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!

Dallas Cowboys (3-1)   A-  They’ve beaten the teams that they were supposed to and lost to a team that they “should” have.  And they’ve looked pretty good in the process.  New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has done wonders for the offense, they’re top 3 in the league right now.   Defensively, they’re top 10.

Things are looking pretty good for the Cowboys so far this season.  But going into the second quarter, they have another big test in the 3rd ranked pass defense, Green Bay Packers.  If the O-Line protects quarterback Dak Prescott, and the defense can get after QB Aaron Rodgers and the iffy Green Bay offense, the Cowboys come away with the win.

New York Giants (2-2) B-  Ok, I’m really close to giving them a B, but I need to see how they’ll play against the Vikings which, I feel, is going to be a great game for both teams.  So, going on the body of work that I have, QB Daniel Jones is really starting to get comfortable in the starting role.  He’s given some life to a team that most thought wouldn’t do much this year.  Also, their offensive line is looking much better as well.

The team is starting to fluctuate with injuries and players returning from suspensions, so we will see how much of an effect that will have on them. They also will have a good test heading into the 2nd quarter of the season against the Minnesota Vikings.  Minnesota’s defense will be the toughest Jones has seen so far, so it could be a long game for him.  But it’s also why it could be a great test for him!

Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) C+ Again, I have to go by the body of work I have. I want to give them better, but I have to wait and see!  They started off the season with a huge comeback win over the Washington Redskins but lost their next two games.  The loss to the Falcons, they looked exceptionally bad.  But, they came back and had a huge win in Green Bay over the Packers. Offensively and defensively, the Eagles rank around the middle of the League.

QB Carson Wentz is getting the job done. There have been injuries to his teammates, but he makes a way.  So far on the season, he has thrown for almost 1,000 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 2 INTs.  The Eagles open the 2nd quarter of the season with the New York Jets.  This should also give them a chance to really show their talent and improve their grade as well.

Washington Redskins (0-4) D  It would be easy (and fair) to fail them, but I won’t. I mean, they did have a lead against the Eagles in the first half of the first game! It’s a mess in Washington right now.  They really don’t have a starting quarterback, their one bright spot, running back Derrius Guice is on IR.

And to make matters “worse” or better, (however you chose to see it) rumors are circulating that their head coach could be fired after next week.   And then things don’t get much better as they take on the Patriots in week 5.

Did your team get the grade you thought?  Let me know!


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