NFC East Roundup: Are the Eagles now the clear favorites?

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24) scores on a 27-yard interception for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

The NFC East has been the most drama-filled division for quite some time and Sunday’s slate of games continued that trend. While the Eagles had their spot in the drama after allowing the Lions to score 35 points and A.J. Brown set an Eagles record for most receiving yards for a new player in their Eagles debut. But it seems the rest of the NFC East wanted a part of the drama, here’s how the Eagles’ rivals did:

New York Giants

The Giants revamped their entire front office and coaching staff this offseason but chose not to move on from QB Daniel Jones. Jones had a semi-efficient day throwing the ball as he went 17/21 against the titans but only threw for 188 yards in the game. He was able to muster 2 touchdowns but did throw an interception as well. 

It was an up-and-down battle as the Titans tried to find their groove but Saquon Barkley was just too much for Tennessee. Barkley put up 164 yards on the ground with a touchdown and 30 receding yards on top of that

The Giants beat the Titans 21-20.

Washington Commanders

The Commanders had a very interesting debut under their new name as former Eagles QB, Carson Wentz, led them with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. It seems as if throwing picks have now become a part of Wentz’s game. He’s a risk taker but those risks that he took on Sunday helped lead his team to win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and former Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson

I’m starting to wonder when we’ll see Trevor Lawrence come into his own as he was outplayed by a QB that two other teams have given up on. The Commanders arsenal of wide receivers also put on a show as rookie Jahan Dotson scored two touchdowns in his NFL debut but it was RB Antonio Gibson who led the charge with 72 receiving yards and 58 rushing yards. 

The Commanders beat the Jaguars 28-22.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys QB stated during the offseason that this would be their year. Unfortunately, they will be without him for at least half of the season due needs surgery on his thumb. It’s a tough blow to a team with such incredible expectations but it’s worse when their owner/GM was poorly prepared for the worst. The Cowboys will now be turning to Cooper Rush to hold it down while Prescott is out. They could turn to a trade for Jimmy G but it looks like the 49ers may actually need his services as well. 

It was an ugly game for a Cowboys offense that was bound to deal with growing pains after the Amari Cooper trade. CeeDee Lamb may need more time to develop into the guy but a lot may be riding on the return of Michael Gallup at this point. Ezekiel Elliot also didn’t step up when the team needed him most as he was only able to get 52 yards on 10 carries.

The Cowboys fell to the Tampa Buccaneers 19-3.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles’ offense lived up to its name with A.J. Brown putting up 155 receiving yards, Miles Sanders rushing for 96 yards, and Jalen Hurts being the dual-threat that he is. Hurts passed for 243 yards and rushed 90 yards. All of the team’s touchdowns came on the ground against a feisty Lions team. 

Unfortunately, the Eagles’ defense could not find its rhythm. They seemed a bit all over the place as it looked like Gannon couldn’t decide on the type of defense he wanted to play against the Lions. Feels like bad timing on his part to have this kind of moment. The offense was able to bail out the defense as they led the team to victory.

The Eagles beat the Lions 38-35.

AP Photo/Lon Horwedel