The Check-down Check-up (2020): Week Eleven

NFC North

Green Bay Packers

I cannot believe that Green Bay did not win this game. I don’t know what else to say. Indy shot themselves in the foot multiple times, and the Packers literally fumbled it away.

Verdict: 7.5/10, Check Up

Chicago Bears

For the last month, I’ve said that the Chicago Bears are re-entering the earth’s atmosphere and are going to come crashing down. I don’t expect them to stop now, going into a rivalry game against the Packers. It’s a shame, too. If this team had any sort of quarterback, they would have such a fun offensive group. Oh well.

Verdict: 2.75/10, Check Down

Detroit Lions

Getting shut out by a struggling Panthers team? Not great. Playing a Texans team that is struggling and yet will probably still beat you on Thanksgiving? Also not ideal. Getting into better draft position? Trending better. Matt Patricia moving closer to being fired? Even better. Keep it up, Lions. You’re nearly free.

Verdict: 3/10, Check Down

Minnesota Vikings

I have a hard time believing the Vikings are going to pull into the playoff race after this one. Minnesota lost in overtime to a bad Cowboys team, and you want me to believe they might pull of some kind of miracle? Get out of here. Two “easy” games coming up here, but I don’t have total confidence in Minny to take care of business against the Panthers.

Verdict: 5.25/10, Check Back Next Week

NOTE: At time of writing, it’s my birthday, and for my gift, I’m not giving the NFC East the time of day. This division is awful. You get one sentence per team, and that’s it. Let’s go rapid fire.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

It’s pretty pathetic that you beat the Vikings in overtime and you’re probably going to win the division because of it.

Verdict: 2.75/10, Check Down

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz is awful, and it’s not even his fault.

Verdict: 2/10, Check Down

Washington Football Team

I’m really angry you injured Joe Burrow, but I know you didn’t do it on purpose.

Verdict: 3/10, Check Down

New York Giants

Hope you enjoyed your bye week, because it’s back to misery now.

Verdict: 2.75/10, Check Down

NFC South

New Orleans Saints

Taysom Hill’s first start is one he will never forget. The Falcons are not a good time, and should have absolutely intercepted some of Hill’s passes, but that is exactly why they aren’t a good team. I like New Orleans against the Broncos this week, but I don’t know how long they can keep their head above water.

Verdict: 8.25/10, Check Up

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta just lost to starting quarterback Taysom Hill, and now they’re running into a Raiders team that has that Raiders swagger about them, even if they lost last week. The Falcons should be packing it in and hoping to get a young quarterback in this year’s draft, but now that I’ve said that, they’ll probably rattle off a bunch of wins through the rest of the year.

Verdict: 4/10, Check Down

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers can win games, but they aren’t going anywhere with PJ Walker long term. Maybe I’m wrong, and the former XFL MVP candidate will make me eat my words, but there is a reason that he was in the XFL. I like Carolina against the Vikings this week, but I think it’ll be a tough game for sure. This should be an even matchup, and I’m actually looking forward to it.

Verdict: 3.5/10, Check Down

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers have a fundamental problem in their offensive system. I love Bruce Arians, I really do. But his and Leftwich’s offense just is not getting it done this season, especially not in primetime. Maybe the Buccaneers are solar-powered? But I doubt it. The Bucs need to move their offensive into the 21st century before they blow any other performances trying to play in 1994.

Verdict: 7/10, Check Up

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle’s defense showed up this week. And it’s about time, too. The Seahawks have been miserably bad on defense this entire season, but they game-planned for Kyler Murray absolutely perfectly. This was a vintage defensive showing from a Pete Carroll team, even when all hope was lost for this defense to ever doing anything. This was exactly what the Hawks needed.

Verdict: 7.5/10, Check Up

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are the NFC’s dark horse, but not for long. Los Angeles has arrived with a stifling defense, consistently great game-plans, and an offense that just keeps chugging along. The Rams have the tiebreaker over the Seahawks and now have the lead in the tight NFC West. I don’t love the Rams this year, but I do really like what they bring to the table.

Verdict: 8.5/10, Check Up

San Francisco 49ers

Simply put, all the injuries have caught up to the San Francisco 49ers. There is nothing that can be done. The 49ers need what they cannot have, and as long as the rest of the NFC West teams keep winning, there is no hope to get an entire division into the playoffs anymore. What a shame. I would’ve loved to see those matchups on Wild Card weekend.

Verdict: 3.25/10, Check Down

Arizona Cardinals

It’s not that the Cardinals fell flat here, it’s more than the Seahawks read them like a book and stuffed them defensively. It was a close game, sure, but Kyler Murray, Deandre Hopkins, and Christian Kirk didn’t look like their normal selves. You cannot afford to lose ground in this division, and thankfully, the Cards have the Patriots coming up next before a Rams game that is becoming a must-win.

Verdict: 7.75/10, Check Up

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