A Bird’s Eye View on Rivals: Week two
Week two was interesting, from the standpoint of an Eagles fan. We lost to “Fitzmagic” and the Buccaneers, saw division rival Dallas Cowboys win, and watched as the football world deemed the Rams a powerhouse.
The NFC East standings lay as followed:
Philadelphia Eagles 1-1
Dallas Cowboys 1-1
Washington Redskins 1-1
New York Giants 0-2
The Dallas Cowboys barely hold on against Giants
Let’s just start this out by acknowledging that both of these quarterbacks did not look good. Dak Prescott threw 16/25 for 160-yards, one TD, zero interceptions. He added seven rushes for 45-yards.
Eli Manning Threw a whopping 44 times only completing 33 of his attempts for 279 yards, one TD, and no interceptions.
The Cowboys pulled it off and I will be the first to admit I was wrong. I did not think they would do it but I underestimated just how bad the Giants offensive line is. Eli is not good anymore, and having an offensive line that is unable to make yards for someone as dynamic as Saquon Barkley is impressively poor. Barkley carried the ball only 11 times for 28 yards. However, he caught 14 passes for 80 yards, more yards than Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard combined.
The Giants lack of ability to move the ball on offense with the surplus of weapons should be highly concerning for the team going forward.
Prediction: 24-6 Texans, 16-14 Cowboys
This week, the Giants face the Houston Texans at home. The Texans have not looked good thus far, but it is hard to imagine them losing to a Giants team that looks dreadful in week three.
The Cowboys have a chance to keep up to par with the Eagles, assuming Wentz leads the Eagles to a home victory over the Colts if they defeat a struggling Seahawks team. Dallas has more talent overall than the Seahawks who have a much superior quarterback but are outmatched in pretty much every other area.
The Cowboys do not seem like a threat as long as Dak Prescott is their quarterback. However, if they continue winning and get hot, they could be carried to a decent record thanks to a stout defense that has only allowed 29 points through two games.
Washington Redskins come back down to Earth
After a convincing win over the helpless Arizona Cardinals in week one, the Colts seemed like another winnable game. But then the Redskins came into week two and only put up nine points on a Colts defense that has really nobody, losing 21-9.
The Redskins ground attack was putrid with their leading rusher being wide receiver Jamison Crowder who carried the ball twice for 29 yards. Adrian Peterson had 11 carries for 20 yards, crashing back down to Earth hard after a pretty good opening week performance.
Alex Smith threw for 292 yards but could not put anything in the end zone. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck threw two interceptions that the Redskins obviously also could not score a touchdown off of.
The Redskins host the Packers in week three. Lucky for them, Aaron Rodgers knee injury is rumored to be lingering. Unlucky for them, Rodgers beat the Bears in just one half on one knee, because he is that good.
The game will be close, I do not expect Green Bay to run away with it as I do not think the Redskins offense will perform so poorly two weeks in a row, but the Packers will pull it out.
Prediction: 32-27 Packers
The Mighty Rams
The Rams obliterated the Arizona Cardinals week two, 34-0. The defense made Sam Bradford look silly throwing for 90 yards in the GAME and one interception. David Johnson was held under 50 yards, and the Rams offense lit up Arizona’s defense. Jared Goff threw for 354 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while Todd Gurley ran three touchdowns in.
That all being said, I do not think the Rams are as good as everyone makes them out to be.
They look tremendous on paper, and they look good through two weeks. But, they played the 0-2 Raiders and the 0-2 Cardinals who are arguably two bottom five teams in the NFL this season. They were tied with Oakland at the half before running away with it in the second half.
The Rams could be a huge threat in the NFC. But, until they play some good teams, I am most certainly not ready to deem them elite. Week three they face the Chargers in the battle of LA. The Chargers are better than the Cardinals and Raiders but are not a top tier team.
Prediction: 27 – 20 Rams
Jared Goff has played well, but I do not see him making a lot of plays. His wide receivers or running backs make them when he hits them in stride on short routes. That is fine, and all when you are blowing teams out. But, when it comes to playoffs, can he make the plays with the game on the line? He did not against the Falcons in playoffs last year as they got a first round exit.
I am not saying the Rams are bad. I am saying everyone needs to take a step back before they crown them champions in week two.
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