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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Ezekiel Elliot gets his deal

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

In a cat and mouse game that took just about all of the offseason, the Dallas Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliot got his deal done, making him the highest-paid running back in the league.

The Cowboys have now secured some major parts of their team that should be pretty secure for the next few years.  While they still have a few more players to go, they’re well on their way.

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The NFC East round up week 3: The games

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Three of the four teams in the division played Thursday night and the Cowboys played on Saturday.  The Giants perfect preseason record was on the line, for what that’s worth.  The Redskins were trying to figure out their quarterback situation, and the Eagles were trying to break the Raven’s preseason streak.  The Cowboys welcomed in the Texans and tried to get back to the football that was on the field, instead of contract issues.

Let’s see how it all shook out.

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What’s happening in the NFC East

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North and NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

As I said last week, I’m going to be covering the NFC East.  And let me just start by saying when it comes to rivalries, the NFC East is the best.

The AFC North is close, but the NFC East takes the cake.  I have never seen four fan bases go so hard on each other all the time.  It’s the best thing next to the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry in my mind.

This week, I’m going to check out what’s going on with each team and what they’ve got coming up for their next preseason game!

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Zeke Elliott to sit out entire 2019 season?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported this morning that Dalla Cowboy running back Ezekiel Elliott will sit out the entire 2019 season if he doesn’t get a contract extension.

While we knew he was “vacationing” in Mexico and not attending training camp, I don’t think anyone believed that he wouldn’t eventually get himself to Dallas.

But he reportedly told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones back in January that he wouldn’t play a single game without an extension and regardless of how many fines the team/league heap upon him, it sounds like he was serious.

Which I find to be shameful behavior!

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Gil Brandt: PFHOF Class of 2019

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

“If you don’t have good scouts, you’re not going to make much use of the computer.” – Gil Brandt

The Godfather. No, not the movie, the man. Gil Brandt is one of the most revered men in football history, and this week, the Godfather finally is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Brandt was the Vice President of Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1988), turning the Cowboys into the most dominant and famous team in the NFL. During his career, Brandt was an innovator in scouting processes for football.

He developed ways to evaluate players that hadn’t been seen before, including the use computers. He also began using psychological testing for players to see how they could perform under pressure.

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NFL reorganization: a serious proposal

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Last week, I had fun with my OCD and wrote about radically changing around all of the NFL divisions to create a more geographically pleasing picture.

I was genuinely surprised at the number of fans who loved my ideas – and equally surprised at the ones who hated my new divisions.

But even the haters agreed that some amount of reorganizing is way overdue. If you simply pause and think about the number of teams that have moved, from Houston to Tennessee or perhaps St. Louis to Los Angeles, and you will agree that a few changes would be a good thing.

Here is my much more realistic view of a few changes to divisions that make a ton of sense.  I’m not moving anyone from the AFC to the NFC and I’m keeping most of the divisions intact, so this should be a fairly painless change for most of you!

This week’s Blitzed NFL Insider’s featured article!

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So, really: Who has the best NFL fans

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

If you ask anyone on Twitter, or anywhere, to be quite honest, of course, everyone will say that they are the best fans in the NFL.  If you ask me, it’s a title that really shouldn’t be taken too seriously, because there’s always some sort of bias to it.  But that’s just me.

However, a professor from Emory University, Dr. Mike Lewis, performed a study and ranked the fanbases of all 32 NFL teams.

The top 3?  Eagles fans, Patriots fans, and Cowboy fans.

The bottom 3?  Titans fans, Chiefs fans and Rams fans.

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Checking in on the Dallas Cowboys

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Its not something we are used to. Traditionally using the word quiet and Jerry Jones in the same thought isn’t something you do. However, from the outside looking in, this off-season seems to have been somewhat quiet for the Dallas Cowboys. I decided to check in with David Howman, writer for bloggingtheboys.com, to see what was going on in Jerry’s world.

Talking about the off-season, David agreed that, from the outside, it may look like there hasn’t been much going on in Dallas. However, they have been busy.

“It was a very productive offseason for the Cowboys but not in the way most expect. They have a new offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore who should be upping the creativity and they added some low risk, high reward free agents while focusing on giving their own star players contract extensions.”

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Taking a look at the NFC East’s draft

Marquita Quinones
NFL Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

Now that the dust has settled and the 2019 NFL Draft is in the recent past, our experts have weighed in on teams choices.

I have to say though, that the NFC East has been of particular interest to me.

What especially intrigued me were the low scores that were given for their picks.

Let’s review some of the best choices along with some of the most puzzling choices.

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