NFC Week 10 Hot Takes

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: The Zeke train will just not slow down. Elliott and the Cowboys offensive line took this game over, carrying Dallas to yet another impressive victory. If you start looking at Dallas’ schedule there’s no game you can circle and say they will struggle to come out with a win. Road games at the Giants (Dallas’ only loss this season) and at Philadelphia (first meeting went to overtime) appear to be the two toughest remaining games. This team looks destined for first round playoff bye. – Randy Haines

New York Giants: The Giants were dialed in all night and didn’t implode when the game got close. Both OBJ and Sterling got going, which helped make Eli Manning look like Good-Eli. There may well be three teams from the NFC East heading to the playoffs and the Giants are well in contention, sitting second currently. – Jordan Curet

Philadelphia Eagles: Sunday’s victory over Atlanta marks the second time this season that the Eagles defense has made one of the league’s best offenses look mediocre (Pittsburgh in Week 3) and they held Dallas in check for three and a half quarters just two weeks ago. While the offense has been pretty efficient for most of the season they still lack a real big play element. The offense will need to make something happen in Seattle this weekend if they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive. – RH

Washington Redskins: Washington ran into Minnesota at the perfect time and notched their first win in about a month. Their run defense was stout all afternoon, Kirk Cousins spread the ball around, and Robert Kelley was more than serviceable as their top running back. The ‘Skins are currently the 6 seed in the NFC playoff picture with the struggling Packers coming to town this Sunday night. – Nick Bair

NFC North

Chicago Bears: Just when you start singing Cutler’s praises, he goes back to his normal self. That was a pitiful performance against a very average Buccaneers team. Alshon also was suspended for PEDs on Monday, which is just great for my fantasy team and his free agency dollar hopes. The lone bright spot for Chicago is that they are on their way to a top 5 pick in the draft. – NB

Detroit Lions: The Lions had a dream bey week, as the rest of the division lost this week. They are now tied for 1st place in the North. – NB

Green Bay Packers: P-A-N-I-C. PANIC! Rodgers is throwing interceptions, the defense looks like a house of cards, Mike McCarthy can’t call plays, special teams regularly disappoints … Green Bay is SHOOK. Against the Titans! This is retribution for how Green Bay voted in the election. End of the world, indeed. – JC

Minnesota Vikings: Everyone is talking about the offensive line as the main problem with this team and rightfully so as they might be the worst positional group in all of football . However their defense needs to start getting some of the blame. Minnesota’s defense has now given up 20 points or more in each game during their four game losing streak after giving up 16 points or less in each of their first five games. – RH

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: Oh boy. Just when you think things are shaking out and there is some clarity about a few good teams, the Falcons turn in this dud. Yes, the Eagles might be some semblance of good this year, but the Falcons looked pretty ordinary facing a defense that let the Giants put up 28. Matt Ryan looked like he was playing in 2015 and even Julio Jones dropped a pass. Now the Falcons have to put it together against a tough schedule, lest the Saints come for the division crown. – JC

Carolina Panthers: No one actually thought that the Panthers would win out to get back into the playoffs, but this week’s loss pretty much solidifies they will miss out a year after going to the Super Bowl. That’s a tough break, but if they can realign the defense in the offseason and get another receiver in to help Cam Newton out this can be a good team again. – JC

New Orleans Saints: His foot was out of bounds! Talk about losing a game you should have won. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an NFL game swing on an extra point attempt like that. Drew Brees played phenomenally against the vaunted Broncos D, but once again the Saint shot themselves in the foot. That loss likely kills their playoff hopes, but a win Thursday against Carolina could put them back on life support. – NB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A good all around win for the Buccaneers as Jameis Winston showed he can still be an effective passer when targeting players who aren’t Mike Evans (only 5 targets). In the wide open NFC the Bucs are not out of the playoff hunt just yet, but a tough second half schedule could end this young team’s season quickly – RH

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: The Cards got the win, but it wasn’t pretty against a terrible 49ers teams. Still, they are back to .500 and now travel to the free falling Vikings this weekend. The winner of that game will be in decent shape, but the loser may just have to kiss their 2016 Super Bowl hopes goodbye. – NB

Los Angeles Rams: After last week when I refused to keep writing about this terrible team until they decided to play number one overall pick Jared Goff, Jeff Fisher finally made the right call. You’re welcome football fans. Let’s hope Goff is the real deal, you can never have enough good quarterbacks throughout the league. – RH

San Francisco 49ers: The 9ers played a relatively close game against the Cardinals yesterday, in the four o’clock spot no less. I doubt you know or care. They lose, they’re at the bottom of the division (behind the RAMS!) and they aren’t resurfacing anytime soon. – JC

Seattle Seahawks: Taking a little bit of the strong out of last year’s Super Bowl loss, the Seahawks beat the Patriots by producing a four-down goal line stand that included two attempts at a QB sneak, a run play, and a fade to Gronkowski. Seattle was lucky that the Patriot’s defense is beyond suspect at this point, but a win is a win and now they’ve separated themselves out a bit from the rest of the NFC West. – JC

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

Photo Credit: Star-Telegram

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