The pre-season finally started, and with it takes, reactions, commentary and hopes both shattered and created. Let's take a look around the NFC East to see what's happened since last week.
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
Last week: The Eagles pummeled the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday 36-10, en route for a "40 burger" (presumably held in a paper bag) until Chip Kelly thought it would be a good idea to let Tim Tebow play football. Well, everyone has their flaws. Oft-injured DeMarco Murray and Sam Bradford dressed but did not play, and the ILB trio of Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans, all competing for two spots, were also out due to injury.
While the first team players that actually did play looked fine, it was largely the guys who are fighting for a career that made an impact. Kenjon Barmer made a solid case to be a guy who is inactive on gamedays as the fourth running back with a nice performance on the ground and on special teams. Matt Barkley made a solid case to be the next 3rd string quarterback of the Jets with a competent performance, throwing only one interception in 20 attempts. And Ed Reynolds reminded everyone that he's still on the roster by twice picking off Bryan Bennett, who has no business being in the NFL. It wasn't all great though. Mark Sanchez did actually look bad, burgeoning camp darling Raheem Mostert got only 33 yards on 11 carries, and Cody Parkey missed an extra point.
Tweet of the Week: Chip Kelly has a drinking problem:
Chip Kelly drinks water like my 3-year-old https://t.co/raDRHpMHaK— Treb (@treblaw) August 16, 2015
Washington Redskins (1-0)
Last week: The Redskins gave up a touchdown to Josh McCown and to Johnny Manziel but prevailed 20-17 thanks to Kirk Cousins rushing for a touchdown of his own. Pierre Garcon dropped a touchdown from RGIII, denying the self-proclaimed best QB in the league a score:
I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team. I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that
RGIII may not be the best QB in the league at playing football, (his coach doesn't even think he's the best on his team) but he is undeniably the best QB in the league at being hated, with his Q score since 2013 dropping almost as much as Adrian Peterson's and more than Miley Cyrus and Paula Deen's. America hates RGIII more than a racist who deep fries butter and the nation's preeminent skank.
Next week: It's a battle of wits as Jay Gruden and the Redskins face Jim Caldwell and the Lions.
Tweet of the Week: Redskins President Bruce Allen is really excited for this season!
Bruce says the real story of camp is "What our charity foundation has done OFF the field."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 17, 2015
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Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Last week: The vaunted Cowboys offensive line was nowhere to be found as Dallas averaged just 3.0 yards per carry in a 17-7 loss against the Chargers. It didn't help that the Cowboys gave Fox play by play man Gus Johnson 13 carries because Darren McFadden was, get this, injured, Joseph Randle was also unavailable and Lache Seastrunk has "infuriated coaches" with his play. But fear not,
first round pick La'el Collins embarrassed a future commercial real estate agent.
Next week: Rad Dad Jason Garrett tries to outcoach the Dunkin Donuts Guy in San Fransisco.
Tweet of the week: Don't ever let anyone say that the Cowboys aren't a country club, this is literally a country club move.
New York Giants (0-1)
Last week: Fell to the Bengals 23-10 thanks in part to the first team offense managing just one first down in four series. Then "bad comedian Eli Manning" said he wants to be the game's highest paid player.
Good luck with that Eli. Since he entered the league, no quarterback has more interceptions than Eli Manning. He has a solid 22 interception lead on Drew Brees, who has played more games than Manning. For his career, Aaron Rodgers has 57 interceptions, Eli Manning has 56 in the last three seasons.
In this week's sign of desperation, the team signed suspension in waiting Brandon Merriweather.
"That will be a focus," Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said of working with Meriweather on proper hitting technique. "And I'm sure, when you're away from football for a little bit and you realize that may have been one of the reasons, I'm sure he'll find a way to get it corrected."
Well Steve, why didn't he learn the previous time he was suspended? Or the four times he was fined for dirty play?
Next week: The Gus Bus comes to town, many many jobs will attempted to be done on time.
Tweet of the Week: I'll take meaningless acts for $200, Alex.