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.

    We can’t say we’re upset about the outcome, because these awards are voted on by the fans – that’s you! While some of us may feel strongly about certain award winners, at the end of the day, we just love that the fans could make their voices heard. But we have to say, we will be pretty upset if the first game of the Fan Controlled Football League is not nominated for ‘Best Game’ next year! Because with the way we’re changing the sport of football forever, there is no way we walk away without that award! But just for good measure (and maybe even some good karma), we’ve got you covered with the full list of 2019 winners below (you can thank us later):

    • Best Male Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
    • Best Female Athlete: Alex Morgan, USWNT
    • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
    • Best Team: U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer
    • Best International Men’s Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina
    • Best International Women’s Soccer Player: Sam Kerr, Australia
    • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
    • Best MLB Player: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
    • Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
    • Best Driver: Kyle Busch, NASCAR
    • Best NBA Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
    • Best WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
    • Best Boxer: Canelo Alvarez
    • Best MMA Fighter: Daniel Cormier
    • Best Male Golfer: Brooks Koepka
    • Best Female Golfer: Brooke Henderson
    • Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
    • Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
    • Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, US, skateboard
    • Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim, US, snowboard
    • Best Jockey: Mike Smith
    • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mark Barr, triathlon
    • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Alyssa Seely, triathlon
    • Best Bowler: Norm Duke
    • Best MLS Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
    • Best NWSL Player: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
    • Best Game: Rams defeat Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
    • Best College Athlete: Zion Williamson, Duke men’s basketball
    • Best Record-breaking Performance: Saints’ Drew Brees becomes all-time passing leader
    • Best Play: Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
    • Best Viral Sports Moment: Kately Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
    • Best Comeback: St. Louis Blues going from worst to first to win the Stanley Cup
    • Best Upset: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua
    • Best Esports Moment (Finals): oLarry’s return to the NBA 2k League after the Jacksonville shooting
    • Best WWE Moment: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission

When the Time is Right for Contract History

By Cole Hammes

News has been flying around the NFL about a contract extension for the great Odell Beckham Jr. Many sources are saying he could be the highest paid receiver and some say the Giants are looking for a little less. Point is, the Giants are looking to keep their fan favorite hanging around and they’re willing to pay close to top dollar for him.

Odell couldn’t be happier for his future as NFL insider Herbie Teope released that “Beckham’s agent, Zeke Sandhu, and the Giants over the past several days were engaged in ‘good-faith negotiations’ on a deal that would make Beckham the highest-paid wide receiver in the league”. The Giants are looking to run a solid offense for the next years with new RB Saquon Barkley. However, with an aging Manning and one of the worst defenses in the league, how can we be sure they’ll have the money in the coming years to upgrade? According to ESPN, the Giants want to hold back a little more dough and value him “below WR Sammy Watkins, who has an average annual value of $16 million in his current deal”. Whatever extension goes down, its going to make Odell Beckham Jr. one of the highest paid receivers, but is the time right?

The Giants executives know what they’re doing, but this could potentially be something to take a step back from. They need to think about what this man can really do for this team in the long run, especially playing with this kind of money and his history of injuries.

Of course with the fans in charge here at FCFL we ask this question, should the Giants make history with the largest contract for a wide receiver even after an injury-riddled season?

We think fans would be willing to sign Odell to the biggest contract for a wide receiver in the NFL. In the years Odell has been in New York, he’s become attached to that organization and the fans are going to miss him if he leaves. Not to forget, the fans realize with Saquon Barkley and Odell, they could have one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL for the future. An extreme double threat would be hard to stop and hard to come by. Not to mention with Eli Manning’s contract expiring in two years, the Giants will have plenty of money to upgrade again at quarterback and continue improving their defense. The fans know that by then, Barkley should be developed enough to make the run they need to win with Odell.

If you were part of that Giants’ front office, what would you do?