The Dallas Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East for the third week in a row. Since we are five weeks into the season, we now have a legitimate idea of who the Cowboys, and each of their rivals in the division, are in 2021. Ultimately, the NFC East looks like it’s Dallas up for grabs and could even be (don’t get too ahead of the curve here) wrapped up just after Thanksgiving.
This is something that blueeeding Green Nation’s Brandon Gowton and I discussed a lot about The NFC East Mixtape recently. You can listen to this week’s episode directly above this paragraph, but be sure to subscribe to the Bthe boys log podcast network so you can access all of our shows. Apple devices can subscribe here while Spotify users can subscribe here.
Dallas looks like a legit contender and each of the other three NFC East teams looks like bottom 10 teams. With the way the schedule looks this week, it could be an opportunity for the Cowboys to separate themselves all the more.
Washington football team (2-3)
Off-season, people insisted that the Washington Football Team defense would be great in 2021. A lot of words were said and written on this subject. That didn’t happen. They weren’t expected to be one of the worst defenses in the NFL (WFT currently has the 28th defense by DVOA), but regression to average felt natural as defensive success is one of the harder things to do year after year. maintain in the NFL. You can hear a discussion of this idea on this week’s episode of Monday Football Monday on the SB Nation NFL Show.
The New Orleans Saints don’t even have that big of an attack, but could put more than 30 points on the board against them. Jameis Winston (Jameis Winston!) threw four touchdowns against Washington, including a Hail Mary at the end of the first half.
Washington has a team in Kansas City this week looking to bounce back that just happens to have the highest-ranked offense in the NFL by DVOA standards. To be fair, the Chiefs also have the worst defense in the NFL by DVOA, so maybe the football team will score a little, but they seem to be heading for 2-4 pretty quickly.
Next one: Kansas City Leaders (2-3)
Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
Some people were surprised to see the Eagles outlast the Carolina Panthers last week and they did, in part thanks to a big game from Darius Slay, who did his best Trevon Diggs impersonation by knocking out Sam Darnold twice.
Still. although, the Eagles attack right now is terrible. While we can confirm that the Panthers defense has legitimate talent, the Eagles had just 88 yards of total offense in the first half.
But Philadelphia did win, and they did because they had a late rally, but this team still doesn’t seem to be good for the rest of this season. Next up for them are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (rolling now) in the short week that Thursday night football can take with you.
Again, 2-4 seems likely.
Next one: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1)
New York Giants (1-4)
Injuries are terrible no matter who they happen to and it was unfortunate to see the Giants – who had already knocked out a number of players when the game started at AT&T Stadium last Sunday – had to lose a few more.
It remains unknown what the exact status of Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay and others will be this week, but even a completely healthy Giants team is not one to instigate much intimidation.
Very few people believed in the Giants this year, but those who did saw things go a certain way. Our friend Ed Valentine from Big blue view recently noted that things have not gone any way on the offensive side of the ball on that particularly optimistic plan.
Like I said, nothing went according to plan. Was the plan flawed? Could be. There is always a degree of risk, no matter what decisions are made. Unfortunately, so far just about everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. I’m not sure if there’s any way to predict, prepare for, or overcome that.
Injuries have taken things from bad to worse for the Giants. It’s hard to see them stop their slip against the Los Angeles Rams this week.
Next one: Los Angeles Rams (4-1)