Hard to believe it’s already week 10 in the NFL season. It seems like just yesterday we were doing our welcome to football podcast. We are now officially half way through the 2015 season and a lot of questions remain regarding the Eagles and the rest of the NFC East. As we predicted the standings are changing on a weekly basis. It’s looking more and more likely that the strength of remaining schedule will have a big say in who wins the division. This saying no matter what time of year always holds true, It’s know what team you play but when and where. Perfect example is the Eagles playing the Saints vs the Giants playing the Siants with a healthy Brees.
NFC East Standings
Giants 5-4 (DIV 2-2)
Eagles 4-4 (DIV 2-2)
Redskins 3-5 (DIV 1-1)
Cowboys 2-6 (DIV 2-2)
Miami at Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field 1:00 CBS
See our game preview blog Friday.
New Orleans at Washington – FedEx Field 1:00 FOX
Both these teams are coming off of tough losses and are in danger of becoming irrelevant in their divisions. The Saints more than the Skins are on the outside looking in. The Saints are clearly the healthier of the two teams but Washington plays well at home. DeSean Jackson made his return last week vs New England but really didn’t contribute. Reports surfaced early in the week it would be a stretch for him to play Sunday. I fully expect him to play, especially against a struggling Saints defense.
A Redskins loss paired with a Giants or Eagles win will make it tough for them to compete down the stretch. I believe the Redskins will win this game and get to 4-5. I simply can’t trust this Saints defense. If they can’t hold up at home, they certainly won’t hold up on the road. Hopefully Captain Kirk will “LIKE” outcome of this game at the end.
Dallas at Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium 1:00 FOX
Dallas goes into Tampa with seemingly no hope left in the season. This will be their last game with out Tony Romo. If healthy he can return week 11. At 2-6 a comeback is virtually impossible. They also have to play Green Bay and Carolina. Tampa Bay has really grown as a team through out this year. Jameis Winston has matured and improved as the season has continued.
The Cowboys should be able to run the ball against this Tampa front but will they be able to make enough plays downfield? The same can be said for Tampa. At this point it looks like Sean Lee will not play but it’s still early in the concussion protocol. Lee might be advised to sit out. This is his second concussion this season. Great player but injuries have essentially made him ineffective. Dallas will win this game. It will be close but expect them to pull it out.
New England at New York Giants – Metlife Stadium 4:25 CBS
There are two must see games this weekend and this is one of them (Seattle vs Arizona). The Giants through out the last couple years seem to be the Patriots kryptonite. Not sure what it is about Eli Manning but when he plays against a NE defense he’s unstoppable. Both teams have match-up advantages in their favor. Gronk will be able to take advantage of the injuries at LB for the Giants and the OBJ will be able to take advantage of the Patriots secondary.
This will be a different Patriots team than we’ve seen through out the last couple weeks. Dion Lewis (former Eagle) went down with a season ending ACL injury. It’s almost impossible to predict what NE will do in regards to a replacement but expect it to be a back by committee approach with James White and Brandon Bolden. The Patriots are continuing their pissed off at the league tour and that will keeping rolling through the Meadowlands. This will again be a close game but I think the Patriots will win. 24-21 Patriots.
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