NFC Week 15 Hot Takes

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Dak put the quarterback controversy to rest by about 8:45 PM EST on Sunday night. The Cowboys are a win or Giants loss away from clinching the NFC East and home field advantage in the NFC throughout the playoffs. If defensive end David Irving is for real it will add a much needed pass rusher to what is a pretty mediocre front seven and give Dallas another potential playmaker. – RH

New York Giants: For one week, I was a Giant’s fan. And thank you very much, New York, for taking down the overrated Lions. Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr. are a pair of excellent receivers and manage to make Eli Manning look better than his relatively above-average self. More importantly, the Giants’ defense was extremely impressive and if they can keep that up for two more weeks then this will be a playoff bound team. – Jordan Curet

Philadelphia Eagles: There are no such things as moral victories in the NFL, but Sunday against the Ravens was pretty close to that for the Eagles. They were able to run all over the league’s top ranked run defense despite using their backup left guard and fifth different right tackle. Carson Wentz was able to lead a sort of game tying drive and the team as a whole seemed very on board with Doug Pederson’s decision to say screw overtime and go for the win. This team is still playing hard and would love nothing more than to beat their overachieving division rival Giants on Thursday night. – RH

Washington Redskins: LOLskins. Just when they had a chance to control their own destiny to get the playoffs, they lay an egg on Monday Night Football against a team that had nothing to play for. Classic Skins right there. They are 2-16 at home since FedEx Field opened on MNF. I feel bad for Washington fans. They get their hopes up every year just for this team to continually let them down. It’s too bad every other team in the city does the same thing as well. – Nick Bair

NFC North

Chicago Bears: Perfect gameplan by the Bears. Get close enough to make it interesting, but lose at the end to secure a better draft pick. Textbook right there. The Bears are way more talented than their record indicates. Watch out for a bounceback year in 2017. – NB

Detroit Lions: The inevitable end of season choke job is in full swing. The Lions lost again this week, this time to the Giants. They were pretty horrible on offense all day and turned the ball over at crucial moments. They have another tough game with the Cowboys this week, before having to face red hot Green Bay in the season finale. Poor Lions. – NB

Green Bay Packers: Here’s a remarkable fact: when Rodgers said the Packers were winning out, there were a lot of nervous chuckles around the league but no one was willing to say it couldn’t happen. And now, with a win and Detroit loss this past week, the Packers are in the exact position they want to be. Heck, they are in the 6th spot for the Wild Card at the moment thanks to Washington combusting. Never doubt Aaron Rodgers. – JC

Minnesota Vikings: Well done Minnesota. Your playoff lives are on the line and you get shelled. The best unit of your team is the front seven and they couldn’t even lay a finger on Andrew Luck who plays behind the worst offensive line in the league. The Vikings playoff hopes are all, but gone now and if they’re not careful they could hand over a pick as high seventh overall to the Eagles in May’s draft. Remember when this team was 5-0? What a collapse. – RH

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: This game got out of hand quick and Atlanta never looked back. The pressure is on to keep winning with the Bucs doing the same. They end the season with the Panthers and the Saints, neither of whom have given up on their season and it may cause a real problem. But, I think the weapons are there for Atlanta to get through and secure a playoff spot behind Matty Ice, Julio, and their double headed backfield. – JC

Carolina Panthers: Can’t say there still isn’t fight in the Panthers. They aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet, but the chance is so small their continued effort on the field is much more likely for pride than anything else. How they handle next week against Atlanta, especially if it gets out of hand early, will say a lot about this team and what they will offer next year. – JC

New Orleans Saints: I will forever loathe Brandin Cooks. – NB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis and the Bucs played their worst game in over a month and were still able to hang in there against the Cowboys. Tampa’s playoff chances looked as if they were about to take a big hit until Kirk Cousins and company took a huge crap on national TV. If the Bucs can win their last two games they will need minimal help (they mainly just need the Lions to keep choking) to secure a wild card spot. – RH

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: I will forever loathe the Cardinals for not covering Brandin Cooks. – NB

Los Angeles Rams: Oh so Jeff Fisher wasn’t the entire problem? It’s only been a few games, but Jared Goff has shown nothing that makes me think he will be the savior of this team. The Titans will be laughing big time when the Rams hand them a Top 8 pick in May’s draft. – RH

San Francisco 49ers: The team wanted to keep this respectable early, which they failed to do, but let’s be real the ultimate goal is still a high draft pick and a loss moves the ball in that direction. It’s tough to be on this team, but they need new pieces all around and this summer will see a lot of movement. Only two more weeks 49ers’ fans. – JC

Seattle Seahawks: Seattle wrapped up the NFC West by beating the snot out of the Rams. This was a nice bounce back win, but beating the Rams doesn’t mask their schlacking by the Packers. This team has too many flaws to go far in the playoffs and the Cardinals have the tools to potentially exploit them next week. – JC

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

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