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NFC East Preview: Week 15

The NFC East race has become much clearer after the dust settled on Week 13 action in the division. The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys entered the game tied on top of the division while the New York Giants hanging on for dear life in the division. The Washington Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention the week prior in Week 12 with not much to play for except pride. The Giants loss to the San Diego Chargers officially eliminated them from postseason contention; The Eagles defeated the Detroit Lions in Philadelphia despite the blizzard conditions in the northeast, The Redskins suffered an embarrassing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Cowboys suffered a crushing loss to the Chicago Bears. So now as it stands, The Eagles enter Week 14 with an 8-5 record, one game ahead of the Cowboys who are currently 7-6. The Giants are 5-8 while the Redskins are last in the division at 4-9. This is a huge weekend for both the Eagles and Cowboys with playoff implications at stake.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) vs Minnesota Vikings (4-9)
The Eagles are red hot right now as they are riding a season high five-game winning streak into Minnesota against the Vikings. This game will feature two running backs that are currently among the best running backs in the NFL in LeSean McCoy and the reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson. Although it is questionable whether Peterson will play this week against the Eagles this week considering he sustained a foot injury in the Vikings’ loss against the Baltimore Ravens. The Eagles need to win Sunday to maintain their one game lead over the Cowboys and Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will look to continue his high level of play and lead the Eagles closer to an NFC East division championship.

Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
The Cowboys are playing at home this week and coming off a brutal loss against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in Chicago, the Cowboys are facing pressure. Tony Romo is 12-19 in his career in the month of December and his struggles against the Bears were indicative of his poor December performances. The Packers will most likely be without their starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers need this game to remain in contention in the NFC North division race. Two teams with playoff aspirations and implications certainly will create an enticing matchup in Arlington, Texas.

Seattle Seahawks (11-2) vs New York Giants (5-8)
The Giants will not make the postseason in 2013 and their aspirations of playing a “home” Super Bowl this season will not happen. However, the Giants are playing the best team right now currently in the NFC in the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks will look to wrap up home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs while the Giants will look to play for pride. Russell Wilson will look to continue his stellar season and bounce back from a tough loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants must play turnover free football in order to have any chance of beating a dominant Seahawks team that excels in all facets of the game.

Washington Redskins (4-9) vs Atlanta Falcons (4-9)
These are two teams that have had very disappointing season facing off against each in which they have begun preparing for 2014. The Redskins are currently in a state of flux as Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan have decided to bench starting quarterback Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season in place of Kirk Cousins who will start on Sunday for the Redksins. The Falcons will look to finish the season on a strong note as the Falcons will need their quarterback Matt Ryan to take advantage of a weak Redskins secondary that gives up a lot of yards in the air. It will be interesting to watch if Cousins can show his worth potentially as a starting quarterback to his team and possibly as a trade bait.

photo by: Keith Allison

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