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There have been many debates over the years. Waffles or pancakes? Chocolate or peanut butter? Tastes great or less filling? Allow me to add one more related to the NFL draft: Best available or fill needs?
I decided to dig into which strategy works better by researching ten years of drafts from 2009 through 2019. I chose the best team in each NFL division based on the overall record from that same period. I first looked at statistics for each season for these eight teams.
Items such as points scored and allowed, offensive and defensive rankings in each season, sacks allowed and recorded, and depth issues formed the baseline for what I saw as team needs for each draft. Any player chosen that would help improve the team in any of these areas was seen as a need pick, not a best available. Here are the teams and my analysis:
It was a long season for both teams. Both the Eagles and the Seahawks had been injured throughout the season. The Eagles, however, despite inconsistent play earlier in the season, were able to put together a strong run at the end of the season to make it to the playoffs.
The Seahawks, despite injuries as well, we’re able to put together a strong season behind quarterback Russell Wilson. They also had a very late-season addition to the team in running back Marshawn Lynch to help bolster a running back corps that was depleted due to injury.
This year’s NFC Wildcard Round of the NFL Playoffs will start on Sunday, January 5th.
The first matchup will feature the New Orleans Saints (13-3) hosting the Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at 1:05pm EST.
Then, we’ll have the Seattle Seahawks (11-5) heading to Philadelphia to face the Eagles (9-7) at 4:40pm EST. Frankly, I’m still not sure how the Eagles get home-field for this game but that’s how it worked out.
The NFC East. The only division in the NFL that a team has neither clinched a playoff spot or a division title.
At the beginning of the season, when Dallas was on a hot streak, one would have thought that they would easily run away with the division. But a 3 game losing streak sort of set their hopes and dreams of playoff contention back a bit.
And let’s not forget the Eagles, who at the beginning of the season were sort of lackluster and have fans questioning if they should have let quarterback Nick Foles go. They have now rattled off 3 wins in a row, to still keep them in the running for the division title.
Week 13. It’s the home stretch. And it’s time to take a look at how the teams in the NFC East are faring.
After such a hot start, I thought for sure the Dallas Cowboys would be running away with the division and coming in hot, but they’ve cooled off considerably. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants really just seem to be floundering. Surprisingly, who’s got the hot hand? None other than the Washington Redskins. Here’s how it shakes out in my mind.
The top spot goes to the aforementioned Washington Redskins. Congrats to them, as they seem to have found a small bit of mojo, and have won their last 2 games. True, they had to work to win them, but after a really bad start to the season, it looks like they’re starting to slowly come around.
Two losses, a win, and a bye make up the NFC East this week.
As the season rolls along, it’s looking more and more like the Cowboys are going to win the division, barring some crazy collapse. But as always, let’s head around the division to check in what’s going on with everyone.
Washington Redskins (1-9): It’s been a long season for Washington already as we well know. Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been named the starter for the rest of the season, but he finally got his first touchdown in yesterday’s game, along with running back Derrius Guice. Of course, it didn’t mean too much at the time, but could this be a look of things to come? Something to build off of? I mean, it could be.
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.
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.