The finest non-weekend of NFL football has sadly come and gone. There’s no better American tradition than Thanksgiving Day football, annually featuring the Lions and the Cowboys. It seems every year the games are entertaining, and 2016 was no exception. Division rivals Minnesota and Washington gave their hosts everything they could handle and the viewing public, stuffed with turkey and full of gratitude, couldn’t have asked for more. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 12 in the NFL”
Sunday wasn’t much of an encore for the NFL’s epic week 10. It was pretty ho-hum, with the exception of a dozen missed extra points. Those have, unsurprisingly, launched an obnoxiously ubiquitous debate amongst fans and pundits alike over whether or not the rule change was good or bad for the league. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 11 in the NFL”
The NFL is officially back. If the ratings didn’t spike this weekend, they surely will next Sunday. That’s because week 10 had it all, from great matchups, thrilling finishes, and unbelievable plays to epic beatdowns, heroic performances, and heartbreaking collapses. The Steelers and Cowboys epic featured a fake spike that worked and 5 two-point conversions that didn’t. There was a hook and ladder touchdown that capped off a 99-yard drive and a controversial game winning blocked extra point return. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 10 in the NFL”
After 9 weeks, “parity” is the NFL’s biggest buzzword, with “ratings” close behind. Early division leaders like Pittsburgh, Denver, and Minnesota tumbled back down to earth in recent weeks. Meanwhile, teams like Seattle, Arizona, Carolina and Green Bay were expected to compete for the NFC title and look mediocre week after week. Only two teams stand out after 8 games: New England and Dallas. Oakland is the NFL’s darling at 7-2, but their defense and undisciplined play (they lead the league in penalties) keep expectations at bay for now. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 9 in the NFL”
It’s the halfway point of the season and some things are clear. The Browns are still to be pitied above all other franchises. The Jets, Panthers, and Cardinals aren’t the same team as they were last year. The Patriots are. So is Denver.
However, not everything adds up. The league’s most penalized team is 6-2, and Brock Osweiler is leading a 5-3 squad. The Seahawks seem good, but not great; their offense has issues. Cincinnati has also took a step back from a year ago. Still, for all the uncertainty and teams nearing despair, there’s a second half for a reason. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 8 in the NFL”
Week 7 gave NFL fans a “carwash treatment” worth of surprises. There was a successful Hail Mary, a tie, and another 200+ rushing performance from Jay Ajayi. Those three things have literally never happened on the same day before. Beyond that, the Vikings finally lost and a wide receiver (Ty Montgomery) had more rushing yards than Todd Gurley. Sure, Gary Kubiak got revenge on his old team and the Pats took care of business against the Roethlisberger-less Steelers, but most of week 7 was unpredictable. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 7 in the NFL”
Week 6 started off with an upset, as San Diego took down the defending champs on Thursday night. It was a sign of things to come. Following a “business as usual” week 5, there were stats jumping off the bottom line of everyone’s TV this week. Jay Ajayi rushed for 200 yards. Case Keenum tossed 3 touchdowns in a loss. The Saints and Panthers combined to score 79 points, without overtime. The Cowboys continue dominating everything in their wake and Odell Beckham Jr. got penalized for celebrating a spectacular touchdown, but plenty of other results were hard to see coming. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 6 in the NFL”
Five games are in the books (for most teams). More than any of the previous four, week 5 was business as usual. Tom Brady’s return was uneventful, if not spectacularly commonplace for him. While it was against the Browns defense, the rest of the league is on notice, even if they anticipated such a return from the Patriot legend. The Colts bounced back and the Eagles suffered their first loss at the hands of the Lions, but parity is to be expected every week. Still, there are continuing trends and unexpected results that left football fans scratching their heads. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 5 in the NFL”
It’s already here. The quarter-season benchmark has arrived, as the calendar turns to October. Some teams, like the Patriots and Cowboys, haven’t even reached their respective ceilings yet, because they’ve been playing with backup quarterbacks— albeit impressive backups. Others, such as Arizona and Carolina, have too much talent to underperform all year, one would assume.
Regardless, four games in, division landscapes have settled in and will only cement with each passing week. Still, unexpected performances were all over the place in week 4, beginning with the league’s ever-impressive defending champions. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 4 in the NFL”
Three games into the NFL’s 17-week regular season slate, and still mystery abounds. Are the Cardinals the same team who looked every bit the part of Super Bowl contenders last year? Will Trevor Siemian continue playing at a high level? Does the surprising early success of Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott make Dallas and Philadelphia legitimate playoff contenders? These questions, and more, loom large heading into the first quarter-season checkpoint. Continue reading “Wait, What? The Biggest Surprises from Week 3 in the NFL”