The State of the NFC East
Things got one sided really quick in the NFC East over the last couple of weeks. It seemed that the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys had a real shot at challenging the New York Giants. Unfortunately all hope of toppling the Giants from the top spot are fading from all the other teams in the NFC East along with their playoff hopes.
The Redskins are coming off of three consecutive losses and the team that looked as though it was ready to rival the Giants is now a team that is going to struggle just to get into the playoffs. Defenses have started to cater their strategy to the play style of quarterback Robert Griffin III. RGIII is going to have to contend with this new found attention and his offensive line is going to have to do a better job protecting him.
The Redskins are on a bye week for Week 10 and will have some time to get their heads together and ideally finish out their season with a winning record and maybe a playoff spot.
The Cowboys hype is part of the problem for this team. Every year it looks as the Cowboys are gearing up for this season to be their season and every year they spectacularly fall short. The only thing the Cowboys can do consistently at this moment is disappoint.
The talent is their, though. When the Cowboys lose it is rarely a crushing defeat but is instead a hard fought battle with the Cowboys hanging in there until the very end. Unfortunately they usually wind up on the losing end.
Jason Garret is likely to be replace as head coach and is getting most of the blame for the Cowboys woes, but let us also place some blame on the team’s other leader, Tony Romo who has thrown a NFL leading 13 interceptions on the season. Blame also has to be placed on the wide receivers who have exhibited poor route running and field intelligence that has helped lend to Romo’s 13 interceptions.
Whoever takes the blame is kind of moot, however. At the end of the day we are going to see some major shake ups in Dallas if their season keeps going this way.
If your team is 3-5 on the season and the three wins you did get was based on happenstance and not actual game play then I say what will it hurt to give your back up a chance? Nick Foles needs some experience on the field this season anyway as Vick is not getting any younger nor is he living up to expectations.
Granted, replacing Vick may only put a temporary spring back in the Eagles step as their real weakness is their offensive line which allowed seven sacks in their last outing against the New Orleans Saints.
New York Giants
A lot of people will tell you that Eli Manning is struggling with consistency and that the defending Super Bowl champions are not as good as they seem. You heard a lot of this after they dropped a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I say that Manning and the Giants are doing just fine.
They currently are the unrivaled leaders of the NFC East and look to be cruising toward the playoffs and have a real shot according to both the odds and analysis to win two Super Bowls in a row.