NFC East Roundup: Dallas Cowboys Rookies Make Them Tough To Beat
No team is guaranteed to win the NFC East. However, the Dallas Cowboys have put themselves in a good position after Sunday’s games.
Coming into the 2016 NFL season, nobody had any idea who was going to win the NFC East. Five weeks into the season, the division is still as muddled as it gets. Three weeks ago, the Giants looked like they were going to be the team to beat. Now, they sit in the cellar. The other three teams are battling it out for supremacy, but it seems like the surprising Dallas Cowboys may be the top contender right now.
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The Cowboys have shocked the NFL world through five games this season, as they have begun the season 4-1. On Sunday, they had a convincing win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The team utterly dominated the Bengals for most of the contest, and at one point they held a 28-0 lead. It was an unexpected result, and one that has made many rethink the Cowboys’ chances of advancing to the playoffs.
The rookies for the Cowboys are the real reason that they have done so well. Quarterback Dak Prescott has been an absolute revelation. He looks like the long term franchise quarterback, and he should be the starter for the rest of the year despite what Jerry Jones says. Their fourth overall pick, Ezekiel Elliott, has been just as terrific. He has led the ground game for the team and should continue to be a success. So long as these two remain healthy, the Cowboys offense will have a chance to win games.
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The team that seems to be rivaling the Cowboys the most right now is the Philadelphia Eagles. Though the team lost in a heartbreaker to the Detroit Lions, they still showed immense poise. At one point, they were trailing 21-7, but they scored 16 unanswered points to take the 23-21 lead. Had it not been for a Ryan Mathews fumble, they would have had a better chance to win.
Of course, Carson Wentz’s play continues to be the story for the team. The rookie has been every bit as good as Prescott, and he has made few mistakes. He tossed his first pick of his career on Sunday, but it was in desperation mode. He and Prescott are destined to be franchise quarterbacks for their respective teams.
The Washington Redskins have quietly sneaked their way back into the conversation as a possible contender. Though their play has not been as strong as their NFC East counterparts, they have managed to pull off three straight wins and are now just a game back of Dallas for first place. The team needs their defense to play better, as they did against Baltimore, but it remains to be seen if they will do that. Still, there is hope for the team to repeat as division champions.
As of now, the Giants have completely fallen off the map. Eli Manning looks to be in a funk and the team is not producing much offensively. Ben McAdoo has his work cut out for him in trying to turn that team around.