The NFC East got off to a tremendous start with two division games to begin the season. Interestingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles walked away with wins over the past two division winners. On Monday, September 9, the Redskins handed over three turnovers in a loss to the renovated Eagles offense, while the Sunday night game had Dallas bury the Giants under six crucial turnovers. We present the NFC East rankings.
1. Philadelphia Eagles- By virtue of winning on the road and displaying an explosive offense in the first half, Philadelphia takes the top spot in the NFC East rankings. Although it was only one game, Michael Vick and the offense looked like the Oregon Ducks early. They ran 53 plays in the first half.
Defensively, Philadelphia took advantage of a rusty Robert Griffin III and helped produce what turned out to be an insurmountable lead. The front 7 provided great pressure on the quarterback, and they dominated Washington’s running game. Next game vs. San Diego
2. Dallas Cowboys- The Cowboys used six turnovers to outscore the Giants in a sloppy game. Tony Romo toughed out a victory after sustaining a rib injury late in the first half. Romo threw for two touchdowns and one interception. They also used a hurry up offense in week one.
Defensively, Dallas needed everyone of those turnovers, including the final interception that sealed the victory. Although they gave up 31 points, the Cowboys put together a nice game plan to finally beat the Giants at home. Next week vs. Kansas City.
3. Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III was rusty at the beginning of his first game. It took him over two quarters to really get started, but ended up with 329 yards passing. Early on, he was hampered by errant passes and dropped passes. It took the offense too long to click, and their comeback fell short.
Defensively, they were attacked from all angles in the opening moments. Still they had enough ability to force a turnover for a score. However, the speed of Philadelphia’s offense took a toll on Washington. The second half was much better overall. Next week at Green Bay.
4. New York Giants- Eli Manning started the game with an interception. Eli also effectively ended the game with an interception too. In between those two plays, were four other turnovers. David Wilson lost two fumbles. Eli threw three interceptions for the game.
Defensively, the Giants played well and created some takeaways also. They missed out on a huge opportunity for a touchdown return. Still, they almost weathered the storm in a come from behind victory. While they created quite a bit of pressure, they’ll need even more this coming week. Next game vs. Denver.
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