NFL Predictions Week 3: Picking Each NFC East Marquee Matchup

Drew MillerContributor IISeptember 22, 2011

NFL Predictions Week 3: Picking Each NFC East Marquee Matchup

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    After two weeks of NFL football, the NFC has looked like it will be a very competitive division once again.

    All four teams in the division have recorded a win, with the Washington Redskins leading the way at 2-0.

    This week, the Cowboys face the Redskins on Monday Night Football, and the Giants will go to Philadelphia to take on the so-called "Dream Team" Eagles.


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Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys

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    The surprise division-leading Redskins head to Dallas to face the 1-1 Cowboys.

    With Tony Romo likely playing through a broken rib and punctured lung, and without his top two WRs—Dez Bryant and Miles Austin—the Cowboys face a tough challenge.

    Even an 100 percent healthy Dallas offense would have trouble with the Redskins' defense anchored by Pro Bowlers Brian Orakpo and London Fletcher.

    Rex Grossman has thrown for 596 yards with four TDs and two INTs—surprising numbers for a quarterback who last was a full-time starter for the Bears in 2007.

    If Grossman can stay hot, the Cowboys will have trouble with the Redskins.

    However, we have seen Tony Romo prove critics wrong this season already, so don't lose all hope yet, Dallas.

Pick: Washington

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    The Redskins beat Dallas, 17-14, as the Redskins' defense gets the better of a limping Cowboys offense.

    Once again, Rex Grossman proves his haters wrong.

New York Giants at the Philadelphia Eagles

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    Learning today that Mike Vick will most likely play, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, highly lowered the Giants' chances of winning this game.  

    On Monday Night Football last week, the Giants struggled to beat the Rams, 28-16. The Eagles handled the Rams easily in Week 1, 31-13. If the Giants stick to the run and don't put the game on Eli Manning's shoulders, they have a chance to win.

    But if they are forced to throw the ball the Eagles' defensive line—which has recorded nine sacks in two games—will destroy Manning. Look for another big game from Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin.

    Tom Coughlin also made a statement by benching former first-round pick, Aaron Ross. If he or any other cornerback cannot step up against the Eagles, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson will have a field day, whether Kafka, Young or Vick is under center.

Pick: Philadelphia

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    The Eagles take their home-opener, 24-14, to win their seventh straight matchup against the Giants, leaving New York fans booing Eli Manning again—this time from their couches.

    Philadelphia controls the game from start to finish with no dramatic punt returns this time around.