Franchise QBs on their way out? The quarterback carousel begins early.

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

We are at the mid-season mark and already we have teams talking about moving on from their supposed franchise quarterbacks.

Let’s take a look at who may be leaving their quarterbacks behind.

Carolina Panthers placed Cam Newton on season-ending injured reserve this week, leaving many to question if we will ever see Newton in a Panthers uniform again., especially since they have quarterback Kyle Allen, an undrafted free agent who has played well for Carolina in relief of Newton. He has completed 60.7 % of his passes for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions in six games.

The Panthers have gone 5-1 in the games in which Allen has started.

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Black cat takes over Twitter on Monday Night Football

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

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.

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Who’s having a great season in the NFC East so far?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Here we are halfway through the season already. Crazy how time flies!

We’ve had some surprises so far this season, but honestly the NFC East has been pretty much what was expected.

Except for the Eagles, but that’s another story for another day.

But today, I’m going to look at the who on each team has had a great season so far.  As always, if you don’t agree with me, feel free to let me know!

 

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NFC East Week 7 top performers

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

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.

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NFC East – Injuries, Ugly Losses and a Stand-out Rookie Receiver

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield  // @Mom23RN

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.

Let’s go around and check in on the teams.

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Handing out first quarter grades for the NFC East

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

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!

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NFC East: the roundup

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield  //@Mom23RN

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.

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Its the end of an era in New York: Fans say Thank You Eli

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The New York Giants announced yesterday, that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has been given the starting job, and 15-year starting QB Eli Manning will be the backup.

Football’s favorite little brother has had a lackluster past couple of years, starting with being benched for QB Geno Smith in 2017.  When the Giants drafted Jones with their first pick in this past April’s draft, most thought that this was a sign that it was really going to be the end for Manning this year.  Well, the Giants made it official yesterday.

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I got the power: NFC East power rankings

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Like I said last week, I’ve never really been a huge fan of power rankings.  They’re meaningless, to be honest.  It’s essentially who’s hot and who’s not.

But when I do them, I love to have fun with it, and not take them too seriously.  For the most part.  I think a mixup of funny and serious is good.

Without further ado, I present the NFC East Power Rankings going into week 2.

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Grading the NFC East, Week 1

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

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.

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