The San Diego Chargers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but after three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances, the San Francisco 49ers are out. They have the opportunity to play the spoiler for the Chargers, but what has happened to them this year? CBS Sports’ Steve Beuerlein spoke on this weekend’s west coast game and looks at what has gone wrong and right.
After two straight losses to Seattle and Dallas, the Eagles are in a tough spot to make the playoffs, but stranger things have happened before in the NFC playoff picture. It doesn’t take Pablo Picasso to paint this year’s playoff picture, but it is a bit abstract for the Eagles with just two weeks to play.
After a Thanksgiving feast of the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles return home for a key NFC showdown with the defending Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Having the champions in Lincoln Financial Field is a nice opportunity to put together a statement game as the team jockey for NFC playoff positioning.
When the Eagles head to Arizona they will do so chasing the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East and jostling with the Cardinals for potential playoff positioning. As the season progresses, the importance of each game will continue to rise. Kelly sounds ready for that challenge. It’s back to business for the Eagles.
The Cardinals are 5-1, but they have not necessarily been as good as their record might suggest. What is fair to say is this team is resilient and has learned how to win some close games and close out tight games. That is to be respected, and why the Eagles will have to find a way to start and finish strong, as they did against the New York Giants.
With no disrespect intended to the Cardinals or whoever comes out of the NFC North or NFC South, it is the Eagles and Cowboys that are beginning to be recognized as the top contenders in the NFC.
The Rams were supposed to be one of the trendy up-and-coming picks in the NFC West this season, but when starting quarterback Sam Bradford went down for the season that talk was scaled back by most. The rams are still a dangerous team for the Eagles.
It is going to be tough to digest this loss for Eagles fans. After the special teams scored twice and the defense added another touchdown, the Eagles only needed their offense to reach the end zone once. Normally this is a given for a Chip Kelly offense, but that was not the case on Sunday.
Nothing has come easy for the Eagles, and this game on the road against the 49er should be another tough battle. The 49ers may not be in desperation mode but after two losses Jim Harbaugh will be looking to do everything he can to get his team a win this weekend. Harbaugh and Eagles head coach Chip Kelly are also familiar with each other after competing against each other in the Pac-10.
The 49ers’ acquisition of wide receiver Stevie Johnson is a win for both the team and player. San Francisco gets what they hope is the final missing piece to their passing game, while Johnson gets the chance to return home and not only play for a contender, but play in a market where his talents will not go un-noticed.
Ask Aaron Donald and he’ll tell you without a doubt, that he believes he couldn’t have landed in a better spot when he was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the No. 13 overall pick.
Six weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints suffered their worst loss of the season in a game where they were absolutely demolished by the Seattle Seahawks. Immediately afterward, head coach Sean Payton told his players to put the game behind them because they would get another shot. Payton was right as the Saints are meeting the Seahawks again, and there are four big things they need to do, in order to win.
The Green Bay Packers have had trouble stopping the 49ers in their last two meetings. Now they have to try and beat them in the playoffs while facing injury issues on defense.
The Green Bay Packers pulled off a huge win to make the playoffs, but now they have to face off with the San Francisco 49ers. They will have to work to prevent a repeat of what happened when these two met last season.
Ever since high school, Marshawn Lynch has been compared to another running back. Lynch has been covered by the glory of someone else, will this be the year that he ultimately radiates his dominance on the gridiron?