Boehringer’s Vikings draft makes NFL history

History was made on the final day of the NFL Draft on Saturday when Moritz Boehringer’s was picked by the Minnesota Vikings.

The German wide receiver is the first international player to go straight from a European league to the NFL.

Boehringer first played competitively in 2013 after watching highlights of Vikings’ star Adrian Peterson.

Last season with the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns he recorded 70 receptions, 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns, securing the Rookie of the Year award in the German Football League.

The 22-year-old first came to the attention of NFL with an eye-opening performance at the Florida Atlantic pro day earlier this year.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said: “That’s kind of what the draft is all about – making dreams come true.

“He’s a really smart kid – he understands football and is able to repeat the different routes to us and things like that.

“Obviously, he has a lot of work to do, but it’s been fun.”

Connor Cook’s long wait to be selected was ended when the Oakland Raiders took the Michigan State quarterback with the 100th pick of the draft in the fourth round.

Concerns over Cook’s attitude led to teams steering clear of the 23-year-old who was ranked by many experts as one of the top talents in this year’s draft.

“I think I’m one of the best quarterbacks in this draft class, but nothing is ever easy and nothing is ever perfect,” said Cook.

“Obviously, seeing all the other quarterbacks go, it hurt, but I’m just ready to be a Raider and ready to get to business.

“It’s a lot of motivation – I would say more motivation than anything. Seeing all the other quarterbacks go when you think you’re a pretty good quarterback, it just motivates you.

“I’m going to go into this league with a chip on my shoulder and try to earn everything that I achieve.”

Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie, who traded the 114th and 154th picks to Cleveland Browns to secure the 100th pick, said the chance to select Cook was an opportunity he couldn’t miss.

“It’s always important to have depth,” McKenzie said. “We usually kept three quarterbacks when I was in Green Bay for a long time.

“You can see the cycle, even last year, guys went down. So you want to make sure you have guys prepared.

“He was a good player still sitting there day three. We had a good grade on him and we just wanted to seize the opportunity.”

Tunsil bongs his way to multi-million dollar losses

Laremy Tunsil’s time at the NFL Draft may not have gone quite the way he planned, but just how much impact could Thursday’s events have on his future earnings?

The Ole Miss offensive tackle saw his value plummet after a video was posted on his Twitter account showing him smoking on a bong through a gas mask.

Tunsil had been expected to be selected by the Baltimore Ravens, but after seeing the video they switched their attentions to Ronnie Stanley.

Miami Dolphins eventually chose Tunsil as the 13th pick, saying they knew of the video and that it was filmed two years ago.

If things had gone to plan Tunsil’s projected maximum salary with the Ravens would have been around $20.4 million.

With the Dolphins he will receive in the region of $12.4 million – a cool $8 million hit in the pocket for one hit on a bong.

Sports marketing expert Bob Dorfman says the financial damage to Tunsil could stretch beyond salary alone, but believes he has a chance to redeem his reputation.

“This was unfortunate and stupid and makes him untouchable as a marketing commodity,” said Dorfman.

“Playing well and helping your team make the playoffs, all of those things can help.”

With a text message exchange between Tunsil and his Ole Miss coach also appearing on his Instagram page showing him asking for money to help pay for rent and his mother’s electric bill, the damage to his marketability is potentially massive.

In terms of sponsorships and other money-making events Dorfman believes Tunsil could lose at least another $1 million per year from his potential earnings.

Tunsil’s situation appears to mirror that of last year’s top draft pick Jameis Winston of Florida State. He has struggled to seal sponsorship deals after a string of accusations against him.

While Tunsil’s agent Jimmy Sexton was skeptical about Thursday’s events saying that it is “B.S. somebody hacked into his account” the Dolphins seemed less concerned.

Their General Manager, Chris Grier, said: “We’re very comfortable with all the information we have on the situation. We had heard rumors and we had done our research.”

Whether Tunsil can put this behind him from a financial perspective remains to be seen, but for now he has become another shining example of the potential damage that can be caused by social media.

Surprise for Cook as he slides to Day 3 in the NFL Draft

While Round 1 of the NFL Draft went somewhat to plan, Rounds 2 and 3 have been significantly more surprising.

Laremy Tunsil’s social media misfortune aside, the first round saw few shocks with quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson being the top two picks as had been predicted.

Michigan State’s Connor Cook was expected by many people to be the fourth quarterback selected, but New York Jets’ decided to pick Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg instead.

With USC’s Cody Kessler and North Carolina State’s Jacoby Brissett also being drafted, to the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots respectively, Cook now finds himself amongst the top options entering the third day.

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah had ranked Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Read as the 13th-best player, but the depth of talent in his position saw him fall to the 49th pick overall when he was chosen by the Seattle Seahawks.

Reed says he had a feeling he would end up in Seattle.
“I thought it was going to happen yesterday with the last pick, but I knew today,” he said.

“Right before it happened I told my mom, I said, ‘Mom, I’m going to go to the Seahawks.’ I’ve been talking about the Seahawks ever since the Senior Bowl.

“I’m just really excited and happy that it happened.”

In last year’s draft the Dallas Cowboys took a risk in the second round when they picked Randy Gregory.

Concerns over failed drug tests saw the defensive end drop to 60th overall pick and we went on to produce a disappointing first season with the Cowboys.

This time around they have chosen Jaylon Smith despite the fact he may miss the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones acknowledged the pick was a risk but says Smith’s future potential was their main consideration.

“We’re not buying bonds here,” Jones said. “This isn’t risk-free. You can have one and have no medical issue, and he’s riding a bicycle and can have a medical issue.

“There’s all kinds of risk when dealing with the human factor and all these things that happen.

“So, not to get smug, but when you’ve got a player we think can be a cornerstone defensive player, a real impactful player, a player we’ve got in our top five – it’s within our tolerance to risk-taking to use that pick.”

Second Round Selections

  • 2.01 Cleveland Browns: DE Emmanuel Ogbah
  • 2.02 Tennessee Titans: DE Kevin Dodd
  • 2.03 Dallas Cowboys: OLB Jaylon Smith
  • 2.04 San Diego Chargers: TE Hunter Henry
  • 2.05 Jacksonville Jaguars: OLB Myles Jack
  • 2.06 Kansas City Chiefs: DT Chris Jones
  • 2.07 Miami Dolphins: CB Xavien Howard
  • 2.08 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OLB Noah Spence
  • 2.09 New York Giants: WR Sterling Shepard
  • 2.10 Buffalo Bills: ILB Reggie Ragland
  • 2.11 Baltimore Ravens: LB Kamalei Correa
  • 2.12 Tennessee Titans: DT Austin Johnsoa
  • 2.13 Oakland Raiders: DE Jihad Ward
  • 2.14 Tennessee Titans: RB Derrick Henry
  • 2.15 Detroit Lions: DT A’Shawn Robinson
  • 2.16 New Orleans Saints: WR Michael Thomas
  • 2.17 Green Bay Packers: OT Jason SpriggS
  • 2.18 Seattle Seahawks: DT Jarran Reed
  • 2.19 Houston Texans: C Nick Martin
  • 2.20 New York Jets: QB Christian Hackenberg
  • 2.21 Atlanta Falcons: LB Deion Jones
  • 2.22 Washington Redskins: LB Su’a Cravens
  • 2.23 Minnesota Vikings: CB Mackensie Alexander
  • 2.24 Cincinnati Bengals: WR Tyler Boyd
  • 2.25 Chicago Bears: G Cody Whitehair
  • 2.26 Indianapolis Colts: CB T. J. Green
  • 2.27 Pittsburgh Steelers: S Sean Davis
  • 2.28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: K Roberto Aguayo
  • 2.29 New England Patriots: CB Cyrus Jones
  • 2.30 New Orleans Saints: S Vonn Bell
  • 2.31 Carolina Panthers: CB James Bradberry
  • 2.32 Denver Broncos: DT Adam Gotsis

Third Round Selections

  • 3.01 Tennessee Titans: S Kevin Byard
  • 3.02 Cleveland Browns: DE Carl Nassib
  • 3.03 San Diego Chargers: C Max Tuerk
  • 3.04 Dallas Cowboys: DT Maliek Collins
  • 3.05 San Francisco 49ers: CB Will Redmond
  • 3.06 Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Yannick Ngakoue
  • 3.07 Baltimore Ravens: DE Bronson Kaufusi
  • 3.08 New York Giants: S Darian Thompson
  • 3.09 Chicago Bears: DT Jonathan Bullard
  • 3.10 Miami Dolphins: RB Kenyan Drake
  • 3.11 Kansas City Chiefs: CB Keivarae Russell
  • 3.12 Oakland Raiders: DE Shilique Calhoun
  • 3.13 Cleveland Browns: OT Shon Coleman
  • 3.14 Carolina Panthers: CB Daryl Worley
  • 3.15 New England Patriots: G Joe Thuney
  • 3.16 Philadelphia Eagles: C Isaac Seumalo
  • 3.17 Buffalo Bills: DT Adolphus Washington
  • 3.18 Atlanta Falcons: TE Austin Hooper
  • 3.19 Indianapolis Colts: OT Le’Raven Clark
  • 3.20 New York Jets: OLB Jordan Jenkins
  • 3.21 Washington Redskins: CB Kendall Fuller
  • 3.22 Houston Texans: WR Braxton Miller
  • 3.23 Miami Dolphins: WR Leonte Carroo
  • 3.24 Cincinnati Bengals: ILB Nick Vigil
  • 3.25 Green Bay Packers: OLB Kyler Fackrell
  • 3.26 Pittsburgh Steelers: DT Javon Hargrave
  • 3.27 Seattle Seahawks: RB C. J. Prosise
  • 3.28 Kansas City Chiefs: Selection forfeited for violating Anti-Tampering policy.
  • 3.29 New England Patriots: QB Jacoby Brissett
  • 3.30 Arizona Cardinals: CB Brandon Williams
  • 3.31 Cleveland Browns: QB Cody Kessler
  • 3.32 Seattle Seahawks: TE Nick Vannett
  • 3.33 Detroit Lions: C Graham Glasgow
  • 3.34 New England Patriots: DT Vincent Valentine
  • 3.35 Seattle Seahawks: OT Rees Odhiambo
  • 3.36 Denver Broncos: S Justin Simmons

NFL 2016: Panthers and Broncos’ rematch opens new season

Carolina Panthers get an immediate chance to avenge their defeat at Super Bowl 50 by the Denver Broncos, with the two teams set to kick-off the 2016 NFL season on Thursday, September 8 in Denver.

The 256-game regular season schedule was released by the league on Thursday, with the Broncos-Panthers game the first Super Bowl opening day rematch since 1970 when the Kansas City Chiefs faced the Minnesota Vikings.

“I think it’s great,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. “It’s a big challenge for our team. It gets our attention really quick.”

“We know that we’re going to have to have a really good offseason. We’ve got some changes going on with our football team, but our standard will be the same. We’ll look forward to it.”

Last year’s Conference championship losers the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals are also set to meet on the opening day, while 2013 Super Bowl winners Seattle Seahawks host the Miami Dolphins.

The highlight of Week 2 sees the Rams play for the first time in Los Angeles since their move from St. Louis. The Seahawks are the visitors to the Memorial Coliseum.

Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers will renew hostilities in the second week, with their previous meeting still fresh in the memory.

Their match-up in the Wild Card round back in January saw the Steelers come from behind to clinch am 18-16 victory, but the game was marred by controversy, with plenty of head-to-head confrontations, late hits and penalties.

The Seahawks’ trip to face the Patriots is the standout game on Week 10.

The Patriots defeated the Seahawks at Super Bowl 49 and the pair were hotly tipped to meet up again in last season’s final but both came up short.

The traditional Thanksgiving tripleheader on Thursday November 24 sees the Vikings take on the Detroit Lions, while the Washington Redskins travel to face the Dallas Cowboys.

The Indianapolis Colts host the Steelers in the day’s final game.

As part of the league’s continued commitment to global expansion there will be three games in London during October.

The Jacksonville Jaguars face the Indianapolis Colts on October 2 at Wembley Stadium, with the Rams meeting the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium on October 23.

Wembley will host the third game between the Bengals and the Redskins on October 30.

The first ever Monday night game to be played outside the US takes place in Mexico City on November 21 as the Oakland Raiders tackle the Houston Texans.

There are two Christmas Day games, with the Steelers facing the Baltimore Ravens and the Chiefs hosting the Broncos.

The final round of regular season games are scheduled for New Years’ Day 2017.

German wide receiver on verge of NFL breakthrough

Moritz Boehringer could be set to break into the NFL, with seven teams thought to be interested in adding the German wide receiver to their rosters in this year’s NFL Draft.

Boehringer came to the notice of NFL scouts last week, with a stunning performance at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day.

At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Boehringer certainly has the size to make a name for himself in the NFL.

He ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, had a vertical of 39 inches, produced a 4.10-second short shuttle and a stunning 6.65 second three-cone drill.

The NFL.comís College Football 24/7 say at least seven teams will take a closer look at Boehringer this week, including Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

Arizona Cardinals’ VP of Player Personnel, Terry McDonough, is also reported to be very impressed with the big German.

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, formerly a front-office executive with the Dallas Cowboys, said: “I’d be intrigued, that’s for sure. He’s the kind of guy you rush out and see.”

Boehringer started playing football in 2013, initially with the Crailsheim Titans junior youth team before progressing to German Football League – the country’s top senior level.

In 2015 he was named the GFL’s Rookie of the Year after posting 70 catches for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns.

While NFL teams traditionally focus on the US college system for the next generation of players, there have been a number of international success stories too.

Morten Andersen currently holds the all-time NFL record in points scored by an individual player.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andersen racked up 2,544 points in 382 games during his 25-year career as a kicker with five different NFL teams.

He earned seven Pro Bowl selections, six All-Pro selections and made both the 1980s and 1990s NFL All-Decade Team.

Gary Anderson also enjoyed a long career in the NFL after moving to the United States from South Africa aged 18.

Anderson is second in the ranks behind Andersen in games played, career points scored and most field goals made.

He was also chosen in the second-team NFL All-Decade in the 1980s and 1990s and was the first kicker in NFL history to record a perfect regular season – making all of his 39 field goal attempts and 59 PAT attempts in 1998.

Legendary QB Peyton Manning retires from the NFL

Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Manning, who turns 40 later this month, made four trips to the Super Bowl and won two titles.

The five-time MVP retires as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and quarterback wins (186, tied with Brett Favre).

In an emotional press conference to announce his retirement Manning said: “There’s something about 18 years – it’s a good number. I thought about it a lot, prayed about it a lot, and like I said, it was just the right time.”

“Today I retire – I revere football, I love the game. So you don’t need to wonder if I’ll miss it. Absolutely I will.”

“I’ll even miss the Patriots fans in Foxboro. And they should miss me, because they sure did get a lot of wins off me!”

“Football has taught me not to be led by obstructions and setbacks but instead to be led by dreams. I fought the good fight. I have finished my football race. After 18 years, it is time.”

“God bless all of you, and God bless football”

After a season dogged by injury, Manning bounced back in stunning style to lead the Broncos to a 24-10 victory against Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50.

Broncos’ CEO Joe Ellis and GM John Elway praised Manning’s contribution to the sport, while New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady took to Facebook to praise his rival.

“Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career,” wrote Brady. “You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. It’s been an honor.”

Manning first came to prominence in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, leading them to success at Super Bowl 41.

After undergoing neck fusion surgery in 2011, Manning missed the entire season and was subsequently released by the Colts, but he was quickly snapped up by the Broncos.

Manning went 50-15 in Denver, during which time the Broncos reached two Super Bowls.

His college coach, Phillip Fulmer, said Manning was one of the finest players of his generation.

“I’ve said this a lot of times to people, he didn’t get better each game. He got better every meeting, every practice, every period in practice,” he said.

“He was the most incredible player that I’ve ever seen of taking it from the film room to the practice field and then from the practice field to the game.”

“People don’t realize, it’s hard to always be the best player. For almost all his years, he had to be the best player.”

“At Indianapolis, he never had a great defense around him. In my opinion, if he had been on teams like this last Broncos team a team not even as good on defense the guy might have six or seven Super Bowls.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described Manning as “a great representative of the NFL both on the field and in his community,” adding, “we are forever grateful for Peyton’s unmatched contributions to the game and know his success will continue in the next phase of his life.”

Manning is unlikely to be short of offers now he has called time on his career, with ESPN, FOX, NBC and CBS all saying they would love to work with him if he decides to go into broadcasting, while it’s understood he may eventually become an NFL owner.

Peyton Manning takes on Magic Johnson

Take one Super Bowl champion and an NBA legend, throw in a dozen eggs – eight hard-boiled and four raw – and what do you get?

Wednesday night’s ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ on NBC provided the answer as Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning took on Los Angeles Lakers’ Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson in a game of ‘egg Russian roulette’.

The first contestant to smash two raw eggs on his own head was the loser. It’s unlikely we’ll ever see the game become a professional sport, but it’s certainly entertaining.

Manning also had fun with his younger brother Eli’s ‘sad face’ after Denver’s late touchdown had secured their 24-10 Super Bowl 50 victory against the Carolina Panthers.

While the rest of the family celebrated wildly, Eli looked less than pleased.

Peyton told Fallon Eli had his game face on: “Eli and I have always supported each other,” he said. “I think Eli was analyzing the game and kind of into the game like I would be as if he were playing it. And so he was just as happy.”

Fallon brought out a life-sized cut-out of the New York Giants quarterback, and Peyton proceeded to have a great deal of fun at his brother’s expense.

“It’s funny, when I saw that clip, Jimmy, I’ve seen that look before. I’ve recognized it. At other big moments in my life he kind of had that similar expression,” Peyton said.

Check out the video for two minutes of very funny television.

Panthers to face Broncos at Super Bowl 50

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton secured his date with destiny at Super Bowl 50 with a dominant display for the Panthers, as they swept past Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in Sunday’s NFC championship game.

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others to set up a meeting with Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos on February 7th.

While Newton inevitably made the headlines, the Panthers’ defense played a big part too, forcing the Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer into four interceptions and two fumbles to provide the platform for the victory.

Newton commented: “We won as a team. We came out here and fought our tails off and we did what a lot of people said we couldn’t do.”

“We wanted to be efficient, we wanted to start fast, wanted to keep the pressure on and wanted to finish, most of all.”

“It’s not over yet. We’ll be ready to go in two weeks.”

Corey Brown, Ted Ginn Jr and Greg Olsen all made big catches as Newton completed 19 of 28 passes for 335 yards. He also added 47 yards on 10 rushes, with his ‘Superman’ leap for a touchdown during the second quarter a stand-out moment.

The victory was particularly sweet for Ginn Jr, after he was released by the Cardinals at the end of last season. His 78-yard sprint to prevent Patrick Peterson scoring was testament to Panthers’ never-say-die attitude.

“When you’re in a dogfight, every play counts,” he said. “When you’re on the track, you hear somebody say, ‘move’, that means somebody’s coming. I always try my hardest and don’t stop on a play. I think with me running (Peterson) down, it helped turn the game around.”

Panthers will be appearing in their second Super Bowl, having previously lost 32-29 against New England Patriots in 2003.

Lying in wait for the Panthers will be the Denver Broncos, after Manning reminded everyone why he’s a five-time MVP winner against New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

Manning found Owen Daniels twice during the first-half for a pair of touchdowns and with their famed defense in belligerent mood once again, the Broncos held off a late rally by the Patriots to seal a 20-18 victory.

Tom Brady’s four-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with 12 seconds left set up a nervy finish, but he failed to complete a two-point pass attempt to force overtime to hand the Broncos a record-equalling eighth Super Bowl.

Manning said: “There’s no question this is a sweet day – this was a sweet victory. To me this victory is a great example of what this entire season has been like. It hasn’t been easy – it’s been a lot of different people stepping up doing their parts at different times.”

The 39-year-old completed 17 out of 32 passes, for 176 yards and two touchdowns to set up the February clash against Newton and the Panthers.

Broncos’ run to the Super Bowl has been built on firm foundations, with their defense giving up 4530 yards during the regular season to top the NFL rankings, but Panthers’ strong offensive showing against the Cardinals shows they are a force to reckoned with too.

Panthers’ average of 31.3 points per game topped the regular season rankings and despite the Broncos winning three of their previous four matches, Newton’s quest to be this year’s MVP could well be capped by victory in the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 50 gears up for special half-time show with Beyonce

The Super Bowl half-time show has a history of delivering superstar performances and this year’s extravaganza should be no different.

Pop icon Beyonce will join Coldplay at Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, and as she features on the band’s latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, it’s highly likely they will perform together at the event.

Beyonce previously headlined half-time at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, with her former bandmates from Destiny’s Child appearing to perform some of their older hits together.

Singers Bruno Mars and Rihanna have also been linked to this year’s show.

With stellar names queuing up to get involved in the half-time show, the event is an advertiser’s dream, with millions spent each year.

The average cost of a 30-second commercial has risen from $37,500 at Super Bowl I to around $4.5 million at Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.

An estimated average of 114.4 million people watched last year’s game between New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on NBC, beating the previous record of 112.2 million, with viewing peaking at 120.8 million during the fourth quarter.

Approximately 118.5 million watched Katy Perry’s half-time show, with Budweiser’s ‘Lost Dog’ spot, featuring a cute puppy finding his way home and getting some help from his powerful friends the Clydesdales, the top ranking advertisement shown.

A host of top companies have confirmed they will advertise at Super Bowl 50, with the likes of Wix, Snickers and Kia amongst those who always deliver something special.

Wix’s creative ad last year, starring football legends Terrell Owens, Emmitt Smith and Brett Favre, could well be topped with this year’s effort which features beloved pandas Po and MeiMei from the Kung Fu Panda series.

Controversy is never far away from the half-time show, with artists always guaranteed to produce some spectacular and often bizarre performances.

From Michael Jackson’s 1993 appearance where he brought 3,500 youngsters onstage with him, to Prince’s epic 2007 show, where he used his guitar as an extension of his private parts, the half-time show rarely fails to deliver something special.

Whatever happens this year, it may struggle to top the shock factor of Super Bowl 38 featuring Janet Jackson’s nipple-revealing performance.

The Federal Communications Commission received over 200,000 complaints from parents incensed at what was seen to be a violation of one of America’s most family-friendly events, with the fall-out from the incident finding its way to the Supreme Court almost a decade later.

NFL: Manning falls short, Panthers stay unbeaten

The weekend’s NFL action saw the Denver Broncos beaten by a resurgent Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers keeping their unbeaten streak. The Green Bay Packers, however, continued on their disappointing run of results.

The Colts, coming off the back of a 3-game losing streak, won with a late Adam Vinatieri 55-yard field goal with just over 6 minutes to play. Andrew Luck, meanwhile, out-played Peyton Manning, going 21 of 36 for 252 yards, with Manning only 21-36 over 281 yards. Luck achieved a vital touchdown when the teams were locked at 17-17, while he was the one to set up Vinatieri. The win keeps Indianapolis at the top of AFC South, despite the fact they’ve lost 5 and won 4, a percentage of .444. The Broncos, meanwhile, are 7-1, with their .875 topping AFC West.

The Panthers were playing the Packers, who lost 29-37 to an almost perfect Panthers team. Green Bay have been seen as the best team in the NFC for the past few years, being the conference Super Bowl champions twice in two years. While the Packers Aaron Rodgers scored 4 touchdowns and passed for 379 yards, the Packers fell to a low of 23 points, with the game standing at 27-7 going into halftime.

They did manage to claw back to within touching distance of tying the game with two minutes remaining, but Thomas Davis made sure that didn’t happen, intercepting a Rodgers at the Carolina 3-yard line.
Does this make Carolina the best team in the NFC? They certainly have a claim to it now.

In other news, Minnesota Vikings managed to get 6-2 and tie for first in NFC North, as they overcame the St Louis Rams 21-18. Incidentally, they are now joint-first with the Packers, with both teams on .750. The Vikings win was, however, marred by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater getting elbowed by Lamarcus Joyner with 13-and-a-half minutes to play. Bridgewater was taken off to be evaluated for concussion.

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-27, making the Cowboys losing streak six games long and counting. The San Francisco 49ers won out against a struggling Atlanta Falcons 17-16, while the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the New York Jets 23-28, compounding the Jaguars’ poor season, with a winning percentage of just .250, leaving them drawing with the Tennessee Titans for third in AFC South, who incidentally beat the new New Orleans Saints 34-28.

The Cincinnati Bengals were another team to stay unbeaten, taking the Cleveland Browns 31-10 in what was a reasonably easy game. The other team keeping up their winning run was the New England Patriots, defeating the Washington Redskins 27-10. The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, saw a 33-17 win against the Miami Dolphins, taking them to third in AFC East.

The final two games saw the New York Giants win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18 in a close game despite the scoreline, while the Pittsburgh Steelers took out the Oakland Raiders 38-35 in a game where Ben Roethlisberger succumbed to a foot injury.