By: Patrick Waring
Two NFC East teams are on bye this week, but there is still plenty to talk about heading into Week 8 in the division. Before we dive in, let’s take another look at this below.
New York Giants
Overall Record – 4-3 / Division – 2-2
The New York Giants took care of business last week against the Cowboys and could separate themselves a little more from the rest of the division. Quarterback Eli Manning and the offense need to get things going to help their cause. Their offensive numbers haven’t been flattering, but wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is capable of making a big play at any moment. Manning and the offense should be able to move the ball against the New Orleans Saints today.
The Giants defense is ranked 29th in the league in terms of yards allowed, but have been able to force turnovers. The defense came up with three interceptions last week in their 27-20 win against their division rivals.
Next Game – Away at New Orleans Saints
Overall Record – 3-4 / Division – 1-1
If you watched the 1st half of last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you would have figured the Redskins would be 2-5 going into their bye week. Well, quarterback Kirk Cousins and the team had other plans. Cousins rallied the troops and the Redskins came back from being down 24-0, to win 31-30. With 24 seconds left in regulation, Cousins hit tight end Jordan Reed for a 6 yard touchdown pass to win the game.
This is a good time for the Redskins to have a week off. They can try to get healthy and have more time to prepare for the undefeated New England Patriots in Week 9. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring), as well as cornerbacks Chris Culliver (knee) and DeAngelo Hall (toe) have missed a significant amount of time.
This Week – Bye
Next Game (11/8/15) – Away at New England Patriots
Overall Record – 3-4 / Division – 1-2
The Philadelphia Eagles, like the Redskins, are on a bye week. Coach Chip Kelly will be able to evaluate and take a look at things offensively for a few extra days. The running game with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews has improved, but the quarterback play hasn’t. Sam Bradford has not been effective in running the offense and has thrown 10 interceptions.
The defense has been solid and has held things together for the team in most games. The Eagles have been able to weather the storm due to the lack of success by the other teams in the division, and could be tied for first if it wasn’t for a late drive and touchdown given up to the Redskins in Week 4. The Eagles will try to get revenge from a Week 2 defeat by the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday night.
This Week – Bye
Next Game (11/8/15) – Away at Dallas Cowboys
Overall Record – 2-4 / Division – 2-1
It appears that the Cowboys will get wide receiver Dez Bryant (foot) back today against the Seattle Seahawks. Bryant has been out of action since the first game of the year and will look to shake off some rust. It’s not yet clear how much he will play, but his return gives the Cowboys a boost.
Bryant will have to deal with the Seahawks secondary and try to build some chemistry with quarterback Matt Cassel at the same time. Cassel had three interceptions in a 27-20 loss to the Giants last week. The Cowboys are looking for a win by any means necessary. After starting the season 2-0, they have been defeated in four straight games.
Next Game – Home vs Seattle Seahawks
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(Above Photo Courtesy of Alex Brandon / Associated Press)