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NFL Week Eight Round Up – Fans Are Riding High

Posted on October 29, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re officially at the halfway mark of the NFL Regular Season and if the fans’ ability to accurately pick games is any indicator of how they will do in the inaugural season of the Fan Controlled Football League, we’ve got nothing to worry about! Once again, the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers came out on top, and the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are keeping their losing streak alive. Naturally, the fans called all four teams’ games correctly. Due to a split decision on the Oakland Raiders-Houston Texans game this week, the fans ended up going 12-2-1, bringing their season record to 74-39-8. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chicago Bears
  • New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
  • New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans *tie, we guess the fans just couldn’t pick
  • Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 9 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 8:

  • Nick Bosa continues to strain his back by carrying the 49ers. We hope for the fans sake that he stays healthy for the remainder of the season.
  • The Jaguars achieved Troll Level 1000 when responding to Jets QB Sam Darnold’s statement on ‘seeing ghosts’ in their loss to the Patriots the week before. It should also be noted that prior to the game, a plane flew over the stadium with a banner that read ‘Gardner Minshew ain’t afraid of no ghosts.’

  • This Tennessee Titans cheerleader is outperforming the entire receiving core from the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns combined.
  • Aaron Rodgers reminded everyone why he’s a Super Bowl MVP with this pass. Don’t lie, you all held your breath during this play too.
  • Saquon Barkley went full BEASTMODE on the field, tossing these guys out of his way. Marshawn, we think it’s time you sign some new athletes to your brand.


  • Move over, *NSYNC. The Seahawks not only defeated the Browns, but they proved they’re better dancers than all of you.
  • Russell Wilson led his team to a TD without the aid of his helmet communication system. It’s *almost* like he’s earning his paycheck out there!
  • The Detroit Lions showed up at Lambeau to remind you why their season isn’t dead with a perfectly executed Flea Flicker for their first play of the game!
  • There were a LOT of things going wrong in the Lions-Packers game last night, but the only thing worse than the officiating had to be Rodgers’ receiving core.
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Shaking Up the Final Four in Week Six

Posted on October 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last month, we shared the only 2019 NFL season simulation that ESPN chose to publish, which predicted the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers facing off in Super Bowl LIV. Considering the Chargers lost yesterday to the Pittsburgh Steelers and a few weeks ago to the Detroit Lions, and that the Saints are still without Drew Brees, we don’t think the simulation is all that accurate. And if we ask USA Today, they’ll agree. This morning, Steven Ruiz predicted the four ‘real contenders’ that could win the Super Bowl: New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Saints, or the San Francisco 49ers. With two of those teams remaining undefeated ahead of the start of Week 7, we can see why Ruiz included them. Three of the four teams actually made it to ESPN’s divisional weekend of playoffs with the Los Angeles Rams over the Green Bay Packers, Saints over the San Francisco 49ers, Chargers over the Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans over New England Patriots. This led into Saints over Rams and Chargers over Texans in the conference championships. But, if we re-work the divisional results, we’re closer to what USA Today is predicting.

So where do the fans stand on this? As you know, we ran a poll on Twitter last month, asking fans to choose their favorites from each division until we had two teams left. The fans ultimately picked the Chiefs over the Rams for Super Bowl LIV – but we get the feeling they may no longer feel that way. Sure, the Rams started this season off strong, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and 49ers – after almost losing to the Cleveland Browns. While we think the fans can understand when a team goes through a losing spell, we don’t think the Rams will be one of the final four teams. Let us know which of the ‘real contenders’ will end up Super Bowl champions.

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NFL Week Five Round Up – And Then There Were Two

Posted on October 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Going in to NFL Week 5, there were three teams that remained undefeated, but then the Indianapolis Colts showed up to do WORK. The Kansas City Chiefs tried to bring home the win, but clearly they could have tried harder. Now, only the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots remain undefeated. One of these comes as a huge shock to us, the other doesn’t, considering they have the easiest schedule in the league. Just like last week, fans went 8-6-1 with their picks, bringing their season record to 46-28-4. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Carolina Panthers
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders
  • Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers – the fans were split on this match-up, so we have another tie!

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 6 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 5:

  • Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey scored an absolutely INSANE in Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The only way it could have been better is if it were called in Spanish. Oh, it was? Perfect!
  • Oh, Baker. The Browns QB snubbed the San Francisco 49ers Team Captains during the pre-game coin toss, so Joey Bosa decided to get a little payback by ‘planting the flag’ in Santa Clara.
  • Sadly, Mason Rudolph sustained a concussion during the Steelers-Ravens game on Sunday. To make matters worse, the cart taking him off the field broke down and he ultimately had to be carried away. We get the feeling EVERY cart at EVERY stadium will be fully charged before Week 6 action kicks off.

  • Travis Kelce is all of us, getting fired up at coaches when you’re losing a game you SHOULD be winning.
  • And last, but certainly not least, the camera crew caught Jerry “Crypt Keeper” Jones channeling every Cowboys fan by getting frustrated with Dak Prescott.
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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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Ask Johnny

Posted on August 20, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While everyone was trying to get through the last Monday before college football officially returns, the folks at Bleacher Report set up an AMA with Johnny Manziel. You may remember him as the guy who looked really unhappy while waiting for his NFL Draft Pick to come through in 2014 (as pictured above), just one more Cleveland Browns QB to completely flop, or as the guy who couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble no matter how hard he tried. Either way, you know him, and the results of his AMA were pure gold. Some of the important things we learned about good ol’ Johnny Football are:

  1. He thinks he can out-chug Baker Mayfield (honestly, so do we)
  2. He thinks Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco) is one of the best coaches in the NFL
  3. He hasn’t ruled out a return to football 👀
  4. He’s got either Clemson or Alabama winning it all this year
  5. He’s picking the New Orleans Saints for this year’s Super Bowl Champions

It’s been about a year since we last had the Co-Founders sit down for an AMA on Twitch, and are planning on doing another one in the near future. But who else would the fans be interested in hearing from? The obvious answer is our Team Owners | Fan Captains, which certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but what about the athletes trying out for the league? We think the fans would love the opportunity to pick the brains of some of these guys ahead of our draft, just to make sure they are the right fit for their team. We’re not going to throw out a Field of Dreams “if you build it, they will come,” reference, but… we want to give the fans what they want! Let us know what you think!

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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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FAN Take: Mocking It Up


Posted on April 24, 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!

Tomorrow night is the start of the 2019 NFL Draft, and all eyes will be on a handful of players, including Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa. Let’s just hope for a better situation for some of these guys than the one Johnny Manziel found himself in a few years ago, where he looked all sad and lonely until the 22nd pick of the first round in 2014. Really, you can only go up from there as far as we’re concerned  – but, really, I mean, Manziel sank MUCH lower than that in actuality.

We know we’ve mentioned this before, but clearly, at the FCFL we’re all big football fans, and love this time of year. We’ve been working on our own mock drafts before Thursday – someone in the office needs to have bragging rights – and we’re looking forward to seeing how everything shakes out on Thursday night. We’re sure that with The Draft Network’s launch of their ‘Mock Draft Machine,’ plenty of people will be comparing their mocks side by side as the 32 teams make their long-awaited picks.

Of course this isn’t our ACTUAL final prediction, you didn’t think we’d give that away so far in advance, did you?

We’ve put together our own mock drafts already, but we want to hear from you! Fill out your mock draft here and share your screenshots. We want to know who you think will be getting the coveted title of the ‘First Pick,’ and really, who will end up being the best pick? We want to know which great decisions (and mistakes) you think teams are going to make. We want to know which teams you think will blatantly disregard what their real needs are in order to get the most high-profile draft prospect. Make sure to post your mock drafts to Twitter and Instagram, tagging us and using #FCFL. Who knows, yours may be featured on our social media depending on how strategic you are with these picks!