Does anyone want to win the NFC East?
It has often been dubbed the NFL’s worst division and the NFC East has done its reputation no favours in 2015, with all four teams showing their best and worst in a topsy-turvy season.
As things currently stand the Washington Redskins have their noses in front of the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, and a win against divisional rivals the Dallas Cowboys in the nation’s capital tomorrow will see them go one game clear on top of the standings.
Somehow the Redskins are favourites to claim the division, just one year after finishing with a poor 4-12 record. Their decision to start Kirk Cousins at quarterback ahead of the much maligned, but higher profile, Robert Griffin III appears to be paying dividends.
Cousins has thrown for 2,787 yards and 16 touchdowns and linked well with key playmakers such as DeSean Jackson.
The highly fancied Dallas Cowboys were expected the coast through the division after a strong showing last year where they almost made the conference championship. Injuries to key playmakers, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, have impacted the Cowboys season, with the team’s record an astonishing 0-8 this year in matches without quarterback Romo.
The Eagles stunned last years Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, today but have been very poor during the past month. Many questioned the performance of the coaching staff in Philadelphia after the team conceded 45 points in consecutive matches before the upset of the Patriots.
With today’s win the Eagles might be favourites with some punters but they’ll have to bring today’s defensive effort every week if they want consistency.
The New York Giants have arguably been the most inconsistent of the four sides. They came within seconds of defeating the Patriots in week 10 but have failed to show similar promise against lesser opposition, most notable against archrival the New York Jets today.
Eli Manning’s playoff record is exceptional and all the Giants need to do is find a way to the playoffs and unleash their veteran quarterback, especially with the freakish Odell Beckham Jr. at his disposal.
All four teams have the talent on both sides of the ball to win the division. In three of the last four seasons, the NFC East title has been decided by the last game of the regular season. If things continue in their current fashion we could see this division decided in week 17.