Let’s take stock of the NFC East heading into NFL Week 3 based on SB Nation’s latest FanPulse numbers. We’ll start with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Despite losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Eagles fans are still feeling pretty good heading into the team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. I mean, it’s hard NOT to feel optimistic with Carson Wentz coming back.
NFL odds-makers have the Eagles listed as seven-point favorites.
FanPulse data, meanwhile, shows that BGN readers think the Eagles should be favored by even more than that. Eagles fans have their team favored by nine points.
But it’s not just Eagles fans who are taking the home team. Colts readers from Stampede Blue have Philly as two-point favorites in this game. Chris Blystone, the Colts writer we talked to from SB, also took Indy to lose by three points this weekend.
Unsurprisingly, ans picking against their favorite team isn’t a common occurrence. Only eight of SB Nation’s NFL team brands think their team will lose this weekend. Along with the Colts, those teams include: the Bills, Lions, Cardinals, 49ers, Giants, Washington, and Chargers.
Eagles fans will continue to feel confident with a win over the Colts. A loss, however ... well, let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.
Speaking of unsurprising things, fans of the Dallas Cowboys are the most fickle bunch through three weeks of the season.
Cowboys fans entered the season with lots of (irrational) optimism.
Fast forward to Week 1 and they’re calling for the firings of Garrett and play-caller Scott Linehan. The following tweet occured when the Panthers took a 16-0 lead (still a two-possession affair) with 14:12 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ Week 1 game.
Get Jason and Scott out of here. No more.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) September 9, 2018
After losing to the Panthers, the season was over.
But then the Cowboys beat up a crappy Giants team and now the Dallas is headed back to the Super Bowl. Just look at these postgame tweets from BTB:
Hi.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) September 17, 2018
The Cowboys defense held the Giants offense to less points the Jacksonville Jaguars.
AND YOUR NFC EAST DIVISION LEADERS ARE HERE TO STAY— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) September 17, 2018
And now the FanPulse numbers show that Cowboys fans believe they’re six-point favorites to beat the Seahawks IN Seattle.
I know the Seahawks haven’t looked great but they’re hardly ever a pushover at home. For what it’s worth, Seahawks fans from Field Gulls think their team will win by three points.
In fairness, BTB acknowledged the fickle nature of Cowboys fans with an article titled: “FanPulse: Here’s proof of Cowboys fans overreacting from week to week so far this season.”
After blowing out the Cardinals in Week 1, Washington fans are feeling much worse now after having lost at home to the Colts. FanPulse numbers shows that Hogs Haven’s confidence meter took a 52% percent plunge. Second biggest of all 32 teams.
Washington fans don’t expect things to get better this week as they have to host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Washington fans think they’re going to lose this game by five points. Packers fans from Acme Packing Company believe their team will win this game by nine points.
NEW YORK GIANTS
I just mentioned that Washington saw the second biggest dip in fan confidence this past week. The team with THE biggest drop off? Yep, the New York Giants. Their confidence meter dropped from 83% after Week 1 to 16% after Week 2.
Giants fans are finally realizing their team is headed nowhere with that terrible offensive line.
Though I agree that the o-line is a huge problem for the G-Men, I don’t think this poll properly reflects the blame that Eli Manning deserves. The 37-year-old is washed and the Giants predictably look pretty dumb for going all-in on him this offseason.
FanPulse shows Giants fans expect their favorite team to drop to 0-3 this week. Big Blue View readers believe New York is due for a six-point loss.
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