Voting is in full swing for the 2020 Pro Bowl. MVP contenders Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson will undoubtedly receive their invitations. Aside from the fanfare this pair are creating, there are some less spoken of names out there that deserve consideration.
Following the results of last Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals became the first team to be officially ruled out of playoff contention; not that the playoffs were ever a realistic expectation at the season's dawn.
The half term results are out for this year's rookie class. As with every year some have excelled, whilst others risk being held back.
The 2019 NFL trade deadline passed with little fanfare. Just one deal came to pass on the day and it was made by a team who had previously been dealing away for fun. Aqib Talib is the newest member of the Miami Dolphins, moving on from the Los Angeles Rams.
In what seems to have all but confirmed that Kenyan Drake is on the move, he has not travelled with the team to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on MNF.
Confirmed by multiple sources now, A.J. Green is highly unlikely to report to the Cincinnati Bengals facility before the Oct. 29 trade deadline. In which case, Green may well have played his final snap in Cincy colours. There's a few contributing factors at play here as to why his return date is being dragged out.
It was a rough start to the 2019 season for the Carolina Panthers. Losses to the LA Rams and Tampa Bay Bucs meant an 0-2 start and stiff questions inevitably being asked about the future of head coach Ron Rivera and his support staff.
Entering week 4, few predicted a perfect 3-0 start for the Buffalo Bills, yet here we are. By the barest of margins, they escaped from New York to open the season with a win over the Jets. Josh Allen threw a pair of bad interceptions, as the Bills failed to register a single scoring play in the 1st half. A pivotal 4th quarter, in which they scored 14 game changing points, perhaps set the tone for the early stages of their season.
Following Jalen Ramsey’s public outburst on the sidelines during the Jaguars defeat to divisional rivals Houston Texans in week 2, it seemed the writing was on the wall. Soon after this display, the rather inevitable trade request landed at the door of GM Dave Caldwell.
Take a breath football fans. If you didn't watch the game live, this writer can only hope you had your DVR set. Or, however you choose to watch your football, make it a priority to get this on a screen near you.
Led by head coach Frank Reich, the Colts have a great coaching and support staff in place. Reich and GM Chris Ballard have led a roster makeover that looked to be propelling this team back into contention. Even with Andrew Luck now out of the picture, their is faith amongst all corners of staff that all is not lost.
It should be mentioned this is, of course, all coach talk. There still so much promise that must be delivered upon. With the lingering concerns on the defensive front, it may just prevent this team from hitting their full potential quick enough. But in what is now a wide open division, no one team can be ruled out. It certainly will be one to watch with much intrigue and mystery surrounding it.
Barring major injury to their divisional rivals, playoff football might just be a bridge too far for the Tennessee Titans.
One critical aspect will run throughout the whole season - stay healthy. If luck is on their side, it should be playoffs for the Houston Texans.
A career that has no shortage of critical moments and pivotal decisions, not much is as important to an NFL player as entering his contract year. For most, it's a key time to prove to any interested franchise, including their own, they are worth paying big bucks for. For others, it's last chance saloon to prove to their current employers they are just good enough to be retained.