Let’s be honest, no team deserves to win the NFC East let alone make the playoffs. We are over halfway through the season, and the Philadelphia Eagles are leading the division with a 3-5-1 record; this is pathetic. This is the worst record by a team-leading the division since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
This is the weakest division in football. One team will merge as the division winner. The Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team are 2-7 and still have a mathematical chance to win the division as bad as they have played.
All you need to know about the Cowboys is the way they reacted when quarterback Andy Dalton was drilled and concussed on a hit by Washington linebacker Jon Bostic. Everyone just stood around and waited for Dalton to get up. Not one Cowboy went after Bostic. This team lacks character and emotion. The Cowboys lost quarterback Dak Prescott to a fractured ankle in week five. Since then, the Cowboys have gone 0-4.
Despite leading the division, at 3-5-1, the Eagles have had their share of injuries as well. Coach Doug Peterson has made some head-scratching decisions. The offensive line has been terrible. The defense can’t seem to get a stop when they need one. It all adds up to an Eagles team that has underperformed all season long.
The Washington Football Team has a myriad of issues both on and off the field. Washington is 2-7 on the season and will be lucky to win another game the rest of the season. Starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins was benched after four starts due to his poor work ethic and was replaced by Kyle Allen. Allen went out and dislocated his ankle in a game against the Giants and is out for the season. Alex Smith will be the starter at quarterback for the foreseeable future.
The team that has shown the most improvement is the New York Giants. The Giants are in second place in the division with a 3-6 record; the Giants started 0-4 but have played well the last month. The team’s improved play has started with their quarterback Daniel Jones; Jones has not turned the ball over the last two games, both Giant wins. Coach Joe Judge has had the Giants playing at a competitive level all season. It appears that the players are buying into doing things the Joe Judge way.
The Giants have also been wrecked by injuries. Their best player, running back Saquan Barkley, went down in the first game of the season with a torn ACL. The Giants signed Davonta Freeman to take the spot of Barkley, but he has been hurt and has yet to make an impact on the Giants.
Wayne Gallman has stepped into the starting role and played well in the chances he has been given. Gallman has rushed for 275 yards and has averaged four yards per carrying. Gallman had two touchdowns against the Eagles in their 27-21 win.
The Giants have been competitive in every game they have played this season except for the game against San Francisco. The Giants lost to the Steelers by ten, the Bears by four, the Rams by eight, the Cowboys by three, the Eagles by one, and the Bucs by two.
The Giants have won two in a row and have their bye week this week. The Giants do have the toughest schedule of the teams in the NFC East. The Giants have Cincinnati, Seattle, Arizona, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Dallas left to play. The Eagles schedule is just as challenging with games against Cleveland, Green Bay, Seattle, New Orleans, Arizona, Dallas, and Washington.
No team deserves a playoff spot from this division, but if a team has to be declared a winner, the Giants should win the division. They are the class of the NFC East, and I use that term loosely.