Wentz responds to Rivera’s comments

On Monday, Washington Commander head coach Ron Rivera made some interesting comments about the quarterback position in the NFC East. 

When asked why the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants are ahead of the Commanders, Washington coach Ron Rivera said: “Quarterback.”

On Tuesday, Rivera said he apologized to the team for his comments and, according to him, had a great conversation with Wentz.

“I do, but you know, at the end of the day, I spoke to my team this morning,” Rivera said. “I basically told them that I said some things that were misconstrued. I didn’t present it properly, and that’s on me. So I took accountability, told the guys that I should know better. Sh**, I had a bad day. I figured, you know, I’m feeling better today; let’s move forward. So, to me, as far as I’m concerned, it’s really now about the most important thing that’s getting ready for football…

“The players have been really positive about it, and Carson [Wentz] and I had a nice conversation. So I think we’re ready to roll.”

Wentz, who said he had no idea about Rivera’s comments until today, gave his thoughts on the issue.

“So, honestly, I had no idea any of that happened until Sean(DeBarbieri) over here gave me a heads up,” he said. “But yeah, Coach addressed it, handled it, nothing for me that I’m overly concerned about. Coach is a very straightforward, upfront guy, and he addressed it in the team meeting, which I thought was really cool and what he meant by it all. So, I feel very confident in that.” 

When asked what is the difference between the teams in the NFC East, Wentz said the following: 

“I wish I had all the answers on that,” he said. “You know, I think there’s a lot of football left. I think there’s a lot of varying factors across our division, which is obviously a very good division at this point in the season, but at the same time, I know there’s a lot of ball left. We talked about it after the game, unfortunately, we kind of dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, but we know where we’re at. We know what we’re capable of, and we can’t try and fix it all right away. Our job is to try and go on to know this week, and we got a short week to do that, so we’re focused on that.”

Winning cures everything, and after losing four straight, Washington has to get a win against the Bears in Chicago on Thursday night.

Daboll, Pederson talk Tua Tagovailoa

On Thursday night, a scary incident happened with Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

In the second quarter of the Dolphins’ 27-15 loss to the Bengals, Tagovailoa was sacked by Bengals’ Josh Tupou and was on the ground for a few minutes before he was taken off on a stretcher and sent to a local hospital with head and neck injuries.

Ultimately, Tagovailoa was released from the hospital and flew back with the team to Miami.

Tua, who left the game against the Bills last Sunday and returned with what was initially reported as a head injury, which the Dolphins later said was a back injury, was listed as questionable for Thursday’s game due to the back injury.

On Friday, Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson and Giants head coach Brian Daboll gave their thoughts on the situation.

Doug Pederson:

“First of all, just want to [give] my thoughts and prayers obviously to [Dolphins QB] Tua [Tagovailoa] and his family at this time,” Pederson said. “What I saw on television last night, it was obviously a violent head injury, severe, and to the ground. Listen, those things are going to happen in this league, and it’s no fault of anybody’s, but we have to keep player safety first number one. I know the league is doing an outstanding job with [it]. You look at the guardian caps that we wore in training camp this year, and they’re doing everything they can with technology and helmets and things of that nature. But these instances are going to keep popping up; it’s inevitable with our game and the speed of the game, and the violent nature of our game. We try to minimize them, and we try to protect our players best we can, but sometimes in the course of the heat of the battle, they happen. It’s unfortunate, and again, my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and, of course, the Dolphins at this time.”

Daboll, Tagovailoa’s offensive coordinator at Alabama, says he will reach out to him soon.

“He means a lot to me,” Daboll said. “Special kid, great family, and it was tough…

“Yeah, I think every decision is different. I don’t really think about them as players. I know I’m a coach, but I try to think about them; they’re not too far off from my kids. Anytime a guy gets hurt, I saw it and just prayers for him, his family, and the people around him.”

It was an unfortunate situation, and hopefully, Tagovailoa’s career won’t be impacted going forward.

 

Giants’ Daboll on Thibodeaux: ‘I’d say it’s day-to-day’

Giants rookie LB Kayvon Thibodeaux, the fifth overall selection in this year’s draft, suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the team announced Monday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Thibodeaux is expected to miss three to four weeks, which means he could miss the season opener on September 12 against the Titans. 

“I’d say it’s day-to-day, really,” Giants coach Brian Daboll said. “I’m not forecasting when a player can come back or not come back. I know he’ll come in and get treatment. We’ll take it day-by-day, and when he’s ready to go out there, that’s when we’ll put him out there.”

Thibodeaux was hurt in the second quarter in the team’s 25-22 win over the Bengals Sunday night when Cincinnati tight end Thaddeus Moss went low on a block, and Thibodeaux’s knee bent awkwardly. He was noticeably in pain, but he did walk off under his own power.

The block on Thibodeaux has come under much scrutiny, including from Cowboys LB Micah Parsons, who believes cut blocks should be outlawed. 

“Those are tough blocks – the blocks that are coming from across the line of scrimmage within the tackle box,” Daboll said. “You’ve got to see it, and then you’ve got to do a great job of trying to play with your hands. So, it’s unfortunate that K.T. went down. But that’s part of the game.”

In other news, rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The sixth-round pick in this year’s draft sustained the injury in the third quarter Sunday night.

Notes:

-Beavers is the second Giants’ 11-player draft class member to lose his first season with a torn ACL. Offensive lineman Marcus McKethan, a fifth-round choice, suffered his injury on August 5.

*Kicker Graham Gano suffered a concussion when he fell and hit his head on a 73-yard kickoff return by Chris Evans. Punter Jamie Gillan handled placekicks and kickoffs in the second half. According to Daboll, the Giants may add a kicker this week.

Giants sign cornerback Gavin Heslop

The Giants signed defensive back Gavin Heslop, the team announced Friday.

In a corresponding move, tackle Korey Cunningham was terminated with a non-football injury.

The 24-year-old Heslop, who started three games for the Seahawks last season, made his NFL debut for the Seahawks last November 21 vs. Arizona. Heslop participated in four defensive and 30 special teams snaps and had one special teams tackle (vs. the Texans). He broke his tibia and fibula on December 12 and missed the rest of the season

Heslop joined Seattle as an undrafted rookie out of Stony Brook University in 2020 and spent almost that entire season on the team’s practice squad. He was elevated to the roster for one game (at Miami on Oct. 4) but did not play.

The 27-year-old Cunningham was signed to the Giants’ practice squad on September 7, 2021 and to the active roster on October 10. He played in 12 games as a reserve lineman (113 snaps) and on special teams (34). Cunningham played a season-high 67 snaps at right tackle at Philadelphia on Dec. 26 after starter Matt Peart suffered a first-quarter knee injury.

NFL reveals the 21 players that will be in attendance at 2022 Draft

Twenty-one prospects are confirmed to attend the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, Nevada, the NFL announced today.

Georgia leads all colleges with three players in attendance while Alabama and Ohio State will each have two players on-site. The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with seven prospects confirmed to attend, followed by the Big Ten (four players), Pac-12 (four) and Atlantic Coast Conference (three).

The draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, April 28, and continues Friday, April 29, with Rounds 2-3. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 30, with Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft, which was held in Cleveland last year, will be hosted in the state of Nevada for the first time.

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1)

Matt Corral

QB

Mississippi

2)

Charles Cross

OL

Mississippi State

3)

Jordan Davis

DL

Georgia

4)

Nakobe Dean

LB

Georgia

5)

Ikem Ekwonu

OL

North Carolina State

6)

Sauce Gardner

CB

Cincinnati

7)

Kyler Gordon

CB

Washington

8)

Kyle Hamilton

S

Notre Dame

9)

Aidan Hutchinson

DE

Michigan

10)

Zion Johnson

OL

Boston College

11)

Jermaine Johnson

DE

Florida State

12)

George Karlaftis

DE

Purdue

13)

Devin Lloyd

LB

Utah

14)

Drake London

WR

Southern California

15)

Evan Neal

OL

Alabama

16)

Chris Olave

WR

Ohio State

17)

Kayvon Thibodeaux

DE

Oregon

18)

Jameson Williams

WR

Alabama

19)

Malik Willis

QB

Liberty

20)

Garrett Wilson

WR

Ohio State

21)

Devonte Wyatt

DL

Georgia

2022 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES

WHAT:

87th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

WHERE:

Las Vegas, Nevada.

WHEN:

5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 28 (Round 1).

4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3).

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7).

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 8:30 PM PT (11:30 PM ET). In 2021, the first round consumed three hours and 44 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 8:00 PM PT (11:00 PM ET). The second and third rounds took a combined four hours and 26 minutes in 2021. The draft will conclude by approximately 3:30 PM PT (6:30 PM ET) on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took six hours and 42 minutes in 2021.

ROUNDS:

Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 28; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 29; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 30.

There will be 262 selections, including 39 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that either experienced a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year or received special selections under a 2020 amendment to the League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA to promote equal employment opportunities and an inclusive workforce within NFL clubs.

The following 39 compensatory choices will supplement the 223 regular choices in the seven rounds:

Round 3: Detroit, 33; New Orleans, 34; Cleveland, 35; Baltimore, 36; Philadelphia (from New Orleans), 37; Miami (from San Francisco), 38; Kansas City, 39; Los Angeles Rams, 40; San Francisco, 41.

Round 4: Pittsburgh, 33; Baltimore, 34; Green Bay, 35; Baltimore, 36; Los Angeles Rams, 37; Tennessee, 38.

Round 5: Dallas, 33; Detroit, 34; Dallas, 35; Indianapolis, 36.

Round 6: Los Angeles Rams, 33; Los Angeles Rams, 34; Atlanta, 35; Los Angeles Chargers, 36; Arizona, 37; Indianapolis, 38; Detroit, 39; Los Angeles Rams, 40; Tennessee, 41; San Francisco, 42; San Francisco, 43.

Round 7: Los Angeles Chargers, 33; Los Angeles Chargers, 34; Arizona, 35; Arizona, 36; Green Bay, 37; Kansas City, 38; Los Angeles Chargers, 39; Tampa Bay, 40; San Francisco, 41.

TIME LIMITS:

Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 6, including compensatory picks: Five minutes per selection. Rounds 7, including compensatory picks: Four minutes per selection.

TELEVISION & RADIO:

The 2022 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio and ESPN Radio.

INTERNET:

On Thursday, April 28Draft Today airs on NFL.com, the NFL app and YouTube immediately following the conclusion of NFL Network’s coverage of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft with Matt “Money” SmithCynthia Frelund and Lance Zierlein.

Draft Today continues Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 following each day of the 2022 NFL Draft.

On Sunday, May 1Draft Today recaps the 2022 NFL Draft and passes out Draft Grades for each team with Smith, Zierlein and Bucky Brooks. This edition streams at 5:00 PM ET on NFL.com, the NFL app and YouTube, and airs at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Additionally, NFL.com’s Draft Tracker has live coverage of every selection in the draft, including video and analysis of the picks as they happen.

MOBILE:

Live NFL Network coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

2022 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

(as of April 14, 2022)

#

Team

1.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2.

Detroit Lions

3.

Houston Texans

4.

New York Jets

5.

New York Giants

6.

Carolina Panthers

7.

New York Giants (from Chicago)

8.

Atlanta Falcons

9.

Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)

10.

New York Jets (from Seattle)

11.

Washington Commanders

12.

Minnesota Vikings

13.

Houston Texans (from Cleveland)

14.

Baltimore Ravens

15.

Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami)

16.

New Orleans Saints (from Indianapolis via Philadelphia)

17.

Los Angeles Chargers

18.

Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans)

19.

New Orleans Saints (from Philadelphia)

20.

Pittsburgh Steelers

21.

New England Patriots

22.

Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas)

23

Arizona Cardinals

24.

Dallas Cowboys

25.

Buffalo Bills

26.

Tennessee Titans

27.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

28.

Green Bay Packers

29.

Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco via Miami)

30.

Kansas City Chiefs

31.

Cincinnati Bengals

32.

Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams)

2022 opponents for all 32 NFL teams

A complete list of home and away matchups for the 2022 regular season was issued Thursday by the NFL.

Each team will play 17 regular-season games (and three preseason games) as follows:

  • Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).

  • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating, three-year cycle (four games).

  • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating, four-year cycle (four games).

  • Two intraconference opponents based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

  • One interconference opponent based on the prior year’s standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite-conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are matched in the same way each year.

    The home conference for this game will rotate each season, with the NFC teams hosting the game in 2022.

    The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

    The 2022 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.

The following are the 2022 scheduling rotation and team-by-team opponents.

2022 SCHEDULING ROTATION BY DIVISION

AFC

EAST

Intraconference

AFC NORTH

Interconference

NFC NORTH

17th game

NFC WEST

 

AFC

NORTH

Intraconference

AFC EAST

Interconference

NFC SOUTH

17th game

NFC EAST

AFC

SOUTH

Intraconference

AFC WEST

Interconference

NFC EAST

17th game

NFC NORTH

AFC

WEST

Intraconference

AFC SOUTH

Interconference

NFC WEST

17th game

NFC SOUTH

 

NFC

EAST

Intraconference

NFC NORTH

Interconference

AFC SOUTH

17th game

AFC NORTH

NFC

NORTH

Intraconference

NFC EAST

Interconference

AFC EAST

17th game

AFC SOUTH

NFC

SOUTH

Intraconference

NFC WEST

Interconference

AFC NORTH

17th game

AFC WEST

NFC

WEST

Intraconference

NFC SOUTH

Interconference

AFC WEST

17th game

AFC EAST

2022 OPPONENTS

AFC EAST

  1. Buffalo Bills: Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets,Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

       Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago  Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams

  1.  New England Patriots: Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts

   Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns,          Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

  1.  Miami Dolphins Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers

      Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears,         Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  New York Jets Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars

   Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Denver       Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

                                                                                               

AFC NORTH:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals Home:  Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins

   Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New  England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers  Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Cleveland Browns Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Washington Football Team

  1. Baltimore Ravens  Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins

 Away:  Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH 

  1.  Tennessee Titans Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants

 Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  1.  Indianapolis Colts Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Football Team

   Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New England Patriots

  1. Houston Texans Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  Away:  Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Home:  Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants

 Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

AFC WEST

  1. Kansas City Chiefs Home: Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

  Away: Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1.  Las Vegas Raiders  Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

  1.  Los Angeles Chargers Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  Denver Broncos. Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

NFC EAST

  1.  Dallas Cowboys Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

        Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans

  1.  Philadelphia Eagles Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

  Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Football Team, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

  1.  Washington Football Team Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans

       Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  New York Giants Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

    Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

NFC NORTH

  1.  Green Bay Packers Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans

      Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins,           Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team

  1. Minnesota Vikings Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

    Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  1.  Chicago Bears Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, San Francisco 49ers

   Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

  1. Detroit Lions  Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team

   Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

NFC SOUTH

  1.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

   Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

  1. New Orleans Saints  Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks

    Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

  1. Atlanta Falcons  Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team

  1.  Carolina Panthers Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks

NFC WEST

  1.  Los Angeles Rams Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders

 Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Arizona Cardinals Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings

  1.  San Francisco 49ers  Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team

Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders

  1. Seattle Seahawks Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, New York Jets

 Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eagles’ Hurts: ‘I’ve always admired, from day one, the fight of this team’

The Philadelphia Eagles got off to another slow start against the New York Giants(4-11). Philadelphia trailed 3-0 for most of the first half before tying the score at three at the break. 

Last week against Washington, Philadelphia trailed 10-0 after one quarter but scored 20 consecutive points to take control, and they did the same thing against New York on Sunday.

The Eagles scored 34 straight points, including 17 in the third quarter as Philadelphia routed the Giants 34-10 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia improved to 8-7, and if the season ended today, they would be the third wild card team in NFC. If they win their final two games, the Eagles will make the playoffs. The Eagles, who own a 6-2 record dating back to Week 8, have won a season-high three consecutive games.

In the first half, Eagles QB Jalen Hurts struggled. He was 7/17 for 94 yards, including a fumble recovered by Philadelphia. However, in the second half, Hurts got hot, especially in the third quarter, where he was 8/9 for 90 yards, touchdown. The second-year QB finished the game 17/29 for 199 yards, two touchdowns.

After the game, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni discussed Hurts’ struggles in the first half and his ability to rebound in the second half.

“I think that’s a combination of just how our entire offense played,” Sirianni said. “He definitely missed some throws in the first half that he’s going to want back. I thought he went to the right place with the ball…

“Again, he didn’t play his best first half, and when he plays good, the offense rolls, and he did a great job bouncing back that second half. Again, it’s just not on Jalen. We didn’t play good in the skill positions. We didn’t play as good as we played on the offensive line. We didn’t coach as good as we needed to coach in the first half.

“But, again, just a credit to Jalen to rebound and play a good second half because that’s what good teams do; they find ways to win.”

Hurts added on the first half struggles: “It just starts with me. It starts with me. We just didn’t execute, but we put it together and made some big plays and put up some points…

“I’ve always admired, from day one, the fight of this team, the resiliency of this team, the grit, and perseverance of this team. You look at this football team right now, and I just think we have so much character. So much character in how we do things, how we operate, what we strive for, how we work every day, and how we’re able to overcome. I was very happy about that today.”

At one point, the Eagles were 3-6 and seemingly had no shot at the playoffs, but that has all changed, and now they’re two weeks away from possibly making the postseason. 

“I think, again, it just speaks to the leaders we have on this team and the fact that we knew adversity was going to come,” Sirianni said about the Eagles being in the playoffs if the season ended today. “That’s just the way this league is. Adversity hits, whether it’s a two and five start, a postponement of a game and having to play a game off a 13-day rest or whatever it was and then play a game off — I mean, that’s what happens in this league, so you try to prepare yourself for adversity and be able to handle it.

“So, it all comes back to the types of guys that we have in that locker room. A ton of credit obviously to [Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager] Howie [Roseman] and his staff of how they assembled this team. I said to Howie in there — Howie said, ‘Great job coming back from a two and five start.’ I said, ‘Howie, great job. Like what other first-year head coaches are in the position I’m in?”

The final two games of the season should be interesting. Philly goes on the road to play the Washington Football Team next week. That won’t be easy. Washington plays hard, and it’s a division game. Plus, the Eagles just beat Washington on Tuesday, so it could be challenging to beat a team twice in a short time frame. After Washington, they host the Cowboys, who could be playing for the top spot in the NFC or nothing. Hopefully, for the Eagles, the Cowboys are playing for nothing. 

Both games are winnable for the Eagles, but they have to get off to better starts.

Giants’ Judge on Glennon: ‘I’m pleased with the way he’s managing the offense’

New York Giants backup quarterback Mike Glennon will get the start for the team in their preseason opener against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.

Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones was given the night off and will not play against the Jets.

The 31-year-old Glennon, who signed with the Giants in the offseason after spending the 2020 season in Jacksonville, will be suiting up for his sixth team in six years.

On Thursday, Giants head coach Joe Judge discussed what he wants to see from the nine-year veteran on Saturday night.

“I want him to go out there and function, see the efficiency of the offense,” Judge said. “To me, the quarterback’s role is always to make sure the offense operates the way it should, that’s they’re on the same page and just consistently improve. One thing I’ve seen in Mike is consistently taking a step forward every day.

“I’m pleased with the way he’s managing the offense and the more experience he has with (Offensive Coordinator) Jason (Garrett) calling plays for a year and playing with our players. — obviously, he’s had a short-term window for that being in spring and being in training camp for three weeks now. So, more experience we can get together on the field.”

As a backup in the NFL, Glennon, who started five games for the Jaguars last season, knows he has to be ready at all times.

“The number one job is you have to be ready to play and to go if need be,” said Glennon via giants.com. “But there’s a lot of work behind the scenes. There’s a lot of dialogue in the quarterback room. Me asking questions that pertain to me, but maybe I’m also asking it in hopes that it might be something that is good for Daniel to hear. Also, just being his support system and having his back. I think that goes a long way because it’s inevitable in the NFL that you’re going to throw an interception or have a bad play here and there, and the crowd could be against you. I always want to be the guy that’s there, and that has his back when things are going bad, too. I want to let him know that we’re all behind that. Just have that presence of like, ‘Man, the whole stadium might be against me right now, but there’s someone in your corner.'”

Glennon and Clayton Thorson will be the two quarterbacks that will play for the Giants on Saturday night.

 

Giants activate Saquon Barkley from PUP list

The New York Giants have activated RB Saquon Barkley and LB Oshane Ximines from the physically unable to perform(PUP) list, the team announced on Monday.

Both were expected to participate in practice for the first time in training camp on Monday afternoon.

Barkley and Ximines have been on the physically unable to perform/active list since camp began last month.

Barkley, 24, tore his right ACL in Chicago on September 20. The fourth-year running back underwent surgery on October 30.

Once fully healthy, Barkley will step to the front of a running backs group that includes Devontae Booker, Corey Clement, rookie Gary Brightwell, and Alfred Morris.

Ximines, 24, injured his shoulder on October 4 against the Rams. The third-year linebacker was placed on injured reserve five days later. Ximines returned to practice on November 23, but the shoulder continued to be an issue, and he underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on November 30.

Six players were placed on the PUP/active list when camp began, and two remain there: tight end Kyle Rudolph and rookie cornerback Aaron Robinson, the team’s fifth-round draft choice.

The Giants open their preseason schedule Saturday night against the Jets.

Giants’ Judge: ‘We are paid to win games’

After losing to the Buccaneers in Week 8, the Giants were 1-7, and many thought they would be in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Then, the team went on a four-game winning streak, including going into Seattle and beating the NFC West champion Seahawks, and at that point, the Giants were in first place in the NFC East, but since that win, New York is on a three-game losing streak after losing on the road to Baltimore 27-13 on Sunday.

However, even in a loss, the Giants still have an opportunity to win the NFC East. If New York(5-10) defeats the Cowboys and The Washington Football Team loses to the Eagles next Sunday night, the Giants win the division.

No one expected the Giants to have much success this season, but after the Ravens’ loss, Giants head coach Joe Judge believes the team needs to do more. 

“I am not trying to take shortcuts, but we are trying to do it the right way,” Judge said after the game. “The results of the last three games are what they are. We are paid to win games. That is what it is, professional football. We have to do a better job coaching, better job playing, we have to do more things to help us win the games. Ultimately, in terms of the character of the team, the work ethic of the team, the toughness of the team, we have the right start to who we are working with, and the direction we are going right now. We just need to make sure we do more on the field to get the tangible results.”

What will happen next week? Washington is clearly struggling at the quarterback position after Alex Smith went down with a calf injury. Washington QB Dwayne Haskins struggled mightily in the team’s loss against Carolina on Sunday. The second-year quarterback threw for only 154 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions and was benched in the fourth quarter, but they will play an Eagles team that will have nothing to play for, so it should be interesting to see how Philadelphia handles this game.

The Cowboys are playing well offensively and have been over 30 points in the past three weeks, but defensively the Cowboys(31st in points allowed) are not the best. However, the Giants are having a hard time scoring(31st in points), so we’ll see if they can take advantage of the Cowboys’ defense.

No matter what happens next Sunday, a very mediocre football team will be representing the NFC East in the playoffs.