The trade franchise arrived this year with more action than the normal NFL season. Some teams gunned for the movement…
The trade franchise arrived this year with more action than the normal NFL season. Some teams gunned for the movement that could create distances between them and the competition, while others sold their parts.
Lions and Packers both made moves while they were in a game in the NFC North lead. None of them did it to try to get any ground.
Within less than three hours after the trading deadline, the Lions traded wide recipients Golden Tate to the eagles for a third round and Packers was about the Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Redskins safety for a fourth round.
Both teams handled the keys for future draft play and did not receive a 2018 piece in return.
Both business involved players who quite clearly did not return to their respective teams next season, and the deal offered something in return before leaving. NFL assumed more of MLB’s or NBA’s mentality this year, with teams selling outgoing players for future assets.
But none of them did anything to help the two teams currently running Bears and Vikings with a game or less in the NFC North Race. In fact, both teams are getting worse to exchange some drafts in the future.
Maybe a team like vikings may inspire much doubt despite the position. Minnesota went 1
3-3 last season before a 4-3-1 start this year, but it gets healthier on the defense and has Kirk Cousins leading the offensive to new heights.
Perhaps NFC as a whole is too scary, but beyond the limits and maybe the Saints, which seem to be an unlikely conclusion.
Lions and Packers seemed to pursue value charts and precedents within their cultures rather than immediate returns. They seemed to feel the effects of job security by choosing to plan in the long run. Perhaps they think they can win without something that they have not yet won.
Tate, for example, took 27 percent of Matthew Stafford’s goals this season. His rifts and screens have been a key part of Detroit’s crime for the past three and a half seasons, and Detroit will now create a new approach in the mid-year flight. It has Kerryon Johnson and an improved running game to do it, but it’s also chasing narrow playoff odds after a 3-4 start.
Both teams clearly liked the assets they received in return, but after the deadline day and the long-term injury diagnosis for Bears Pro Bowl protection Kyle Long, the Vikings should be considered clear favorites in the NFC North again. They will host Lions this week, just as Lions builds the new crime, and they only got defensive Everson Griffen back last week.
The bears can have the second best chance with the defense they can play. Aaron Rodgers has brought Packers to strong other halves, but he has to overcome even more now when his team has a bigger hole in safety.
The Lions are likely to have the fourth best odds in a division match that they currently only track of a game. It would be an upward blow to how their defense has played, but a team with Matthew Stafford and an established receiving corps could probably have faith in their divisions in a division race so tight.
The Lions, like Packers, chose to tear down some of that reason on Tuesday. It can be rewarded for both in the long run, if they choose and save lock space will be helpful. But no move helped either team in the tight run that happens in NFC North right now. Both did the opposite of it.