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.

Washington Redskins:  They get a C-. Some may say, “But Sonja, they gave up a 17 point lead!”  Even then, there were still some good points in the game, especially in the first half when the defense looked like world-beaters and QB Case Keenum was doing well. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin had over 100 yards in the first half.  Unfortunately, they came back down to earth and looked like the Washington team we know and love(?).

New York Giants:  Y’all. I think curving gets them a D+. Their defense may need some tutoring before the next game. It’s a young defense, so they’ve got their work cut out for them.  Oh and limiting running back Saquon Barkley isn’t going to get too many points from me. However, despite the negatives, there were some things that brought up their score. The offensive line is improving, which is a great sign. Also, tight end Evan Engram is looking lights out already. Engram had 11 receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown. There’s work to do, but there are some signs that there could be an improvement.

Dallas Cowboys:  A. Despite all the offseason issues, they came together and put on a show. New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore opened up this offense and made it really fun to watch.  QB Dak Prescott had a perfect passer rating, and WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup had over 100 yards receiving.  It was, for the most part, a complete game. Now, you may say, it was only the Giants. But at the same time, if a team is bad, you have to beat them handily, and the Cowboys did that.  Next test?  Seeing how they look next week as they go on the road to take on Washington.

 

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