With week 8 in the books and the Giants playing for the first pick in the draft, the NFC East Championship is a 3 team race. The Cowboys got off to a slow start especially on offense, but are sitting at 3-4 and still in the hunt to win the division and make the playoffs.
Redskins- The Redskins are in first place with a record of 5-2 as Alex Smith has been as steady as they expected. Washington also has had a huge boost to their running game in the form of a rejuvenated Adrianne Peterson who is the fifth in the league in rushing.
The strength of this team is the defense. Washington is 8th in the league in passing yards allowed per game, and second in rushing yards allowed per game. Ryan Kerrigan is the veteran of a young group of pass rushers that are playing solid football. D.J. Swearinger is making plays all over the field, and the Skins hit it big with their last two first round picks in Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne.
Eagles- The Eagles season hasn’t started as well as they hoped and they are sitting in second place in the division at 4-4. Quarterback Carson Wentz missed the first two games but he’s back and looks healthy. The Eagles also just traded for receiver Golden Tate who should step in and help the offense score some points.
The Eagles Achilles heal has been in their secondary. The defensive line is getting enough pressure but the back end has been getting destroyed. Philadelphia is giving up a whopping 269 passing yards a game and if they want to win this division they need to start making some plays.
Cowboys- The offense started off looking really bad, and that’s why they are down two games in the division. Zeke is putting up big rushing numbers, but the passing offense, in particular, has struggled which prompted the Boys to trade for former Pro Bowl receiver Amari Cooper. His route running and ability to separate from the defender could help Dak Prescott move the ball downfield and this offense needs that.
The Dallas defense is keeping the team in games and only allowing 17.6 points per contest. Even an injury to Sean Lee, which used to cripple the team, couldn’t stop this unit from being dominate.
Giants- The G-men are tanking. After only one win on the season, they have their eye on the number one pick in the 2019 NFL draft. The Giants just traded one of their best players and the anchor of their defense in Damon Harrison. The fire sale is on and New York is eyeing next season already.
This division is wide open and the top three teams will play crucial games against each other before the season ends. The Cowboys get the Eagles twice and another shot at the Redskins at home. These division games will likely be the difference in who comes out on top to win the East and get a shot to make a run in the playoffs.
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