Teams are right around the halfway point as everyone has played seven or eight games, but the playoff picture remains murky for most divisions. On the November 2 Breaking the Plane Podcast Matt Williamson (@WilliamsonNFL) and Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) breakdown the Week 8 games and the most disappointing teams of the season. The NFC West front runners in the Seahawks and Cardinals both lost to NFC South teams where the Falcons sit with a two game lead on everyone else. The Patriots avenged their earlier loss to the Bills and then turned around and traded one of the best linebackers in the league in Jamie Collins. The Vikings fell to the Bears and seem to be struggling, opening up the NFC North for the Packers and possibly the Lions, even though both teams also lost this week. Other topics include:
- Why the Jacksonville Jaguars are the most disappointing team in the league and the play of Blake Bortles (1:34)
- The Saints upset of the Seahawks and the poor officiating from the game (6:26)
- Washington-Cincinatti in London and the second tie in as many weeks (10:42)
- How the Colts dropped their chance to really improve on their playoff chances with their loss to the Chiefs (16:31)
- Why the Lions can’t find any consistency and their loss to the Texans (26:22)
- The Patriots redemption game against the Bills and their trade of Jamie Collins to the Browns (31:11)
- Does Carolina’s victory over the Cardinals prove that the Panthers and their aggressive defense are back (34:45)
- San Diego as a team that’s better than their record and Denvers stifling defense (42:07)
- Have the Vikings been exposed and where the Bears stand as a team after the season (51:46)
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