NFC Week 13 Hot Takes

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Dallas actually had a close call for once in Week 13, but held on in Minnesota. In fact outside of the first two games of the season the Cowboys have really only been in danger of losing two other games (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) this season. America will get to see plenty of Zeke and Dak over the final month of the season as each of their next three games are in primetime. Add in Earl Thomas’ season ending injury and everything really is coming up Dallas in 2016. – Randy Haines

New York Giants: The Giants are hanging around at 8-4 and second in the NFC East. There’s basically no chance they can catch the Cowboys, but with the NFC as a whole being largely a mess they can lock up a wild card spot with three more wins, but likely will only need two. Helpfully, their remaining games include the Eagles and Washington, two teams that have proven they weren’t the superstars some thought they were at the beginning of the season. It might be asking too much, but if they could take care of the Lions in Week 15, too, I’d be forever grateful. – Jordan Curet

Philadelphia Eagles: What a way to put the final nail in your coffin. Failing to show up against a three win Bengals team without their two most dynamic offensive players is inexcusable. There is some good news however, I will be in attendance at The Linc in Week 14 against Washington where everything is setting up for the Eagles to be the only NFC East team to not make the playoffs in 2016. Big picture, this season wasn’t a total loss as there were no real expectations for this team coming in and despite his struggles on Sunday Carson Wentz does appear to be the QB of the future. Eagles fans like myself just wish this down year didn’t happen in a season where for the second time this century, the Cowboys lucked into a Pro Bowl quarterback out of nowhere who they really didn’t want in the first place. A season where Kirk Cousins continues to do things that no one can really explain how he does them and to top it all off the Giants are on track to be one of the worst playoff teams in recent history. Oh who am I kidding? This season f****** sucks.  – RH

Washington Redskins: The Skins ended up losing a huge trap game in the desert. Their defense had zero answers for stud RB David Johnson. The offense ended up being a little too pass heavy, never taking time to establish the run, even though they were averaging 5.4 YPC between Fat Rob and Thompson. Washington gets to go to Philly this week to try to get back on track and to go for a season sweep of their rivals. A must win game for Washington. – Nick Bair

NFC North

Chicago Bears: A nice win lead by Matt Barkley and Jordan Howard in snow covered Soldier Field. Too bad this makes them have a lower draft pick. They are now tied for the 4th worst record in the NFL, and better be careful not to drop any further. They could really use a stud QB or really a stud anything in the offseason. – NB

Detroit Lions: The Lions might be for real. They leave the Big Easy with a road win over the Saints. Their defense looked really good against one of the most high powered offenses in the league. They held Drew Brees in check better than anyone has in years, allowing zero passing TDs and forcing him into three INTs. The Lions should have an easy win versus Chicago this week to help keep their lead in the North. – NB

Green Bay Packers: Ugly wins count the same as others. Against a pretty good Houston defense and the snow, Rodgers managed to get going enough and Jordy Nelson is as close to back as you can get while still having a host of doubters. Now is the Pack’s stretch run to secure the NFC North and it starts with the Seahawks Sunday and ends with three straight division games. The Lions needs to drop one game in there somewhere, too. Buckle up. – JC

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings season is on life support after coming up just short against Dallas. MInnesota will face off against the terrible Jaguars in Week 14 where Sam Bradford will surely 5 yard pass the Jags to death and keep the Vikings alive for at least one more week. After the constant struggles of their offensive line this season Minnesota will surely use their first round pick in May’s draft on an offensive lineman. Oh wait, that’s right. They traded that pick for the guy who is making #ShortOfTheSticks trend in Minnesota every Sunday for the last 3 months. – RH  

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: It what was probably the best early game Sunday, the Falcons threw a pick-2 to give the Chiefs a win. I don’t know that you can fault them for going for two in that situation, but the play call was a little worrisome and if Matt Ryan starts regressing in the redzone this team is in trouble. The Bucs are back in the picture and the Falcons haven’t looked like contenders in weeks. They need to show up against the Rams. – JC

Carolina Panthers: That was embarrassing. This season has been embarrassing. Who benches someone for not wearing a tie? Can the NFL look over at the NBA and chill out a bit? – JC

New Orleans Saints: Welp. That was a forgettable Sunday for the Saints that extinguishes their 2016 playoff hopes. This team has looked dominant at times (see last Sunday vs LA), but has also no showed a few weeks (like we just saw vs DET). The only hope they have left is to win out, especially since 3 of their last 4 games are against teams ahead of them in the standings. That won’t happen though and the fans will miss out on a chance to see Drew Brees in the playoffs once again. – NB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied for first in the NFC South. No that is not a typo. The Bucs are one of the hottest teams in football while the four teams they had been chasing the past few weeks (Atlanta, Minnesota, Washington and the Giants) all lost in Week 13 and have all gotten progressively worse over the last few weeks. There just might be playoff football in Tampa Bay for the first time in a decade. – RH

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals finally won a big game against a good team. Too bad it took way too long into the season for Carson Palmer to finally look good again. It’s probably too little too late for Arizona this season, but it’s nice to see the offense play well again. And at least Cardinals fans get to watch David Johnson’s monstrous performances on a weekly basis. – NB

Los Angeles Rams: So remember all those times I complained about Jared Goff not playing the first half of the season? Yeah that didn’t really matter… Like at all. See you in 2017 L.A. and hopefully it won’t be with Jeff Fisher at the helm, the jokes about Fisher really aren’t funny any more. Just pitifully sad.- RH

San Francisco 49ers: Where do I even start with this garbage? Remember a couple of weeks ago when I said their QB belonged back behind the counter at the Krusty Krab? Well someone was listening. Mr. Krabs gave Chip Kelly a call and informed him that he needed Squidward to report to the Krusty Krab by 4pm for his shift. Kelly didn’t hesitate at all and relieved Squidward from his duties after the 3rd quarter. The guy finished with a QBR of 3.2, yes 3.2. I am starting to feel bad for 49ers fans that they have to pay real money that they work 40 hours a week to get to go see this bum attempt to play a position he isn’t qualified for. It is also a shame that pay money to go see such a storied franchise that is coached by a very under-qualified man in Chip Kelly. I hope the NFL finally starts to see that the Chip Kelly experience is nothing more than just a wannabe circus show. Get that guy back to college football where he belongs. I don’t know how these guys go home and sleep at night when they realized they not only lost but, got blown out by a football team that used Matt Barkley as their QB for four quarters. LOL. I guess next week might get better for them as they do play the Jets. That game shouldn’t even draw a crowd of 5 people. Goodell needs to step in and just give both of those teams Ls for the week and let them stay at home to avoid hurting the league’s image anymore. – Sean Demetrakis

Seattle Seahawks: It wasn’t quite a rivalry game but in what is usually a close contest, the Seahawks beat the ever-living hell out of the Panthers. They were gifted an early interception from Anderson and never looked back. Unfortunately, Seattle lost key defensive back Earl Thomas for the season. That’s the one side of the field the Seahawks cannot afford to become any worse. Look for some issues replacing Thomas in the lineup. – JC

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, Sean Demetrakis, and Randy Haines

Photo Credit: The Mercury News

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