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.

New York Giants 25 – Cincinnati Bengals 23

If Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield’s comments about QB Daniel Jones, got to him,  he sure didn’t show it.  Even though veteran Eli Manning got the start, Jones came in to replace him and did well.  He was 9 of 11 for 141 yards.  He hasn’t thrown an interception during the preseason.  Jones did take a pretty big hit in the game, but showed his toughness by shaking it off, and continuing the drive.   Next up, the Patriots in Foxborough.

Baltimore Ravens 26 – Philadelphia Eagles 15

Starting QB Carson Wentz sat out this game, allowing the Eagles to give recently unretired quarterback Josh McCown a chance to start. Unfortunately, the Eagles were unable to break the Raven’s preseason win streak, but they were able to see some good things during the game. Running back Corey Clement was impressive. While he only had 7 carries for 25 yards, he was effective. After a slump last year, Clement is really working to be a part of the run game. He took a big step Thursday towards that goal. The Eagles will play the Jets for their last preseason game.

Washington Redskins 19 – Atlanta Falcons 7

QB Case Keenum started the game, and rookie QB Dwayne Haskins finished up the game.  Some feel that Haskins made a good case (sorry for the pun) to be the starter.  Others feel that Keenum wasn’t anything more than serviceable and that Haskins shouldn’t start right away.  I’m sure there are some very interesting discussions taking place in Washington Twitter. Outside of that, tight end, Jordan Reed took a big hit in the game Thursday night and now is in concussion protocol.  But a very good bright spot was running back Derrius Guice.  He was able to return after an ACL injury.  He played the entire first half and had 44 yards on 11 carries.  Hopefully, he will be a star on the offense this year.  Next up, Washington will take on Baltimore.

Dallas Cowboys 34 – Houston Texans 0

This was obviously all Cowboys. The defense really stepped up and showed out Saturday night. They had 8 sacks and 2 takeaways in this game. Defensive end Taco Charlton was huge this game and made a good case for why he should still be on the roster. This was the first preseason shut out since 2012. Backup QB Cooper Rush was 15/25 for 173 yards. But the big news was that Texans running back Lamar Miller left the game with an injury thought to be an ACL tear. The Cowboys close out the preseason next Thursday against the Buccaneers.

 

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