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NFC East Preview: Week 15

STANDINGS ENTERING WEEK 15 

1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)

2. Dallas Cowboys (9-4)

3. New York Giants (4-9)

4. Washington Redskins (3-10)

 

MATCHUPS

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
LINE: Eagles by 3.5

This is a rematch of the Thanksgiving Day Massacre ’14 in which Philly blitzed the ‘Boys in Jerry World and already owns a leg up towards the NFC East title. While both teams are pretty much back at square one in terms of the standings from two weeks ago, this game is pretty much a do or die scenario for the Dallas Cowboys in which their entire playoff future hangs in the balance.

Eagles QB Mark Sanchez regressed last week and while we can credit most of that to the Seattle defense who can make any defense look pedestrian (as evident by last season’s Super Bowl, one does have to wonder how far “The Sanchize” can take this talented Philadelphia roster.

The importance of LeSean McCoy comes back to focus this week as the last time these two teams met McCoy shredded the Dallas defense for 159 yards on 25 carries. As long as the Cowboys defense is on the field, Philadelphia will have a strong case to push their will unto Dallas as their defense has yet to show consistency throughout the season and has relied on their offense to continue a ball controlled offensive scheme in an effort to not expose their defense on the field.

Meanwhile this game comes down exactly to whether the Dallas offense can stay on the field. The more we see Tony Romo, Demarco Murray and company chomping up yards, the more the odds of victory increases towards the Cowboys direction.

Last time both those teams met, the Eagles dominated the Cowboys in every important statistical category forcing Dallas to become one dimensional. If Dallas cannot convert on third down this week especially in a hostile environment, the results will be similar to the one we saw on Turkey Day to which the Dallas Cowboys playoff chances become very much in question.

 

 

Washington Redskins at New York Giants

LINE: Giants by 6.5

 While the win/loss record makes this game mostly unwatchable to most, both franchises come into this game and this upcoming offseason as two of the most intriguing teams in terms of story lines (if you’re into that thing). It will be very interesting to see how the Redskins and Giants end the 2014 campaign as while a postseason berth are more dream than reality, these last three weeks to play the potential to shape the direction of these teams in the future.

In New York obviously there is speculation about the job status of long tenured two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Tom Coughlin and General Manage Jerry Reese. While many can point to this team winning two titles in 8 years, it’s missing the postseason five out of six years that has many Giant fans divided on this issue. Also Eli Manning’s status remains in question. But there have been some bright spots in Gotham as the Giants defense registered it’s best performance in Tennessee last week and of course the exciting rookie wideout Odell Beckham Jr. has been nothing but a joy to watch despite a dismal season by the team.

The Washington Redskins meanwhile are the biggest train wreck in the National Football League and that’s even saying something. Things continue to go from bad to worse in the nations capital after an embarrassing 24-0 loss at the hands off of the ever dangerous St. Louis Rams. In a season where blame is being thrown at everyone from their quarterbacks, to ownership, now reports have first year coach Jay Gruden on the hot seat. Even at 3-10 with three games remaining the Skins remain a interesting watch….for all the wrong reasons.

Colt McCoy, if healthy is expected to make the start this week but Robert Griffin III will be available and ready if his name is called.

 

 

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