Tuesday Morning Backup is our weekly post reviewing the week that was in the NFL, with five bold reactions. This week we look at the NFC East, arguably the best division in the league, and why that is good for business.
5. The NFC East will get 3 teams in the playoffs.
The Cowboys are the class of the NFC, and sitting pretty at 8-1. The Giants have won five in a row, and remain in striking distance for the division crown. The Redskins will need to hold off the likes of the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings, but with a favorable home schedule in December, should get to 9 wins.
4. The NFL MVP is not on the Dallas Cowboys.
I know the talk after the big win Dallas had Sunday was who should win the MVP, Zeke Elliott or Dak Prescott. Pointshavers will go on record and say neither will end up with that trophy. It’s still hard to imagine the league awarding a rookie with the most valuable player accolade, and with one of the easiest second half schedules of title contenders, watch Tom Brady put up some video game numbers the rest of this month.
3. Gus Bradley will NOT be back as head coach of Jacksonville next season.
Easily the most disappointing team of the season, the Jaguars dropped to 2-7, and their 27th ranked scoring offense shows no signs of improvement. With road games at Detroit and Buffalo before heading home December 4th against the defending champion Broncos, it is possible this team will not win another game this year. The Tom Coughlin watch begins.
2. Odell Bechkam Jr. is the best wide receiver in the NFL, when he wants to be.
Odell Beckham with a 10 yard TD then hits the Thriller dance! pic.twitter.com/7rEkD7PAJ8
— NFL Draft Insider (@NFLDraftInsider) November 15, 2016
There is no denying the talent of Giants wideout Odell Bechkam Jr. Over the past month, he has turned it on, and the Giants are flying high because of it. As the youngest player ever in NFL history to amass 3500 yards in his career, Beckham has moments where he drives his fans crazy. In a league where there is more talent at his position then in the past decade, Beckham is arguably the best. Better than Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and A.J Green. Not by much, but he is.
1. The NFC South is bad, again.
Last season, the Carolina Panthers ran away with the division, on their way to a 15-1 regular season and Superbowl appearance. This year, the Falcons started hot, but once again have come back down to earth. Tampa Bay is on their way to an 8-8 year, New Orleans is the epitome of mediocrity, and the Panthers have blown multiple chances to turn their season around. Thursday night’s Panthers/Saints game could be a playoff elimination game for both, as the ideal hope for either is to win out and catch Atlanta for the division crown.