Last week the 3 teams at the top of the NFC East all held ground and remained in
the same positions with only 2 weeks remaining in the NFL season. The Giants and
Eagles were both impressive in taking care of business againts non-playoff
teams, but the Cowboys registered the most impressive victory of perhaps the
entire season by going into a Superdome that was in full party mode, and
effectively shutting down one of the most explosive offenses the NFL has ever
seen. This week is pivotal as the Giants probably need to hold off the resurgent
Matt Moore led Panthers or probably see their playoff hopes die. The Cowboys
begin this 2 week division stretch to end the season that could see them winning
the division just as easily as missing the playoffs. The Eagles really just need
to win next week becaus whether they lose or win doesn’t change the fact that
Week 17 is more than likely a division championship game in Texas.
Carolina Panthers @ New York Giants
The Giants will continue to keep the pressure on the Cowboys to keep winning, and bring the Panthers back down to earth in the process in the final Giants game at “Giants” Stadium. 28-13 Big Blue.
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
The Cowboys appeared to shake their December woes against New Orleans last week, but I can’t imagine the Redskins talented defense pulling another no-show this week. That being said Tony Romo has quietly had a brilliant second half of the season and I believe he will not allow his team to fold this time around. Boys’ 24-14 in a game closer than the score will indicate.
Denver Broncos @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles know that, barring a Cowboys stumble, the balance of their season hangs on a Week 17 showdown in Texas. However, the story of this week will be the emotional boost they receive when Brian Westbrook returns to the lineup. I predict that the Eagles hold off a late Broncos charge and prevail 20-17.
On a parting note,I have a close friend who is a die-hard Jets fan and it really isn’t fair what the Jets put their faithful through. You can’t give up on them because they are still in the thick of that over-crowded AFC Wildcard picture, but every time they have a chance to have a season defining moment(see fourth and 8 vs. the Falcons) they don’t come through. This week Rex Ryan’s “Christmas List” wont help as the Colts continue their quest, 27-13.
Everyone enjoy another great week of NFL action, because pretty soon we will be counting the days until training camp