Week 14 of the NFL season will begin with a game between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears that could have major playoff implications in the NFC. Both teams are 6-6 and find themselves in the national spotlight for the second consecutive Thursday.
A general view in America is that the NFL owns a day of the week in Sunday. By that rationale, the league also owns one holiday of the year in Thanksgiving. It’s hard to think of Turkey Day without the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, and now that third night game popping into your head.
After an 0-5 start, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fired head coach Jay Gruden. The dismissal marked the seventh of a head coach in 20 years under Snyder's ownership of the franchise. Even in today's produce or perish NFL, that is a lot.
Since taking over the Redskins prior to the 1999 season, the team has gone 139-180-1 with a 2-5 record in five playoff appearances. Washington has won three division titles (1999, 2012, 2015) and posted just six winning campaigns during this stretch.
Last season was a magical one for the New England Patriots and a campaign that rightfully cemented the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady combination as the best ever at their respective positions. Even for those precious few skeptics out there, the run to another Lombardi Trophy was one of the most impressive yet in the team's dynasty, overcoming two of the best offenses in the NFL to raise the trophy once again.
Not much went right for the New York Giants last season. They stumbled out to a 1-7 start in Pat Shurmur's first season as head coach, basically eliminating New York from playoff contention before the end of October. While questions about the head coach and quarterback Eli Manning's futures with the team swirl, general manager Dave Gettleman went about retooling his roster this offseason.