Week 3 is now in the books in the NFL and one of it’s most historic divisions, the NFC East, continues to be a fascinating division to watch in 2016. The Eagles, who many tipped to be the bottom-feeders this season look by far the cream of the crop so far under rookie Carson Wentz; a huge divisional game for the Redskins and Giants, and another confident performance from the Dallas Dynamic Duo of Dak and Elliot.
Quick shoutout to Joe (@SpoeJarshatt) for covering for me whilst I was away getting a nice tan in Greece. Honestly, I was on holiday, not just hiding from the Redskins poor showing against Dallas…
Philadelphia Eagles – Home v Pittsburgh Steelers – WIN
Wow, could this Carson Wentz kid be for real? He once again looked like a seasoned veteran in Sunday’s 34-3 victory over one of the Superbowl favourites in the Steelers. I was expecting this to be an extremely tricky game in which we would see the Philadephia defence on the field for a long time and giving up points to put some pressure on Wentz and the offence; but it was far from it. The Steelers gained good yardage but couldn’t turn it into many points and allowed the Eagles to cruise to a 3rd win. Even if there are growing pains with Wentz at QB, he could at the very least match the kind of season we saw from Jamies Winston last season and that gives the Eagles a great chance at the division this year. I underestimated them pre-season and am paying the price. *gulp*
Washington Redskins – Away @ New York Giants – WIN
Boy this one felt good for Kirk Cousins, Jay Gruden and Redskins fans everywhere (including me!). Sitting at 0-2 and facing a division rival who has won their first 2, it was about as must-win as a game could get this early into a season, and the Redskins rose to the pressure and got the win…just. The offence certainly looked a whole lot better after a bit of a slow start when they could only muster 3 field goals early on. But things turned around at the end of the first half with a deep bomb to DeSean Jackson, just as I was screaming at the TV for Cousins to take a chance, and then Cousins marched the offence with much more confidence. I HAVE to give a shoutout to Tress Way and the magnificent Fake Punt pass play that seemed to really give Washington the shot in the arm that they needed to go onto win the game.
New York Giants – Home v Washington Redskins – LOSS
Big Blue will be coming away from this one with a sour taste in their mouth as it was an opportunity to really assert themselves in the NFC East and at the same time, put a bitter rival into the depths of despair at 0-3. It was mainly silly penalties and just poor execution on the whole from the Giants that contributed to their downfall. They also picked up the first ejection via 2 personal fouls, the surprising part of this was that you’d have had money on it being Odell Beckham; but instead it was Weston Richburg for a late hit on Josh Norman. There is still plenty to be optimistic about in East Rutherford, just put this one down to an off-week against the a team desperate for a win.
Dallas Cowboys – Home v Chicago Bears – WIN
Any other week this may well have been the main talking point in the NFC East with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot continuing their youth movement in Jerry’s World. It was a very competent performance from the team as a whole, but I guess you could say that it can be easy enough to look competent against the 2016 Bears. A more interesting story was that Jerry Jones has stated that it’s still “Tony Romo’s team” when he returns, rather than a more inspiring message to Prescott to encourage him to keep performing. As I (not so) famously predicted in pre-season, I still think Dak Prescott wins the job, despite what Jerry is saying; let the Tom Brady/Drew Bledsoe comparisons begin…
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