After last week’s dismantling of the Packers on Sunday Night Football, it looked like the bye week had cured the New York Giants ailments and they were well on their way to repeating as NFC East champions. However, with the Redskins victory over them last night on Monday Night Football, it’s now a three team race between these two teams and the Dallas Cowboys with the Giants clinging to just a one game lead over them.
I think it’s safe to count out the Philadelphia Eagles, who have found a way to lose every close game they possibly can on the way to eight consecutive losses and the inevitable final chapter for Andy Reid there. But after that, it looks like we’ll have a wild finish in the craziest division in football.
For all of their disappointments and tough losses this year, the Cowboys could still squeak into the postseason but face a tough schedule the rest of the way. With games against the Bengals, Saints, Steelers and then the Redskins, they’ll be facing four teams fighting for playoff spots.
So whatever it is that Dez Bryant has figured out the past few weeks needs to stick around for them to have a shot. They’ll need to go 3-1 the rest of the way to even have a chance.
For the Redskins, the game plan going forward seems to be to give the ball to Robert Griffin III and just get the hell out of the way. With that plan, the Skins have now won three in a row and Mike Shanahan’s job appears to be safe in regards to the 2013 season.
Griffin is playing out of his mind and for all of the fanfare that Andrew Luck is getting, RG3 just might be the offensive rookie of the year. They’ll have a tough test this week against the Ravens, who are still fighting for playoff seeding in the AFC. But the final three games are against the Browns, Eagles and Cowboys. Just like Dallas, they’ll need to pick up three of those to have a shot at catching New York.
As for the defending champs, the Giants are the most Jekyll and Hyde team in the league. One week they look like they could be eyeing a repeat. The next, they look like a .500 team, at best. You never know what you’re going to get with this club and that’s bad news for Giants fans with some tough games left on the schedule.
They got the Saints and Falcons next, then finish up with the Ravens and Eagles. Going 2-2 might be too much for the other two teams to overcome, but ideally a 3-1 finish would put the NFC East away.
Whatever happens, we’ve seen a division that is undergoing some changes. The Cowboys seem to under perform expectations every season, while the Redskins seem to have finally cured their quarterback woes. The Eagles are firing a new member of the coaching staff every day and starting to shed payroll. I expect a complete blowing up of that team after Reid is let go. Pretty much the only team not changing is the Giants, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
With all these clubs fighting until the final week for a playoff spot, whichever one gets in, well if I’m the third or fourth seen in the NFC, I don’t want to see any of them on wild card weekend.
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