If you take a look at the NFC East standings, it’s the Dallas Cowboys and everybody else. Literally. The Cowboys are 5-1 and everyone else is 2-5.
Dallas figures to run away with the division. For one of the other three squads, including the Washington Football Team, to even have a chance at sniffing the playoffs, they’ll need to start churning out wins before they get left behind.
Seeing that the NFC East is as unpredictable as any division on a weekly basis, we thought it’d be a good idea to (try to) predict all four division games on the Week 8 slate. Since we already picked Washington to beat Denver in our betting preview, let’s focus on Cowboys, Eagles and Giants, shall we?
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions (1 p.m. EST Sunday)
The NFL is king when it comes to ratings, but man, is anybody outside of Eagles and Lions fans interested in this game? Philadelphia’s decision to trade Carson Wentz was justifiable, but it looks increasingly questionable with each passing week, because he’s balling for Indianapolis right now.
Jalen Hurts, meanwhile, has been struggling. Through seven games, he’s 29th in completion percentage (61.1%), 22nd in passer rating (89.5) and 27th in QBR (38.9). Not a stretch to say that Philly moves on from him in the offseason.
Beyond Hurts, the Eagles’ offensive line is still a revolving door and their defense ranks in the bottom half of the NFL in points and yards.
See where we’re headed with this one?
That’s right. We expect Detroit to pick up its first win of the season this Sunday. It’s been a long time coming for the Lions, who’ve suffered two of the most heartbreaking losses you will ever see. They also gave the Rams all they could handle on the road at SoFi Stadium this past weekend.
First-year head coach Dan Campbell has Detroit giving it its all week in and week out, and it’ll finally pay off against the 2-5 Eagles. We’re picking the Lions to give the Ford Field faithful something to cheer, not cry, about on Sunday.
Lions 27, Eagles 20.