The Philadelphia Eagles will face off against division foe New York Giants in their home opener on Sunday. NFC East games are always critical. The Eagles have their second division game in three weeks after defeating the Washington Redskins in their season opener.
In Week 2, the NFC East as a whole did not fair well. The aforementioned Redskins were the only team to come out with a victory winning 27-20 over the Los Angeles Rams. The Dallas Cowboys got obliterated by the Denver Broncos 42-17. The Eagles played the Kansas City Chiefs tough but faltered in the end losing 27-20. The New York Giants lost to the Detroit Lions 24-10 on Monday Night Football. That leaves the NFC East with three teams at 1-1 and the Giants at 0-2 heading into Week 3. Washington and New York are 0-1 in the division. Philadelphia and Dallas are 1-0.
In short, none of the teams in the division have impressed. The Redskins’ passing game has struggled. Kirk Cousins has only thrown an average of 178 passing yards in the first two games. The Cowboys offensive line finally looked mortal. Ezekiel Elliot had more carries than he did yards against the Broncos.
The Eagles have issues with their offensive line, running game, and injuries in their already weak secondary. The Giants offense looked inept without Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 1 and didn’t look any better against the Lions. It’s going to take a few more weeks to see how good (or bad) these teams truly are. The Eagles-Giants game will help sort out some of the questions facing the division.
In other Week 3 NFC East action, the Cowboys head to Arizona to face the Cardinals who have struggled without David Johnson. The Redskins host a strong Oakland Raiders squad.
Let’s take a look at what a win or loss could mean for each NFC East team in Week 3.
For Philadelphia, they could start the year off 2-0 in the division and 2-1 overall with a victory. A loss would give them their first division and second straight loss, all but nullifying their Week 1 win.
For New York, they could potentially save their season. A win would put the Eagles and them at identical divisional and overall records. A loss could potentially end any chance they have of making the playoffs.
For Washington, beating the Raiders would be a huge statement win and more than make up for their loss to the Eagles to begin the season. A loss could drop them farther behind the Eagles in the NFC East if Philadelphia beats the Giants.
For Dallas, a dominant win would show that the loss to the Broncos was just a bad game and they are still the team to beat in the division. A loss would add further questions and possibly locker room turmoil if Zeke has another bad outing.
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