Division, Once Giants’ to Lose, Will Go to Skins or Boys
Before the season, the Philadelphia Eagles were the favorites to win the NFC East. A lot has happened since then. Eleven losses later and counting, they are the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season. They are still dangerous and they finish the season here against the Giants. They will be more than happy to drive the final nail Big Blue’s coffin in front of the MetLife crowd.
The Giants were also given solid odds to repeat as division champs this year. You all know how that went. They got off to a 6-2 to start and then lost five of the next seven. They squandered a three-game lead in the division and now cannot even win it, not matter what they do this Sunday. Their playoff hopes are all but dead. They need to win their last game and hope three other teams loses for them to qualify.
The NFC East has been turned upside-down by the football gods. It’s fun for outsiders, but for Giant fans, this is the ultimate shot to the solar plexus.
The preseason odds to win the NFC East were as follows. From Bovada.lv :
Odds to win NFC East
NY Giants 9/4
The Redskins traded up with the Rams to snare the No 2 overall selection. They overpaid, many thought. In exchange for the right to draft one Robert Griffin III, Washington swapped their 2012 first round pick (No. 6 overall), their second-round pick in 2012, and their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
A huge win for St.Louis (who already had a franchise QB in Sam Bradford) and a bigger win for the Redskins, who only needed stability at QB to turn the corner as a contender. Not only did RGIII make Washington contenders, he changed the culture and the future of the Redskins’ organization. Washington was also lambasted for taking a second QB high in the draft when thy selected Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins. No one is second-guessing that move now….
After going 3-6 over their first nine, and getting written off by head coach Mike Shanahan, the Skins went on a roll winning the next six after their bye. When RGIII went down with a sprained knee, Cousins filled in and led the club to victories over Baltimore and Cleveland. If they beat Dallas Sunday, they are NFC East champs.
The Cowboys beat the Giants on opening night, then lost five of it’s next seven. They have since recovered by winning five of their next seven. They can win the division by beating the Redskins at FedEx Field this Sunday.
From FOXSports: Curtis Conway, Ryan Nece and Jill Arrington recap all the action from the NFC East.