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Last week I wrote an article about three teams I thought could over perform during the 2020 NFL season. I wanted to also include three teams I thought could underperform, but after thinking about it for a while, I decided that this topic deserved it’s own article. We talked about optimism and positivity last week, but now it’s time for a bit of pessimism with the teams I’m going to discuss.
The 2020 NFL season is set to get underway Thursday, Sept. 10, when the defending Super Bowl Champions, Kansas City, take on the Houston Texans. A full slate of NFL games will follow on Sunday and Monday night, which has me almost drooling. Fans, including myself, have been so starved for football that this Thursday feels like an actual holiday.
In our long absence of football, I have found there’s much larger buzz around the fantasy football scene.
The NFL season is almost upon us, and with it comes another season of fantasy football. Whether you play with friends or with strangers, fantasy football is a fun way to stay involved with players around the NFL while trying to build the greatest team possible. I’ve been grinding fantasy seasons out for the past 12 years, and have honed the art of drafting a team into somewhat of a skill. In order to put my experience to good use, I’ve put together a comprehensive list of a few sleeper picks I think could really help you out in the upcoming fantasy football season.
Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson made headlines earlier this month over his use of anti-semitic comments on his Instagram story. Jackson has since issued an apology and says that his comments were taken “the wrong way.” With the way race is being handled in the NFL at the moment, Jackson’s comments are a large step in the wrong direction.
Over the course of the past few seasons, the Washington Redskins have faced scrutiny over the mascot of their team. So much so, in fact, that their stadium sponsor, FedEx, has asked them to change their mascot, and Nike has removed all Redskins gear from their website.
Earlier this week, the NFL put out the 2020 schedule for all 32 teams. This is quite exciting, as it could allude to the NFL thinking that they will be able to play in the Fall, COVID-19 or not. There are many primetime matchups to watch out for this season, like Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans and Kansas City vs. Baltimore. However, today I’ll only be talking about the Detroit Lions and predicting their exact win-loss record for the upcoming 2020 season.
Over the course of the past week the NFL Draft took place in the form of a video-conference which was nationally televised. For sports fans everywhere, myself included, the draft was a much needed fill for our hunger for sports.
The Los Angeles Chargers have signed Kevin McGill, a former defensive back at Eastern Michigan who was named to the 2018 All-MAC Second Team and 2019 All-MAC Third Team. McGill was one of the best defensive backs in the MAC during his college career and he will now compete for a spot on the Chargers’ roster.
Steven Nielsen, a former Eastern Michigan offensive tackle has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars following the 2020 NFL Draft which ended on Saturday, April 25. The 6’8 offensive lineman played in 49 games at Eastern Michigan over the last four seasons and started all 13 games last year. He earned 2018 Third Team All-MAC honors.
Coleon Smith, a 3-star offensive tackle according to ESPN and 247 Sports, has signed with head coach Chris Creighton and the Eastern Michigan Eagles football program. Smith signed with the team on Wednesday, April 15 via Twitter. He previously committed to Indiana on February 5, 2020 before changing his mind in EMU’s favor.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles football program are looking to reach their third consecutive bowl game next year and their quest will begin on Saturday, Sept. 5 when the Eagles travel to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats. The remainder of the schedule will consist of eight conference games and five home games at Rynearson Stadium.
On April 23, 2020, the NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is heralded as the day college studs either start their journey of becoming a star or a bust. The Detroit Lions hold the third overall pick this year, which could potentially be the pick that puts the Lions on a new path.
The 54th edition of the Super Bowl was played on Feb. 2 in Miami, featuring a match up between the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Over the course of this past college football season, we saw a multitude of elite quarterbacks launch their teams into positions of success. If you look around the country at the highest ranked teams, they typically hold one thing in common: they have an elite quarterback - something that has eluded Michigan since Denard Robinson’s 2011 season.
Eastern Michigan football’s senior quarterback, Mike Glass III, was ejected with 10 seconds left in the Eagles 34-30 loss to Pittsburgh in the 2019 Quick Lane Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 26 at Ford Field. Glass received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after throwing two punches, one of which connected with a referee.
The Pittsburgh Panthers (8-5, 4-4) have defeated the Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-7, 3-5) in the 2019 Quick Lane Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. The final score was 34-30 as Pittsburgh was led by junior quarterback Kenny Pickett, who threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns. Eastern Michigan is now 1-4 all-time in bowl games.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-6, 3-5) will face the Pittsburgh Panthers (7-5, 4-4) in the Quick Lane Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. Both teams are just 2-3 in their last five outings and still have a bad taste in their mouths following losses in the regular season finale. EMU lost to Kent State, while Pittsburgh fell to Boston College.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-6, 3-5) will face the Pittsburgh Panthers (7-5, 4-4) in the Quick Lane Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. The announcement that these two will play was made on Sunday, Dec. 8. This is the fifth bowl game appearance in school history and the first time ever the Eagles have reached two straight bowl games.
The Miami RedHawks (8-5, 6-2) have defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas (8-5, 6-2) in the 2019 MAC Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. The final score was 26-21 In favor of the RedHawks, who were led by Brett Gabbert’s 196 yards. Both teams will be playing in a bowl game beginning on Saturday, Dec. 20.