The injury to Aaron Rodgers on Monday night may be the opening for a NFC East team to earn a wildcard spot. Rodgers will be getting an MRI today and results will clarify the degree of his injury. The next two weeks Green Bay plays the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. Let's see if the NFC East can capitalize and continue their winning ways.
The NFC East finally had a winning week. It took the whole division until November to finally get their act together. In fact, all four teams come into week 10 with a win. The Giants had a bye week, and while they still find their team in last place, New York has the longest winning streak in the NFC East. It was good to see the NFC East teams persevere in the final moments of a couple of games. Otherwise, the division as a whole would have fallen even lower.
The Dallas Cowboys almost threw away a game to a one win team. The Vikings had Dallas on the ropes but they couldn’t finish off the Cowboys late in the fourth quarter. Tony Romo bounced back from a fourth quarter interception to lead Dallas on a 90 yard game winning touchdown drive.
During Dallas’ game winning drive, Washington stepped up defensively. The Redskins performed a game saving goal line stand against the San Diego Chargers from the one yard line. The defensive stand held the Chargers to a tying field goal to send the game to overtime. Soon after, Robert Griffin III led the Redskins on down the field for the game clinching touchdown.
In the late game, Philadelphia swarmed Oakland in an offensive explosion put on by Nick Foles. Philadelphia scored 49 points and Foles threw seven touchdown passes in the easy victory.
Here are the Week 9 NFC East rankings.
1. Dallas Cowboys (5-4): The Cowboys keep their top spot on the NFC East rankings by winning a close one. Even with the loss to Detroit last week, Dallas has won three out of four games. The Defense is still 31st in passing yards. Offensively, Dallas must get back to a balanced attack, but they survived a week with only nine rushing attempts. Next game vs. New Orleans.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5): The Eagles still find themselves struggling with quarterback issues, but whenever they are healthy, the offense gets rolling. However, the defense is another story. The Eagles have to learn to put together back to back weeks of solid football on both sides of the ball. They rank 32nd in total defense. Nick Foles did tie an NFL record with seven touchdown passes. Still, the biggest problem is the fact that the Eagles can’t win a home game. Next game vs. Green Bay.
3. Washington Redskins (3-5): The Redskins saved their season on Sunday, and they have a quick turnaround on Thursday. The win over San Diego was nothing to get excited about. It was nice for the Redskins, but they desperately need to beat the Vikings. Next game vs. Minnesota.
4. New York Giants (2-6): For the Giants, Sunday’s results weren’t very promising. There’s no doubt they had hopes of gaining ground during the by week, but New York had no such luck. The Giants have the longest winning streak in the division at two games. Next game vs. Oakland.