New York Giants v. Washington Redskins
Another interception at the end of regulation is befitting of how this season has gone for the Giants. Eli has just not been on the same page as his receivers all year and the stagnant offense has been a recurring theme. Giants fans are certainly welcoming the end of the season. Not really much else to talk about.
Valiant effort by the Redskins but they lost the lead in the waning minutes of Week 16; another franchise in shambles and looking forward to the end of the 2013 season. A win last week to knock the Cowboys out of playoff contention would have certainly been the bright spot on their season.
While the other two are battling for the top spot in the division, this game could very well be classified as a battle for the better pick. However as the Redskins don’t even have their own pick in Aprils draft, Washington will use Week 17 as another opportunity to showcase Kirk Cousins again to dangle him on the FA market this offseason. With several teams around the league in desperate need of a QB, Washington will be sure to get some nibbles regardless of how Cousins plays on Sunday. Not much to look forward to in this Week 17 matchup with both teams eager to end the torment that has been the 2013 season.
Philadelphia Eagles v. Dallas Cowboys
The win by Dallas in the afternoon set up this Week 17 showdown between them and the Eagles regardless of what the Eagles did that night; that didn’t stop the Eagles from pounding the Bears though. This winner take all matchup has now been flexed into the Sunday night spot to draw the attention of the entire league. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they suffered a catastrophic injury in losing Romo for the final week and the playoffs if they happen to advance. A mountain of respect goes to Tony Romo after finishing the game and keeping the Cowboys playoffs hopes alive while clearly in pain on that final drive.
The Cowboys hopes of winning this game were likely pinned on a shootout since their defense has not been able to stop a nosebleed this season. However with Romo going down, the Cowboys chances of making it to the postseason have almost vanished entirely. Romo will be replaced by Kyle Orton who has attempted only 15 passes over the last two years. The Cowboys have leaned heavily on their run game the past few weeks which has seen a good deal of success. Expect to see a heavy dose of Demarco Murray early in Week 17 to help Orton get acclimated to the speed of the game.
The Eagles on the other hand need to display a tremendous amount of discipline heading into this game. With the opposing team losing their pivotal player, it becomes easy to lose focus and underrate the ability of the man stepping into his shoes. While Orton is nowhere near as talented as Tony Romo, he’s still a professional quarterback capable of making plays. Throw in the fact that the Eagles have to go on the road to get this win and this game is still anything but a cakewalk.
This should be a great one to watch as the winner takes home both the NFC East division title and a spot in the playoffs while the loser gets set for the offseason.