The NFL season is finally back! After just one week of exciting matchups, there’s so much to be excited about this season.
What a weekend it’s been for the NFC East. Teams you didn’t think would win, won. Teams you didn’t think would struggle, struggled. It’s only Week 1, and fans love to overreact to seemingly meaningless games, but for the NFC East, there’s a lot to be looking at.
Philadelphia Eagles: Barely Survived a Win
The Philadelphia Eagles won on the road against the Detroit Lions to start the season, 38-35. It was a slow start and finish, but it was just enough for the team to survive the game. There were some issues on defense, but a major fact from Shane Haff of The Painted Lines noted that when Jordan Davis was on the field, the defense only allowed 2.9 yards per carry. When Davis was off the field, the defense allowed 10 yards per carry. This is something to think about heading into Week 2 as defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s defense will face talent like Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook.
Washington Commanders: Comeback Commander Carson
The Washington Commanders held on for a comeback win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Former Super Bowl champion duos, Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson, competed against each other. The Commanders came back to win the game, 28-22. Wentz was off to a shaky start of his career with the Commanders, throwing 27-of-41 for 313 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. The Commanders take on the Detroit Lions in Week 2, with both teams showing promise for an interesting matchup.
New York Giants: Stunning Win
The Tennessee Titans are a playoff-caliber team. They did not prove this status when they lost to the New York Giants, 21-20. One of the players that contributed to the success for the Giants is Saquon Barkley, who had 164 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards and one touchdown. If the Giants continue to play at the level they are now, they could be NFC East competition. The Giants are on the road for Week 2 against the Panthers, who just came off of a loss.
Dallas Cowboys: Two Losses in One Night
It was a tough primetime game for the Dallas Cowboys as they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-3. The bigger loss happened during the game, as Dak Prescott is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a thumb injury. This also means the team will miss all three of their division rival matchups in the early half of the season. The Cowboys are home against the defending AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, who lost to the Steelers in Week 1.
This season, the NFC East could be real competition, but the after Dak Prescott went down with an injury, the Philadelphia Eagles are the clear favorites to win the East, listing at -130 on FanDuel to win. The Cowboys are now +500 to win.
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