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NFL Week Two Round Up – Keep It Up, Fans!

Posted on September 17, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Once again, on Wednesday, we had the fans vote on the outcome of every NFL Week 2 match up on Twitter, and they didn’t necessarily do worse than last week – but not much better either. This week the fans went 11-5, bringing their season record to 21-9-2. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Detroit Lions
  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
  • San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers 
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants
  • New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets

We hope the fans are ready to make their picks for Week 3 tomorrow night on Twitter! More importantly, the shake up in QBs for multiple teams will hopefully guide the fans to make the right picks. We want to see you continue your winning record, so be sure to catch up on all the must-see moments from the weekend you may have missed. Here are a few highlights from the Week 2 action:

  • Obviously, the Patriots completing shutting out the Dolphins was rough to watch – we even asked the fans if they laughed at the outcome or felt the need to ‘pour one out’ for Miami. But when you take into consideration that the Dolphins literally ducked to avoid catching a ball, you can no longer feel bad for the team and their dumpster fire season.
  • Speaking of dumpster fires! A speaker caught on fire at Nissan Stadium ahead of the Indianapolis Colts-Tennessee Titans game. While some used footage to reference the Dolphins season, the Colts social media team used it to get their fans ‘fired’ up.
  • Forget the Atlanta Falcons – the NFL Officials are now the biggest rival for the New Orleans Saints. This couldn’t have been more clear after a play was blown dead when it very much wasn’t. Sure, I might be a very disgruntled Saints fan, but Cam Jordan’s post-game interview is too good not to include here. Don’t worry fans, this will NOT be an issue in the FCFL!

  • OBJ hit the field last night to remind the Giants what they’re missing out on – and broke his own record in the process.
  • Technically this is more of a look ahead to Week 3, but the Giants have benched Eli Manning and Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is out for the rest of the season – so naturally someone needed to use this opportunity to make Twitter gold.
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NFL Week One Round Up – How’d the Fans Do?

Posted on September 10, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Wednesday night we had the fans vote on the outcome of every NFL Week 1 match up on Twitter, and we have to say, they didn’t do half bad. With a final score of 10-4-2 (see the notes next to the picks to explain the ties), the fans proved they know their stuff! Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected. We want to see more of these teams overlapping next week!

  • Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings – the fans were split 50/50 on this one, so we won’t count it as a loss
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Los Angeles Ramsvs. Carolina Panthers
  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals – sorry fans, this game ended in a tie!
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots
  • Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders

We hope the fans are ready to make their picks for Week 2 tomorrow night on Twitter! We want to see you continue your winning record, so be sure to catch up on all the must-see moments from the weekend you may have missed. Here are a few of our favorites from the Week 1 action:

  • The return of the Collinsworth Slide. Need we say more?
  • Kyler Murray was sacked by his own guard in his debut against the Detroit Lions. Sure, the team rallied to tie the game at the end of OT, but this is just too good not to share with the fans that may have missed it.
  • This entire call. We won’t give Pittsburgh Steeler center Maurkice Pouncey a harder time than the announcers did, but damn. It hurts every time we watch this. Let’s just hope he learns his lesson before the Steelers face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
  • You already know how much we hate to see a game be won off of a field goal. Unfortunately for the Houston Texans, a terrible defensive call was made that put the New Orleans Saints into field goal range.
  • And last, but absolutely not least, the fans made a difference during Monday Night Football! For whatever reason, the folks at ESPN decided to have the graphic for downs be yellow – which basically meant the entire first half had fans thinking there was a flag on every call. Thankfully, the fans took to Twitter to demand change, and EPSN pulled through.

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FAN Take: Optimizing the Fan Experience

Posted on September 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

SeatGeek released their 2019 NFL team stadium rankings, and it looks like we need to book trips to catch games at Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers), Mercedes Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons), and AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys) to make sure we have a top-notch experience. You can see where your favorite team stacks up against the competition here, but if you’re not in the Top 5 for atmosphere, food, or bathrooms, you may want to consider only going to away games.

Atmosphere

  1. Green Bay Packers
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
  3. New Orleans Saints
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Dallas Cowboys

Food

  1. Atlanta Falcons
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Dallas Cowboys
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Minnesota Vikings

Bathrooms

  1. Atlanta Falcons
  2. Indianapolis Colts
  3. Dallas Cowboys
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. Minnesota Vikings

While we are building this league for the digital consumer, that doesn’t mean we aren’t focused on making the live experience just as amazing for any fans in attendance. By using a massive state-of-the-art production studio, we have the opportunity to build out whatever we want. So what do the fans want to see? Do you want special lighting that makes you feel like you’re watching a cinematic masterpiece? Or maybe a killer sound system that helps you feel like the party won’t stop? What kind of food do you want to load up on? The traditional stadium fare we’ve all come to know and love (or tolerate, depending on where you are)? Or do you want to see a rotation of food trucks brought in for variety on a weekly basis? We want to make this experience the best it possibly can be, so let us know what you think!

Power To The Fans!

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Throwing A Flag On The New Pass Interference Rules

Posted on August 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night in the Hall of Fame game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, fans got a glimpse at how the future of pass interference calls could look – and it’s messy. Broncos coach Vic Fangio threw his challenge flag over a call in the second quarter and it was upheld by the officials. To no surprise, fans quickly took to Twitter to express their annoyance after an additional stoppage in play. Because that’s just what the NFL needs – more time wasted.

We’re not here to throw shade, but we’re feeling pretty good about our dedication to making sure our fans get the most action possible in our sixty minute games. Who wants to watch two teams play for up to four hours when they can watch all eight teams in the same amount of time? This shift also makes it infinitely easier for our fans to check up on the competition and prepare to call the right plays. But the first snap of our inaugural season, we will join you in groaning over the increased number of calls made this NFL season.

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Football Is Back!

Posted on August 1, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, kind of. It really all depends on whether or not you actually count the Hall of Fame Game and the rest of NFL preseason as real football. Tonight the Denver Broncos will face off against the Atlanta Falcons in Canton, Ohio, which honestly, seems like a lackluster way for the NFL to kick off their 100th season on the field. Preseason is already difficult to watch, the least they could have done was pick a more exciting match-up. But we will say, getting a look at some of the rookies should prove to be entertaining. We’ll finally get to see what the 42nd pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Drew Lock, can do now that he’s in the pros. You didn’t think the Broncos would actually start Joe Flacco, did you? Lock is currently sitting in the third-string quarterback position, but who knows, maybe he will make Denver forget they even have Kevin Hogan on the roster come regular season. Other notable rookies to keep an eye on include Noah Fant (Denver), Juwann Winfree (Denver), Dre’Mont Jones (Denver), Qadree Ollison (Atlanta), Chris Lindstrom (Atlanta), and Marcus Green (Atlanta).

Shout out to ClutchPoints for our favorite composite

Fans, will you be tuning in to the game tonight? Are you going to be keeping an eye on some of these rookies as you prepare for your fantasy draft? Or are you going to do something else with your night and just peruse through the highlights tomorrow morning as you countdown the hours until your weekend starts?

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FAN Take: Getting All Access

Posted on June 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Every year we look forward to getting to tune in to HBO’s Hard Knocks series, watching how much of a hot mess a team is behind the scenes. Earlier this month, it was announced that the next team to be featured is the Oakland Raiders, who finished with a depressing 4-12 record last season. The series first premiered in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens before featuring the Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cincinnati Bengals (2009, 2013), New York Jets (2010), Miami Dolphins (2012), Atlanta Falcons (2014), Houston Texans (2015), Los Angeles Rams (2016), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017) and Cleveland Browns (2018). There has been some concern over the series getting stale, but it seems like there may be a solution coming from none other than the team owners. Similar to how the NHL teams are shown preparing for the Winter Classic, fans would get to see two teams going into a big game a few times over the course of a season.

We love the idea of getting to see what happens behind the scenes as two teams get ready to face off! Is this the kind of content fans want to see in the FCFL? Do you want an inside look at the trash talk between teams or how the teams get hyped up in the hours before a game? Would you prefer to focus on how the teams train week-in and week-out? We want you to feel like you’re getting all access, so let us know what you want to see!

Power To The Fans!

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Is Brett Favre Coming Back To Football?

Posted on June 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Earlier today, fans got excited over the news that Brett Favre was returning to the NFL – specifically, on the field. That’s right, the 20-year pro posted that he is going to suit up and take over the starting QB position for one of the NFL teams that could use a little help! Psych. Sorry guys, it’s not really happening. Unfortunately, someone hacked the legendary quarterback’s Instagram account and led to plenty of broken hearts. While we feel a *little* bad for those who fell for the post, we have to question your judgement – he’s 49. That age would be a stretch even for a kicker, and we know those guys’ careers go on forever.

But now we’re wondering who the fans would love to see come out of retirement and grace the field once again? Jason Witten already announced his comeback, do you think Tony Romo or Matt Forte still have a few years left in them? We’re sure if he really wanted to, Calvin Johnson could add some more stats to his “Megatron” status. While all these could be fun prospects, we’re sure that there are a good number of fans out there that think once you hang up your jersey, it’s hung up for good. Let this serve as a reminder to all you fans out there – don’t use “password” for all your passwords!

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Your 2019 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Don’t worry fans, we’ve got you covered with all the last-minute NFL Draft information you need. Be sure to follow along on our Twitter account for up to date information throughout the weekend!

When is all the action happening?

Thursday, April 25: Round 1 (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, April 26: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 27: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)

How can you watch?

Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes

What positions does every team need the most, by draft order?

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Defensive line, offensive line, wide receiver
  2. San Francisco 49ers: Defensive back, pass rusher
  3. New York Jets: Pass rusher, cornerback, offensive tackle
  4. Oakland Raiders: Pass rusher, running back, linebacker
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pass rusher, cornerback, linebacker
  6. New York Giants: Quarterback, pass rusher, receiver
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Offensive line, quarterback, receiver
  8. Detroit Lions: Cornerback, pass rusher, tight end
  9. Buffalo Bills: Defensive tackle, pass rusher, offensive line
  10. Denver Broncos: Quarterback, linebacker, defensive tackle
  11. Cincinnati Bengals: Linebacker, offensive tackle, tight end
  12. Green Bay Packers: Offensive tackle, safety, tight end
  13. Miami Dolphins: Quarterback, offensive line, pass rusher
  14. Atlanta Falcons: Defensive tackle, pass rusher, cornerback
  15. Washington Redskins: Receiver, pass rusher, offensive line
  16. Carolina Panthers: Pass rusher, safety, offensive line
  17. New York Giants*: Pass rusher, quarterback, receiver
  18. Minnesota Vikings: Offensive line, defensive tackle, tight end
  19. Tennessee Titans: Offensive line, receiver, tight end
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Receiver, linebacker, defensive back
  21. Seattle Seahawks: Pass rusher, safety, cornerback
  22. Baltimore Ravens: Receiver, linebacker, offensive line
  23. Houston Texans: Offensive tackle, offensive guard, safety
  24. Oakland Raiders^: Pass rusher, running back, linebacker
  25. Philadelphia Eagles: Safety, pass rusher, running back
  26. Indianapolis Colts: Defensive tackle, receiver, defensive back
  27. Oakland Raiders**: Pass rusher, running back, linebacker
  28. Los Angeles Chargers: Offensive tackle, defensive tackle, receiver
  29. Seattle Seahawks^^: Pass rusher, safety, cornerback
  30. Green Bay Packers*^: Offensive tackle, safety, tight end
  31. Los Angeles Rams: Pass rusher, linebacker, cornerback
  32. New England Patriots: Defensive line, tight end, receiver

The below teams don’t have picks until the second-round

Cleveland Browns: Safety, offensive line, defensive line
Chicago Bears: Running back, edge rusher, cornerback
Dallas Cowboys: Defensive line, defensive back, safety
Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback, safety, wide receiver
New Orleans Saints: Offensive line, wide receiver, linebacker

*New York Giants received a second first-round pick through their trade with the Cleveland Browns
^Oakland Raiders received a second first-round pick through their trade with the Chicago Bears
**Oakland Raiders received a third first-round pick through their trade with the Dallas Cowboys
^^Seattle Seahawks received a second first-round pick through their trade with the Kansas City Chiefs
*^Green Bay Packers received a second first-round pick through their trade with the New Orleans Saints

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Every NFL Schedule Release Video – Ranked

Posted on April 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

One of the best parts of the NFL releasing their regular season schedule, is how each team chooses to present their schedule. Our team went through EVERY video released by the 32 NFL teams this year and ranked them so you wouldn’t have to. Let’s count ’em down.

32. Cincinnati Bengals

31. Los Angeles Rams

30. Oakland Raiders

29. Washington Redskins

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

27. San Francisco 49ers

26. Chicago Bears

25. Miami Dolphins

24. Minnesota Vikings

23. New Orleans Saints

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

21. Indianapolis Colts

20. Kansas City Chiefs

19. Seattle Seahawks

18. Green Bay Packers

17. Dallas Cowboys

16. Arizona Cardinals

15. Denver Broncos

14. Atlanta Falcons

13. New York Jets

12. Houston Texans

11. Detroit Lions

10. New York Giants

9. Tennessee Titans

8. Pittsburgh Steelers

7. New England Patriots

6. Carolina Panthers

5. Cleveland Browns

4. Buffalo Bills

3. Los Angeles Chargers

2. Baltimore Ravens

1. Philadelphia Eagles

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2019-20 NFL Schedule Released

Posted on April 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Yesterday, NFL fans were sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting for the 2019 season schedule to FINALLY be released. Even though there were plenty of leaked games, and an entire Twitter account dedicated to sharing completely made-up match-ups, it wasn’t until 5pm PT that fans could finally begin planning their schedules for the fall (us included). More importantly, the 32 NFL teams had the opportunity to share their schedules in their own ways.

The Los Angeles Chargers went with both an infographic to drive the point home that they had switched back to their powder blue uniforms and a video of amazing stock footage that represents each one of their opponents. The Cleveland Browns went with a clip showcasing how outdated their front office really is. The Denver Broncos gave us an inside look at their team’s group text looked like following the schedule release. And last but not least, the Atlanta Falcons threw some serious shade at the New Orleans Saints with their Game of Thrones-themed video. As you see the Saints marching into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a loose ram knocks one of them down before a referee runs out to say there was no pass interference. This would probably be more fitting if it were the Los Angeles Rams making the joke, but from a team that blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI, it just looks petty and smells of desperation.

Obviously, we can’t announce our league schedule until we have announced the remaining Team Owners | Fan Captains and you have named your teams. But once all of that business is settled, we can’t wait to see how you put your own twist on your team’s schedules! Maybe don’t go with something as visually-aggressive as the NFL did (seriously, what were they thinking?). But we want to see you fans really own your team personality and take whatever shots necessary at your opponents. We expect to see some serious trash talking from the fans of Richard Sherman and Kinda Funny’s respective teams. We hope to see all of you Prince Royce fans take some subtle digs at the other teams while making sure your guys look as badass as possible. Whatever you do, just don’t be as lame as the Los Angeles Rams or Cincinnatti Bengals with their announcements.