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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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Fantasy Football Deadlines Are Approaching!

Posted on September 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

With the NFL’s 100th season just over 24 hours away from kicking off, that means fans are running out of time to join a fantasy league and draft prior to Week 1. For everyone that’s procrastinating to get their rosters filled, we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite picks at each position:

Running Back

  • Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
  • Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Wide Receiver

  • DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
  • Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
  • Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Tight End

  • Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Quarterback

  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Defense

  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Jacksonville Jaguars

Kicker

  • Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
  • Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
  • Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

If you’ve already completed your draft, be sure to share your roster (and carefully-crafted team names) and tag us on social media! We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with – especially since this will be your last big football draft prior to the first-ever, fan-run draft in the FCFL!  

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A Paper Football Champion Has Been Named

Posted on August 27, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While we were all excited for the return of college football, Pepsi crowned the winner of its inaugural Paper Football Championship. 22 NFL superstars showed up for the tabletop competition, including Offensive Rookie of the Year, Saquon Barkley. But in the end, there could only be one winner, who happened set a league-record of 14 points in 40 seconds: Travis Kelce. While Pepsi has only released a teaser of the competition, we did get to tune in to an interview between Kelce and Rich Eisen. We’re getting some serious Spinal Tap vibes from this whole thing (we hope at least some of our fans are old enough for this reference), but we can’t wait for more footage!

We actually love the idea of an off-field competition for our athletes, especially one that shouldn’t put them at risk of injury so close to the season. So is this something the fans want to see their players do? Maybe, but we think that they might want the athletes to do something a little more entertaining. We think they’d prefer to see something that falls somewhere between Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior. If you could see the guys from your team participate in an extracurricular challenge, what would it be?

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FAN Take – Dancing from The Endzone to The Sidelines

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

We at the FCFL have already expressed our admiration for creative endzone and sack celebrations – whether it’s Travis Kelce winning a potato sack race or the Minnesota Vikings playing duck, duck, goose. But what about the stellar performances from NFL cheerleaders?

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) celebrates a touchdown with his teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) ORG XMIT: CXB1

CNN reported that the NFL’s first male dancers will hit the sidelines this season. Both the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints will have male cheerleaders joining their squads.

For Los Angeles, Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies have been preparing since they were named to the squad in March. After they made history, Jesse Hernandez was inspired to attend a clinic and try out for the New Orleans Saints’ Saintsations. He was selected to the squad in April.

The Rams and Saints aren’t the first to break away from traditional all-female cheerleading squads. The Green Bay Packers are known for using coed college cheerleading squads since 1988 – but at home games only. Meanwhile other teams, like the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, feature stuntmen on their squads – but they do not perform the same routines side by side with the women.

Is there an opportunity for men and women to perform together on the FCFL sidelines? We’re looking to the FANS for input here! Our goal is to change how fans experience football, and that isn’t restricted to the play on the field or how you watch the game.  Do our fans want some form of sideline entertainment? Do they care who’s on the sidelines – Ladies? Gentlemen? Kids? Do they even think the entertainment needs to be in the venue? What if FCFL team cheer squads are virtual? Cheer avatars anyone? Fans, what can you dream up? Let us know!

Power To The FANS!