getting too many wins. – NB

Detroit Lions: The Matty Stafford MVP hype train fell off the tracks real fast when they had to play a top tier defense. The Texans held the Lions in check all day as they forced turnover after turnover. The Lions are now back to .500 and have to really pick up the pace in the second half of the year to have a shot at the playoffs. – NB

Green Bay Packers: I have such mixed feelings about this game because I was there watching and felt was Green Bay was trying to do. They basically were taunting Atlanta after having gotten a few stops earlier in the game. McCarthy bet his defense could either get a stop or slow the Falcons enough to let the clock run out. In the moment, while there, it certainly felt like a defensible position. In hindsight, you always want to put the game in Aaron Rodgers’ hands so taking the timeouts before the two minute warning would have been better. Also, Rodgers is incredible. The Packers challenged to get a twelve men on the field penalty against Atlanta all because Rodgers insisted McCarthy throw the red flag. He KNEW, all while still doing his job at the line presnap. – JC

Minnesota Vikings: It’s official, this offensive line is a real problem and there’s no immediate solution. The Vikings have a championship caliber defense (despite what Jordan Howard did to them on Monday night) that could be wasted by how bad this line is. Ziggy Ansah and company will get their chance to tee off on Sam Bradford this weekend. – RH

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: That was a marquee win. The Packers aren’t among the NFL elite at this point this year, but they are a good team and a normal Atlanta team combust in the fourth quarter. Instead, they drove down the field to score a touchdown for the win. That, plus a Tamba Bay loss, means the Falcons are in a perfect spot halfway through the season. – JC

Carolina Panthers: Guess that bye week really was needed. The Panthers looked like the team from last year, at least for a week and dominated the Cardinals. It’s probably too little too late, but at least their games may not be miserable to watch the rest of the year. – JC

New Orleans Saints: BIG win for the Saints over the Seahawks. Drew Brees was able to torch the Legion of Boom and their defense did enough against the struggling Russell Wilson. One person who had no impact for the Saints was the benched Mark Ingram. Ingram has had no history of fumbling in his career, but after back to back weeks with fumbles, Sean Payton made him an example and let Tim Hightower lead the backfield. Seems like a dumb move, but who am I to question it? – NB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After a gut wrenching overtime loss to the Raiders, Tampa Bay’s season comes down to this Thursday against an Atlanta team they’ve already beaten once this season. The Bucs will need Jameis Winston to show that he is ready to play like a playoff quarterback with the team’s season on the line. – RH

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: I have no idea why the Cardinals aren’t better they have played this season. On paper, this should be one of the most balanced teams in the league, but that hasn’t shown up on Sundays. At this point, it’s going to be quite a struggle for Arizona to make the playoffs, and their window of championship contending looks to be closing fast. – NB

Los Angeles Rams: America got a much needed bye week from this terrible and dysfunctional team. Can we please see Jared Goff before Thanksgiving? – RH

San Francisco 49ers: They had a bye and did you notice? No, you didn’t. You’re welcome. – JC

Seattle Seahawks: This game perfectly captures why Seattle is not the same team this year. The Saints have no defense to speak of and yet the Seahawks could not take advantage. That combined with only an above-average showing from the defense equals a loss. If you need your defense to be superhuman to win, it will be tough to make any kind of run in the playoffs. – JC

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

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