NFC Week 9 Hot Takes

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Another week, another win and another allegation against Zeke. This team just doesn’t appear to be slowing down and with the NFC being pretty poor as a whole this Dallas team could be looking at a 12 or 13 win season. Welcome to the NFL in 2016 where a rookie quarterback and a bad defense are one of your top teams. – Randy Haines

New York Giants: I, unfortunately, watched a good portion of this game Sunday afternoon and it was not exactly a sterling example of NFL quality. Not that many games have been this year, but for most of the first half Carson Wentz reminded everyone he’s a rookie and the Eagles defense was in full on LOL-mode. I mean, full credit to OBJ for getting in a few great plays, the last Manning for being above-average, and the Landon Collins’ defense. But, everyone is second tier to the Cowboys this year. – Jordan Curet

Philadelphia Eagles: At the beginning of the season I would have gladly taken 4-4 at this point. However after starting off 3-1 Eagles fans are left feeling slightly disappointed. This team just doesn’t have any real playmakers on offense outside of Jordan Matthews and even he is limited when it comes to stretching the field vertically. This feels like 8-8 with wide receiver being their number one priority going into the offseason. – RH

Washington Redskins: The Skins took the week off after traveling back from London. They have back to back home games against the NFC North coming up (Vikings and Packers) before traveling to Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day showdown. – Nick Bair

NFC North

Chicago Bears: The Bears picked a perfect week to have a bye. Hopefully they got to join the Cubs in their celebrations. – NB

Detroit Lions: The Lions had zero business winning on Sunday. If the Vikings had just managed the clock correctly, the Lions would have almost assuredly. But in the NFL, you have to take advantage of other team’s misfortunes and the Lions did just that with that absurd walkoff TD catch by Golden Tate in OT. The Lions head into their bye at 5-4. – NB

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers is not happy, putting the squirrel above his teammates after the game. A two game lose streak and at home to boot is a full on downward trend. Fortunately, the Vikings lost and the Pack’s remaining schedule should be manageable. Although, I thought the Colts would be manageable so who knows. – JC

Minnesota Vikings: I hit the panic button on this team last week and I’m tempted to hit it once again. The only thing saving this team from a complete collapse is the mediocrity that is the rest of the NFC. Looks like Norv Turner got out at just the right time and took the clock management chart with him on the way out. – RH

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons took care of business Thursday night, behind another stellar performance from Matt Ryan who is playing himself into the forefront of the MVP conversation. The win also served to put down the threat from Tampa Bay and leaves the Falcons biggest challenge to the NFC South crown as the Saints. – JC

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have won two straight, after winning one of their first six. That leaves them still in last place in the NFC South but with everyone in the NFC hovering near .500, they still have a real shot at the playoffs through a wild card spot. Unfortunately, that means finding success against the Chiefs, Seahawks, and Raiders, plus the defense slowing down the Saints. The next four weeks are going to be brutal and it seems likely this resurgence is going to be put to bed. – JC

New Orleans Saints: While the Niners are garbage, it was still good to see the Saints steamroll an inferior team on the road. A game like this shows that the Saints are at least a middle of the road team in NFC and with some breaks going their way, could still compete for a wild card spot in the playoffs. They have a big test next week when Denver travels to the Big Easy coming off a loss. – NB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs have yet to win a home game and their running back situation is so bad due to injuries they may have to consider bringing Warrick Dunn out of retirement. As they usually say in Tampa when it comes to the Bucs, there’s always next year – RH

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: A much needed bye week in the desert for the underperforming Cards. – NB

Los Angeles Rams: I am here to announce that I will no longer write the #HotTake for this terrible team until they put Jared Goff under center. My editor can just copy and paste that sentence from now until about Week 14 when the Rams finally decide to pull the trigger. – RH

San Francisco 49ers: On the plus side, Kaepernick had himself a game. On the down side, the 49ers defense is subpar at best and got roasted by Mark Ingram for a 75 yard touchdown run where he went untouched. There’s really no shame in letting the Saints put up 41, but seems like a waste of a good offensive day. – JC

Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Graham had himself a day and Seattle did enough to hold off the Bills, including a couple questionable plays by the defense. But there was nothing questionable about the big sack by Cliff Avril on third-and-goal with the Bills within striking distance. Even when the team isn’t healthy, the defense finds ways to make plays. – JC

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

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