The final five weeks of the 2016 NFL Season loom ahead for football fans across America. This wildly entertaining campaign, filled with excitement, drama and controversy, is about to get even more interesting. Contending teams are jockeying for playoff positions. The holiday season is closing in. Regular season football is almost over. Here are five things to think about as we enter the “home stretch.”
One of the most intriguing topics for football fans, analysts and commentators to discuss, following the conclusion of the NFL season, centers on the head coaches facing termination from their respective organizations. These coaches either failed to deliver the promises made to their fan base, lost the confidence of the locker room or both. Regardless of the circumstance, the following three head coaches are on the hot seat. Any more wrong doing, on their part, could result in them standing in the unemployment line in January.
The 2016 NFL season is officially five weeks in; it is time to take a look at the five biggest takeaways from the season, thus far, and examine them. Several learning points existed throughout the first five weeks, but the following five presented the most eye-opening reactions from fans around the country.
The Arizona Cardinals won the NFC West in 2015. The Cardinals are talented enough to win it again. The Seattle Seahawks will have something to say about that. This division will be a two team race in 2016. Who will get to the finish line first?
The NFC East stunk in 2016. Three of the four teams had losing record. The Washington Redskins fell into the top spot and clinched the division late in the year. Significant improvements were made to all four teams in this division. Expected to be better in 2016, who will rise to the occasion and actually claim the east?
The Carolina Panthers dominated the NFC South in 2015. The Panthers won the division en route to making NFL history by becoming the first team to win the NFC South for three consecutive years. Is there anyone in the NFC South that can give Carolina a run for their money in 2016?
The NFC North proved to be an interesting division in 2015. The Minnesota Vikings came out of nowhere and won the division. The Vikings surprised millions of fans in the process. Can they put together another division championship caliber season? What about the Green Bay Packers? Will there be another surprise team?