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NFC East Previews: Week 4

Heading into the 2013 season, it was widely agreed that the NFC East would be one of the best divisions in the NFL. Unfortunately, it has proven to be one of the worst divisions in NFL, so far. The New York Giants and Washington Redskins are currently 0-3 and gasping for air in hopes of preventing a 0-4 start which would severely damage their chances of making the postseason. The Philadelphia Eagles are currently in second place in the division at 1-2 but however have struggled the past two weeks against AFC West opponents against the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Dallas Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East with a 2-1 record and will need an important road victory in San Diego against the Chargers on Sunday in order to remain in sole possession of first place in the division. This weekend’s slate of games for the NFC East teams could go a long way to determining who will have a realistic shot of competing for the NFC East division title this season.

Washington Redskins (0-3) vs Oakland Raiders (1-2)
The Redskins cannot afford to lose this Sunday to the Raiders since it will sink their record to 0-4. Robert Griffin III has shown some flashes of his 2012 form before his knee injury in the playoffs, however, he has not looked the same at all this season in regards to his mobility and stepping into his throws. The Oakland Raiders need a strong performance from Matt Flynn, who will start in place of Terrell Pryor who is out with a concussion sustained during the Raiders loss to the Broncos on Monday night. Look for the Redskins to be more aggressive running the football, as they will certainly need Alfred Morris to give the offense a boost in their rushing attack.

Dallas Cowboys (2-1) vs San Diego Chargers (1-2)
This week will be the first week for the Cowboys, without defensive lineman Anthony Spencer for the remainder of the season. It will be interesting to see how Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will game plan against the Chargers offense and their quarterback Phillip Rivers. However, Miles Austin is listed as out for this game and the Cowboys will have to be effective running the ball, especially with a resurgent DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo will need to help pick up the slack with Austin not playing which means look for Tight End Jason Witten to be a huge factor in the Cowboys passing attack.

New York Giants (0-3) vs Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
The Giants are a shocking 0-3 entering this Week 4 matchup against the Chiefs. The struggles of the Giants offensive line have been well documented as they have failed to protect Eli Manning in passing situations. The Giants defense has a total of just three sacks in the first three weeks of the season and if they want to prevent falling to an 0-4 start, they must get pressure on Alex Smith and shut down Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. The Giants hope to avoid falling to 0-4 for the first time since 1987.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) vs Denver Broncos (3-0)
Peyton Manning has gotten off to a torrid start in 2013 throwing 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first three games of the regular season. It will be very fascinating to see how will the fast pace Eagles offense handle playing in high altitude on Sunday. The Eagles are coming off back to back losses against AFC West opponents versus San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. It is very fair to say it is imperative that Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly make adjustments to the Eagles offense. Opponents are beginning to have an understanding of how to shut down the Eagles offense and more importantly, slow them down.

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