Prior to the start of the new league year in March, NFL teams make out their free agent wish list and check it twice. Some teams must make tough decisions on their own free agents, while others are looking to upgrade the talent on their roster.
It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL’s history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.
The Giants’ playoff path, starting Sunday against the Packers carries with it a bit of déjà vu. During their last two Super Bowl runs, in 2007 and ’11, they entered as one of the NFC’s bottom three seeds. Multiple road wins were needed to advance before meeting the top-seeded, heavily-favored Patriots for the Lombardi Trophy.
The Redskins may not have won back-to-back NFC titles, but few scenarios shape up better than Sunday’s tilt against the Giants. Their opponent, locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC bracket has nothing to play for.
Only one team, the New York Giants, can stop the Dallas Cowboys from capturing the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The chances are slim – it would take a 2-0 finish combined with two straight Cowboys losses – but the Giants (10-4) are finishing strong, riding a wave of momentum behind their stingy defense and exceptional play from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants have gone 19-29 the last three seasons. The Lions? They’ve had just two winning seasons since 1998. New York made head coaching change during the offseason while Detroit, coming off of a 7-9 campaign strongly considered it.