This week, the blog will focus on the NFC as we work our way towards the business end of the season. But first, our preview of the week 10 games.
Week 10 Games
ATL vs PHI
A tasty all NFC clash with implications for the wildcard places sees Atlanta travel up to Lincoln Financial Field. With Captain Checkdown under centre and Julio out Wide, the Falcons have the ability to match anyone for points, but their D is lacking star quality and it can be hard for them to get teams off the field. at 4-4 they are in a great position for a wildcard slot, but winning games like this are crucial to keep that dream a reality.
The Eagles have survived their GMs holiday relatively well, and are still very much in the Division and Wildcard race. Rookie Carson Wentz has fared well enough, and with only games left v NFC opponents, they will have to be at the top of their game from here on out to secure a post-season spot.
Expect a high-scorer here, with Philly to edge it by 5.
CHI vs TB
DEN vs NO
GB vs TEN
HOU vs JAX
KC vs CAR
LA vs NYJ
A battle of the defensive lines as LA travels cross country to New York. The Rams are having a great first season back in Los Angeles, going 5-2 and keeping the pressure up on SF for the division lead. The Jets on the other hand have struggled this year, with Ryan Fitzpatrick struggling to throw the ball to his own team. The Jets will surely be looking to upgrade at QB in the draft this year, and we could even see rookie Hackenberg get more snaps as the coaching team see what skills he has.
Whilst I don’t expect their to be much of a run game in this one, it should be a fairly comfortable victory for the Rams.
MIN vs WAS
MIA vs SD
DAL vs PIT
SF vs AZ
SEA vs NE
CIN vs NYG
The winners of the week 10 games will be
Mid Season Breakdown – NFC
So with approximately half the season gone for most teams, its an appropriate time to breakdown the conferences to see who’s where, who’s done what and what the remaining 8 or 9 games may bring us for each team…
Remaining Fixtures for the NFC
With that in mind, below are the standings as of the start of week 9 and the results of the owners predictions for the postseason (Note that this blogs shames Tobli, Stevie and the Dealer Twins for being the only 3 out of 32 to not respond to this survey)
NFC North Division Winner Make Conference Game Make Superbowl
Bears 6-2 9 9 5
Lions 5-3 5 3 –
Vikings 4-3 – – –
Packers 2-6 – – –
Cowboys 5-2 11 – –
Eagles 3-4 2 – –
Giants 2-5 – – –
Redskins 0-8 – – –
Saints 5-2 12 2 2
Falcons 4-4 1 – –
Panthers 3-4 – – –
Buccaneers 1-6 – – –
49ers 6-1 11 10 5
Rams 5-2 2 2 1
Seahawks 4-3 – – –
Cardinals 3-5 – – –
So, the NFC owners believe that the the Conference Championship game will be a show down between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers, but its a total toss up as to who would go on to represent the Conference at the Superbowl.
Its also a good time to see who’s hot through the first half of the NFC season …..
QB – Connor Cook – 1886 yards, 134/206 = 65% completion, 247.3 yards per game, 17 TDs, 7 INts, 110.1 passer rating
WR – Julio Jones – 43 catches, 1,071 yards at 24.9 ypc, 5 TDs, 133.9 yards per game
HB – Ezekiel Elliot – 124 att, 831 yards @ 6.7 ypc, 7Tds, 118.7 yards per game
DL – Aaron Donald – 28 Tackles, 6 TFLs, 8 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR
LB – Davon Kennard – 33 Tackles, 7 TFLs, 1.5 Sacks, 4 Ints, 1 FF
DB – Patrick Peterson – 33 Tackles, 4 TFLs, 1 Sack, 3 Interceptions, 1 FF
Rookie – Connor Cook
Offence – 49ers – 8 Games, 95 1st Downs, 3104 yards = 1434 passing + 14 TDs & 1670 rushing +11 TDs
Defence – Bears – 8 Games, 2187 yards = 1526 passing + 661 rushing, 17 Sacks, 6 Fumbles, 16 Interceptions.