The Eagles beat the Giants and the WFT beat the Cowboys, putting Philadelphia at the top of the NFC East pecking order. How likely are the Eagles to still be sat there by the time the season ends? Let’s take a look.
After coming so close yet so far against two elite defenses, a hobbling Eagles team was able to negate a fourth-quarter deficit against the Giants to climb atop the NFC East. Next up, they’ll face an atrocious Cowboys team before a much-needed bye week. After that? Let’s just hope they get healthy…
@ New York
@ Green Bay
Vs New Orleans
The remaining schedule is hardly an inviting one and easily the toughest of all NFC East teams. The pros are that the bye week couldn’t come at a better time and may well give the Eagles some much-needed re-enforcements. The cons? With a loss to Washington already and a schedule of contenders, they simply have to at least win all remaining divisional games and cause an upset or two along the way. Let the chaos begin.
New York Giants
The only other team in the division with a starting QB at the helm, the Giants are of course coming off of a crushing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s all well and good, but is Daniel Jones really going to save the day, having turned the ball over in all but one game this season?
Vs Tampa Bay
The Giants run defense has been a particular highlight, but that won’t stop some red-hot passing offenses, strong number 1 wideouts (Yes, I’m talking about Travis Fulgham here, not DeAndre Hopkins, OBJ, or Terry McLaurin), and similarly stout defenses causing problems. Regardless of how good the G-men are on defense, they’re going to have to score points and currently rank 31st in that metric. With the Eagles already having a win over them, it’s going to be a tough ask for the Giants to keep this race tight.
Washington Football Team
Whatever life was left in the Cowboys was just beaten out of them by *checks notes* Kyle Allen? Okay, maybe it was predominantly that insane pass rush, but the point stands. Washington are surging and riding an incredible pass-rush as far as it will take them It’s the same front four that hit Carson Wentz 18 times in a game where the offensive line was somehow better. With a win over the Eagles already, the Football Team are probably the best-poised team to leapfrog Philadelphia, but how does their remaining schedule look?
Vs New York
@ San Francisco
Those last four weeks are going to be torrid, meaning that if Washington have any hope of mounting a divisional charge, it has to come now. The Giants and Lions should be winnable and if they can get past Dallas again, it gives them enough momentum to bump and bruise their way to a potential divisional decider in week 17.
The Cowboys were being beaten to a pulp by the Washington Football Team when they lost QB Andy Dalton to a vicious and illegal hit. As horrible as that is, it means that Dallas will be rolling into the short-term future with Ben DiNucci at quarterback.
Already banged up on the offensive front having just lost Zack Martin, it’s a lot of pressure on an undrafted QB to walk into Philadelphia and get a win, breaking a terrible run of form. A game against Pittsburgh could get ugly. After that, the sky oddly brightens.
Vs San Francisco
@ New York
The Cowboys have the easiest remaining schedule of all NFC East teams. If there is even a remote lifeline for Dallas, this is absolutely it. Will their awful defense and now injury-plagued offense be able to make the most of it? Probably not, but time will tell.
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