The Saints and Panthers have secured postseason spots. The Saints will be the NFC South champions if they beat the Buccaneers, which would relegate the Panthers to a wild card and the No. 5 seed.
The competition for the second wild card and the NFC’s sixth seed comes down to the Falcons and Seahawks. The Falcons, the defending NFC champs, are in with a win at home over the Panthers. The Seahawks need to beat the Arizona Cardinals and hope the Falcons lose.
Rosen and the Browns … The Browns already are on the clock, having wrapped up the top overall selection in the 2018 NFL draft. Their new general manager, John Dorsey, presumably won’t repeat the mistakes of his predecessors and go out of his way to avoid drafting a prospective franchise quarterback.
Defensive player of the year: Aaron Donald, DT, Rams … The rise of the Rams brings Donald’s excellence into the spotlight. He is the game’s most disruptive force on defense, causing turnovers and applying pass-rush pressure from the interior. Donald gets the nod over Jacksonville’s Calais Campbell and Dallas’s Demarcus Lawrence.
Coach of the Year: Sean McVay, Rams … The youngest head coach in modern NFL history turned Jared Goff into a franchise quarterback, made the most of Gurley’s talents and transformed the Rams into contenders. If anyone had suggested when McVay was hired that he’d accomplish all of that in Year 1, it would have seemed far-fetched. McVay finishes ahead of Philadelphia’s Doug Pederson, Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone and Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer.
That player is still going to be monitored by the medical staff as the game progresses. They are going to touch base with that player, they’re going to look at the emergence of any new symptoms, they’re going to continue to maintain contact with that player both verbally as well as visually. They are going to watch that player as they go back on the field and make sure there are no visible signs of head trauma as they go on.”