A close dive into the NFC East following their results in Week 1
Written by: Joseph Mooney
Week 1: W 32-27 vs Washington Redskins
The Eagles started the 2019 season very slow and somewhat questionable in their home opener. Doug Pederson and the Eagles locked in midway through the second half, never looking back in the outstanding come-from-behind win. Carson Wentz, who caught much attention from the media this off-season, looked fully healed after his battle with injuries and had a pair of deep touchdowns to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. The back end of the defense still showed question and many holes to fill. With the loss of Malik Jackson, the true depth of the defensive line will be tested. I expect the Philadelphia Eagles to sharpen up for their game against Atlanta next week, especially considering the Falcons want to erase the debacle of a game in Minnesota that led to their 0-1 start. Sunday Night should be a fun game.
Week 2 prediction: W 42-30 @ Atlanta Falcons
Week 1: W 35-17 vs New York Giants
After the recent circus that Jerry’s World hosted, no one really knew what to expect from this Dallas team. Prescott seemed to be all in on himself after he threw for 405 yards with four touchdowns, earning the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week award. While Zeke’s carries were limited, it’s safe to predict him having a greater workload next week. Prescott also showed what type of weapons the Dallas Cowboys truly have, with all four of his touchdowns being thrown to four different receivers for touchdowns (Cooper, Cobb, Witten, and Jarwin). The Cowboys will look ahead to another NFC East matchup in Week Two, taking on the Washington Redskins, but I expect them to roll. Fair to say the NFC East runs through either Philadelphia or Dallas.
Week 2 prediction: W 28-13 @ Washington Redskins
Week 1: L 27-32 @ Philadelphia Eagles
Everything started great for Case Keenum and the Redskins; Keenum even looked to be an NFL quarterback in the first half. After halftime though, it was an entirely different team. After scoring 20 points in the first half, Washington only scored seven points after halftime. The Redskins struggled defensively on third down and within the red zone. However, Keenum still looked efficient, throwing for 380 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie receiver Terry McLauren was exposing the Philadelphia secondary, catching five passes for 125 yards and a score. I predicted Washington to play spoiler to many teams this year, but I don’t see that happening next week against the Cowboys.
Week 2 prediction: L 13-28 vs Cowboys
New York Giants
Week 1: L 17-35 @ Dallas Cowboys
Will it didn’t take long for Giants fans to see Daniel Jones in attack. As expected, the Giants are a bad team besides a few players. Outside of Saquon Barkley (who fumbled on Sunday) and Evan Engram, the offense struggled. Currently the only questions in New York are: will Daniel Jones have success in New York?; How many games will Eli remain the starter?; Fair to say you can write the Giants off this season? I don’t expect the Giants to show much against an aggressive Buffalo Bills team. I think it will be a low scoring game where both teams struggle to move the ball.
Week 2 prediction: L 9-17 vs. Buffalo Bills