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.
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.
Monday night’s matchup between Green Bay and Philadelphia serves as a virtual playoff elimination game for the Packers. A loss leaves them three games out of the NFC North lead with five to play and 2.5 games behind the Redskins for the second wild card. Green Bay’s streak of seven consecutive postseason appearances is in jeopardy.
It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. The Atlanta Falcons, in their second year under head coach Dan Quinn have learned that the hard way. Last year, a surprise 6-3 start became a frustrating 8-8 ending. This team squandered a playoff spot through shoddy defense and an offense that cracked 24 points just once over the last seven games.
Week 9 of the regular season marks the NFL’s halfway point. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants will be playing the eighth game of their respective 16-game schedules this Sunday with both teams already having their bye.
Two months ago, Carson Wentz was sitting out the rest of the preseason with a fractured rib. The quarterback of the Eagles’ future could do nothing but watch and learn while the incumbent, Sam Bradford, fought to prove he was still the best quarterback on the field.