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NFL Week Three Round Up – Fans Favor Home

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This week, it became clear that the fans like to favor the home team, and they probably shouldn’t based on how everything shook out during NFL Week 3. This week the fans went 9-7, bringing their season record to 30-16-2. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

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

Fans – we hope you do a little more research before making your picks for NFL Week 4 tomorrow on Twitter! We don’t know how much the below clips will help you with making your picks, but at the very least you’ll be entertained! Here are a few highlights from the Week 3 action:

  • Football, on occasion, helps people show their worst sides. It’s just one of those facts of life that even the Dean of Admissions and Penn can’t deny. Shout out to the camera crew who caught Eric J. Furda getting a little expressive during the Eagles-Lions game.
  • That moment when Patrick Mahomes remembered he’s still under his rookie contract and probably shouldn’t risk an injury.
  • The Washington Redskins know all about finding creative solutions to problems – just not on the field. That area is still a total mess for them.
  • Khalil Mack continues to show us why 1) he is worth every penny, 2) we should be afraid of going against him in a fight and 3) to have a good medical team on standby after playing the Bears.
  • Yesterday we shared our favorite instance of shade being thrown at a football player when a Philadelphia local not only saved children from a burning building, but called out Nelson Agholor’s poor performance in his news interview. Algholor, who is currently 18 of 28 this season on receptions, has since invited the local hero to a game.
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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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NFL’s 100th Season Kick Off Falls Flat

Posted on September 6, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, that certainly wasn’t the game we were expecting from the NFL’s 100th season. Typically, the first game of the regular season features the Super Bowl Champions, which in this case, would have been the New England Patriots. But this year, the NFL decided to switch it up and feature the oldest rivalry they had, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. Which is kind of fitting, because this is also the 100th season for both teams. The end result was lackluster to say the least. Between the Packers have the fewest yards in the first quarter since 1979 (-12 total, wow) and the Bears finding themselves in a 3rd and 40 situation, we wanted more from the game with a final score of 10-3.

Were the fans just excited to have regular season football back? Definitely, at least for a little while. But did they love the first game? Not so much. People were roasting the game on Twitter, and USA Today‘s Andy Nesbitt weren’t having it. As soon as the first flag was thrown in the first quarter, even we found ourselves thinking we could have gone without football a little longer. One thing is certain, in the FCFL we will do everything we can to make sure these match-ups are as entertaining as possible! Until our season has it’s ‘first snap,’ we’ll just hope for better quality of games this NFL season. At least the showdown between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders on Monday night should be entertaining given all the drama Antonio Brown has caused over the last few weeks!

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The Drama Isn’t Over for AB

Posted on September 5, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Oh Antonio, what have you done?! Yesterday we (along with what we imagine were millions of others) were getting a kick out of Antonio Brown sharing a letter from the Oakland Raiders GM, Mike Mayock, detailing the fines he’s racked up by not attending practice. The current fines (read: before he has more added on for this stunt) include $13,950 for missing the team walk through on August 22, and $40,000 fir missing training camp on August 18. He tagged the Raiders Instagram account and added the following caption to his story: “WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR.”

And now, it looks like Brown will be suspended. We’re waiting for more details, but there is no doubt that there was some kind of confrontation between the wide receiver and Mayock. We don’t know if this is all some ploy to increase ratings ahead of the Raiders game against the Denver Broncos on Monday night, but we can’t look away from this dumpster fire.

How would the fans handle a situation like this, where one of their star players is taking to social media to call out the front office? We think instead of trying to suspend the player, the fans will be more likely to either a) fire back at him on social media, b) rally the other fans into not starting him, or c) a combination of the two. More importantly, will this whole fiasco make the fans more likely to tune in to Monday Night Football this week? Our guess is probably not. If anything, we think they will be more likely to tune in to the first game Brown actually plays in.

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ESPN Calls It: Saints and Chargers in Super Bowl LIV

Posted on September 3, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, not ‘officially.’ Prior to the start of each NFL season, ESPN simulates the outcomes of all 267 games – about 20,000 times. But in the only version they posted, the prediction shows the New Orleans Saints facing off against the Los Angeles Chargers in Super Bowl LIV – with the Saints securing their second Super Bowl win a decade after the first, 40-33. A battle between the past and present of Drew Brees would likely be a dominant theme floating around the news, should this prediction come to fruition. This is definitely not the Super Bowl match-up we were envisioning, but it also wasn’t the only surprise in this simulation. Here are a few of the biggest upsets we didn’t see coming:

  • Carolina Panthers beating the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1
  • Kansas City Chiefs losing to the Oakland Raiders in Week 2
  • Miami Dolphins winning in Week 8 over the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Houston Texans completely shutting out the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12
  • The Tennessee Titans actually making it to the playoffs over the Cleveland Browns

ESPN must have *some* faith in this simulation, if this was the one they chose to publish. So, it stands to reason that maybe some of the fans out there who haven’t done their fantasy football draft or got started on their suicide league predictions should spend some time reading what ESPN put together. Maybe they should even reference some of these storylines each week as they determine their lineup. One thing is for certain – we can absolutely imagine members of our Virtual Front Office (VFO) putting together something similar ahead of our inaugural season, after the first-ever fan-run draft has been completed!

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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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FAN Take: Talk About A Tough Break

Posted on May 1, 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!

This morning it was announced Oakland Raiders veteran RB Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a workout with the team yesterday, making his presence on the field this season essentially non-existent. This injury wipes out most of the Raiders’ backfield depth chart and give Josh Jacobs a huge workload in his rookie season. According to reports, it sounds like they will try to fill the void by bringing back Doug Martin, who filled in for Marshawn Lynch last year. There’s only one thing we know for sure: we’d hate to be their fans this season.

Crowell ran for 685 yards and 6 touchdowns last season for the New York Jets

When it comes to off-season workouts, do you want to see your players grinding constantly? Or do you want to see them wait until they’re in official training camps with the entire team? More importantly, if your players get injured before the season even starts, are you going to be able to put faith in your back-ups? Or in a situation like this, will you put more pressure on receivers instead of relying on back-up running backs? Let us know!

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Best of the 2019 NFL Draft

Posted on April 29, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the last few days, we lived and breathed the NFL Draft for you, because we know it can be a LOT to take in. So we have you covered fans! Behold, some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) moments of the 2019 NFL Draft!

Fans of the Oakland Raiders were left VERY confused by their team selecting Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell with their first pick.

The Buffalo Bills got draft pick approval from their biggest fan, Pancho Billa.

Reggie Wayne taunts Tennessee Titans fans.

Pete Carroll took off his shirt. Really.

Pat McAfee stole his job (back) from an orangutan.

The Baltimore Ravens made draft history in the sweetest way.

And one more moment that isn’t *technically* from the draft, but still very much draft related: Co-Founder Ray Austin called our bluff, and showed that he can still rock the hell out of the suit he wore to the 1997 NFL Draft. We know when to admit we’re wrong, Ray!

Overall, the draft was a ton of fun to watch, but now we’re just counting down the days until the inaugural FCFL Draft! We’re not going to spoil everything we have planned for you fans, but we want to know what you’re expecting from us. We think you’ll want to be able to immerse yourself in the experience. We’re pretty sure you plan on having a ton of fun while calling the shots. Are there any specifics that we’re missing? Let us know!

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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