Philadelphia Eagles Bye Week: Taking a Look at the Rest of the NFC East
With the Eagles having a bye week, it allows us to shift our attention around the league. Although we always have to keep an eye on the NFC East, we'll take a closer look today.
As it stands, the Eagles are currently tied second in the division with a record of 4-3. They're just a game back of the Giants, who stand atop the division at 5-2.
The Eagles have only played one division game so far, a loss to the Redskins at home. This means they will see a lot of divisional games in the second half of the season and will have the chance to make up a lot of ground.
For now, let's take a look at how the NFC East looks right now.
New York Giants
Record: 5-2 (1-0)
Remaining: SEA, DAL, PHI, JAC, WAS, MIN, PHI, GB, WAS
At this point, the Giants are the cream of the crop in the NFC East and will retain that title until they are proven otherwise. They are currently third in the NFL in total offense and second in total defense.
Offensively, I still don't think Eli Manning is anywhere close to being considered an elite quarterback, but he's doing what it takes to win football games. He now has a trio of receivers that are developing into quite a force to be reckoned with. Hakeem Nicks is an absolute monster and is complimented well by Steve Smith and Mario Manningham.
There was a bit of drama in the backfield to start the season as Bradon Jacobs wasn't happy about losing his starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw has clearly proven himself as the number one, and now that Jacobs has accepted his role, they are a very lethal duo.
Defensively, everything starts on the line for them much like it has in the past. They just took a hit in losing Mathias Kiwanuka for the season, but have a ton of other talent that will step up their game in his performance. The line has been knocking opposing quarterbacks out of the game all season, and we saw a prime example of that last week when they took out Tony Romo.
The Giants are a definite frontrunner in the NFC right now, but I still think they have room for improvement.
Record: 4-3 (2-0)
Remaining: DET, BYE, PHI, TEN, MIN, NYG, TB, DAL, JAC, NYG
The Donovan McNabb led Washington Redskins stand at 4-3, but what is the deal with this team? In their four wins, they've yet to beat a team by more than six points. On the other hand, they lost to the Colts and Texans, two solid teams, by three points apiece.
To me, this team is the definition of mediocre, but in a crazy year in the NFC, mediocre will do the trick. They rank 18th in total offense and 31st in total defense. Despite the low defensive ranking, I have to hand their wins against Dallas and Chicago to the defense.
Outside of playing the Giants twice, the remainder of their schedule doesn't seem to be all too difficult, so it's going to be a battle of beat mediocrity if this team wants to make a serious run towards the playoffs.
The good news for Eagles fans is that McNabb hasn't played so hot, so we haven't had to listen to any story lines about how the Eagles made a dumb move by trading him.
Record: 1-5 (0-2)
Remaining: JAC, GB, NYG, DET, NO, IND, PHI, WAS, ARI, PHI
Where do we even begin with this team? Good grief. Did anyone see this coming? Remember before the season when people were talking about the Cowboys having a home game for the Super Bowl? That's not looking so good now, is it?
It's pretty crazy for a team to rank fifth in total offense but only muster one win out of it. There defense isn't too shabby either, ranking 10th overall.
So what's the deal with this team? They've killed themselves with a lot of penalties and bonehead plays. They have no leadership in the locker room, and haven't lost a game by more than seven points. Maybe that helps translate into these close losses? Who knows. Either way, I love it.
To make matters worse, their high-powered offense is now led by quarterback Jon Kitna. Is it time to shut it down and go after a high draft pick? It's getting there.