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NFC East Week 12

New York Giants

Now the winners of four straight the Giants are in prime position to salvage this season. Welcome back to all the fair weather fans, us die-hards have been loyal all season. In my first post I said the culture of this defense changed when we acquired Jon Beason and he has clearly led by example thus far. While recording 8 tackled on Sunday Beason also had a big interception on the Packer’s opening drive of the second half to keep the pressure up. With that being said, no play was bigger than JPP’s pick six. Players reported that JPP said in the huddle, “Watch me pic this off and take it to the house” and that’s exactly what he did. With a beautiful showing of his athleticism, JPP turned the tide of this game back in the Giants favor after the Packers made it a one possession game. The offense has been slowly coming along and presented a solid balanced attack on Sunday.

The season essentially comes down to the Giants-Cowboys showdown this Sunday at MetLife Stadium. For anyone who has seen these two rivals go at it in the past, you already know what to expect. With both teams’ respective seasons on the line, you can imagine the level of intensity that this game will be played with. JPP has already exclaimed that blood will be shed on Sunday. With the Giants at 4-6 and the Cowboys 5-5, the winner of this game has a chance to take the NFC East title and the loser is likely done for.

Philadelphia Eagles

If someone in told you in week 4 that the Giants and Eagles would both be in contention for the NFC East title, you would have laughed them out of the room. Well, those people would now be considered visionaries. The Eagles are now leading the division at 6-5; a half-game ahead of the Cowboys who had week 11 off. Their win this past Sunday, while sweeping the season matchup with the Redskins, also puts them at 3-2 in the division. Even though the Eagles passing game has been hot their last few games, they stuck to the ground game and rode all-pro running back LeSean McCoy in Sunday’s win. For the most part, the Eagles were in control of the entire game until the fourth quarter when the Redskins started mounting a comeback but eventually came up short.

After their recent three game winning stretch to place them atop the NFC East the Eagles are certainly going into their week 12 bye with a lot to be confident about.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins are in a straight up tailspin right now. Despite boasting the number 1 rushing attack in the NFL, Washington is 3-7 and virtually eliminated from post-season play. They’ve played so poorly that even the referees have starting smack talking, according to Pat Williams that is. Sadly, the issue of whether or not a ref made unprofessional comments to Redskins players on Sunday is the hottest issue surrounding this organization right now. With a relatively difficult schedule remaining the Redskins chances of finishing the season on a strong note seem rather bleak. They will take on the 49ers at home Monday night, a team I would not want to face after losing last week in New Orleans on a questionable call. You can bet this Niners defense will be chomping at the bits to lay some big hits “legal” hits on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys

Fresh off their bye week the Cowboys travel into hostile territory for the biggest game of their season. As stated above, Sunday pins the 5-5 Cowboys against the 4-6 Giants in a game that has massive implications on the NFC East title race. If the Cowboys win this game, their week 17 matchup with the Eagles will likely be for the title. However, if the Giants win this game, Giants’ fans may find themselves in a very unique situation: rooting for the Dallas Cowboys to win.

With Dallas being off last week, there isn’t exactly a lot to talk about here that wasn’t already covered above. Having the week off allowed some of the banged up Cowboys to regain their strength. While Demarcus Ware and Miles Austin are likely to play, Sean Lee will still be on the sidelines. It will certainly be interesting to see how the Cowboys handle the run with him out. Once he left the game in week 10, the Saints were able to run all over this defense. Look for the Giants to come out rushing the ball early on to test this depleted Cowboys defense.

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