1. Washington Redskins (3-1): So it all comes down to this. Only a mere five weeks into a campaign that launched with so much hope, and hype, the Eagles will travel to Washington in one last attempt to breathe a gasp of air into their dying season.
Remember when Rex Grossman predicted the Redskins would win the division and we all laughed? It’s not so funny anymore. Like we expected, the Redskins are the antithesis of Eagles. We didn’t expect, however, that this would work in the Redskins’ favor. They aren’t explosive, they aren’t particularly fun to watch and they don’t have playmakers on offense. Still, they are careful with the football, grind out tough yards when necessary, and have done enough to finish the opening quarter of their season in first-place.
What’s more, they have a defense that tackles, is well-coached, and makes big plays at critical junctures. I don’t like this team, but it may just be good enough to win the NFC East. That, however, is probably more of an indictment of their rivals than it is an endorsement of their play.
2. Dallas Cowboys (2-2): This team sucks, too. How’s that for biting commentary and in-depth analysis? Tony Romo has been wildly inconsistent, as he walks the thin line between scape goat and hero. The Cowboys’ defense still allows too many big plays, disappears for stretches, and gives up too many points.
The Eagles’ defense has been horrible this year, allowing 26.4 points per game. Dallas hasn’t been much better, getting torched for 25.25 points per game. Given their upcoming schedule, there’s not much reason to believe the Cowboys’ inconsistent play won’t continue. Their opponents the next four weeks? New England, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Seattle. They look like a team destined to be 4-4 at the midway point.
3. New York Giants (3-2): You can say that last week’s 36-25 loss to Seattle was an abberation. And you might be right. But that was an unacceptable loss for a team that could have taken over first-place with a win at home against a lousy football team.Seattle doesn’t win on the road. To allow a team quarterbacked by Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst to come in and hang 36 points is inexcusable. To allow a combined 315 yards passing to Jackson and Whitehurst is beyond it–it’s mind-blowing.
The Giants are not a good football team, but in this division they could end up on top when the dust settles. Amazing.
Philadelphia Eagles (1-4): Ha.