Week 7: State Of The NFC East

(James D. Smith / Associated Press)

By: Patrick Waring

After six weeks in the NFL season, things are still tight and uncertain in the NFC East.  First and last place are only separated by one game.  Let’s take a look at each team in the division heading into Week 7.

Philadelphia Eagles

Overall Record – 3-3 / Division Record – 1-2

The Philadelphia Eagles finished Week 6 in the NFL by topping their division rivals 27-7 on Monday night. It wasn’t pretty, but they got it done.  The Eagles have fought back to bring their record to .500 behind some solid defensive play. The defense has forced 16 turnovers this season, second in the NFL.

The Eagles picked up their second straight win last week despite quarterback Sam Bradford’s three interceptions.  He will have to take better care of the football if the Eagles want to keep building on those wins and gain consistency on offense. Running back DeMarco Murray has started to gain yards on the ground, and that can open things up for other players and plays down the field.

Next Game – Away at Carolina Panthers

 

New York Giants

Overall Record – 3-3 / Division Record – 1-2

The New York Giants looked like the possible front runner in the division before Monday night. In a very error-filled and sloppy game, the Giants were defeated by the Eagles 27-7. The Giants will need to get things going on offense if they want a chance to avenge a Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.  Last week, the Giants only totaled 247 yards on offense, turned the ball over three times and did not score after a first quarter Odell Beckham Jr. touchdown from Manning.

The Giants defense will face Dallas quarterback Matt Cassel in his first regular season action since Week 3 of last year.  The defense will hope to force Cassel into some mistakes and try to contain tight end Jason Witten.

Beckham (hamstring) should be available for this weekend, but has missed some time this week in practice. Defensively, the Giants will be without cornerback Prince Amukamara (pectoral) for the second straight game.

Next Game – Home vs Dallas Cowboys

 

Dallas Cowboys

Overall Record – 2-3 / Division Record – 2-0

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of their bye week with a new quarterback at the helm.  In a division game with the Giants, Matt Cassel will step in for an ineffective Brandon Weeden and try to hold down the fort until Tony Romo returns. The Cowboys had a come from behind victory against the Giants in Week 1 and are currently on a five game win streak against them.  One key for the Cowboys will be to pressure quarterback Eli Manning.  Dallas’ defense came up with five sacks in the first half against the New England Patriots in Week 5, led by defensive end Greg Hardy. The team will also welcome back rookie defensive end Randy Gregory (ankle).  Gregory has been out since the first game of the season.

The Cowboys have loss three games in a row, but they are currently undefeated in the division.  A win against the Giants on Sunday could keep them in decent shape until their stars return.

Next Game – Away at New York Giants

 

Washington Redskins

Overall Record – 2-4 / Division Record – 1-1

After starting the season 2-4, head coach Jay Gruden referred to his team’s situation as “code red”. The Redskins will need to find a way to take care of business on Sunday. The Redskins experienced “Good Rex/Bad Rex” not too long ago when quarterback Rex Grossman was in town.  Now they are experiencing “Good Kirk/Bad Kirk” with Kirk Cousins. Cousins threw two interceptions last week in a 34-20 loss to the New York Jets.  He has thrown two interceptions in each of the Redskins’ losses this season, bringing his total to eight.

The Redskins will hope to limit turnovers and get their running game back on track. Left tackle Trent Williams (concussion) missed last week, but is hopeful to play this weekend. Having Williams back in the lineup will help the run game and pass protection.

The 3rd quarter has probably been the most alarming issue this year. The Skins were outscored 17-0 in the 3rd in last week’s loss and are now 46-3 in that quarter this season.

Next Game – Home vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

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(Above Photo Courtesy of James D. Smith / Associated Press)

 

 

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Hi! I’m Patrick Waring, and I live in Southern Maryland. I am best described as a “homer” when it comes to sports. My favorite teams are the Georgetown Hoyas, Nationals, Redskins and Wizards. I’m a season ticket holder for the Hoyas, and I try to attend other games when possible. I’m very passionate about sports, and I’m always up for a conversation or debate about the greatest players and teams.