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NFC East Week 10

New York Giants

Week 9 was a tough week for the Giants despite being off. After gaining some ground in the NFC East in week 8, the Giants slid back down in the standings following wins by Philly, Washington and Dallas. On the bright side, Andre Brown should return to the backfield to face the Raiders this weekend at home. After the way the Raiders’ secondary was gouged by Nick Foles last weekend, Manning will have the opportunity for his best game of the season. Unfortunately Cruz is still dealing with pain in his neck from a hit he sustained two weeks ago; something to monitor as the week progresses.

Entering week 10 of the regular season, every game is a must win from here on out for the Giants if they look to keep their playoff hopes alive. Hopefully they can keep the momentum they carried into the bye week going and come away with a W on Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles

The performance by Nick Foles last Sunday is in no way shape or form a reflection of what is to come for the rest of the season. Keep in mind Matt Flynn had a monster performance similar to Foles’ on Sunday too and look how his situation turned out; he just got cut after being beat out for two starting positions. (by Russell Wilson in Seattle and Terrelle Pryor in Oakland). Something to keep an eye on as the season enters the homestretch is the emergence of Riley Cooper who went for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 5 catches. After losing Jeremy Maclin in the preseason the Eagles have been desperate for someone other than DeSean Jackson to step up and make plays.

McCoy was relatively quiet this past week, but not because he was unproductive. The Eagles stuck with their passing attack as Foles lit up the Raiders’ secondary going 22 of 28 for 406 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively the Eagles allowed Jennings to rush for over 100 yards once run DmC went down but forced two turnovers in their route to victory. It certainly was not a great defensive performance but was more than enough the way their offense played. Philly goes on the road to Green Bay and may have just caught a big break with Rodgers going down with a broken collar bone. Look for the Packers to lean heavily on Eddie Lacy and James Starks with Rodgers out. You hear analysts say all the time that the NFL is a copycat league and the Eagles are likely to take that notion to heart this week when they head to Green Bay. It is unlikely they will slow down the rushing attack of the Packers so they will need to make up for it in other ways just as the Bears were able to do in their Monday night upset at Lambeau.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins benefitted from a questionably overturned call on a Danny Woodhead touchdown late in the fourth quarter last week. After the touchdown was overturned the Charges failed to punch it in, settling for a field goal to send it into overtime. Once in overtime, RG3 and the Redskins drove right down the field for a game winning touchdown, preventing the Chargers from even touching the ball. The Redskins offense presented a balanced attack last week with RG3 throwing for close to 300 yards (172 of them going to Garcon) and rushing Alfred Morris 25 times for 121. Not to mention the 3 rushing touchdowns by fullback Darrell Young; nothing drives a fantasy football fanatic crazier than a goal line vulture.

Defensively they were as average as they have been all season. As I said in last week’s post, the secondary needed to slow down Rivers to have a chance to win and they failed to do so. I’m not so sure that the Redskins win this game if the Chargers received the ball first in overtime. Washington has a short week coming up as they travel to Minnesota to take on the struggling Vikings Thursday night. Minnesota put up a great fight last week in Dallas but couldn’t close out the Cowboys in the final minutes. We’ll see if the Vikings can respond from last week’s loss to challenge the Redskins in Week 10.

Dallas Cowboys

In very uncharacteristic fashion, Tony Romo led the Cowboys down the field in the final minutes of last week’s game to score a touchdown and retake the lead against the Vikings. Romo is notorious for choking when the game is on the line so that one had to feel good for him. Unfortunately that could prove disastrous for the rest of the NFC East. The last thing the division needs is the Cowboys to build on their already steaming offense. Despite their win, the Cowboys offense will need to get back to balance in the coming weeks as Romo won’t be able to throw the ball 51 times a game for the remainder of the season. Regardless of how sloppy and unimpressive the Cowboys performance was this past week, a win is still a win and they remain atop the NFC East.

Week 10 sends the Cowboys to the Superdome in NoLa to take on the Saints who have to be disappointed with last week’s loss to an inferior Jets team. With Drew Brees at the helm, the Saints offense is among the most prolific in the league and will be sure to test this Dallas defense in a variety of ways. This is a big game for the Cowboys who can prove to the rest of the league they are a legitimate contender, but their defense will need to play at a level above their talent. Keep in mind, when they went toe-to-toe with the Bronco’s in week 5, the Cowboy defense forced several turnovers. They will likely need a similar performance in order to keep up with the fast paced, high scoring offense of the Saints. Recent injury reports predict that future Hall-of-Famer Demarcus Ware could return this week which would be a huge boost for this Cowboys front seven. Should be a great match-up Sunday night in Dallas this week.

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