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#RumorHasIt: Biggest NFL Free Agency Transactions in the NFC

As the new NFL league-year comes, on March 14, more and more teams are making their pushes for picking up player options. With each passing hour, teams across the NFL are announcing big decisions for their rosters moving forward. Here are seven teams making the biggest free agency moves as the new league-year approaches.

NFC:

Packers: Dropping Jordy Nelson, Adding Jimmy Graham, Trading for Deshone Kizer, Dropping Sam Shields & Trading away from Damarious Randall

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After nine years in Green Bay, they Packers are in the process of releasing Jordy Nelson. With four 1,000 yard receiving seasons and three 10+ touchdown seasons for the Green and Gold, Nelson will be missed. This season, facing a major injury from Aaron Rodgers, Nelson was limited in his ability to impact the team on the field. By releasing Nelson, the Packers are opening up $12 million, enough to go after star tight-end Jimmy Graham from the Seahawks. Formerly with the Saints, Graham was in a close competition with Rob Gronkowski for the league-best tight-end. Coming off of three mediocre seasons with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, Graham and the Packers (with a healthy Aaron Rodgers) could be in for a good season.

Three minor roster changes for the Packers are the release of cornerback Sam Sheilds and trade of cornerback Damarious Randall for quarterback DeShone Kizer. Shields was sidelined in the season-opener and placed on IR for the remained of the season, ending his 7 years with the Packers. Kizer is coming from the Browns in exchange for Randall to back up Aaron Rodgers.

Rams: Adding Marcus Peters, Adding Aqib Talib, Trading Robert Quinn, Franchise-Tagged Lamarcus Joyner, Adding Sam Shields

Image result for ramsBig names are headlining free agency for the league-best offense, on the defensive side of the ball. With addition of (current and/or former) All-Pro cornerbacks Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Sam Shields will improve a stingy defense. Unfortunately, the Rams are trading star defensive end Robert Quinn, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, to the Dolphins in exchange for a “mid-round pick.” What the Rams will lose from Quinn on the defensive line, they will make up for in the secondary. By franchise-tagging safety Lamarcus Joyner, the Rams will have one of the strongest defensive secondaries in the league.

Redskins: Adding Paul Richardson, Trading for Alex Smith, Trading away from Kendall Fuller

Image result for redskinsWith the major addition of Alex Smith to replace Kirk Cousins, the Redskins also added a mid-level receiver from the Seahawks in Paul Richardson to play opposite Josh Doctson. Attempting to recreate what he had in Kansas City, Alex Smith and the Redskins are hoping to add more depth at receiver and running back before the league-year starts. Along with the Alex Smith trade, the Redskins lost Kendall Fuller, a low-level cornerback.

 

Stay tuned for another update on NFL free agency, specific to the AFC in a few days! Until then, follow me on Twitter (@mlashpr) and let me know what you’re most looking forward to about the upcoming season.

NFL: 2018 NFC Champion, Eagles roll to Super Bowl 52

Not only did the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship, they obliterated them. The Vikings started the game strong with a 9-play, 75 yard drive to get on the board first. Their only points of the game. After a quick four play drive that only amounted to 17 yards, the Eagle punted the ball back to the Vikings who were already nursing a 7-0 lead. That’s when momentum changed.



Full Recap Here:

After driving to the edge of Vikings territory, Case Keenum was pressured in the pocket and tried to heave a ball to one of his receivers. Needless to say they didn’t catch it–Patrick Robinson, an Eagles cornerback, caught it and took in 50 yards for a pick-6.

With the score even at 7-7, the Vikings and Keenum had the ball and a chance to stay in the game. They failed to pick up a single first down and punted the ball back to the Eagles just 90 seconds after they scored. The Eagles took their time, driving 75 yards in over six minutes and scored on a 11-yard run by LeGarrette Blount to give the Eagles their first lead. They never looked back.

Already down 14-7, the Vikes only gained 91 yards of offense in the remaining first half and their defense gave up 150. After a Vikings fumble late in the second quarter, the Eagles put together another 75 yard drive in just over two minutes to pull ahead, 21-7.

Nothing could go right for the Vikings as they managed to punt the ball back to Philly one more time before the half. Foles threw for three consecutive first downs and added 60 passing yards to his total, getting into field goal range with 0:04 left in the first half. Jake Elliott knocked it through from 38 yards out and the Eagles went to the locker room up 24-7 against the best defense in the league.

The Eagles got the ball to start the second half and again, took it 75 yards to pay-dirt to extend their lead to 31-7. Another long drive for the Vikings ended in a turnover as a Keenum to Thielen connection was ruled incomplete on 4th and goal from the seven.

At this point, the Eagles were winning handily and were draining the clock. On a crazy 12-play, 92 yard drive that killed 7:11 off the clock, the Nick Foles connected with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for their second TD of the night, making Foles’ total three. The score was 38-7, the Vikings had the ball and a few more drives, but nothing came from them. That score is final.



Major Stats:

Ealges:  38                                                              Vikings:  7
QB: N. Foles 26/33, 352 yds, 3 TD                        QB: C. Keenum 28/48, 271 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
RB: J. Ajayi 18 car, 73 yds                                      RB: J. McKinnon 10 car, 40 yds, 11 rec, 86 yd
RB: L. Blount 6 car, 21 yds, 1 TD                          WR: S. Diggs 8 rec, 70 yds
WR: A. Jeffery 5 rec, 85 yds, 2 TD
TE: Z. Ertz 8 rec, 93 yds



Stacking up against my prediction:

This game is the only game so far that my prediction was WAY off. I predicted a close game, like most people. I predicted a 21-17 game with the Vikings winning. Obviously, that’s way off. It happens. I don’t think anyone predicted a blowout.

About the only aspect of my prediction that stood true was the defensive TD. Foles exceeded my prediction for yards and TDs. Keenum did break 200 yards, but only threw 1 TD. The run game was rough for both teams, so my prediction fell flat their.

The Eagles, home underdogs this weekend, move on and will travel to Minnesota to play against the AFC Champion Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in two weeks. Keep an eye out for a blog breaking down what each team will have to do to win SB52.

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