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NFC East Week 15

New York Giants

The Giants got absolutely no pressure on Rivers the entire game; he is just too good of a quarterback to give that much time. Rivers certainly played Sunday’s game with a chip on his shoulder from that 2004 draft debacle; this is only the second time the Giants and Charges have faced off since that night with the Charges winning the first meeting. Even though the Giants defense was picked apart in the first half, a portion of that blame has to be attributed to the offense’s inability to sustain a drive. Having been on the filed for the majority of the first half, it was only a matter of time before the defense broke. The play calling of the offense has been questionable to say the least all year. How has Kevin Gilbride not realized that the shotgun delayed handoff DOES NOT work?! I honestly cannot say I’ve seen that play go for positive yardage more than a few times this season.

After converting an early turnover into a touchdown to start the second half it seemed as if there was a glimmer of hope for the Giants. Unfortunately that window closed quickly as the defense was unable to come up with stops. Things went so poorly for the Giants that the Chargers were able to pull Rivers to bring in Charlie Whitehurt; a ceremonial slap in the face to the Giants. Now at 5-8 the Giants are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs which means it’s time to start thinking about the future. With Seattle coming to town this week and nothing left to play for, Week 15 could be another painful outing for Big Blue.

Philadelphia Eagles

The first half of the Eagles game was tough to watch, not because of the poor play but because of the lack of visibility. With that heavy snow it was hard to tell what was going on with some of those runs. Twice in the opening quarter I didn’t even realize that the Lion’s had fumbled the ball. But when the blizzard stopped in the second half, the big plays and points started up. A game that started as a low scoring affair quickly became a shootout. The Lions special teams really carried the way for them while LeSean McCoy had a career day for the Eagles. Along with McCoy, Foles and Cooper have continued to thrive together in this fast paced offense; Cooper made some real tough catches in the snow last week.

Now the winners of 5 straight, the Eagles are looking like a force in the NFC East after getting off to a rough start. Anyone who told you the Eagles would be the frontrunner for the division after the first few weeks would have seemed crazy. With Dallas playing as poorly as they are, the Eagles may be able to lock up their playoff spot after this week. Either way, the Eagles have a relatively lax schedule to end the season, starting this week with an AP-less Minnesota Vikings. Look for the Eagles to ride this hot streak right into the playoffs.

Washington Redskins

This game was ugly from the start. I understand the Chiefs are a legit Superbowl contender this season but it’s clear that Redskins have given up at this point. This game was an absolute massacre from start to finish. After announcing that RG3 will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Kirk Cousins will have a chance to prove his worth and maybe land a starting role next season. All of these problems can be traced to the owner of the organization. Dan Snyder may be a billionaire, but he certainly did not make his fortune from football. I think it is fair to say he is one of, if not the worst owner in the NFL. His preferential treatment of RG3 has led to problems in the coaching staff as well as the locker room.

This organization continues to be in disarray. Not to mention they do not even have the rights to their first round pick in next year’s draft; one that will likely be a top five pick. It should be an interesting offseason for the Redskins as they are in need of a complete overhaul from top to bottom.

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas defense just could not get off the field in the first half. Chicago went 6 of 7 on third down including that ridiculous touchdown catch by Jeffery to end the half. This had to have been one of the most pathetic defensive performances I’ve ever seen in all my years watching football. The Dallas defense literally did not force a single punt the entire night; Chicago scored on every single drive of the game. As a result they now find themselves a game behind the hottest team in the NFL right now. Dallas needs to pull themselves together and regroup quickly. If they lose this weekend and the Eagles win, they are pretty much eliminated from post-season play.

Now I have to admit nothing would make me happier than to see Dallas be eliminated from playoff contention but I was looking forward to a Week 17 showdown to determine who will represent the NFC East in the playoffs. With Rodgers officially ruled out again the Dallas defense catches a little bit of a break; they will still need to find a way to slow down Eddie Lacy to have a chance. The way the Cowboys have looked the last few weeks, it does not seem like they will be able to challenge the Eagles if they’re playoff hopes are still alive come the final week of the regular season.

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