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Coaches fired, Hunt released after week 13

JERRIUS CAMPBELL, Sports Writer

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As the NFL season nears week 14, it’s still unclear who will land in each playoff spot.

The league’s best team, the New Orleans Saints, recently suffered their second loss of the season to the Dallas Cowboys in a low scoring match, 13-10. Out of all the teams the Saints have faced, it was hard to believe the Cowboys were able to grab the win.

It was easy to say in this one, defense wins games. After four turnovers by the Saints offense, without a doubt they deserved to lose the game.

The Saints will look to bounce back this week as the face the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.

Currently, the National Football Conference (NFC) is led by the Rams (11-1), followed by the Saints (10-2), Bears (8-4), Cowboys (7-5), Seahawks (7-5) and holding the final wildcard spot are the Vikings (6-5).

In the American Football Conference (AFC), the Chiefs (10-2) lead the way, followed by the Patriots (9-3), Texans (9-3), Chargers (9-3), Steelers (7-4-1) and Ravens (7-5). With four weeks remaining this season, nothing is set in stone.

Due to their lack of playoff caliber football and their overall record of 4-7-1, the Green Bay Packers officially decided to part ways with Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

The decision was made after the Packers suffered a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, who had only won two games all season prior to their meeting at Lambeau Field.

The Carolina Panthers also fired two assistants after their fourth straight loss on the season. Defensive line coach Brady Hoke and secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura.

Head Coach Ron Rivera excused first year defensive coordinator Eric Washington and ultimately decided to keep him on staff despite the defense’s struggles as of late. Washington’s duties will be increased in the Panthers’ next game due to the firing of the assistants, allowing him to have more control over the defense.

Negativity pulsated throughout the NFL this week with player and coaches alike.

The league leader in rushing last season, Kareem Hunt, was fired by the Kansas City Chiefs after a video was released by TMZ showing Hunt pushing a young woman several feet as well as kicking her while she was on the ground.

His actions are unacceptable and I doubt he will find work again. Kansas City was able to sign Charcandrick West, a former Chief, to fill the running back spot.

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