5 Big Stories in the NFL This Week
As we enter Week 11 of the NFL season, a couple of teams are starting to distance themselves from the rest of the pack as the playoff picture comes into focus. There’s also an inspiring/sad story out about a 49ers player with local ties to North Texas, as well as news of another team that shares the Bay Area market. Let’s get started with our list of “5 Big Stories” entering Week 11:
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Eagles Gain Ground Without Playing a Down
The Eagles didn’t play this past week, yet they gained a full game on all three division opponents.
While the Eagles (8-1) rested during their bye weekend, the Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants lost their games on Sunday. The Cowboys loss at Atlanta puts Dallas at 5-4, a full three games behind the Eagles entering this weekend’s Eagles-Cowboys clash at AT&T Stadium on Sunday Night Football. The game is huge for both teams. If the Eagles’ win, they would have a 4-game lead in the division with only 6 games remaining on the schedule. And the Cowboys’ injury concerns continue this week: left tackle Tyron Smith is battling a groin injury and he may not be able to play; linebacker Sean Lee is out multiple games with a hamstring injury.
The Redskins lost at home to the Vikings this past Sunday, 38-30. The Redskins (4-5) are now below-.500 and face one of the hottest teams in the NFL, the Saints (7-2), in New Orleans this weekend.
Giants Owners to Stick with Head Coach Ben McAdoo for Now
The Giants reached a new low this season when they traveled to Santa Clara and got pasted by the formerly winless 49ers, 31-21. It was a very embarrassing loss for the G-Men. Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch released a joint statement on Monday saying that head coach Ben McAdoo will remain with the team the remainder of the regular season. There’s been rampant speculation among Giants fans as well as the media as to whether or not McAdoo will be fired.
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Rowlett High School Star, 49ers Receiver Marquise Goodwin Plays Through Emotional Plan
Marquise Goodwin, a wide receiver for the 49ers, caught an 83-yard touchdown pass versus the Giants in the team’s first win of the season.
But instead of celebrating his touchdown with a silly dance, he blew a kiss up to the sky, then fell to his knees in the end zone. That’s because earlier in the morning his infant son died of complications following a premature birth.
Goodwin, a former University of Texas football and track star, is a local kid from Rowlett High School. He won seven track and field state championships in high school, and was a 4-time All-American in track and field in college. He’s an Olympian who competed in the long jump in the 2012 Summer Olympics. His wife is Morgan Snow, the champion hurdler from University of Texas.
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Are These the Saints
As mentioned above, the Redskins travel to New Orleans this coming weekend to take on the Saints who have won 7 in a row. The Saints’ win streak is not the most surprising thing about the team. It’s the way they’re winning. They have good, young talent on defense and can win games with their defense. And they are running the ball, not just relying on Drew Brees’ arm. In the Saints dominating 47-10 win in Buffalo on Sunday, the Saints (7-3) ran the ball 48 times for 298 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns. Are you kidding? Those are amazing rush totals.
The Saints are ranked #3 in rushing this year, right behind the Jaguars and Cowboys, thanks to big games by running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Saints are ranked 5th in passing. And their defense is ranked 8th in total yards allowed. Wow, that’s great stuff for the Who Dat fans in New Orleans. The Saints currently have a half-game lead on the Panthers (7-3) in the NFC South.
Raiders’ Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Stadium in Las Vegas
The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in 2020. On Monday evening, Raiders’ owner Mark Davis joined civic, government, and business leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for the
planned $1.9 billion domed stadium which will seat 65,000 fans. It will be located near the south end of the Vegas strip, just west of the Mandalay Bay resort/casino. Former Raiders’ greats like Howie Long, Fred Biletnikoff and Jim Plunkett were on hand, too. The Raiders will share the stadium with UNLV’s football team.