Gridiron Girls: Episode Seven

Audio/Story posted October 24, 2018 in CommRadio, Sports by Sports Staff

Football analysts Carolyn Sistrand and Ariel Simpson discuss Week 5 of NFL play as producer Steph Naranjo hosts CommRadio’s first all-girl football podcast, Gridiron Girls:


The Redskins got their first consecutive win of the season after beating the Cowboys by a close score of 20-17. Washington remains ahead of the NFC East with a 4-2 record. However, the division is still far from predicting who will end on top. Adrian Peterson had a standout game with 99 yards for 24 carries as Washington went into its matchup missing some key playmakers. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan’s strip-sack of Dak Prescott, recovered by Preston Smith, would return for a touchdown with less than five minutes to play. Prescott would be sacked four times by the Redskins’ defense and would also record two fumbles.

San Francisco is still trying to make something of its season as it fell 1-6 to the undefeated Rams 39-10. A mix of a consistent, strong defense and a stand out season for Jared Goff is propelling this Los Angeles team ahead of its division. The 49ers, however, still can’t figure out what they are doing without Jimmy Garoppolo. On Sunday, 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard put up disappointing numbers including two interceptions and two fumbles. Rams defensive tackle Aaron, on the other hand, put up four sacks, six tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Todd Gurley helped secure the win for the Rams with three touchdowns on the day.

The Panthers took down the Eagles 21-17 in the biggest comeback in their franchise’s history as Carolina came back from a 17-deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Quarterback Cam Newton played hurry up football to secure the comeback, finishing 25 for 39 with 269 yards and running for 49 yards. The reigning Super Bowl champions remain behind the Redskins in the NFC East and are struggling to regain the mojo that they had last year. Although the Eagles were missing some key players due to injury, fourth quarters have seemed to be the Eagle kryptonite. 

Drew Brees continues to write history as the Saints just snuck by the Ravens 24-23. Brees led a 14-point comeback against a Ravens team who had not allowed more than 12 second-half points the entire season. He also threw his 500th career touchdown pass, joining New England’s Tom Brady, who just earned the same accomplishment earlier this season. Joe Flacco went 23 of 39 for 279 yards, yet it wasn’t enough as time expired. Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson scored a one-yard touchdown run to put Baltimore ahead going into halftime.

The Giants continue to struggle as they fall to the Falcons 23-20 on Monday night. Saquon Barkley continues to be an anchor on the Giants defense as Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. try to generate some rhythm that could produce a win. Atlanta looked to be on an upswing, however, coming back from a slower start to the season than expected. The 3-4 Falcons currently sit in fourth place in the NFC South standings.

More Week 7 game recaps along with Week 8 predictions all on this episode of Gridiron Girls.

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Carolyn Sistrand is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and history. To contact her, email

Stephanie Naranjo is a senior majoring in telecommunications. To contact her, email

Ariel Simpson is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email

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Carolyn Sistrand

Senior / Broadcast Journalism, History

Carolyn Sistrand is a senior from Framingham, Massachusetts double majoring in Broadcast Journalism and History and is a certificate candidate in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. For CommRadio, Carolyn works as a co-editor on the management team as well as contributing content for the sports department. Her roles include: being a writer, an analyst, an on-air personality on talk shows and podcasts, live play-by-play, as well as production. She is a co-founder for CommRadio’s first all-girl’s NFL podcast, Gridiron Girls, which is now a live all-sports talk show airing Friday’s from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Outside of CommRadio, Carolyn has had professional experience as a multimedia journalism intern for The Metrowest Daily News (Framingham, MA) and AccuWeather Headquarters (State College, PA). She is currently covering Penn State softball as an intern for (University Park, PA). To contact Carolyn, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).