The NFC East had a week forget as they went 0-4 in Week 9. The Redskins stunk it home against a one win Panthers squad, the Giants finally blew a fourth quarter, the Cowboys offense struggled against the undefeated Falcons and the Eagles offense could only muster 13 points against the worst defense in NFL history(through 8 games). It was a week where the Giants let one slip away and no one in the division could take advantage of it. It doesn’t say much for any of the bottom three team’s chances of passing the Giants in the division.
Week 10 is another week and another opportunity for either the Cowboys, Redskins or Eagles to play catch up. The Giants may only need to win one more game, so long as it’s a division game, to win the NFC East. The Redskins and Eagles have far too many issues on defense to get on a roll at this point. The Cowboys on the other hand, just can’t seem to get everything going at the same time. One week the offense is rolling, but turnovers and sloppy defense hurts them. The next week the defense plays great, but it’s the offense that can get it going.
There are just three NFC East teams in action in two games this weekend. Here is a quick preview of these two pivotal Sunday matchups:
New York Giants (6-3) vs Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)~
This game sets up beautifully as a bounce back game for the Giants. The Bengals are average in every sense of the word except for their big play making wide receiver A.J. Green. The Bengals don’t rank in the top 10 in passing or rushing on either side of the ball. They don’t have many Pro Bowl caliber players and they don’t do any one thing great. There is a reason this franchise hasn’t been to the playoffs in consecutive seasons since the early 80s.
Still, it’s never easy to win on the road in the NFL (unless you are playing in Jacksonville). As long as the Giants take care of the football and don’t let A.J. Green have an epic performance, they should win this game. The Bengals haven’t won a game since September.
Giants 34 Bengals 16
Dallas Cowboys (3-5) vs Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)~
Some are calling it the most pivotal game of the week. I don’t see it that way. It’s two teams that haven’t gotten their act together since the 2010 season (2009 for Dallas). I don’t see either team winning more than seven games this year. The Cowboys have a shot to turn things around if Romo can make better decisions on the field. Turnovers have killed this team all year.
The Eagles have so many issues with their football team right now you could write a book on it. The offensive line is putrid, the coaching hasn’t helped in any way, the special teams is awful, the red zone offense is awful and the defense has rarely been on the same page. The Eagles have a big name offensive line coach, defensive line coach and special teams coach, but all three units have been terrible all season long. All these issues have overtakes the turnovers problems they had earlier in the season. They have been so bad people have forgotten about how unreliable Michael Vick was with the football early in the season.
Having said all that about both teams, confidence and momentum is a powerful weapon in the NFL. If either of these teams wins this game in a statement win kind of a way, then that team could set themselves up for a big second half of the season. Both these teams are two unpredictable to say that they can’t go on a 7-1 run in the final 8 games. They are also capable of going 1-7 or 0-8.
I like the Cowboys to win this game, only because the Eagles have fewer issues and have been blown out in two big games. Plus how on earth is Demetress Bell going to block DeMarcus Ware for four quarters.
Cowboys 28 Eagles 7