Thursday night’s matchup between the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles confirmed two things: the Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC East and Michael Vick is more than just hype. He’s the real McCoy, or at least the one other than LeSean. I had picked the Texans as my upset of the week and for a time it looked like they were going to pull off the win. Vick prevailed in the end with two late-game touchdowns and led the Eagles to their eighth victory of the year. In the process, Vick threw for over 300 yards while rushing for almost 50 which included a touchdown. This was on night that the Eagles’ defense mostly stayed home, letting Matt Schaub throw for 337 yards.
What does this mean for the Redskins? Not much in the scheme of things. Playoff hopes for the Skins have all but evaporated. They’ve played their two against the Eagles, splitting the series. The win that they did have I am certain was by pure luck. Had Vick not been injured early on I feel the game would have had a much different outcome. The Skins have a different task now at hand, one they have been familiar with in recent years. The Redskins will once again attempt to play spoiler.
Coming off a couple of hard losses the Giants are going to be hungry. They know they are not at the top of the food chain in the NFC East right now and have very little room for error if they want to keep pace with the piping-hot Eagles. This works heavily against the Skins who have very little to play for right now. Still, the Giants are beatable. Eli Manning has the ability to pass with precision but is apt to make costly mistakes. They will be without Hakeem Nicks as well, which will at least give the Redskins secondary a little breather, as he was Manning’s number one up to the point he was injured.
The game is not necessarily a must-win for the Giants, but a loss would definitely be a setback. Though they and the Eagles have pretty easy schedules from this point out, there is no room for error. The Eagles have Dallas left to play twice and the Giants will play the Redskins one last time. Set your calendars for December 19, as that’s the day the Eagles and Giants face off. It’s an all-out race to the finish line between the Eagles and Giants and the champion of the NFC East might not be decided until the last game of the season. The Redskins will determine the fate of both teams.