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NFC East Week 13

New York Giants

In typical Giants fashion a first quarter turnover put the team in a 7-0 hole early on. While the Giants were able to mount a comeback and tie it up late in the fourth, the Cowboys were able to put together a game winning drive that ended in a short field goal. Certainly a valiant effort by the Giants to fight their way back into this game but the early turnover for a touchdown was too much to overcome in the end. The Giants ground game continued to be successful with Andre Brown going for 127 yards but the passing game still hasn’t found its rhythm yet.

With this loss the Giants fall to 4-7 (3-3 in the NFC East) and now see their playoff chances reduced from “could be possible” to “not very likely”. But the season goes on nonetheless and the Giants will have a chance at redemption when they take on Washington this weekend. The Redskins have certainly had their fair share of struggles and much like the Giants, do not exactly have much to play for at this point in the season. Sunday’s matchup will be one strictly for pride.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles come off their Week 12 bye trailing the division leading Cowboys by half a game. After riding a three game win streak going into the bye, the Eagles will be looking to pick up right where they left off on Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals come to Lincoln Financial Field Sunday at 7-4 and well in the hunt for an NFC wildcard spot. This game will have big ramifications in the NFC playoff picture. While an important game for the Eagles, their most important matchup will be their week 17 game against the Cowboys.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins have more or less imploded at this point. I have to imagine there is not much cohesion in the Washington locker room when a player comes out proclaiming RG3 should not be starting. Despite boasting the number one rushing offense in the league, the Redskins have lost 4 of their last 5 games. At this point, fans are beginning to wonder if Kirk Cousins would be a better option. Don’t be surprised if he ends up starting for this team by the end of the season.

As mentioned above, Washington travels to East Rutherford this weekend to take on the Giants. A game that was originally slighted for the Sunday night spot because of the anticipation this game had at the start of the season is in jeopardy of getting flexed. With both teams virtually irrelevant in the NFC playoff hunt, this game has very little interest and/or appeal around the league.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys entered their Thanksgiving matchup with a head of steam after defeating the Giants in week 12. I’m still grieving over the loss so that is the last we will speak of that game. Moving on to their week 13 matchup that took place on Thursday, the Cowboys were nothing special against a mediocre Raider team starting an undrafted quarterback. After going down early in the game, it seemed for a moment that Dallas was suffering from a hangover after their week 12 victory. In the second half the Cowboys reverted back to the form that has led them to the top spot in the NFC East. While not necessarily dominating, the Cowboys held the Raiders to only a field goal in the second half. With their week 13 game already in the books, the Cowboys will sit back and root for the Arizona Cardinals to beat the Eagles on Sunday.

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