Week 13. It’s the home stretch. And it’s time to take a look at how the teams in the NFC East are faring.
After such a hot start, I thought for sure the Dallas Cowboys would be running away with the division and coming in hot, but they’ve cooled off considerably. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants really just seem to be floundering. Surprisingly, who’s got the hot hand? None other than the Washington Redskins. Here’s how it shakes out in my mind.
The top spot goes to the aforementioned Washington Redskins. Congrats to them, as they seem to have found a small bit of mojo, and have won their last 2 games. True, they had to work to win them, but after a really bad start to the season, it looks like they’re starting to slowly come around.
It’s another week is in the books and week 12 saw a pretty good lineup of games for the NFC East. The Cowboys took on the Patriots, the Redskins matched up against the Lions, the Giants traveled to Chicago and the Eagles hosted the Seahawks. And who was the only team in the NFC East to get a win? The 1-9 Washington Redskins. How about that?
It’s the official beginning of the holidays, Thanksgiving week! It’s also the beginning of a fantastic week of football, and it all kicks off with Monday Night Football featuring the Los Angeles Rams and the Baltimore Ravens. Let’s take a look at everything coming up this week.
Tonight, the Rams (6-4) take on the red hot (purple hot?) Ravens (8-2) at home in LA. Now, at the beginning of the season, this would have been touted as one of the best games of the season, but the Rams have struggled more than we thought they would this year, and the Ravens…well they have been killing it.
Two losses, a win, and a bye make up the NFC East this week.
As the season rolls along, it’s looking more and more like the Cowboys are going to win the division, barring some crazy collapse. But as always, let’s head around the division to check in what’s going on with everyone.
Washington Redskins (1-9): It’s been a long season for Washington already as we well know. Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been named the starter for the rest of the season, but he finally got his first touchdown in yesterday’s game, along with running back Derrius Guice. Of course, it didn’t mean too much at the time, but could this be a look of things to come? Something to build off of? I mean, it could be.
I think the only thing better would have been if this game had been played on Halloween.
When there were about 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half of the Cowboys/Giants game on Monday Night Football, a black cat somehow got on the field. And true to the app we know and love, Twitter took it and ran with it. Most of the time, I’m OK when things like this happen, but for whatever reason, I thought it was a little too much.
But then I decided I was being a Debbie Downer, and went and sat in the corner. Not really, I just thought to myself let people have their fun. It’s not hurting anyone.
The Cowboys bounced back this week against the Eagles. Even though they lost, Washington held their own against the 49ers. The Giants were competitive but just couldn’t seal the deal.
Despite the fact that 3/4 of the NFC East lost this week, let’s take a peek at which players stood out.
Washington Redskins: Let’s be honest. It was an ugly game. No touchdowns, plenty of field goals, but no real “action.” But let’s also be honest that not too many people had them hanging around in this game. It could have been a blowout, but thankfully, it wasn’t. Shout out to Washington’s defense for holding San Fransisco to their fewest point total so far this season. They had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for a loss.
Well then. It’s been a rocky couple of weeks for the NFC East.
This was to be the week that they all got it back together. For the most part, anyway.
The Eagles were in a good matchup against the Vikings, and it was to be a statement game for them. Overall, this division isn’t shaping up the way most thought at the beginning of the season, and that is giving rise to some concern for the teams.
It’s early in the season, but the Cowboys started off hot, going 3-0. However, they’ve seemed to come back to Earth these past two games. To be fair, they have faced some pretty good defenses, and we all know that defense wins championships. But at the same time, if they’re the team that they think they are, they should have had a better performance.
Let’s look at the performance of the Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot. He’s been pretty average so far this season after signing a huge contract. He’s had over 380 yards rushing, but in the past two games, he’s had only 97 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Again, he was facing some good defenses, though Green Bay’s rush defense got much better this game. Could it be that offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is having a hard time game planning? This is his first season as OC, so it could just be growing pains.
You guys ever intercept your report cards growing up? Me neither. Okay, well, maybe once or twice. OK fine, 3 times.
Well, it’s the end of the first quarter of the football season, and I’m handing out grades that you can’t intercept!! I’m grading the overall performance of each team.
I’ve graded performances in previous articles, and like those, I’ll be grading on a curve. You ever pass a class because of a grade curve? I may have benefited from that once or twice, so I’ll pay it forward and grade on a curve myself.
Now that those “formalities” are out of the way, let’s get to grading!