It’s still early in the season, but the NFC East is starting to take shape a little and will continue to do after Week 4. With the Philadelphia Eagles a clear division favorite, how is the rest of the East shaping up? With a tie for second between the Cowboys and Giants and the Commanders in “third.”
Philadelphia Eagles: Off to a Hot Start
A primetime victory in Week 2 followed by the first divisional victory for the Birds in Week 3 is just what the team needed to put themselves in a comfortable position early in the season. The Philadelphia Eagles are a team that was not expected to be undefeated thus far with quarterback, Jalen Hurts, in the MVP conversation. Now, comes a less easy task: beating the Jacksonville Jaguars led by Doug Pederson. The defense has majorly improved from just Week 1. If the team is able to continue this momentum, they will have a great season.
Washington Commanders: Rocky Road
The Commanders are 1-2 to start the season, but not all hope is lost. The frontline needs to protect their quarterback, Carson Wentz, so he’s able to execute on the field. During the first two games, Wentz had a total of 650 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. These aren’t bad numbers, but when you pair the team against an opponent that will easily get at Wentz for nine sacks (enter Eagles) then the Commanders are not going to be able to execute on the field. Now, the Commanders will face a balance of harder and easier teams with decent defenses. They’ll have to take the mistakes from the Eagles game last week and correct them, especially facing the Cowboys and Packers.
New York Giants: Just One Division Loss
I don’t think anyone was expecting the Giants to come out the gate swinging being contenders this early in the NFC East. A hard loss to the division rival will put a wrench in your plans, but if the Giants are able to continue pushing at the same level they started out, they can try to make a case for the division title down the road. The team has a pretty much easy schedule with a few hard teams thrown in, especially the other division rivals.
Dallas Cowboys: Need to Tweak Some Issues
Cooper Rush got the Cowboys staying just above water as the season goes on. Starting 2-1, the Cowboys have some issues they need to fix, but overall, they have the potential to contend this season. Unfortunately, Dem Boyz should not be struggling against easy teams (sorry Giants), especially after a historic 2021 season with the Cowboys’ unstoppable defense. The Cowboys are allowing about 17 points per game so far, and though Rush and the offense have been able to put up points, so have Dallas’ opponents. Teams like the Packers, Rams, Colts and even Eagles will put up serious points against the Cowboys this season if they don’t fix their defensive issues.
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