The NFC East blew some big leads on Sunday. In a day that the whole division could have provided some promising outcomes, only the lowly Giants won their contest over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dallas Cowboys lost a double digit lead to the Detroit Lions in dramatic fashion. The Washington Redskins also lost a second half lead to the Denver Broncos in what turned into a blowout. The NFC East really might come down to the final weekend, and it might be a four team race. As unbelievable as it sounds, the New York Giants are in this for the long haul.
Dallas Cowboys recap: The Cowboys forced four turnovers in the loss to Detroit. Yet, it wasn’t enough to hold off the hard charging Lions in the final quarter. This game can’t specifically be blamed on Tony Romo, but he did not have a banner day. Romo finished with 206 yards on 14/30 passing. Still, the Cowboys had the game in hand when an absurd holding penalty gave the Detroit Lions life. Without the penalty, Dallas wins this game. All the talk will be about Dez Bryant's sideline demeanor, but that was not the reason for the loss.
Defensively, the Cowboys gave up 623 yards and 329 yards to Calvin Johnson. That’s unacceptable. Dallas still leads the division at (4-4).
Philadelphia Eagle recap: Michael Vick was rushed back in light of Nick Foles concussion and he clearly was not ready. For two weeks, the Philadelphia defense has put up a valiant effort only to be letdown by their offense. The Eagles held the Giants to five field goals. Even with all the blunders, Philadelphia still had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes. Philadelphia has not scored an offensive touchdown in the last eight quarters.
Philadelphia needs Michael Vick to get healthy, but it looks like he shouldn’t have been on the field. Vick stated that “this is the worst hamstring injury” he’s ever dealt with. Matt Barkley had some promising moments, but he produced some inopportune turnovers when Philadelphia had scoring opportunities. Philadelphia is second in the division at (3-5)
Washington Redskins recap: Washington got out to 21-7 lead early in the second half, then they gave up 38 straight points to end the game. It was a horrible display of football for the Redskins.
The good news is Washington forced three interceptions from Peyton Manning and recovered a fumble. They even capitalized early. The running game was working well.
Robert Griffin III took a beat all game long, and it was easy for the Denver defense. He was a sitting target in the pocket and Denver had no worries about him running the ball. Even with the lead, Washington never had Denver on their heels with the threat of a quarterback run. In turn, Griffin took far too many shots. Washington is in third at (2-5).
New York Giants recap: The Giants have a two game winning streak. The best thing about Sunday is they won. They were perfect on field goals and they didn’t give up any points defensively. It wasn’t pretty at all, but New York got the win and that’s a start. This game didn’t have one offensive touchdown. They were the only NFC East team to win week 8.
The Giants still tried to give the game away in the fourth quarter. A high punt snap led directly to Philadelphia touchdown. With the other three teams losing on Sunday, the Giants find themselves only two games out of first place. They are (2-6) and in last place.