The NFC East fielded some of the most mediocre teams in the league this season, yet it may be the most-talked-about division in football. Think that chatter stops in the offseason? Think again. We’ve compiled the latest on your favorite division. Get caught up.
With four games to go, the NFC East’s collection of porous football teams is a scrunched-up mess with a combined record of 19-29. But the division will still send someone to the postseason, which means each team is still striving for a possible seventeenth game.
We’ve collected the latest headlines from around the division for your reading pleasure, and compiled each team’s remaining strength of schedule for reference.
Someone has to win this division.
While Chip Kelly‘s team sits in third place in the worst division in the NFL, the Eagles do have life.
As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Brookover wrote Monday, the Eagles still, somehow, aren’t out of the NFC East race.
It would take herculean effort from the Birds and an impressive collapse from Washington and New York, but then, this division is built on falling apart.
We’ve eclipsed the halfway point of the Eagles’ season, and the NFC East continues to be a bunched-up mess of a division, with just two games separating first and third place.
Here’s a look around the division in the aftermath of a busy Week 9. Read more »
When the Eagles lost to the Cowboys in Week 2, they faced Tony Romo, but not Dez Bryant.
This time around, the Birds will face Bryant but not Romo, which obviously lessens the potency of the quarterback-receiver one-two punch.
Still, Malcolm Jenkins and company would be unwise to underestimate the impact that Bryant can have on an offense, even when handicapped by a quarterback like Matt Cassel.
It’s not difficult to determine when the Cowboys’ season took a turn for the worst. After Tony Romo left their Week 2 game in Philadelphia injured, Dallas lost five consecutive games.
“There’s no question about it: Having a good quarterback improves your chances of winning and Tony has been a really good quarterback for us for a number of years,” Jason Garrett told Eagles reporters yesterday. “It’s always a team effort; it’s always a collaborate effort; you always win as a team and lose as a team, but certainly that position is significant.”
After Jordan Hicks hurt Romo in the Eagles’ first division matchup of the season, Brandon Weeden finished the game by completing all seven of his passes for 73 yards and one touchdown. After that, however, Weeden threw more interceptions than touchdowns in his next three games. Read more »
The first game of the season provided us with several answers about the Eagles, but it also brought up even more questions after their up-and-down performance. You can always email us or comment on our Facebook page, but follow us on Twitter so you know when we’re looking for submissions for the next reader mailbag.
One quick note before I dive in: I was most frequently asked about why the Eagles didn’t take more shots down the field against Atlanta, which is something I discuss in my All-22 later this morning. Read more »
Would Chip Kelly rather face Dez Bryant and know what to game plan for, or not face Bryant and have to game plan a little more?
“I’d say the latter,” Kelly told reporters with a grin Wednesday. “[Bryant]’s really good. Put a little bit more on the coaches and a little bit less on covering Dez? I think we’ll be up for that. We can figure out what they set in the game and get a chance to match it. We just know he won’t be playing.”
Kelly talked a lot about how the Dallas offense will look without Bryant, who is out for anywhere between four and eight weeks with a broken foot. He acknowledged that losing a big playmaker like Bryant will obviously affect the Cowboys in that they have one fewer receiver, but pointed out that Tony Romo — “one of the best quarterbacks in the league” right now, according to Kelly — has plenty of other weapons at his disposal.
Like many of you, I spent most of my Sunday watching NFL games. Although the Eagles don’t kick off their season until tonight, the other three NFC East teams were in action.
Let’s take a look at how the rest of the division fared in their opening games. Read more »