NFL Notebook Week 11

I’ll start this week out by saying if we don’t get a rematch between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl this year, then God is still mad that we didn’t allow Tim Tebow to be a viable option at quarterback. Monday Night’s record breaking game was easily the most exciting game I’ve ever seen, and hyperbole aside we need part two.

Aside from the Rams vs Chiefs it feels like not much else happened this weekend, but we certainly had an eventful weekend. The Saints demolished the Eagles, Alex Smith did the stanky leg, Odell Beckham gave Giants fans a pipe full of hope, & we got the weirdest coaching rumor of all time.

As The NFC East Turns

During Sunday’s loss to the Texans, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a broken tibia and fibula. He has successfully undergone surgery and by all accounts will make a full recovery.
However the Redskins will not.

Colt McCoy will replace Smith as the starting quarterback with Mark Sanchez coming in to be his backup. Which if you haven’t been watching football over the last eight years, spells disaster for the Skins, who currently hold first in the NFC East.

Even with Smith, Washington looks abysmal and now it seems like 1st place in the NFC East might be anyone’s for the taking.

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The Cowboys have the best odds to take over the top spot, with a Thanksgiving day game against Washington coming up in which they could start the week by dethroning the Boring King. Even with Zeke Elliott playing great football, the Clapper is bound to screw something up. He’ll have plenty of chances with the Cowboys playing the Saints, Colts, and Eagles before finishing the season against the Giants. (Do the Bucs even count as a NFL team anymore?)

Then we have the reigning, defending Super Bowl Champions the Philadelphia Eagles who gotten beaten by the New Orleans Saints worse than Ronda Rousey did at Survivor Series. The injury bug has dismantled their team, and it also feels like they are missing some of their magic from last year. The two most notable magic spells missing are Frank Reich and John DeFilippo. My guess is they slowly fade to the back.

Everyone loves a good long shot, a miracle, a true underdog story, and who better to play that role then the beloved New York Giants who need to run the table to even get a sniff at the playoffs. The next three weeks will be the real test. They face Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington in a real test of ‘is this a pipe dream or are we going to make it’. Chances are it’s a pipe dream, and I’m looking for a lighter.

Browns Want To Hire Who?

ESPN ran with a story this weekend about how the Cleveland Browns want to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the head coaching job. This story was sent to me and I had to double and triple check that it wasn’t a gag from Adam Schefter.

If this were to actually happen, she would be the first woman to interview for a head coaching vacancy in the NFL. However once the story made it’s rounds Browns GM John Dorsey issued this statement.

“Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”

Rice has been more hands on experience with collegiate level football, as she was one of the inaugural members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. A position that she held from 2013 to 2016.

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So this news might not mean she’s going to be wearing a headset anytime soon, but she might find herself in the front office one day.

Quick Slants

-The Bears defense is god damn amazing. Just sucks the NFL decided that defenses doesn’t matter this year.

-Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “How is it possible Mark Sanchez can get a NFL job before…” Oh you’ve heard it before, still doesn’t make any sense to me either.

-Derek Carr is going to love Pat Shurmur next year.

-I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but Drew Brees is going to win the MVP this year.

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