NFC East Roundup: Week 7 Sees Logjam Tighten
The NFC East race is heating up once again. The Dallas Cowboys are on top of the division, but no team has a losing record 7 weeks into the season.
After a couple of weeks where it looked like some teams were separating themselves from the pack, the race for the NFC East has once again tightened up. Heading into Week 7, three teams were in action and they all had a chance to exit the week with a winning record. Lo and behold, at the end of the day Sunday, no team had a losing record in the division. Part of that was thanks to the play of the New York Giants in London.
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Playing a 9:30 a.m. game in London is never an easy task for any team. For the Giants, this was no different. The team started off the game extremely slowly. They were trailing 10-0 at one point before their defense sparked them to life. Landon Collins had a crucial pick six, and the unit was able to contain the Rams. As a result, the slow moving offense scored just enough to defeat the Rams by a score of 17-10.
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Despite the win, the Giants do not look like a contender. Their offense has been stagnant for weeks, as Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. have not performed well. Perhaps they will get back on track, but until then they are not strong enough to win the division.
Another team that may have trouble winning the division in the Washington Redskins. The team got a near perfect effort out of Kirk Cousins, but they blew a late lead to the Lions, losing 20-17. The Skins definitely have the talent to contend in the division, but they have simply endured too many injuries to be considered a favorite right now.
Josh Norman and Trent Williams were added to the injury report after Sunday’s game, and both are questionable at best heading into Week 8. Without them, they could struggle. The Redskins need to hope that their health improves in the near future. Luckily, they have a bye coming up in Week 9 so they can take that time to heal.
The most surprising result of the week came from the Philadelphia Eagles. The team knocked off the previously undefeated Minnesota Vikings. The team played excellent defense against the Vikings and that allowed them to grab the 21-10 victory. For the Eagles to win, their strength has to be their defense. Carson Wentz has looked human in recent weeks, so the team has to take pressure off the rookie when possible.
For the Dallas Cowboys, this week was encouraging. They still hold a 1 game lead over the Eagles and are now 1.5 games up on the Redskins and Giants. As long as they keep rolling with Dak Prescott, the team has a real chance to make some noise in the opening round of the playoffs.