I have absolutely no desire to write this. It makes me sick that the Eagles routed the Cowboys on national television only to gargle balls in their next two games and piss away any realistic chance of postseason play. But here we are. So let’s take a look at the state of the NFC East as the Eagles prepare for Sunday night’s game with the Giants.
1. New York Giants (6-3)–I’ve said numerous times that I don’t buy this team long term. Maybe I should. Yeah, the Giants fell to the 49ers last week, but Eli Manning again made several clutch plays, converting multiple fourth down opportunities late in the game. The fairy dust finally wore off on his final pass of the game, preserving a San Francisco win. Still, you have to respect the Giants’ effort and what they’ve been able to unexpectedly accomplish this season. The early season win over the Eagles set the tone for their resurgence.
2. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)–Eagles fans spent years wondering and worrying about a breakout season from Felix Jones. Fortunately, that year never came.
Unfortunately, it appears that DeMarco Murray is on his way to becoming one of the NFL’s elite backs. His monster game a few weeks ago against the Rams was no fluke. He’s producing every week, giving the Dallas offense the balance it desperately needs when Tony Romo isn’t “on”. And in case you haven’t noticed, that happens from time to time. I think before it’s all said and done Dallas is going to win this division– a surprisingly and simultaneously disgusting thought considering the beatdown they endured a few weeks ago.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6)– What an absolutely putrid performance against the Cardinals. The only game that rivals the stench of last Sunday’s result was the 2005 Monday Night Football debacle at home against the Seahawks. But we knew that team sucked–they had an excuse. It wasn’t supposed to go down like this for the 2011 Eagles.
Bonus fun fact: According to CSN’s Reuben Frank, the Eagles were 16-2 when entering the fourth quarter with a lead under former defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. They are 3-5 under Juan Castillo.
4. Washington Redskins (3-6)–Donovan McNabb. Rex Grossman. John Beck. Rex Grossman again. It doesn’t matter. The Shannahan’s are clueless and Dan Snyder’s team is irrelevant yet again. Poor bastards.