The NFC East really sucked in 2019 and the Philadelphia Eagles, who were 5-7 before rattling off four straight division wins to end the season, took advantage to clinch a playoff spot.
Might the Eagles be able to do something similar in 2020? Certainly hard to count on it with how bad the Birds look right now. But there’s no doubt that the division still stinks.
I mean, the Eagles’ pathetic tie with the Cincinnati Bengals was somehow the most successful NFC East result in Week 3. Every other team lost!
A look at the updated standings:
More context to this ineptitude:
The NFC East teams have a combined score differential of -97 (all teams negative)— George Chahrouri (@PFF_George) September 28, 2020
The NFC West teams are all positive and combined are +100
Let’s dive in a little deeper to each team.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM
The Football Team currently ranks first in the NFC East due to their division record tiebreaker (1-0) from beating the Eagles in Week 1. They’ve since lost the Arizona Cardinals by 15 points and the Cleveland Browns by 14 points. Dwayne Haskins has a 75.7 passer rating through three games so he’s not exactly proving to be a long-term answer at quarterback. One has to wonder if Alex Smith or Kyle Allen might get a look at some point.
Up next: Hosting the Baltimore Ravens (2-0). So, Washington could easily be 1-3 after Week 4.
If the Atlanta Falcons didn’t inexplicably opt not to recover the Cowboys’ onside kick attempt in Week 2, the Cowboys would be 0-3 right now. Their offense is clearly capable of putting up points; they’re tied for the sixth most points scored. But their defense is also clearly capable of giving up points; Dallas has surrendered the third most points.
Up next: Hosting the Cleveland Browns (2-1). Cleveland’s won two in a row (against bad teams) but this is still a winnable game for the Cowboys.
Carson Wentz is playing like the worst quarterback in the NFL right now. He can’t consistently throw accurate passes to save his life. It’s kind of a gigantic issue.
Up next: At the San Francisco 49ers (2-1). The Niners are banged up but that didn’t stop them from blowing out the Giants. The Eagles could be looking at 0-3-1 ahead of playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and then Baltimore. So, the Birds might still be alive in theory, but they could easily be 0-5-1 in a few weeks.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Daniel Jones has accounted for twice as many turnovers (4) as touchdowns (2) through three games. Not a winning formula. The G-Men own the second worst point differential in the NFL at -41.
On the bright side, the NFC East being so bad keeps the Eagles’ playoff hopes alive!
On the dark side, the Eagles clearly need to make significant changes and barely winning an awful division for the second year in a row could be a false positive that hinders the team’s long-term outlook.