A look back at the 2016 NFL season. Sixteen scenes that shaped the season (Part two)

BY JIMMY WHITEHEAD

9.The Vikings, where did it all go wrong? The Minnesota Vikings, a new stadium, a promising QB, one of the best running backs ever and one of the most dynamic defences in the league. They could’ve gone all the way this year. That what they thought, so even when Teddy Bridgewater was injured in preseason and out for the regular season, they bought in another decent QB in Sam Bradford, they looked at the world and said bring it on. So the world did. The Vikings started well being the last undefeated team in the NFL, even with the great Adrian Peterson was injured in week two. It didn’t seem to be a problem. They were flying high. Then the bye week came along in week six. (they were 5-0 at this point) it looked like the bye week had killed the team’s momentum. The mighty Vikes lost the next four. The team fizzled out to a 8-8 record and missed out on the playoffs, being the first team to start 5-0 and not go to the playoffs twice (2003, if you were wondering). There is no need to worry Vikings fans, the future does look bright for the purple and gold. read more

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London to have its own NFL franchise within five years according to Neil Reynolds

“We will have a team here that we can call our own within five years.” That was the verdict of Sky Sports’ Neil Reynolds when asked about the future of the NFL outside of America.

A London based franchise has been the biggest talking point for those involved in the game in this country for a number of years and it is becoming more and more clear that it is a hot topic for those in charge of the league as well. read more

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San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Shanahan needs time to rebuild this famous franchise

As a 49ers fan, what can I say about this season? Some might say disappointing, frustrating maybe? In my opinion it’s a season we deserved.

What I mean by that is, as a franchise we go from firing coach Harbaugh because he didn’t get on with Baalke, after an 8-8 season and a 3rd place finish in the west. Although I still thought he was our guy and the coach to take us forward. read more

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Tennessee Titans: Looking forward, looking back…

As the dust settles and the disappointment recedes it seems a sensible time to take a look at the season gone and the season to come. First of all, although I use the word disappointment the Titans can look back on their first winning season since 2011 with no small measure of pride. The last 12 months have been a great step forward, and a sense of hope is returning to a franchise who have long been mediocre at best, atrocious at worst. read more

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