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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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RIP, Miami Dolphins

Posted on September 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

In the 100 years the NFL has been alive and kicking, only five teams have had winless seasons: 1960 Dallas Cowboys (0-11-1), 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14), 1982 Baltimore Colts (0-8-1), 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16), and of course, 2017 Cleveland Browns (0-16). And yes, we DO mean the Baltimore Colts – the team didn’t relocate to Indianapolis until 1984. But that’s beside the point – we’re starting to worry that the Miami Dolphins will be pick-six for this list (see what we did there), following the ugliest blow-out we have ever seen, when they faced the New England Patriots in Week 2. The Patriots had more yards on interception returns than the Dolphins had on offense. When we read that stat line, we didn’t know if we should laugh or pour one out for Miami.

With Dolphins players ‘revolting’ and performing as terrible as they have been, we can’t imagine too much time will pass before the fans stop showing up to games altogether. So what exactly IS the problem in Miami? Is it the front office, who seems to be more focused on building for the future than expanding on what they have now? Is it the players, who are literally being paid MILLIONS of dollars to do a job, and just aren’t doing it? Or is it something else entirely? Normally, we’d guess what our fans had to say about this, but this time we’re stumped. We need you to sound off on what Miami’s biggest problem is right now and how you would fix it!

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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: 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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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!

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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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Draft Do-Overs

Posted on April 10, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Okay, this might be our favorite thing that ESPN has pulled together in the past few months. Each of the the 32 NFL team’s beat writers were tasked with taking the biggest draft mistake of the last five years and correcting it with another player.

The rules were fairly simple:

  1. The re-drafted player has to be at a position of reasonable need in that particular draft.
  2. The re-drafted player has to be available at the pick in question.
  3. You cannot trade the pick you’re looking to re-draft, but you can choose not to trade a pick the team traded.

Some of the highlights include Michael Thomas (WR, New Orleans Saints) going to the San Francisco 49ers, Todd Gurley (RB, Los Angeles Rams) to the Atlanta Falcons, JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers) to the Seattle Seahawks, TJ Watt (OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers) to the Green Bay Packers, and literally anyone else to the Cleveland Browns instead of Johnny Manziel. That line-up alone has us imagining what could have been for some of these teams in the NFL. For the full list, you can read it here.

We have all the confidence in you, the fans, that you will make the best decisions when it comes time to draft players for your team – but sometimes mistakes happen. Half-way through the season you might think to yourself, “Man, what were we thinking? This other guy would fit in to our style so much better.” And if you do, that’s fine – there’s always opportunities for a trade. And if you don’t, even better. That just means you have earned that FanIQ!

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March Madness: NFL QB Edition

To nobody’s surprise, NCAAM March Madness is completely dominating headlines on ESPN, Bleacher Report, and virtually every sports-based website, with the exception of the Gronk news of course. But let’s face it, we live and breathe football at the FCFL, so we decided we needed something to bring this amazing sport back to the forefront of your minds. Enter, the NFL QB Edition of March Madness.

ESPN published their 2019 QB Confidence Index, ranking the NFL quarterback situations 1-32. Sure, this was posted back in January, but it still holds up pretty well. While ESPN ranked all 32 QBs in one group, we went ahead and separated them by the respective conferences. So all this week, the fans will be voting on these match-ups to crown their champion on our Twitter and Instagram accounts. Not following us yet? We guess now is as good a time as any to stop living under that rock!

For the NFC, ranking is as follows:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles
  2. New Orleans Saints
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. Atlanta Falcons
  6. Minnesota Vikings
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Los Angeles Rams
  9. Dallas Cowboys
  10. Carolina Panthers
  11. Chicago Bears
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  13. San Francisco 49ers
  14. Arizona Cardinals
  15. New York Giants
  16. Washington Redskins

For the AFC, ranking is as follows:

  1. Indianapolis Colts
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
  3. New England Patriots
  4. Los Angeles Chargers
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers
  6. Houston Texans
  7. Oakland Raiders
  8. Cincinnati Bengals
  9. Cleveland Browns
  10. Tennessee Titans
  11. Baltimore Ravens
  12. New York Jets
  13. Buffalo Bills
  14. Denver Broncos
  15. Miami Dolphins
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars