State of the NFC East: Week 3

Week 3 is complete and teams in the NFC East continue to drift with the ebbs and flows of an NFL season. Overall the division fared well in Week 3, going 3-1, and the pack remains grouped close together. Let’s take a look.

Eagles (2-1)

The Eagles bounced back from a disappointing Week 2 with a nail-biting win over the Colts. The defense returned to its dominant form, limiting the Colts throughout the game and securing the win with a late-game stand.

Meanwhile Carson Wentz made his long-awaited return and looked like his old self. Not much for Eagles fans to complain about after Week 3. The Birds will look to get a streak going on Sunday when they face the Titans.

Redskins (2-1)

The Redskins continued their Jekyll and Hyde season by getting a surprising win over the Packers after a disappointing loss to the Colts in Week 2.

Adrian Peterson carried the load, rushing for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and if he consistently produces anywhere close to those numbers we will be forced to look at the Redskins differently.

In what turned out to be an evenly played game, the ‘Skins were able to come out on top. Any time you’re able to best Aaron Rodgers you’re going to get some attention. Three weeks in and we still don’t know who the Redskins are, but for now they keep pace with the Eagles at the top of the division. They have a bye in Week 4.

Giants (1-2)

The G-Men finally got in the win column with a road victory over the Texans. Eli Manning threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns without turning the ball over, while Saquon Barkley piled up 117 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. The Texans are struggling as badly as any team in the NFL, but the Giants desperately needed a win and will gladly take Sunday’s victory. They face a tough test when they host the Saints on Sunday.

Cowboys (1-2)

The Cowboys lost to the Seahawks in Seattle, as the offense again sputtered. The ‘Boys managed just 13 points, while Dak Prescott again failed to throw for 200 yards and also tossed two interceptions. Ezekiel Elliott gained 127 yards on the ground, but it wasn’t enough with little support from the passing game. For the second time in three games, Prescott was absolutely battered, getting sacked five times while taking 10 hits. Through three games the Cowboys are averaging just 13.7 points per game. They’ll look to right the ship on Sunday against the Lions.

Overview

The Eagles remain in good position, with an opportunity to take sole possession of first place with a win on Sunday as the Redskins are idle after their big win over the Packers. Meanwhile the Giants and Cowboys risk falling further out of contention with slip ups in Week 4 as they both look to defend home field.

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