Big wins for 2 of the NFC East sides in Week 1, with the Giants dealing an early blow to Dak Prescott and the Cowboys; whilst the Eagles looked incredibly bright with Wentz at the helm over Cleveland, and the Redskins slumped to a disappointing defeat to Big Ben and the Steelers
New York Giants – WIN Away @ Dallas
There’s only one place to start and that’s with the Giants recording a 21-20 victory over arch rivals Dallas in Jerry’s World. It was a very tight game and in the end it was the Bend Don’t Break defence for the Giants that gave them the edge here. The revamped defensive line really told here holding rookie phenom Ezekiel Elliot to just 51 rushing yards behind that elite Offensive Line. A wild Victor Cruz appeared on the scoresheet late on for the go-ahead score, which can only be good news for the Giants offence if he is anywhere close to his 2011 form. Still room for improvement with Jennings not looking overly convincing at RB and the pass defence still average at best, but a win over Dallas is still big in the grand scheme of things.
Dallas Cowboys – LOSS Home v New York Giants
On the flip side of that game, the Cowboys will still be encouraged by this game as they did a lot of good things on offence with Dak Prescott moving the ball with ease at times. Jason Witten continues to be the ageless safety blanket, and Ezekiel Elliot found the endzone in his debut. However, the defence is an issue that can’t be hidden, the Giants found acres of space numerous times. Maybe when Elliot gets into a rhythm in this offence, they’ll be on the field less, but there’s still no getting around how bad it looked on Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles – WIN HOME v Cleveland Browns
Possibly a game that’s been glazed over a lot this weekend, but the Eagles were mighty impressive for most of this game; Carson Wentz looked natural against a defence that shouldn’t be underestimated. The second overall pick from just a few months ago led the team on a Touchdown Drive on their very first possession with a delightful pass to Jordan Matthews to cap it off. I will admit I was surprised by how composed he looked, it’ll be another matter next week against the Bears; but there’s signs of life in Philadelphia.
Washington Redskins – LOSS HOME v Pittsburgh Steelers
Well that sure was a lame duck; after a lot of build up and people (including me) thinking that the Redskins may be able to topple the weakened Steelers were emphatically proven wrong in a 38-16 loss. This could’ve been a very different game had the surprisingly poor offence converted two field goals into Touchdowns early on. However the big blow was a 4th & 1 for Big Ben who threw a peach of a throw to Antonio Brown who scorched Bashaud Breeland for the Go-Ahead Touchdown. Not many positives from this week, but they’ll need to chalk it up as just a bad game and fulfil the potential they do have next week against the Cowboys.
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