Editor’s Note: I bring you this week’s rankings right here from the production studios of NFL Films. Earlier in the day, I covered a local high school football game, then stuffed my face while watching the first two games on the NFL slate. Now I as I produce some 49ers-Ravens highlights, I’ll break down the NFC East through Thursday’s action.
1) Dallas Cowboys (7-4) This team blows. Tony Romo pulled a Houdini for the second straight week as his terribly overrated team once again farted out a win over an inferior opponent. Yeah, I know Miami has played well lately, but spare me the excuses. The Cowboys were thoroughly outplayed at home for much of this game as a seven-point favorite. Give Tony Romo credit–he made some absurd plays to avoid catastrophe, but the Cowboys can’t depend on flip passes and tipped floaters on a consistent basis.
But the bigger concern is Rob Ryan’s defense. DeMarcus Ware was fantastic against the Dolphins, but Matt Moore had his way with the Cowboys’ defense between the twenties. The Dolphins had to settle for four field goals. That defense won’t be so lucky against better opponents. Fortunately for the Cowboys, they’ll be able to further inflate their record against dreadful opponents in the coming weeks and in the process grab the NFC East title.
2) New York Giants (6-4) This team blows, too. Brandon Jacobs said after his team’s 17-10 last Sunday night that the Eagles just wanted it more. Wait. Let’s get this straight. The Eagles wanted it more in the midst of the Giants’ division fight on national television? How can one of the Giants supposed leaders come out and say that? It’s inexcusable. The New York defense was worked by Vince Young on that 80-yard drive that spanned nearly nine minutes. As for the offense? I’ve said in this space before that Eli Manning must continue to play at an elite pace if the Giants are to win the NFC East. That didn’t happen on Sunday and a predictable result followed. They need to find a running game.
3) Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) This team really blows. It was damn near impossible to watch that game against the Giants and not wonder how the hell this team has put themselves in such a bad spot. They physically dominated the Giants only a week after playing one of their worst games of the past decade. Given the Eagles’ knack for defying all sensibility, I’ll take them as an underdog this week against the Patriots. And I’ll take the Seahawks the following week because they’re simply not capable of putting three straight wins together.
4) Washington Redskins (3-7) This team blows. There’s nothing else to say.