With Halloween coming up and the seventh week of games in the books, the theme of “the seven (deadly) sins” came to mind for me and I decided to take a closer look at the most recent slate of games through that lense. That way I would seven terms to describe how certain teams hurt themselves by committing those errors.
Having already done a couple of big topics in video format, with the Bengals early-season struggles on offense and the Giants now 5-1 start, powered by Saquon Barkley, along with power rankings at the quarter-pole of the season, I thought this was the right time to kind of let readers into my world of tape study and really dive into the six biggest games from this past weekend. All teams involved in these matchups are now .500 or better, including some risers and what were labelled as championship contenders heading into the season, now at somewhat of a crossroads a month-and-a-half into the year.
Below, you can find my offense versus defense breakdowns when either team possessed the ball, along with some concluding general thoughts, from the following matchups: 49ers-Falcons, Vikings-Dolphins, Jets-Packers, Ravens-Giants, Bills-Chiefs and Cowboys-Eagles.
So here I listed the teams, that just finished fourth in their respective division, and ranked them based on the likelihood of winning it this year. I will describe the team itself, including some of the changes on the roster and coaching staff, talk about the challenges they will face inside their division and take a look at the schedule a little bit, in order to determine their chances of hosting a playoff game come next January. I also added a percentage at the very end, that I would give them of doing so.
The Miami Dolphins first sent shock waves across the NFL landscape by trading the No. 3 pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 pick this year, a first- and third-round pick in 2022 and a first-round pick in 2023. However, the Dolphins weren’t finished jockeying for 2021 NFL Draft positioning as evidenced by their subsequent trade with Philly. The Philadelphia Eagles traded the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NFL draft along with a 2021 fifth-round pick (No. 156) to the Miami Dolphins for the No. 12 pick, a fourth-round pick (No. 123) and a 2022 first-round pick.
All signs are pointing towards the 49ers selecting a quarterback third overall. Meanwhile, Eagles fans are lamenting at the fact that it is highly unlikely that Kyle Pitts nor Ja’Marr Chase will be available when the 12th overall pick rolls around. Meanwhile, the general consensus is that the Miami Dolphins pulled a coup having traded back up to the 6th slot. Will it be Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, or Mac Jones landing in San Fran? Will the Dolphins add the playmaker at wide receiver they covet the most? Will the Eagles still be able to land a high-end prospect that can make an immediate impact as a starter? CPGM Juice and Drew discuss in full.