These games also tend to be nail-biters; nine of the last ten regular season meetings were decided by eight points or less, including six by three or fewer points. Much like Green Bay’s non-divisional rivalries that have developed with the likes of San Francisco, Dallas, and Seattle, fans of both sides are connected by memories of both bitterness and joy.
Just one of those players is edge rusher Takkarist McKinley:
Takk didn’t get a ton of playing time against the Bears—mainly because Chicago was so rarely lined up in a package that demanded nickel coverage from the Falcons. In his limited snaps, he showed flashes of what we saw in the preseason. Dan Quinn absolutely wants to get Takk more involved, and Sunday night’s game against Green Bay should give him plenty of opportunities to do so.
Sean McVay is the youngest coach in the NFL, and that showed on Sunday against Washington. Jay Gruden came out on top, but it wasn’t a total wash for Gruden’s former pupil.
McVay’s rookie mistakes were obvious ones, including using all of his first-half timeouts with 10 minutes left to go in the second quarter. And in a game where Washington leaned on its running game for the win, McVay’s Rams only ran the ball a total of 21 times, despite having a running back who can do this:
Despite a last-minute interception, Jared Goff continued his upward trajectory, which is a more important marker for McVay’s early tenure than wins alone. Gruden may still be the master, but his former pupil is on the right path.