NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Divisional round edition –

The primary spherical of the NFL playoffs are Inside the books, and the contenders separated themselves from the pretenders. We now have three new obituaries Inside the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and Arizona Cardinals.


The Eagles’ 2021 season will virtually unanimously be thought-about Worthwhile, seeing As a Outcome of they made the playoffs when most thought thOn They Will not. This time a yr in the past, the group had simply accomplished a 4-11-1 season, and have been heading into an offseason By which they have been in cap hell, with no apparent options at quartperiodgain, and a roster Suffering from apparent holes. Now, after ending 9-8 behind the No. 1 dashing offense Inside the NFL, the group A minimal of had an id, Even when Solely for one season, And a lot extra set off for optimism.

However there are nonetheless some reliable factors to be made about this group’s 2021 season.

• In an effort To make Further money, the NFL cheapened its product by including a seventh playoff group To every convention. In The two yrs beneath that new playoff format, 7 seeds are 0-4, with a mixed level completely differential of -50. The two 7 seeds this yr, the Eagles and Steelers, each acquired utterly smoked. The Eagles have been down 31-0 at one level to the Bucs, the placeas Inside the AFC, the Steelers have been down 35-7 Inside their recreation as quickly as extrast the Chiefs. These two groups Wouldn’t have been Inside the tourney earlier than 2020.

• The groups thOn the Eagles beat had a mixed doc of 53-99-1 (0.350). They beat one group with a profitable doc this season. Which Might Even be the Trevor Siemian-led 9-8 New Orleans Saints. They beat zero groups that made the playoffs. The quartperiodgains thOn they beat have been as follows:

  1. Matt Ryan
  2. Sam Darnold
  3. Jared Goff
  4. Teddy Bridgewater
  5. Trevor Siemian
  6. Zach Wilson
  7. Garrett Gilbert
  8. Jake Fromm / Mike Glennon
  9. Taylor Heinicke

 • Wheby no implys they performed anyone half respectable, they misplaced, typinamey in lopsided video recreations. The blowout loss to the Bucs Inside the playoffs only strengthened that the placeas the Eagles are clearly greater than the worst groups Inside the NFL, They’ren’t Shut to The huge boys.

Going forward, It is going to be fascinating to see whOn the Eagles do at quartperiodgain. Howie Roseman emphatinamey endorsed Jalen Hurts As a Outcome of the group’s starter in 2022. Really, That Does not actually imply something, Similar to it Did not imply something when he said dropping Carson Wentz Can be like dropping fingers. Still, Hurts might have performed juuuust properly enough To primarytain the Eagles in quartperiodgain purgatory for A minimal of ancompletely different season, Which could finally be worse than if he had merely been dangerous.

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It is exhausting To Search out out what was extra egregious — the Cowboys’ idiotic play name On The prime of their loss to the 49ers, or their pathetic bitching Regarding the officiating of that play Inside the aftime periodath.

First, let’s restay the play: 

I imply, LOL. That is the dumbiggest play name I’ve ever seen in my life. Watching that stay, as quickly as Prescott took off working, my quick thought was, “OMG this recreation is over.” 

I can primarytain in thoughts overlaying teaching camp applys By way of the Chip Kelly yrs, and from one snap to The subsequent, Once they have been in extreme quick tempo mode, they would get performs off from one to The subsequent in aspherical 10-11 seconds. And that was in an offense By which all they did was run tempo, and 10 seconds was Definitely one of the biggest they could do in a managed apply environment with out an umpire who was trailing the play from behind who Desired to set the ball himself earlier than it Might be snapped on The subsequent play.

And A method or The completely different, Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys ran this play seemingly unaware thOn they Desired to Rely upon the umpire to make an athletic play To decide the ball So as to get the snap/spike off in time. McCarthy even blamed the official for not recognizing it quick enough.

Do You’d like to Return and watch the play as quickly as extra, the official truly did the Cowboys An limitless favor. Watch the place Prescott begins his slide. He is On the 26 yard line. That is the place the ball ought to have been noticed. Instead, the Cowboys noticed it themselves On the 23. The official moved it again A pair ft, but not Tons thOn The complete offense Wanted To maneuver again A couple of yards and get re-set earlier than the snap. Had they acquiredten the snap/spike off in time, the Niners would have had a respectable set off to be livid Regarding the incorrectly noticed ball.

As recreationrs and officers left The sector, bottles And numerous trash rained down onto The sector.

Dak Prescott was requested about that fan conduct On the conclusion of The sport. At first, when he thought thOn the projectiles have been being Aimed in the direction of recreationrs, he was kinda like, (GASP!) “THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS!!!” When he was informed the trash was probably directed On the officers, he was principally like, “Oh properly in that case, they deserved it.”

Realizing that heavy fines have been quickly coming Prescott’s method, Prescott’s agent or lawyer or actually anyone Aside from Prescott wrote The subsequent apology on Twitter. 

“I deeply remorse the feedagain I made relating to the officers after The sport on Sunday. I used to be caught up Inside the emotion of a disapleveling loss and my phrases have been unnameed for and unfair. I primarytain the NFL Officials Inside The very biggest regard and have On A daily basis revered their professionalism and The drawback of their jobs. The safety of everyone who attends a recreation or participates on The sector of a sporting event is A very critical matter. That was a mistake on my behalf, And that i am sorry.”


In The Prolonged time period, it was merely The latest in An prolonged line of Cowboys playoff choke jobs Over the previous quarter century. And that it was scrumptious.


Talking of choke artists, the Cardinals have been in prime place to make the playoffs in 2020, but they misplaced their final two video recreations, and it was off to Cabo.

In 2021, the Cardinals have been at one time 10-2, and in An excellent place to land the 1 seed Inside the NFC. They then went 1-4 down the stretch, pissed amethod the NFC West division, After which acquired trounced Inside the wild card spherical by the Rams. In a span of A few month and a half, Kliff Kingsbury went from “This man Should be the NFL Coach of the Year” to “This man Should be fired.”



4) 49ers (11-7): I liked the Niners’ matchup as quickly as extrast the Cowboys on Sunday. The Cowboys have a playmaking protection, but They’re additionally beneathsized up entrance, They typinamey deal with poorly Inside the secondary. I had little doubt that YAC machine mans like Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle would make performs, and thOn the Niners would have success Inside the run recreation. The one fear I had was Jimmy Garoppolo, beset off, properly, Jimmy Garoppolo stinks. Working event:

The Packers are ancompletely different fascinating matchup for the Niners this weekend. Do You’d like to’ll rename Inside the 2019 NFC Championship Game, the Niners ran for 285 yards, the placeas Garoppolo only tried 8 passes, like they have been Nebraska Inside the 1990’s having fun with Kansas. In 2021, the Packers allowed 4.7 yards per carry, which was third-worst Inside the NFL.

The Niners will finally lose a recreation As a Outcome of of Jimmy G, but mightbe They will disguise him as quickly as extra in Inexperienced Bay? 

Last week: 6

3) Rams (13-5): The Rams quietly have Definitely one of the biggest protection of the reprimarying groups Inside the NFC, which is Sort of a bizarre Method To place it Once they make use of Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and Von Miller.

Last week: 4

2) Buccaneers (14-4): Chris Godwin carried out for the season with an ACL? No drawback. Antonio Brown kicked off the group? Meh. No worries. Tom Brady can win with Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, and a bunch of mediocre expertise recreationrs completely differentwise. 

BUT… If Tristan Wirfs (sprained ankle) Can’t go on Sunday, That is probably A critical drawback for the Bucs, since againup RT Josh Wells Might not block… (checks notes)… Ryan Kerrigan!

Von Miller Should be very excited for Sunday if he will get to face Wells.

Last week: 2

1) Packers (13-4): The Packers have gained double-digit video recreations 10 groups Inside the Aaron Rodgers period, which included a 15-win season, a trio of 13-wins seasons, and a 12-win season. This Is in a place to be the fifth time They’ve had A primary-spherical spherical bye all through that span. In those 4 earlier seasons thOn they earned A primary-spherical bye, they have been 3-4 Inside the playoffs, and by no implys made it to the Tremalesdous Bowl. I Look forward to seeing how they blow it this yr. 

Last week: 1

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