State of the NFC East: Eagles are the standard of NFL’s ‘glamour division’

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One of the surprise teams of the first three weeks has been the Giants.

New York’s new head coach Brian Daboll has made his team relevant again, at least for right now. Daboll has crafted a winning record through September which is alone a sign that the Giants have done a better job than they have in years past.

One of the reasons for the team’s early success is running back Saquon Barkley He’s reminding everyone why we once believed that he is one of the NFL’s best halfbacks when he is healthy.

From Week 1 to Week 3, the former Penn State running back rushed for 317 yards on 53 carries, and he found the end zone twice. He’s also hauled in 91 receiving yards on 13 receptions when he’s been called upon in the passing game.

The defense is doing its part to keep their team above .500. During New York’s first two wins, they’ve only allowed three combined touchdowns.

Julian Love has been a tackling machine for New York. He’s been flying around the field, taking down opponents en route to his team-leading 27 tackles.

Despite their early success, there’s the belief that some of their success is fraudulent. Their offensive line isn’t giving their quarterback, Daniel Jones, enough time in the pocket to go through his reads and progressions. He’s been taken down 13 times this season. To make matters worse, on Monday Night Football, New York lost their top wide receiver, Sterling Shepard, for the season due to a torn ACL.

The Giants get a break in the scheduling however as they face another surprising 2-1 but limited team in the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Big Blue could wind up with three wins after four games.