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Previewing week 13: NFC East

Thanksgiving is a holiday where we are ought to be grateful for all that we do have. Fortunately we are also grateful to have thanksgiving football on a day where there will be plenty of topics to debate about at the dinner table. However there is no debating that Week 13 in the NFC East division has left some wondering about whether if it is a two or three team race (depending on who you ask). The Cowboys now take over first place in the NFC East with a huge road victory over the New York Giants. The Redskins continued to struggle with their downward spiral in their loss on Monday Night to the San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles are coming off a bye this week and will be tested this week when they face the high flying Arizona Cardinals whom they are coming off a huge win at home against the Indianapolis Colts. The NFC East race is far from finished however for the New York Giants, they are going to need to run the tables in the next five weeks plus get additional help from other teams to win the NFC East division.

New York Giants (4-7) vs Washington Redskins (3-8)
For the New York Giants, this is a MUST win game. Let’s cut to the chase: The Giants have to win their final five games of the regular season if they are going to make the playoffs which will have to be by winning the NFC East division. The Giants loss on Sunday to the Cowboys was a major opportunity wasted for the Giants to move up to within a game of the first place in the division. The Redskins loss a critical game on Monday night to the 49ers in which it became clearer that Robert Griffin III is not the same dominant player that he was a year ago prior to the knee injury. The Redskins are a not only hanging for dear life in the NFC playoff picture, but is also playing a team who is fighting for their playoff lives as well. It will be key to see if the Redskins will play motivated on Sunday Night to further derail the Giants playoff chances.

Oakland Raiders (4-7) vs Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

The Cowboys will kick off the NFC East Week 13 slate in first place as they will be home to play the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders will look to play role of spoiler in this game as they will look to knock the Cowboys out of first place in the NFC East. Matt McCloin will start for the second straight week for the Raiders as he will face a stiff test in Dallas as he will be facing a Cowboys team that will be playing with a huge chip on their shoulders. The big plus that the Cowboys have had this season is having a healthy DeMarco Murray be a big part of their rushing attack and he will be a big part of what the Cowboys need to do offensively to win the game. It will be interesting to see if Tony Romo can continue his mastery of playing in the month of November as the all-the-more important games in December begin to rapidly approach.

Arizona Cardinals (7-4) vs Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)

The Cardinals will fly cross country to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in a battle of two teams fighting to play meaningful games in January. The Cardinals are red-hot and have won four consecutive games to pull themselves into a second place tie with the San Francisco 49ers in the highly competitive NFC West. Carson Palmer has been having a good bounce back season for the Cardinals where he is a major reason why the Cardinals have a realistic shot of winning the NFC Wild Card. The Cardinals will have a big test in facing Nick Foles, who has yet to have throw an interception since taking over the starting quarterback job when Michael Vick went down with an hamstring injury. The Cardinals 4th rank rush defense will be tested when they will have to face LeSean McCoy and the Eagles rushing attack which has drastically improved over the past several weeks with the development of Nick Foles in the Eagles offense.

photo by: Keith Allison

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