The NFC East: A Division of Uncertainty

  • dallas cowboys
  • New York Giants
  • NFC East
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Washington Football Team
By Andy Davies November 20, 2020 0 Comment
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In the NFC East, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17 in week 10. Then the Washington Football Team lost to the Detroit Lions by a score of 30-27. The Dallas Cowboys had the week off on a bye. As it stands, there is just one win separating each team fighting for first in the division.

The  Eagles are (3-5-1) sitting atop the division while the Cowboys are (2-7) at the bottom.

The 2010 Seattle Seahawks are the only team since the 2002 NFL division realignment to have won their division with a losing record. That season they took the NFC West with a (7-9) record. No team has ever won a division with a lower win total.

The NFC East could potentially break that record this season.

Comparison To Other Divisions

Many teams are wishing their division had the same level of talent that the NFC East holds. All eight teams from the NFC North and NFC West would lead the East.  Three of the four teams in both the AFC East and AFC North have three or more wins as well.

This goes to show how bad the NFC East has been so far this season. Nobody appears to want to win the division, and it would be terrible for a six-win team to get home-field advantage once the playoffs roll around.

Despite this, there is some intrigue in watching games from the NFC East. It is not easy to predict who will win each week when these teams play each other. The lack of confidence should make it tough for Vegas to reasonably predict the winner.

The Players In The NFC East

On paper, the Eagles probably are favorites with a roster full of stars. Carson Wentz is arguably the best healthy quarterback in the division and Philadelphia might have the best head coach in Doug Peterson. The Eagles need health to make it through the rest of the season, but there are capable players at key positions to keep them competitive.

If the Cowboys team had Dak Prescott available, they likely would be better then (2-7), but with Dak’s gruesome season-ending injury, they lack a true difference-maker at quarterback. Andy Dalton failed in Cincinnati and Ben Dinucci hasn’t looked impressive early on. Garrett Gilbert played better in the Cowboys’ 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, throwing for one touchdown and one interception to go with 243 yards through the air. It is tough to say whether this can last though.

Meanwhile, Washington has had three starting quarterbacks this season. Dwayne Haskins was benched after week 1, by head coach Ron Rivera who soon realized he wasn’t the answer. Next came Kyle Allen but he has struggled to stay healthy. Alex Smith might end the season as the team’s starting quarterback, which represents one of the most feel-good stories in the NFL this season. He has thrown for one touchdown, three interceptions, and 752 yards in the three games he has played. Rookie defensive end, Chase Young, started well but has seen his performances slide in recent weeks.

The New York Giants have done well to win three games without their star running back, Saquon Barkley. It’s worth mentioning that these three wins were against in-division teams. Quarterback Daniel Jones has shown some speed as a ball-carrier this season. He had a long touchdown run in both matchups against the Eagles, though embarrassingly fell over before reaching the end zone in the first meeting.

Lots of exciting action is still to come for the NFC East with a division of uncertainty. This division winner will likely not be named until the final week of the season. Someone has to win it.

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