When we last looked, the NFC East was falling apart. Let's see what another week of pain and suffering has done!
Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
Last week: Moved from worst to first as they demolished the Giants 27-7 despite Sam Bradford playing like Blaine Gabbert. Actually that's unfair to Gabbert, he was never in a position to be up by 17 points in field goal range and decide to just chuck the ball up for whoever wanted it, like Bradford did on his interception to Landon Collins.
"Five Immediate Takeaways" should be the title of Bradford's 30 for 30 https://t.co/YCMo99PnI3— Dan Schmidt (@DanS_SotS) October 20, 2015
The defense was once again dominant, except for that time they let Eli Manning constantly complete passes to Odell Beckham Jr., who could have seen that coming. Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry each had sacks, Eagles fans are surely glad to see them back in action after missing the first five games. Nolan Carroll is now third on the Eagles in receiving touchdowns.
This week: The second of three prime time games in a row as the Eagles travel to Carolina. That's two years in a row someone from the league thought these teams should play each other in prime time.
Tweets of the Week:
If the Eagles win, we'll be on top of the NFC East but that's like being the king of a trashcan, which makes the Eagles raccoons— Socks (@BACHitcrazy) October 20, 2015
I watch the Eagles like a woman watching her 7 kids at Chuck E Cheese. I have no idea what's gonna happen, nothing at all will surprise me.— Big Seelz (@MBFLOfficial) October 20, 2015
New York Giants (3-3)
Last week: Escaped blowing another double-digit lead in the fourth quarter by giving up a 7-0 lead in the first quarter en route to losing to the Eagles 27-7 and falling out of first place. The Giants much talked about improved offense managed just 3.0 yards per play after their nine play, 80 yard touchdown drive to open the game, which basically amounts to falling forward on every play. Riley Cooper had more yards on half as many catches as Odell Beckham Jr.; Eli Manning was even less efficient than he was in the Giants shutout loss to the Eagles last year. Ereck Flowers was "credited" with a reception for an 11 yard loss, which gives him more receptions than Andre Williams. The Giants gave up more yards in penalties than they rushed for, 92 to 81. Not the kind of statement game the surging Giants were aiming for.
This week: Host the Cowboys for a chance to slip even further in the standings.
Tweets of the week: Just own it you dolt.
My annual reminder on my trip to Philly: @howardeskin is an asshole. God bless America. Only in this country does that guy have a job.— pat hanlon (@giantspathanlon) October 19, 2015
Steve Weatherford is inactive tonight too, because the Giants cut him in September and he's out of the league.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) October 19, 2015
Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Last week: Had a bye, so the Cowboys didn't lose, except that they did. While they were on vacation, the Cowboys fell further behind first place, and a few Cowboys lost their jobs. Brandon Weeden lost his starting job to Matt Cassel, who technically already started a game this season for the Bills and won, but really they're starting a guy deemed not good enough to play quarterback for Rex Ryan.
Not good enough to play QB for Rex Ryan.
Not good enough to play QB for Rex Ryan.
Ronald Leary, one of the starters on the Greatest Offensive Line in the History of Football, lost his starting job to
first round draft pick La'el Collins; Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden will be losing playing time to Christine Michael.
And Tony Romo lost his mind:
Tony, at the Super Bowl you'll be promoting some second rate company on Radio Row, meanwhile Tom Brady will be at practice. You won't get a chance to meet.
This week: Travel to New Jersey to visit the New York Giants.
Tweet of the Week:
Wonder why no ones calling Jason Garrett— Jawn Skellington (@OhWowHmm) October 18, 2015
Washington Northern Virginia Redskins (2-4)
Last week: Lost to the Jets 34-20, but like every game the Redskins play, the real story happens off the field. After his eight multi-interception game in 15 starts, Kirk Cousins was once again shielded from blame and culpability by his head coach, Jay Gruden, for playing at a level that would have Gruden publicly shredding Robert Griffin III. The double standard here is impossible to overlook, and was a running theme in DC leading up to the game.
So, to illustrate where race becomes a factor, let’s compare Griffin to Cousins. While the question has been raised whether Griffin could be a quarterback, it never comes up with Cousins. Sure, Cousins played in a pro system at Michigan State, but that wasn’t a pro offense. Why wasn’t it? Because it wasn’t in the pros. So, given his propensity for turnovers and this season’s proclivity for checkdowns, why isn’t anyone asking whether Cousins can play from the pocket? His decision-making, like Griffin’s, has been suspect at times. Like Griffin, he’s struggled with turnovers. And, like Griffin, his teams have not been successful with him at the helm in the last two-plus seasons.
"Like I said, also a little windy."
Okay okay okay, stop the tape, stop the tape. This is probably the appropriate time to flash back to last November, when Gruden was analyzing the play of one of his other quarterbacks after a home loss to Tampa. The quarterback in that game was 23 for 32 for 207 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. Cousins on Sunday was 25 for 43 for 196 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.
After that Tampa game, Gruden said his quarterback "had some fundamental flaws," with footwork that was "below average" and incorrect drops, that he "stepped into pressure" and "read the wrong side of the field a couple of times," and that "it was not even close to being good enough to what we expect from that quarterback position."
Nothing to see here!
Gruden: "He's not the only quarterback in history that's made a poor decision or a poor throw...He's a young QB. He'll learn from it."— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) October 18, 2015
Curt Cousins is 27, which is not young, and older than RGIII.
But you know that Gruden is going to turn it around. After all, he's a great coach.
Sports Illustrated writer on Jay Gruden this season: "He’s a top ten NFL head coach right now." http://t.co/woYaBsPuOY— 106.7 The Fan (@1067thefandc) October 15, 2015
The Redskins have scored two (2) touchdowns in the first quarter this season.
Never thought I'd see this quote from an opposing coach. Jay Gruden on Jets offense: "That's where we'd like to get to." #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) October 18, 2015
This week: Host the Buccaneers, finally Kurt Cousins might have fewer INTs than his counterpart. Most likely fewer TDs too.
Tweets of the Week:
But Kirk Cousins led them to a loss. Others only follow. He LED.— YEAH CLICK CLACK (@edsbs) October 18, 2015
Doc Walker also would like "ultimate alpha male" Colt McCoy to get a chance. pic.twitter.com/D8v9ieTcfz— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) October 19, 2015