Since we last checked in with the NFC East, the takes have been melting. Who is the best team in the division? It’s exactly who you think it is, unless it’s not.
Washington Redskins (3-2)
Last Week: Beat the winless 49ers, which hurt their strength of schedule
This Week: Visit the Eagles
Look, I know the Eagles have more wins and fewer losses than the Redskins, and I know that they beat the Redskins 30-17 on the road earlier this season, but have we considered that actually the Redskins are the better team?
Redskins opponents are 16-14, while the Eagles opponents are 18-17. The Redskins only beat one winless team by less than a touchdown. Two of the Eagles wins were by less than a touchdown against teams that were winless at the time. Obviously the Redskins are better. It’s science.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)
Last Week: Took sole possession of 1st place in the NFC with a win over the Panthers
This Week: Host the Redskins
Any given Sunday, or Monday, or whatever, but I just don’t see how the Eagles are going to beat the Redskins. It’s been six weeks since they last beat the Redskins, and this time they’re at home. I don’t know if having a superior offense, defense, and special teams and having three extra days of rest is going to be enough.
Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Last Week: Bye week
This Week: Visit the 49ers, who once again play a team coming off their bye
The Cowboys had the week off from playing and practice but it there was plenty of action. Jerry Jones, who threatened to suspend players who didn’t stand with their hand on their hearts for the anthem, was conspicuously absent from the NFL/NFLPA meeting on anthem protests. One player he won’t have to worry about suspending is Ezekiel Elliott, who will eventually lose a court battle for good. Or Stephen Paea, who suddenly retired. Or Nolan Carroll, who was cut. Carroll counts for $3 million against the Cowboys cap. He played 2 games. Or Sean Lee, who will probably be hurt again.
New York Giants (1-5)
Last Week: Extended their streak of not scoring 28+ points to 15 games but beat the Broncos 23-10.
This Week: Host the Seahawks
Hey the Giants finally got a win! Without Odell Beckham. And with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suspended. And without Ben McAdoo, who was hired entirely because of his play calling, calling plays.
The solution is obvious for the Giants going forward: get rid of all their good players and head coach. They were all holding the team back.
Tweet of the Week
“Go Birds” is the shalom of Philadelphia.— Graham Foley (@graham_foley3) October 16, 2017
Nice to see you = Go Birds
Talk to you later = Go Birds
Sorry to hear about your Mom = Go Birds