Week one is officially in the books for the Philadelphia Eagles’s three NFC East opponents. After finally getting some real–aka not preseason–insight into what the other teams will look like, I feel completely comfortable in saying that the Philadelphia Eagles will win the NFC East. Let’s take a look at the rest of the “competition” in the Eagles’ division and how they performed yesterday.
The Redskins lost their first game of the season at home to the Miami Dolphins. Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins tossed two interceptions and just one touchdown in his first game of the season. The offensive line was downright horrible, giving up just 1 sack but allowing 12 quarterback hits. Former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was lost to a hamstring injury and neither wide receiver Pierre Garcon nor oft-injured Redskins tight end Jordan Reed did much to fill that void. Rookie guard Brandon Scherff, the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, proved once again that he has no anchor. I suppose if he were going to lose to any defensive tackle repeatedly, Ndamukong Suh would not be a bad one to lose to.
The Redskins defense was able to generate pretty good pressure throughout the game. Rookie Preston Smith had his moments. The defense held Dolphins running backs to very few yards in the game. Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, a “Chip Kelly disciple,” showed that the apple fell very far from the tree and elected to run the ball just 4 times in the first half. The offense ran 37 pass plays to just 18 run plays. In the second half, the Redskins proved unable stop the run. The Eagles should have a field day with this match up.
New York Giants
Where do I even begin? Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s second season started with a thud. The offense, predicated on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning getting the ball out of his hands quickly, didn’t attempt a throw longer than 13 yards down field. The run game looked stagnant. Eli didn’t look bad, but if McAdoo plans on neglecting sophomore phenom Odell Beckham Jr. this entire season and featuring Preston Parker, the Giants might go 0-16. If tonight is the final product of an entire offseason of work, let’s just say I’m happy I’m not a Giants fan.
The Giants defense is what really kept them in the game. The 14 points generated from two defensive touchdowns were more than the lackluster offense could muster up. The defense benefited from multiple dropped passes from Cowboys receivers and tight ends. The defense is not going to win this game any football games; its best chance to do that was today and they looked downright atrocious in the last two minutes of the game.
The Cowboys offense really tried to keep the Giants in the game until the last few minutes. The running game looked okay against a horrible Giants front seven, but in total only managed 81 yards on 22 carries. Superior trash talker Joseph Randle did his best Demarco Murray impression (spoiler alert: it wasn’t a good one) but only managed to average 4.1 yards a carry. Wide receiver Dez Bryant is out 4-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his foot. The real story of the day was third down running back Lance Dunbar and his 8 receptions. You go, girls.
The Cowboys defense did an okay job, but that’s not saying much. The Girl Scouts of America could have done an okay job against the Giants offense. This defense was able to keep the offense in front of them as the Giants offensive players ran their three-yard patterns. Rookie Randy Gregory showed a decent pass rush before exiting the game with an injury. I think this outing was more positive due to the Giants offense being horrible than the Cowboys defense being even remotely competent.
All in all, I’m excited to see what the Eagles will do tonight. None of the other three teams in the division looked like they will push to rival the Eagles this year. Chip Kelly is going to have a field day in these six games.
Fly Eagles Fly.
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