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!
The first quarter – four weeks – of the 2019 NFL season is in the book and the NFC South division is wide open.
Leading the way at 3-1, the New Orleans Saints might be heavily favored to keep the top spot, but the injury to quarterback Drew Brees leading to Teddy Bridgewater under center doesn’t make that a sure thing. Tied for second place at 2-2 are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cam Newton-less Carolina Panthers.
That leaves the Atlanta Falcons in last place at 1-3 which may be one of the biggest surprises at this point of the season.
Unlike the NFC North that I wrote about yesterday, not everyone in the NFC East won last Sunday. But it’s now time to reset and get ready to kick off week 4. It’s been an eventful week for the NFC East from hilarious to frustrating. Let’s head around and take a peek at the action.
New York Giants: This week was rookie quarterback Daniel Jones’s first start. He had a record-breaking performance, and lead the Giants to a comeback victory in Tampa Bay. The Giants twitter account had some time today to throw a little shade as well. But with that win, came a loss in running back Saquon Barkley with a high ankle sprain.
But now it is time for RB Wayne Gallman to fill Barkley’s spot. While he’s obviously not Barkley, Gallman still was a reliable part of the Giants offense pre-Barkley. Besides, now with Jones at quarterback, if he can keep up his performance against Washington this week, the offense will be very balanced.
Week 1 is in the books! And that means school is back in session… which makes this post pretty much a gimme! The NFC East teams all faced each other opening week, so that makes it easy to grade. Oh, and I grade on a curve in case you’re wondering. Curves saved my grades a few times, so I’m returning the favor.
It was an eventful offseason for all teams in the division. Signings, hold outs, quarterback controversies, and more. But finally getting to play always makes it that much better.
Philadelphia Eagles: I’ll give them an A-. After a very, very slow start and the defense looking not great, the Eagles came alive. Quarterback Carson Wentz went on to have a day, along with returning wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and WR Alshon Jeffrey. The Eagles came back from being down 17-0 to get the win. I guess the best way to put it is that sometimes you just need to get back into the flow of regular season games.