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.
All tanking talk aside, the Dolphins actually put themselves into a position to win their week 6 game. With under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game with the Dolphins down by 7. He did so after starting QB Josh Rosen was benched in the 3rd quarter.
Fitzpatrick drove the Dolphins down the field to a potentially tying touchdown. With only seconds left. Fitzpatrick found wide receiver DeVante Parker in the back of the end zone. With no hesitating what so ever. The Dolphins offense stayed out on the field, setting up for a potential winning 2 point conversion.
By the reaction of the crowd at Hard Rock Stadium, all seemed on board with the call. As Fitzpatrick took the snap and tried to hit running back Kenyan Drake on a quick slant. Drake bobbled and dropped the ball, failing to get the 2 points and the win.
In a move that surprised almost no one, Washington has parted ways with head coach Jay Gruden. A lot of people felt that it would come after their week 4 loss to the N.Y. Giants, but it was the loss to the New England Patriots that was the final straw. During Gruden’s tenure, Washington was 35-49-1.
While most fans were expecting the move, many more feel that the problem with Washington is deeper than the head coach. That’s when most start to look at GM Bruce Allen, and ultimately the owner Dan Snyder.
Under Snyder, who became the owner in 1999, the team hasn’t finished with a winning record. They have however, won the NFC East 3 times under Snyder as well.
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!
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.