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NFC East Week 14

NY Giants

To be honest I missed part of the first quarter, but it if was as bad as it sounded on the radio then I’m glad I did. Fortunately I tuned in at the start of the second quarter when the Giants began to take control. After falling behind 14-0 early on, the Giants rallied to tie the game before the half. While the offense played well in the second half, the reason the Giants were able to win this game was because of the stellar play of the defense. Jon Beason was everywhere on the field and ran down RG3 sideline to sideline. Justin Tuck contributed a career high 4 sacks as well; a few of them can be attributed to the excellent coverage by the secondary down the field. In the second half, the defense only yielded a field goal on a short field set up by an Eli interception. The game had a strange ending with the way the referees called the downs on Washington’s final drive but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Despite the refereeing gaff, Will Hill made a great play to rip the ball from Garcon and seal the W for the Giants after Washington converted that 2nd/4th down play.

The Giants travel to San Diego in Week 14 to take on a struggling Chargers team that has lost 4 of its last 5 games. With both teams virtually eliminated from post-season contention, this will be another game played only for pride.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles came out in Week 13 and picked up exactly where they left off before their bye. They forced two turnovers in the first quarter and took an early lead. However, as they have all season, the Eagles let the Cardinals come back and were in jeopardy of losing this game late in the 4th. With the Cardinals turning the ball over on downs in the final minutes of the game, the Eagles were able to go into victory formation for the 4th straight game now. Foles has continued to post monster numbers and is the reason the Eagles are tied for the division lead right now. This win brings both the Eagles and Cardinals to 7-5 with both teams needing some help to get into the playoffs, if the Eagles fall short of the NFC East title.

With Detroit coming to town in Week 14, the Eagles will look to win their 3rd straight game at home. The Eagles secondary is going to need to find a way to slow down Megatron because he is simply too talented for this defense, or any defense in the NFL for that matter. With the way the Eagles and Cowboys are playing, it looks like the division will come down to their Week 17 matchup in Dallas.

Washington Redskins

RG3 and the Redskins got off to a hot start in the first quarter where RG3 was a perfect 12 for 12. I’m not exactly sure what triggered the change in momentum but from the second quarter on, the Giants were in control. RG3, as great of an athlete as he is, needs to work on extending plays with his legs and then throwing the ball downfield. Several times when RG3 was flushed from the pocket there was a receiver who got behind the Giants secondary. Instead of electing to throw the ball downfield RG3 tried to use his legs to beat the defense. He needs to take a page out of Russell Wilson’s playbook to see how he makes big plays with his arm once he starts to scramble.

This whole organization is in a downward spiral at the moment. As bad as RG3 has been, they still have to give him at least one more season. He needs a full offseason to recover from knee surgery because it is clear he is not operating at 100%. With a 3-9 record and a difficult remaining schedule, look for the Redskins to have a top 7 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. However, the Redskins pick, regardless of how high, will be sent to the St. Louis Rams as part of the package Washington gave to get RG3 last year. Tough break.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have not looked that impressive for a team tied for the division lead. Then again the NFC East has arguably been the worst division in the NFL this season. Regardless, they sit at 7-5 after their Thanksgiving Day win. The next several weeks should not be that challenging for the Cowboys as they play Chicago, Green Bay and Washington; all teams that are trending downward. With the rumors that Rodgers is shutting it down for the season, the Packers could be the easiest of the three. However, as I mentioned earlier it seems the Cowboys and Eagles are on a collision course for their Week 17 showdown in Dallas that will likely crown the winner the NFC East Champion.

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